The following was submitted by Jay Gately:
The Dover-Sherborn Cooperstown Team shocked the tournament by achieving the number 1 ranking in the 104 team field after the first day of competition. The Raiders awoke Monday morning to have over 1,500 players and coaches talking about Dover Sherborn baseball. The boys took the challenge and battled all star teams from Nevada, New York, Virginia and Southern and Northern California. The Raiders completed preliminary pool play with an incredible walk-off win over the Tritons of Southern California. A team that had played in excess of 80 games this summer, The Tritons and their coaches watched in stunned silence as the Raiders celebrated their improbable win at home plate.
Dover-Sherborn was able to advance to the 3rd round of the National Tournament Playoffs for the first time in program history. The Raiders eventually fell to The Palo Alto Panthers Baseball Academy. The Raiders battled the Panthers to the last out earning the respect of their opponent as they had done with every opponent throughout the tournament. This group of boys took the challenge of representing our community and set the bar high for future Raiders teams. Before the summer tournaments started the boy’s dedicated their season to the memory of Nora Searle, starting every game with a cheer of “Nora”. I hope that when you see these Raiders whether it be at school, the athletic fields or around Dover-Sherborn that you give them a pat on the back for a job well done. The Raiders that represented Dover Sherborn are Chase Almy, Cole Condon, Evan Doherty, Holden Ferrari, Jack Gately, Robert Lordi, John Muckstadt, Hank Reinhart, Nick Riccardi, Johnny Schroeder, Owen Searle and Chris Shanahan.