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Thursday, May 24
Sign Up For The Jimmy Fund Summer League

Signups are now being accepted for the 2018 Jimmy Fund Summer League for players ages 8-12. North Reading Little League fields teams in three divisions – ages 8/9, 9/10, and 10-12 – that compete against area towns in an 8-10 game schedule running from early July through early August. Most games are on weeknights and home games are played at Benevento Park.

This is a league open to all interested players. The price is $110 and covers a donation to the Jimmy Fund as well as the North Reading Parks & Recreation user fee, and the cost of uniforms, equipment, and umpires.

Those interested in coaching – either as a head coach or an assistant – can also use the link to sign up. Send questions about the Jimmy Fund program and other summer baseball opportunities available to NRLL players to nrll1952@hotmail.com. If you have any questions or problems with registration, email Mike Correale at mcorreal@comcast.net.

Tuesday, July 12
Juniors Win District 13 Championship

2016 Jr. Division District Champs

North Reading Little League’s 13/14-year-old All-Star Team brought home the District 13 championship – the town’s third in four years – by beating Stoneham, 12-11, in a thrilling title game on July 5. With the win, the All-Stars have advanced to the Sectional Championships, currently taking place at North Reading High School’s Carey Park.

The Hornets reached the title game by going 2-1 in pool play. Behind the pitching combination of Jimmy Currier (5 innings) and Jack Keller (2 innings), they opened the tournament with a 6-4 victory over Woburn. Trailing early, North Reading picked up three runs in the fifth inning and another three in the sixth, thanks to a swarm of hits by Demitri Boulas, Gerry Callagy, Chris Gwozdz, Ryan Kavanaugh, Alex Vercolen, and Keller.

In their second game, the Hornets were tripped up by Stoneham, 7-1, but rebounded to beat Wakefield, 7-2, to earn a spot in the final.  Against Wakefield, Joey Frammartino pitched a solid 6.1 innings, with Callagy taking the mound for the last two outs. Michael Vittozzi, Cam Randazzo, and Keller all reached base with singles, Matt Luciano and Frammartino each had two hits, Kavanaugh went 4-for-4 with a double, and Gwozdz knocked in three runs.  

The District title game was held at Woburn’s Leland Park. Currier was back on the mound and received some terrific defensive help early on from center fielder Frammartino. In the first inning – with one run already in, no outs, and men on base – Frammartino snagged a fly ball and threw out the runner trying to tag up from third. Currier then picked up the third out with a four-pitch strikeout. In the bottom of the inning, the Hornets struck for four runs, the big blow being Luciano’s bases-loaded single.

Although Stoneham scored six times in the third inning, North Reading turned in two stellar defensive plays to avert even bigger danger. Catcher Callagy nailed a runner trying to steal third base and Luciano made a perfectly timed grab at the left field fence.

Finding themselves trailing, 8-4, the Hornets seized the upper hand with five fourth-inning runs, helped along by Currier’s two-RBI single. But Stoneham kept answering back. They tied things up, 10-10, with a run in the sixth, before the Hornets moved in front again in the bottom of that inning behind hits from Currier, Evan Steele, and a clutch single down the first base line by Randazzo.

Keller was now on the mound in relief, and fanned six batters over 3.2 innings of work. After Stoneham rallied with the tying run in the top of the seventh, Keller worked his way on base in the bottom half of the inning, moved to third on a Luciano single, and then sprinted home with the game-winning run on a passed ball.

In the Sectionals, North Reading, Canton, and East Boston are playing in a double-elimination format. There is a game tonight at NRHS starting at 5:30 p.m., and another on Saturday at 2 p.m. If necessary, a final game will be held on Sunday. The Sectional winner will advance to the State Championships.

Wednesday, July 6
10-Year-Old All-Stars Finish 3-2
NRLL's 10-year-old All-Star team finished district play 3-2 with a 10-9 win over Wakefield. The team lost two heart breakers to Woburn and Reading, preventing them from advancing to the District Finals.

The team had pitching magic in the arms of Jack Cronin, Derek Daley, Aidan Driscoll, Brandon Eng, and Aldo Vittozzi.  They were supported by the bats of Nicholas Jones, Rowan Oostman, Chris DaCosta, Zac Demetri, Sean Heins, Noah Pineo, and Conor Griffin.  And the team certainly would not have been complete without the glove work and base running of Alex Chaisson.  Alex lead the team in stolen bases, runs scored, and "Special Pinch Runner" duties for the tournament.

A big thank you to coaches Mark Driscoll, Brad Jones, Rob Vittozzi, Marc Griffin, and Eric Heins.  A bigger thank you to the parents of the players for getting them to the practices and games as well as all their support of the team the last three weeks.

Tuesday, July 5
2016 Jimmy Fund Schedules

North Reading Little League is entering teams in two divisions in the 2016 Jimmy Fund Summer League.

Here are their schedules:

8/9s: http://www.eteamz.com/madistrict13/news/index.cfm?id=5979577&cat=213350

11/12s: http://www.eteamz.com/madistrict13/news/index.cfm?id=5979672&cat=213350

Good luck to the Hornets this summer! 

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