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WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation department finished up its baseball and softball season Monday. The championship games were played at Flaherty Park, R.H. Forrest Field and Heritage High School.

Starting with the senior baseball league, the Astros tied with the Phillies for first place in the league, as both of them posted an 8-2 overall record. In the championship game Monday at Heritage, the Astros defeated the Phillies 13-11 to win the tournament.

The Astros were led by head coach Scott Lopez and assistant coaches Brian Clopper, Wilson Abreu and Robert Harris. After losing their first game of the season, Lopez said the team rallied to finish the year strong.

“We became a team and never looked back,” Lopez said. “We worked hard on skills and making sure the boys gelled as a team. Excellent baserunning, strong at-bats, and a deep pitching roster were big factors in the team’s success. The team learned a lot from their mistakes in fielding and took that knowledge to their next game.”

Clopper added that a few individual players helped make the Astros a formidable team throughout the season.

“Several times this season, Jeremy, one of our fastest baserunners, stole second and third on an overthrow to first,” Clopper said. “Andrew, our second baseman, sucked up grounders and line drives like a vacuum. Our standout lead pitchers, Ethan and Gavin, were supported by the deep pitching talent of Brett, A.J. and Peyton. I also loved seeing the team hoot and holler when our outfielders, Aeden and Austin, made crucial fly ball catches. Peyton and Nick were awesome catchers behind the plate. Grant played strong at first and third.”

In the junior baseball league, the Braves went undefeated at 12-0. They won the tournament championship 18-0 against the Brewers on June 18 at Flaherty Park. The team was led by head coach Kevin Harvey and assistant coach Tony Merida.

“This team, perhaps more than any other I’ve coached in the last several years, epitomized what it means to be a true team,” Harvey said. “There were no egos and nobody concerned with individual achievements. It was just 12 kids all willing to fill whatever role the coaches asked them to in order to make this a championship team. And it worked.”

For little league softball, the Braves and Red Sox tied for first place in the regular season with an overall record of 9-1. In the tournament, the Braves won a share of the championship by beating the Pirates 15-5 on June 24 at Heritage. The Braves were led by head coach Nelson Gaviria and assistant coach Melanie Waltz.

The Red Sox defeated the Athletics 18-6 in the first tournament game and then beat the Pirates 9-3 in the second tournament match. With those two wins, the Red Sox tied the Braves for first place in the softball little league at Heritage. The Red Sox were led by head coach Julius Rice and assistant coach Erin Lampmann.

In minor league softball, the Blue Jays and Angels tied for first place in the regular season with an overall record of 8-2. The Blue Jays won the tournament by beating the Angels at R.H. Forrest Field. They were led by head coach Todd Barbour.

In little league baseball, the White Sox went undefeated in the regular season at 10-0. However, the Rays, who went 9-1 in the regular season, won the tournament championship by beating the White Sox at Flaherty Park on June 18. The Rays were led by head coach Ryan Dawson and the White Sox was guided by head coach Keith Barreto.

For junior league softball, the Angels won both the regular season and the tournament championship by finishing the season 9-1 overall. They beat the Orioles in the championship game June 13 at Heritage. The Angels were coached by David Taylor.

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