The Middletown American Legion Post 25 Firehawks ended their successful baseball season on a rather quiet note, losing 10-0 to Post 1 after two wins in the state tournament.
Post 1 lost to Stahl Post in the legion championship game.
"I felt we had a very successful season," said team general manager Ed Colaprete. "We won our last 10 games of the regular season to move up to second place, and then we won the first two games of the playoffs to win 12 straight," he said. "But then the team stopped hitting, our bats went very flat and that was the end of our season."
Colaprete said he felt that Stahl Post was the team to beat, and would win the championship.
He said the Firehawks worked hard all season and played very well on offense and defense.
"We got off to a slow start, and went through a few line-up changes, but after that I feel we put it all together, especially since this was a rebuilding year for us," he said.
The general manager added he anticipates the team will do even better next year with the core of the team expected back and the fact that the Middletown area has become a "hotbed" of baseball recently. Athletes may play American Legion baseball from age 15 up through age 19.
Colaprete stated he is very proud of the fact that the Middletown team has placed about a half-dozen players on nearby college baseball programs, including Connor Stevens who will attend Wilmington University this fall on a baseball scholarship. Other Legion players are now playing for Delaware State University and the University of Delaware.
"I also wish to thank the rest of my staff, including field manager Vince Clemons, and the two coaches, Bob Stevens and Chris Cafarella, who all help make this a very successful season for Middletown Post 25," he said.