AUBURN, Mass. - The Auburn 9-year-old Little League baseball team finished second out of 14 area teams in the inaugural Auburn Minor League Tournament.
The tournament was held Aug. 5-15, at the Dr. Arthur and Dr. Martha Pappas Recreation Complex.
The team outscored its opponents, 57-4, during its three pool-play games. It then defeated Jesse Burkett, 10-4, in the quarterfinals and Sterling, 13-5, in the semifinals, before falling to Shrewsbury in the final.
Auburn finished the summer with a 9-5 record, while also advancing to the semifinals of the Northborough Invitational Tournament.
Team members include Brett Sullivan, Nolan Daoust, Drew Lemansky, Connor Nordman, Nate Archambault, Aidan Gowaski, Rob Beaudin, Kyle Sebastyanski, Nick Spanos, Lucas Faneuff, Colin Fitzgerald and Tim Walsh.
The team was managed by Dave Nordman and coached by Lonn Beaudin, Brian Daoust and Jim Archambault.
“Most tournaments in the area are already done before August, but we got all these towns coming because of these fields,” Steve Jette, Auburn Little League president, said in July.
The $4.3 million Pappas Recreation Complex had its grand opening June 9.
The facility next to Pakachoag Church consists of five playing fields: two baseball fields, one with artificial turf and lights, one with natural grass, a field with interchangeable pitching mounds to allow both softball and baseball and two soccer fields, one full-size with artificial turf and lights, one youth-size on natural grass.