Sometimes the road to the championship is long and winding.
This was the case for Coach d'Entremont and Coach Zeuthen's 13 year-old team this summer. The Green Monstahs started their season in late June and it took until August 16 to bring home the hardware. After going 9-3 in the regular season to finish in first place in the North Division, Westwood had to take out Milton and Hingham/Hull to earn a title shot.
Then the rains came.
After several attempts, the team finally got its shot as the weather broke. The boys headed to Braintree to finish what they started more than six weeks ago. They would await the winner of the South Division, who were knotted in a tie in extra innings and would play first at 5 p.m. Plymouth and Braintree battled for 5 additional innings until Plymouth emerged victorious. Because of the duration and loss of daylight, the championship game was moved to Braintree's varsity field - with lights on - and started just after 8 p.m.
Thanks to the quick thinking and able parents, the kids were fed and hydrated - Westwood was ready to play. They did not disappoint, and behind a great pitching effort from Stephen "Z" Zeuthen, they steamrolled Plymouth, 13-2, in a slaughter-rule-shortened game. The team was missing a few key players, but managed to hit and score, top to bottom, in every inning against a depleted Plymouth pitching staff.
Afterwards, the coaches praised the team for their hard work and dedication all summer. Westwood, again, has a summer champion.