The Plainview Hawks 11U team, led by Manager Paul Brower, had a phenomenal 2016 summer season. It began Memorial Day weekend when the Hawks swept the competition in the Plainedge tournament, defeating Team Beast Red in a 2-0 shutout to clinch first place. The Hawks then set their sights on the Baseball Heaven Independence Day Tournament, where they were once again victorious, defeating the Blackstone Valley Thunder from Massachusetts 8-4, to win the Independence Day title.
The next order of business was getting back to States in the Little League Tournament, where the Hawks made it to the championship last year. They swept the District 32 competition (East Meadow, Bayville, and Levittown), defeating East Meadow in the District Championship, 5-0. Next, they swept the Sectional competition (St. James/Smithtown, North Shore, and Commack), defeating St. James/Smithtown, by a score of 3-0, and giving this team their second trip in a row to States – a feat never before accomplished by any Plainview Travel team in PLL history! Although they fought hard, the team’s Little League run fell short and the eventual New York State champions, Guilderland, eliminated the Hawks, ending their run with an overall record of 11-2.
Once back on Long Island, this team sought after a challenge. The Hawks joined the Metro Cup, a premier Baseball Heaven summer league, consisting of the best club organizations across Long Island. Out of 16 teams competing, there were 15 for-profit organizations with paid coaches, and one town team – our Plainview Hawks. Although the Metro Cup was extremely competitive, the Hawks were able to secure a spot in the playoffs with a regular season record of 10-8, finishing in 4th place. In the first round of playoffs, they upset the number one seed, Ducks Select, in a 3-2 semi-final victory that went to extra innings. Unfortunately, the Hawks were unable to score in the championship game and lost to nationally ranked Team Steel, 3-0. In what amounted to be the most difficult league for 11u baseball on Long Island in 2016, our Hawks took runner-up in the Metro Cup.
Congratulations to the 11U Plainview Hawks on another historic season with a summer record of 31-12. We are proud to call you our own. Good luck in the fall and GO HAWKS!!!!