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NRLL TO HOST PITCHING/CATCHING CLINIC

Youngsters will get the opportunity to sharpen their skills when NRLL hosts its annual pitching/catching clinic on Saturday, Jan. 3. The clinic, under the guidance of NRLL player development director Marco Vittozzi, is for players ages 9-16 years old and will run from 9 am - 11 am at the RAMS Complex on Concord Street. The cost is just $20. Register now at: http://northreadinglittleleague.sportssignup.com/site  

HIT A HOLIDAY HOME RUN BY REGISTERING NOW FOR NRLL SPRING SEASON

Now is the time to register your youngster for the 2015 North Reading Little League spring season. We have fun and competitive leagues for boys and girls ages 5-16. Sign up early to receive a $25 discount off our 2015 price (pay just $190, instead of $215). Tee Ball — for those age 5 — is just $95 and we have a special "thank you" price of $45 for all 16-year-olds. To start the registration process (and to volunteer to coach), click on this link: http://northreadinglittleleague.sportssignup.com/site 

NRLL PARENT SURVEY

If your child has played NRLL Baseball over the past few years, we'd like to have you take a few moments to fill out our survey so we know what we're doing well, what we can do better, and how we can improve the NRLL experience. The survey can be found by clicking on the "radio button" on the left side of the page.

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2014 NRLL CHAMPIONS

Majors: Pirates d. Marlins, 2 games to 1  (Game 1: Pirates 13, Marlins 12; Game 2, Marlins 3, Pirates 2; Game 3: Pirates 10, Marlins 7)

Minors: Iron Birds 3, River Bandits 1 (7 innings)

Farm: Dodgers 15, Angels 9

Big Diamond: Jr. Yankees d. Jr. Blue Jays, 2 games to 1 (Game 1, Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4; Game 2: Yankees 11, Blue Jays 10; Game 3: Yankees 8, Blue Jays 2).

13/14-Year-Old All-Stars: District 13 Champions



Sunday, November 23
Field 2 Renovations Highlight Fall Happenings

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Renovated Field 2 at Benevento

Thanks to the mild autumn weather and the efforts of the town’s Parks and Recreation Department, North Reading Little League has rebuilt another “field of dreams.”

Field 2 at NRLL’s Benevento complex had its entire infield area leveled and replaced, along with other significant improvements. The work took place in October under the direction of Parks Director Marty Tilton and his staff.

“We did a similar project on our primary field last autumn and continued that process this year,” said NRLL President Eddie Madden. “This is the first time these fields have seen this type of improvement since they were first installed back in the 1950s.

“The weather and constant heavy usage over the years had taken a toll on these fields,” continued Madden. “While they were still some of the best fields in the area, we want to make certain they remain that way for many years to come.”

Field 2’s entire infield area, from dugout to dugout, was stripped to the bare ground.  The pitcher’s mound was replaced, as were all of the bases. The bases are now posted right into the ground with the base itself mounted on a foundation that keeps it in place, but allows it to break away for safety reasons. The field was then leveled with a laser beam and everything was measured out exactly to official specifications.

“We were surprised to learn that the pitcher’s rubber was about a foot closer to home plate than it should have been all of these years,” said Madden.

New sod was laid down to replace the infield and several truckloads of clay and loam were used to finish off the project. The field will open in time for the spring season.

“By working in conjunction with our partners at the Parks & Recreation department, we now have two of the finest little league baseball fields in the area,” said Madden, adding that a similar renovation is being considered for Field 3 next year.

Someone has taken notice. NRLL was recently asked to submit a bid to host the 2016 State Championship Tournament, and Madden and several NRLL Board Members traveled to Framingham in early October to make a presentation to the state’s district administrators. The administrators will be visiting the Benevento complex later this month and will award the tournament to either North Reading or Westwood during their meeting in March 2015.

“It’s an honor just to be asked to submit a proposal,” said Madden. “This tournament would bring in hundreds of players, families, and spectators to North Reading from all over the state. The town’s businesses and restaurants would see a real uptick in their businesses during tournament week.”

The Red Sox and numerous large corporations sponsor the championships every year, which bring together the four best little league teams in the state. The winner then heads to Bristol, Conn., to represent Massachusetts in the New England Little League tournament, and that winner proceeds to Williamsport, Pa., to participate in the national and international championships.

“We could not be happier to see that our league and field complex has attracted this type of attention. It will be a great source of pride for the NRLL and the entire town if we are awarded this tournament.

“Even if we aren’t selected, it’s still a positive reflection on our town, our Board of Directors, and our partners at the Parks and Recreation Department. While there is always room for improvement, this is definitely one of those times when it makes sense to stop and smell the roses,” Madden concluded.



Tuesday, June 17
Chaloux Game Photo Gallery



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The second annual NRLL/Tim Chaloux 12-Year-Old Appreciation Game took place on Sunday, June 15, and was another tremendous success. 42 NRLL players participated on a beautiful late spring day.
 
The game is played in memory of Tim Chaloux, a former NRLL standout who tragically lost his life in an automobile accident last spring when he was a high school senior. Pregame festivities included: a tribute to retiring North Reading High School baseball coach Frank Carey; NRHS seniors Shane Driscoll and Ryan Sanborn each receiving $500 scholarships as winners of the Phil Dardeno President’s Award and Harold B. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, respectively; 14-year-old Marco Vittozzi performing the national anthem; Danny Hornby and Kenny Mills catching ceremonial first pitches; and Sarah Potter calling out the day’s most important words: Play Ball.
 
Two games were held simultaneously. Honored for their play on Field 1 were Cole Doke (MVP) and Donny Peterson (Chaloux Spirit Award), while on Field 2 the recipients were Haley MacIntyre (MVP) and Dominic Gallo (Chaloux Spirit Award).
 
Below is a link to photos taken during the day by Julie O'Donnell: 
  


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