For the 2015 season, Belmont Youth Baseball Association (BYBA) is once again sponsoring spring travel teams for ages 10 (birth date 5/1/04 to 4/30/05), 11 (birth date 5/1/03 to 4/30/04), 12 (birth date 5/1/02 to 4/30/03) and 7th and 8th graders. These teams would be in addition to our regular season in-town teams. Our travel teams would play against other travel teams from other towns and AAU teams. This initiative is intended to afford players who want to play more competitive baseball the opportunity to do so. It would also allow the 11 and 12 year old players to play on a larger 50/70 diamond not offered by in-town games. Our hope is to provide a sensible opportunity for our more advanced players to play more competitive baseball.
Depending on the interest level, we would conduct tryouts for these teams in the fall. Only players enrolled in our in-town program would be eligible to try out. Not all players who try out would make a travel team.
We anticipate that the season would begin in January and would run through the end of May. The spring travel teams would work in conjunction with our in-town spring teams to avoid conflicts and encourage our more advanced players to play with and against similar competition. Although the precise cost is not yet known, we anticipate the program costing approximately $750 per player, which is much less expensive than existing area travel teams. The fee would be used for league fees, umpires, uniforms, equipment, rental of indoor facilities, and other costs necessary to run a travel program. Our coaches would be volunteers with backgrounds in coaching baseball.
Our expectation is that we provide one practice per week (either indoor or outdoor) throughout the season beginning in mid to late January. The regular season games would likely begin in late March or early April.
If you are interested please email Chris Aufiero @ firstname.lastname@example.org or before Septmeber 7th. Please note that when considering this option, the expectation is that during the spring season baseball is a player's top sport choice and will take precedent over all other sports.
In a playoff battle that brought back memories of 1978, 2003 and 2004, the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 5-4 in the 2014 Major League championship game at Grove Street. It took extra innings but the Sox got the win as Justin Rocha’s seeing eye grounder plated Bobby Dolan in the bottom of the 8th.
The Bombers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind the hot bats of Joe Carey, Jack McHugh, Tommy Iannuzzi, Matthew McHugh, Mike Giangregorio, Mike Ciano and Anthony Haddad. Sox fireballer Jagger Polvino avoided further damage by striking out consecutive batters and leaving the bases loaded in the 1st.
The Sox wasted no time in responding, with a runner on base in the bottom of the first, superstar Katie Reynolds stepped to the plate and crushed a 2 run home run that landed somewhere in the vicinity of Cushing Square. After the blast, Sox hurler Polvino settled down and was dominant in the 2nd and 3rd innings to keep it a 3-2 game.
The Sox tied the game on a towering sacrifice fly by Justin Rocha, despite the impressive throw to the plate by Yanks center fielder Matty Mchugh. The Sox went ahead due to some aggressive base running by Katie Reynolds and Will MacNeil and took a 4-3 lead into the 6th.
However, the defending champs would not go down without a fight. Tommy Iannuzzi hit a perfectly placed ball to center field that rolled to the fence. Despite the valiant efforts of Sox center fielder Jacob Hovsepian and shortstop Joe Destefano, the lightning quick Iannuzzi slid home with the tying run.
Both teams received stellar pitching performances in the late innings, Reynolds and Rocha for the Sox, Joe Carey and Mike Giangregorio for the Pinstripers. Carey also made two sparkling plays from the shortstop position that prevented the winning run from crossing the plate in the 6th and 7thinning.
The Red Sox finally broke through in the 8th after Dolan drew a leadoff walk. He advanced on a passed ball and a ground out and was on third base with two outs. Rocha’s grounder knocked in the winning run, despite the gutsy efforts of pitcher Mike Giangregorio and 1st baseman Ryan Santoro.
All players played a role in this classic game. Johnny Iannuzzi, Issac Carey, and Abe Lipson played fine defense for the Bombers. Meghan Noone hit the ball well, and Zach Gillette, Quinn Writer and Brett Stievater made solid defensive plays for the Sox.