By Tom Cronin
Well, the time finally came upon us. The fight for the western Massachusetts title was on between the battle of the 'Meadows.
On Sunday, 11/2/2014, the East Longmeadow sixth grade girls won the PVJSL 12G2 Championship. Their season record was 14-0-0 scoring 42 goals and allowing only 7 goals.
In the front row in the photo below: Erin Lavelle, Natalie Connor, Maeve Jordan, Grace Curtis, Payton Klepacki, Katrina Reilly, Emelia Keely, Alyssa Cafaro, Catherine Grocott.
Back row: Coach Mike Cafaro, Brooke Martin, Sophia Wychowski, Abby Haller, Aracelys Garcia, Tara Piecuch, Kaylee Gates, Madison Ingalls, Caroline St. Marie, Abby Hick, Coach Jeff Reilly.
We recently caught up to professional baseball player and EL alum, Mike Ahmed.
ELS: How did your season go?
MA: This season was a blast. Our team struggled the first half of the season, playing well under .500, but we came together in the second half and made the playoffs. We lost the first series, but it was awesome playing on a team that had fun together and won some games down the stretch.
ELS: What team or teams did you play for?
MA: I played the whole season for the Ogden Raptors.
ELS: Where will you start off next season?
MA: I'm not sure where I'll be for the 2015 season. It all depends on where the organization sees me and how I perform during spring training in March.
ELS: What should young players be doing in the off season to prepare for next year?
MA: Young players just need to stay active and practice in order to prepare for their seasons. You don't have to necessarily log long hours in the cage or on a mound, but I do think its very important to grow as an athlete. Playing other winter sports can be just as effective if not more effective in regard to preparing for the baseball season. Practicing baseball skills should come in addition to winter sports, not in replacement of them.