Reading (4-2) and Melrose (5-1) alternated victories during regular Round 2 play, then met again in the Gold trophy game. The game was called in the 3rd due to rain, but the friendship
between the two teams had grown. In a sign of sportsmanship, Melrose conceded the gold trophies to Reading and the teams posed for pictures together for family and friends.
The Men in Blue Show their Stuff
Men in Blue
MBUA and Bay State veteran umpires Bob Prestera (left) and Scott Mulcahey take a break between innings during Trophy Weekend 1 acivities in Marblehead.
Bicep Power Launches Homers in Big Numbers
The top 14 A-60 and A-70 power hitters - representing 12 teams -- put on a fantastic hitting exhibition during the 2013 Home Run Derby. Over 100 teammates and other players filled the outfield in the MLB-style event.
Newton Becomes First Team to Go Back to Back in B Division
Newton became the first team to engrave their town name on the Don McGowan B Division Championship Cup twice in a row. Newton - which was just a game from reaching the LLWS as well - defeated a deep and powerful Weston team (the 2012 C Division champion) 5-2 to hoist the gold. The perpetual "Cup" stays in the Newton Town Hall for a year.
On Deck at Trophy Weekend 1
Trophy Weekend 1
The Billerica NL B Division (11u) team poses against the first base fence while they watch the first game. After a 5-1 first round record, Billerica won the silver in Trophy Weekend 1.
Pre-Game Pitching Review in Concord Pays Off
Pre-Game Pays Off
Assistant Coach Andrew Rogers of Concord reviews the scorebook with ace pitcher Ryan Grace. Ryan relieved Ezra
Rivera (3 IP, 1 ER) in the top of the 4th and closed out Billerica NL 7-1 for the Gold Trophy in Round 1.
Natick Walks Off with Semi-Finals Victory over Concord Carlisle
Natick players Peter Manoli and Sean O'Connell and manager Matt Lodi
mob Max Ferruci as he crosses home plate with the winning run on an
Austin Twiss walk-off 2-run double. Natick scored all 6 runs in the
bottom of the 6th inning to defeat Concord Carlisle 6-5 in the A-60
semi-final game to reach their second championship game in three years.
Jack Flynn of Woburn wins the Home Run Derby
Home Run Champ
Jack Flynn of Woburn hit 4 consecutive bombs on his final 4 pitches to win the 2013 Home Run Derby in dramatic fashion in front of a crowd of 250+ players and parents during Player Appreciation Day
Medford edges Lowell Shedd Park
Shedd Park's Anthony Howell makes contact but flies out to center in the 5th inning. Medford's pitcher Shane Taddia held on to win 6-5 as Shedd Park's last inning hitting heroics fell just a base short.
Trophy Weekend B Division Battle of Titans
B Division Battle
Sudbury and Haverill boys hoist their trophies after battling hard in the Trophy Weekend 1 gold game held at Gatchell Field in Marblehead.
Going into the game, the teams were a combined 13-1 in round 1 play.
Haverill used strong pitching and timely hitting to win by a 9-3 score.
Green Light for Speedy Quinn McCarthy
Speed helps Melrose
Red haired Quinn McCarthy of Melrose aggressively slides into third base ahead of the catcher's throw to successfully steal third base vs Marblehead. The field was awash with Red uniforms as Melrose raised its overall record to 11-3 with clutch wins vs. Reading and Concord in Round 2.
Sportsmanship Above All
Bay State Baseball is about friendship and sportsmanship. After a fantastic C Division championship game in which Haverill played a near perfect game to knock off heavily favored Arlington, the boys join together and show off their gold and silver trophies for their fans. Congratulations to both teams.
Staying Loose before the Big Game
Lynnfield players readying for a Tournament of Champions game at Winchester's Nutile Field
Major Leaguers in the Making
Sudbury Shortstop Jake Noyes shows off his baseball fashion while he settles down pitcher Nico Andolina in a recent sunny Sudbury game. Sudbury sits atop the overall standings board with 26 points after going 5-1 and 6-0 in the first two rounds.