BRISTOL – The Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services wrapped up the 2022 Pony League season on Friday night as the Grizzlies won the Scott McCooey Pony League Championship.
The Grizzlies defeated the Eagles under the bright lights at Muzzy Field in front of a packed house to take home the title. The three-seeded Grizzlies went on a run to start the playoffs as the team battled in the single elimination tournament, taking down the six-seed, the second-seed, and ultimately the first-seed to win this year.
The Grizzlies were led by pitcher Noah Molinsky, who went the distance for the Grizzlies, surrendering just four hits and striking out nine in a complete-game effort.
Additionally, the following Scott McCooey Pony League players were recognized by their coaches and league directors for their accomplishments on the field this season.
Hunter Dudzikowski won the Don Titus Rookie of the Year award, Alexander Maldonado won the league’s Jim Kilduff Gold Glove award, Jonathan Montgomery won the George Scott Cy Young award and Gabriel White won the league's Bill Glines MVP Award.
Tyler Ryan, Richard Montanez and Adam Newton also won the Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award along with Maldonado. Matthew Harkey won the William McCooey Sportsmanship award and Caleb Molinsky won the Monahan Silver Slugger Award.
The Pony League Baseball program is for boys entering eighth through eleventh grade. The Pony League season will run from mid-June to mid-August. Teams play around 15 regular-season games and all teams make the playoffs. Teams play two games a week and have at least one practice. Games are played on weekday evenings and occasionally during the day on weekends at local fields Riley Field, Page Park and Muzzy Field.