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Sunday, June 24

2018 Mariners

Farm League Championship Game: Mariners 11,  Blue Jays 4

Pierce "the Fierce" Burnham brought the big wood to the Mariners' offense in Friday's championship game, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored on the night, including a two-RBI triple in the fourth to deep right field. Damian "the Destroyer" Pagliuca and Vincent "Lightning" Pagliuca both scored two runs and each had a double in the win. Harry "Wheels" Agganis, Charlie "the Champion" Sarno, Cole "the Flash" Donahue, and Ryan "RBI" DiCarlo all had two hits, with Agganis delivering an RBI double in the first inning to get the Mariners off to a good start. Bryce "Boss Man" Fitts, who has been a sensational leadoff hitter all season, rounded out the scoring with one run as part of the Mariners' fourth inning rally.

The Mariners saved their best defense for the final game of the season. The tone was set early by a high fly ball catch made by Agganis in center field that robbed the Blue Jays of their first inning lead-off hit. Jake "JakePotataCake" Barros and Jack "Smiles" Dhimitri added several key plays. Sarno made several key stops and Burnham added a fourth-inning-ending throw to Agganis at home plate for the third out to hold the Blue Jays to a single run. Donahue helped close out the fifth and final inning with a perfect throw to first.

It seems fitting that the Blue Jays and Mariners would meet in the championship game after each team took a win off the other in the regular season. This matchup of two great teams ultimately ended with the Mariners getting the decision after a defensive duel that saw both teams go multiple innings with no runs.

Wednesday, June 20
Blue Jays Get the Best of the A's


June 14: Blue Jays d. A's

The Blue Jays and the A’s squared off in a playoff slugfest Thursday at Benevento. The Jays' offense was powered by Linus Pearsall, who went 5-for-5 with two doubles from the leadoff spot.  Brendan Nelson also had five hits, including a double, while Lucas Cabral and Michael Corvino each went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

Anthony Giordano delivered a big RBI single down the left field line to break the tie in the sixth inning and bring in the winning runs.  The defensive play of the day for Jays was turned in by Brendan Nelson, whose double play ended the A’ s threat in the sixth.
The A’s offensive attack was was lead by Dylan Fitzgerald, Dante Montana, Andrew Beckwith, and Nolan Griffin. Each had multiple hits, which kept the base paths full for the A’s in this seesaw battle. Harry Wells turned in good defense at second base to keep the Jays at bay in the fifth.

Friday, June 15
Mariners Make The Finals!

Mariners 2018

June 14, 2018: Mariners 16, Giants 5

Harry Agganis provided the power in the Mariners' 16-5 win over the Giants in the Farm semifinals, going 3-for-4 with two bombs that went for doubles. Bryce Fitts continued his near perfect hitting in the leadoff spot, going 4-for-4 the second game in a row, and Charlie Sarno and Cole Donahue showed their skills with the bat, each compiling four hits on the day. Damian Pagliuca, Ryan DiCarlo, and Vincent Pagliuca each contributed three hits at the plate. 

On defense, DiCarlo provided another momentum changing-double play in the fifth with a shoestring fly-ball catch that he followed with a rocket throw to first that beat the runner bck to the bag. That gave DiCarlo two double plays in two playoff games.

With the win, the Mariners advanced to the championship game against the Blue Jays under the lights at Benevento on Friday, June 22. The Mariners and Blue Jays split their regular-season meetings.

Monday, June 11
Blue Jays Keep Battling

The Blue Jays took on the Reds in the first round of the Farm playoffs Sunday at Benevento. The Blue Jays' offense was powered by Lucas Cabral and Linus Pearsall, who went a combined 9-for-9 while each smashing a pair of doubles. Michael Corvino and Anthony Giordano added four hits, while Angelo Marifiote, Brendan Nelson, Sebastian Garvin, and Chris Bouchie rounded out the attack with three hits apiece.  

Monday, June 11
Mariners Move On In Farm Playoffs

Mariners 2018

June 10: Mariners 19, Indians 6

The Pagliuca brothers pounded the ball in the Mariners' playoff quarterfinal win over the Indians, with Damian going 4-for-4 with three doubles and Vincent's 4-for-4 afternoon highlighted by a home run. Bryce Fitts and Ryan DiCarlo also had four hits for the victors, each putting a double on their resume.

In the field, Ryan DiCarlo turned in a double play to slow the Indians' second-inning attack, making a fly ball catch and following it with a quick throw to first base to catch the runner before he made it back to the base.

Monday, June 4
Farm Recap – Mariners Hit the Mark

2018 Mariners

The Mariners bats were swingnig as the team headed into the final week of the season following a big effort against the Reds.  Vincent and Damian Pagliuca had a game to remember with each of them blasting a home run. Pierce Burnham added a triple and Ryan DiCarlo slammed a pair of doubles on the day. On the mound, the Charlie Sarno, Vincent Pagliuca, and Bryce Fitts threw well, holding the Reds scoreless across two innings.

Both teams showed great improvement on defense. Sarno earned the "Gold Glove" on the day with two nifty outs to first in the third to quiet a Reds threat. Jack Dhimitri saved the fourth inning with a quintessential heads-up play to home plate to close out the inning. Pierce Burnham also caught a high fly ball sent to right field.

Monday, June 4
Farm Recaps – The Jays Are Jumping

In the Jays' game against the Mariners, solid pitching from Michael Corvino and Brendan Nelson held the Mariners at bay. The duo recorded three strikeouts and combined with Lucas Cabral, Sebastian Garvin, and Linus Pearsall to turn in great defense in the infield. Nelson contributed a pair of doubles at the plate and Daniel Trentsch and Thomas Gullotti each pounded out three hits.
The Jays took then took on the Mets  The team's pitching was again stellar with Lucas Cabral and Anthony Giordano throwing scoreless frames, with Cabral fanning a pair. The Jays' offense was led by Giordano and Thomas Gullotti, who each went 4-for-4. Brendan Nelson added three hits and Angelo Marifiote smashed a big two-run double down the left field line to cap off a rally in the sixth inning. Michael Corvino and Gullotti flashed the leather in the infield, which included Gullotti recording two unassisted putouts in the fifth inning.

Saturday, June 2
Farm Recap – Mariners and Blue Jays Have A Battle

2018 Mariners

Bryce Fitts revved up the Mariners' offense in their game against the Blue Jays, smashing a first-inning double and finishing the game 4-for-5 at the plate. Damian and Vincent Pagliuca, Ryan DiCarlo, and Pierce Burnham also added doubles in the contest

The game marked the first kid-pitch contest of the spring – with two innings of having the youngsters on the mound replacing the coach-pitch format. The Mariners sent DiCarlo and Damian Pagliuca to the hill, and both hurlers found the strike zone early and often, holding the Jays from any earned runs in the first two innings.

For this game, the Mariners called up Dylan DiCarlo from Instructional League. He played a great game with multiple hits and strong fielding.

Monday, May 28
A's and Indians Heat Things Up

The long-awaited first meeting of the A’s and Indians took place Thursday and the weather wasn’t the only thing heating up, as the two teams battled to the very end.
The A’s saw a power surge early on with extra base hits from half their lineup, including two triples from Andrew Beckwith and a perfect 6-for-6 with six runs scored from Dante Montana. In the field, the continued versatility of Cameron Beck, Jackson Kosinski, and James Cheney in various positions on the field helped produce multiple 1-2-3 innings.

Late in the game, solid defensive work from the Indians’ Zachary Ehrenthal and Zachary Fleming kept the game close, along with contributions at the plate from Fleming along with Connor Downey.

Monday, May 21
Farm League Recaps – The Jays Are Jumping!


In the Jays’ battle against the Tribe on Friday evening, Linus Pearsall led the attack with a leadoff home run in the first, part of his three-hit effort. Brendan Nelson pounded out four hits, a pair of doubles among them, and Lucas Cabral, Michael Corvino, and Thomas Gullotti contributed to the offense with three hits each.

Sebastian Garvin and Anthony Giordano delivered great defense in the infield to keep the Tribe at bay in the fifth.

On Sunday, the Jays and A’s squared off. For the Jays, Angelo Marifiote, Cabral, and Corvino provided the lumber, each going 5-for-5 combining to drive in nine runs. Daniel Trentsch and Anthony Giordano added four hits apiece.

The big blow came in the fifth when Marifiote launched a bases-clearing double to deep center, extending a rally that included a triple by Pearsall.

Defensive gems were turned in by first baseman Cabral and Marifiote, who made several big plays in the outfield.

Pacing the A’s were Dylan Fitzgerald, Dante Montana, and Nolan Griffin, who each delivered line-shot hits to the outfield. Fitzgerald and Jackson Kosinski flashed the leather in the field as well, and Harry Wells made a great catch at second base on a hit from Pearsall that ended a Jays' threat in the fourth.



Sunday, May 20
Farm Recap – The Mariners Are On The Mark

2018 Mariners

The Mariners had the bats going early on against the Cubs, plating five runs in the first and second innings, an outburst made possible by multiple hits from Bryce Fitts, Vincent Pagliuca, Pierce Burnham, Charlie Sarno, and Ryan DiCarlo, who tagged one for a triple. Burnham also went deep a couple times with a double and a three-bagger, part of his 4-for-4 day. 

On defense, Harry “Wheels” Agganis displayed his Gold Glove potential with a diving grab in the third and a fly ball catch in the fifth. DiCarlo also made a great play in the fourth to shut down the Cubs offense in their best inning of the day.

Another player staking his claim for defensive Rookie of the Year honors was Jack Dhimitri, who came up big with multiple plays in the field, a streak that is now going for at least three games.

Monday, May 14
Farm Recap – Jays-Cubs Clash on Mother's Day
The Blue Jays and Cubs battled it out in a close one Sunday at Benevento Field. The Jays' hitting attack was lead by Anthony Giordano, who went 3-for-4 with his big blow being a two-run double down the left field line in the sixth inning. Brendan Nelson and Linus Pearsall each had three hits, and Sebastian Garvin added a double.
The day's defensive gem was turned in by Pearsall when he gloved a smash in the hole at third and fired a laser across the diamond for a big out in the sixth. Earlier in the game, Michael Corvino made a heads-up play covering third base and applied the tag on a throw from Pearsall to thwart a third-inning threat.

Monday, May 14
Farm Recap – Blue Jays Square Off Against The Mets
The Blue Jays battled the Mets Friday evening at Benevento. The Jays' offense was led by Angelo Marifiote and Brendan Nelson, who each went 4-for-4 with a combined eight runs batted in, highlighted by Marifiote's bases-clearing double in the sixth inning. Michael Corvino and Daniel Trentsch added three hits each, which included  a triple by Corvino, while Chris Bouchie drew cheers for his big RBI single in the second.
On defense, the Blue Jays were stellar again as Linus Pearsall, Lucas Cabral, Sebastian Garvin, and Brendan Nelson each turned in multiple gems in the infield, the sweetest of those a bases-loaded force play at the plate from Cabral to Nelson to end a Mets rally in the fourth.

Sunday, May 13
Farm Recap-Mariners Meet the A's

2018 Mariners
The Mariners' bats heated up late in their game against the A's, with Pierce Burnham topping it all off with a sixth-inning grand slam home run. It was part of a 6-for-6 effort at the plate for Burnham, a feat matched by Ryan DiCarlo and Vincent Pagliuca. On defense, Jacob Barros made a glowing outfield grab to end the first inning, Jack Dhimitri flashed the leather with a nifty field-and-toss play from third base in the third inning, and Damian Pagliuca caught a fly ball and turned it into a double play to close out the fifth.

Sunday, May 13
Farm Recap–Indians and Mets Make The Moms Proud

In this very evenly-matched battle on Mother's Day at Benevento, the Indians and Mets went run-for-run for much of the game. The Indians did have the bigger bats though, with multiple outfield hits. Connor Downey went 4-for-4 with two long singles to the outfield. Great base running by the Tribe maximized their scoring.
On the defensive end, Declan Goshey prevented multiple runs from scoring with his great ground ball fielding, and Zachary Fleming nearly had his third double play in as many games. The Mets weren't going down without a fight though, as they turned a spectacular double play to end the top of the sixth inning.

Monday, May 7
Farm Recap–The A's Make The Grade

A's Battle the Mets and the Reds 

The A’s and Mets squared off in Farm League battle on Field 1 Sunday afternoon. Each team showed mid-season form on defense to keep the game tight. Highlights included a nifty unassisted double play by Mets third baseman Drew Nichols in the fifth inning, repeated 1-to-3 putouts recorded by A’s pitchers Nolan Griffin and Dylan Fitzgerald, and all-around solid defensive play on both sides from the likes of Anthony DiBella, Devin Dunn, Harry Wells, and Aiden MacAdams.

On offense, James Cheney and Jeffrey Lucia got in on the act, each going 3-for-4 to help the A’s balanced attack, and the duo sparked a sixth-inning charge that put their team ahead.

Also last week, the A’s and Reds met in an entertaining tussle. Players on both teams flashed the leather, with highlight-reel plays from Charlie Bebchick and Sam McLaren of the Reds, and by “The Beckwith Boys,” who were anchoring the corners of the A’s infield.

At the plate, the A’s were led by Fitzgerald, who went 4-for-4 on the night, and Andrew Beckwith, who slugged his first round-tripper of the spring. Jackson Kosinski pitched in with two timely hits of his own to keep two innings going at key points of the game.


Monday, May 7
Farm Recap–Mariners and Blue Jays Have A Sunday Battle


The Blue Jays and Mariners squared off Sunday at Benevento with stars aplenty for both teams.

Michael Corvino paced the Jays' attack, going 5-for-5 at the dish while turning in outstanding defense in the infield, including making all three putouts in a shutdown fifth inning. Thomas Gullotti, Sebastian Garvin, and Lucas Cabral each had four hits, among them Cabral's two-run triple in the first that started the scoring. Linus Pearsall chipped in with three hits, and Daniel Trentsch, Anthony Giordano, and Brendan Nelson each drove in runs during the team's big sixth-inning rally.

For the Mariners, Harry Agganis went 5-for-6 with his first double of the season, while the Pagliuca twins continued to contribute – with a triple and a double from Vincent and two doubles from Damian. Charlie Sarno added to the offense, going a perfect 5-for-5, and was the team's defensive star as well, with a sliding stop in the outfield along with two outs in a row to close out the third inning, the second of which was a fly ball grab.

Friday, May 4
Farm Recap – Mariners Are Mighty

2018 Mariners

The Pagliuca brothers put on a clinic in leading the Mariners against the Indians on Thursday night at Benevento Park. Damian went 7-for-7 wtih a triple and two doubles, while Vincent nearly hit for the cycle – with a grand slam in the second inning and a triple in the third.

Cole Donahue's bat came alive as well, going 5-for-5, and Ryan DiCarlo matched that with a hitting spree that included a sixth-inning double. Bryce Fitts and Jacob Barros helped rally the Mariners with five and four hits, respectively.

On defense, the Mariners produced a number of 1-2-3 innings, one of those authored by Vincent Pagliuca, who nicely fielded three balls at the pitching position and turned them into outs.

Tuesday, May 1
Blue Jays and A's Battle It Out

The Jays edged out the A’s on Sunday in a see-saw battle at Benevento.
The game started with A’s third baseman Dylan Fitzgerald making a leaping grab of a rocket off the bat of Michael Corvino, one of several nifty plays made by the A’s in the field. Nolan Griffin and Andrew Beckwith turned in defensive gems at shortstop and first base, respectively, and all three players along with Harry Wells had multiple hits for the A’s. Jackson Kosinski and Jeffrey Lucia also contributed with base hits.
The Blue Jays were lead by Linus Pearsall and Brendan Nelson, who each went 4-for-4, and Lucas Cabral, who drove in four runs. Angelo Marifiote broke the game open in the third inning with a big two-run single to right field for one of his three hits. Michael Corvino (3-for-4, two runs) and Daniel Trentsch (2-for-3) rounded out the offense, while Chris Bouchie and Anthony Giordano flashed the leather in the infield for the defense.

Tuesday, April 24
Mets On The Mark In Opener

NY Mets

The Mets edged out the Reds on Sunday in the Farm League opener for both teams. The Reds' Drew Nichols led the way with an outstanding defensive day, turning a double play and also shining on offense by hitting a line drive deep into the outfield.

All nine Mets batters recorded a hit and three different catchers — Zach Tiberio, Devin Dunn, and Tyler Harrington — showed great defense behind the plate. Zachary Vauntin made some big plays in the infield. 

Monday, April 23
Mariners Make Their Mark
2018 Mariners

The Mariners and Giants treated fans to an offensive showcase of their own on Sunday. For the Mariners, Ryan DiCarlo scored five times on six hits, which included a double and a triple. The Pagliuca brothers, Damian and Vincent, also had a half-dozen hits and each scored five runs. Vincent Pagliuca wowed the crowd with a leaping catch at the pitcher’s mound to end the fifth inning.

That was among a number of stellar defensive plays turned in by the Mariners, who saw Bryce Fitts, Cole Donahue, and DiCarlo help the team turn several double plays.

Monday, April 23
Cubs Claw Past the A's

Cubs 2018

Connor Leahy highlighted his 5-for-5 day at the plate with a grand slam home run, and Dylan O’Driscoll also went a perfect 5-for-5 with the bat as the Cubs scurried past the A’s in Farm League action Sunday afternoon. The game remained in doubt until the final frame, when the Cubs’ Kellen Tiberii made a terrific throw from right field to second base for a force out that ended the high-scoring affair.    

Monday, April 23
Blue Jays Take Flight To Start Farm Season


The Blue Jays opened their season on Sunday, prevailing in a thrilling duel against the Indians. Getting it all started for the Jays was Brendan Nelson, who celebrated his first at-bat of the spring by launching a two-run home run. Linus Pearsall produced hits in all five of his trips to the plate, highlighted by a triple, and also made several standout plays from the shortstop position.

Lucas Cabral hustled his way to a triple and a double as part of his four-hit day, while Sebastian Garvin, Anthony Giordano, and Michael Corvino each contributed four hits as well. Thomas Gullotti smacked a pair of doubles, and Corvino drew cheers for his fine fielding at first base.

Friday, June 23
Blue Jays Take 2017 Farm Crown!

2017 Blue Jays Farm Champs
The 2017 Farm League Champion Blue Jays

The Farm League World Series was worth the price of admission in an epic game between the Blue Jays and Giants. There were highlights throughout the game, both in the field and at the plate for what will go down as a Farm League World Series Classic!


Nathan Guimont had a great play in right field when he fielded the ball cleanly and hit the cut off throw to save a run in the third inning and connected for a hit when batted in the bottom half of the inning. Patrick McGaffigan continued to his great play in the outfield, playing in right and center, while Jack Gattuso did the same along with finding his swing for a clutch hit in the fourth inning.


At the plate, Owen Bouchie connected each at-bat and had a nice hit to drive in a run, and played catcher and in right field. Frankie Dearborn was all fired up for this game and contributed at the plate with two hits, one for a run, and played solid behind the plate at catcher. The "Field General" Dylan Harris had three good at-bats as well as anchoring the outfield in center. To make a nice catch is great for this age group but to make two in one game is amazing, and that is what we saw from Damian Pagliuca, who made a huge grab in the top of the sixth inning at pitcher; Damian also held down the second spot in the order with key hits throughout the game.


There is the Michael Jordan 1997 NBA finals game, where he overcame the flu to the lead the Bulls to victory and then right next to it will be the James Nelson Farm World Series game 2017. Touch and go all week, the team erupted when they saw "Game Time" walking to the field. He did not disappoint with key hits throughout the game and playing solid at both shortstop and pitcher.


Some call him "B," his parents call him Brendan, and the rest of the world just calls him "Legend" Rumor had it that Brendan Nelson's fan club had come Friday and camped out the entire night just to catch a glimpse at greatness Saturday. He did not let them down playing right field and catcher as well as getting two nice hits, one late in the game.


Vincent "VP" Pagluica gave his team another stellar effort, having "VP" lead off gave the Blue Jays a base runner every time as he went 4-for-4 in the big game. His play at third base all season has been stellar and he continued that on Saturday night with key plays and a great force out in the fifth inning. Tyler Boviard played what some would call a perfect game defensively at first base, making one of the toughest positions on the field look easy. Stretching for each out, fielding ground balls and digging throws out of the dirt that in most cases would have been hits. Beyond his play at first, he had great at-bats the entire game, none bigger than a single in the bottom of the sixth that would turn out winning run.


Which leads me to this…bottom of the sixth…man on first…one out….one run wins the game…Christian Lava steps to the plate and with one swing of the bat secures his place in North Reading Little League history with a walk-off hit that was heard around the 01864!


Lava sent the ball to the outfield every at-bat this game, driving in runs at just about each plate appearance – none bigger than his last at-bat, which went the fence it was hit so hard. Christian not only had the game-winning hit but made a huge play at second base in the top of the sixth, part of a 1-2-3 inning. Amazing ending to a great game!


2017 Blue Jays Pictured: (Front row) Owen Bouchie, Brendan Nelson, James Nelson, Patrick McGaffigan, Christian Lava, Frank Dearborn II, Dillon Harris, Vincent Pagliuca, Jack Gattuso, Damian Pagliuca, Tyler Boviard, Nathan Guimont; Back Row: Coach Jim Nelson, Coach Frank Dearborn, Coach James Boviard


Sunday, June 26
June 17: Blue Jays Sing A Winning Tune
2016 Blue Jays Champs
The Blue Jays completed an outstanding 2016 season by defeating the Mets, 17-9, under the Benvento lights to capture the Farm League championship. After falling behind early, the Jays put six runs across in both the second and third innings to take control of the contest, which was witnessed by many fans and players who had just taken part in NRLL's Field Day.

Sunday, June 26
June 12: Mets Make The Final
NY Mets

In a high-energy matchup for the Farm semifinal, Mets catcher Jack Harty was heads-up at the plate for three plays, doing his job superbly trying to stop the run count.  Brady Eng made a hard grounder look routine at shortstop, swatting it down, and making a hard throw for a quick out.  Anthony Tammaro and Massimo Ranieri teamed up to retire the side all by themselves for a momentum-changing inning when Tammaro pulled down two fly balls; with one of them relayed over to Ranieri with lightning speed for a double play.  Colin Anthony retained the Mets’ defensive presence by leaping to knock down a searing line drive over his head, preventing an extra base hit.


At the plate, the Mets overcame an early three-run defecit with non-stop hitting through the order. Evan Smith batted 3-for-3 with 3 RBI, crossing home twice. Ryan Stringer nailed three clutch singles, advancing runners every time.  In the third and fourth, the Mets managed two critical rallies, as clean-up man Otto Indelicato smashed ‘em around the bases with each at-bat.

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