SHRUB OAK, N.Y. -- Three losses early in the season would have been enough to unnerve many teams, but the Shrub Oak Storm quickly regained their focus.
We were a little nervous, at first, said Robbie Fava, 13, an eighth-grader-to-be at Copper Beech Middle School. After we lost three in a row, we calmed ourselves down, relaxed and started playing much better in the field. We won our next two games.
The two victories launched the Storm on a 20-game winning streak to conclude the regular season in the Westchester-Putnam Baseball Association 14-and-under division. Riding the momentum into the playoffs, the Storm added three more wins, including a 16-6 victory against Putnam Valley in the championship game.
Shrub Oak concluded with a 24-3 record and won the 14-and-under division despite most of the players being 13. Last year, the Storm won the WPBA 12-and-under title.
We thought we could do pretty good, but then we weren't sure because we were playing a year up, Fava said.
During the Storms 20-game winning streak during the regular season, they rebounded to defeat Yorktown twice and hand Putnam Valley a loss. Yorktown beat the Storm twice earlier in the season. Ironically, the Storm beat Yorktown, 12-8, before evening the score with Putnam Valley.
We wanted to get back at Yorktown for those two losses and after that we wanted to tie the score at two wins each against Putnam Valley, Fava said. Winning the championship felt really good, especially with us playing up a year. Were hoping we can make it a three-peat next year.
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