There’s something to be said about a player capable of coming through in the clutch. When the stakes were the biggest and the pressure was the highest, Harwich resident Mikah Krystofolski delivered for his summer baseball team on the ultimate stage.
Krystofolski helped guide the Eastern Mass. All-Stars to an 8-6 victory over New Jersey-based Intensity Elite in the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament championship game in late August.
“There were a couple key points where I feel like the team and myself really pulled through and stepped up to the occasion,” said Krystofolski, a Harwich resident and eighth grader at Monomoy Regional High School. “In the semifinal game, we were down with a man on second base and I hit a home run to put us ahead by one run. That sent us to the championship game.”
Krystofolski has been a part of the Eastern Mass. All-Stars for four years, though this was his breakout year, according to team coach Gary Leroy.
“This year was his year,” Leroy said. “He certainly took advantage of it and had an incredible year defensively and offensively.”
The strong summer showing was especially gratifying for Krystofolski given the commitment that he made. The team practices in Watertown and Weston two or three times a week, so plenty of time was poured into the season.
Although he’s playing varsity golf this fall and will play hockey in the winter, Krystofolski is excited about continuing his baseball career at the high school level.
“It’s a big confidence boost because you know what you can do and that you can perform,” Krystofolski said of his summer.
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