Hamden Yard Dogs Look to Represent Northeast in NYBC Quarterfinals
By Nathan Clinkenbeard
Hamden Yard Dogs head coach Dennis Boucher has considered his team a sleeper everywhere they’ve played this year, and this year’s National Youth Baseball Championships is no exception. His Yard Dogs play the Capital Renegades Saturday morning at 8 at Baseball Heaven and look to become the lone Northeast team in the quarterfinals.
“It (making the quarterfinals) would obviously be a great accomplishment for the team,” Boucher said. “We have a lot of pitching on this team, a lot of hitting, a lot of defense, and we’re very deep so it would be a great accomplishment, and we’d be very proud to represent the Northeast.”
Yard Dogs ace Nathan Furino will take the mound against the Capital Renegades in today’s final pool play game for the two teams.
“Nathan’s our No. 1 pitcher, and he has been for the last two years,” Boucher said. “You can expect a heavy fastball, very good breaking ball, good changeup, very comfortable on the mound. We have to lock down this game and can’t look past anyone so our goal is to come out and get a comfortable lead. We have good pitching behind him, but we’re ready to go a full six (innings) with him if we need to.”
Banditos Black lead Pool B with a 2-0 record, while Hamden and 360 Elite Cobras are both 1-1. Hamden took down 360 Friday, 7-1. VSA Vipers take on Diamond Jacks Super 12 in the other 8 a.m. pool play game.
Two pool play games are televised live Saturday on CBS Sports Network. SGV Hustle takes on Indiana Bulldogs Baseball at 1:30, and Banditos Black face 360 Elite Cobras at 3:30 p.m.