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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM NRLL — GOBBLE UP BIG SAVINGS BY REGISTERING NOW

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: 
  


Wednesday, June 11
Pony League Information

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The Pony League is a competitive summer baseball program for players completing their first year on the big diamond and is an excellent way for them to keep developing their skills.

The North Reading team will consist of approximately 15 players born between May 1, 2000, and April 30, 2001, and will play 16 games against surrounding towns, with home games at the Hood School. The season ends in late July with a short round of playoffs. Those selected to the North Reading team will be asked to pay $150 to cover expenses associated with uniforms, umpires, equipment, etc.

It is understood that players may miss some games due to vacations, etc.

If you have any questions or are interested in playing for this team, please email info@nrll.org ASAP.



Tuesday, May 13
It's a Home Run For North Reading Schools



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North Reading Little League President Eddie Madden (center) presented checks to the town’s three elementary school Parent-Teacher Organizations for their participation in the league’s spring registration program. Pictured with Mr. Madden are (left to right): Michelle Syed and Jen MacNeil, co-presidents of the Little School PTO; Hood School PTA co-president Lori Giacalone; and Batch School PTA president Laura Corvino. 

NRLL's registration program with the town's three elementary schools came to a close on March 8. The Little School had the highest percentage of its students register for the spring baseball season and will receive a $250 donation to its PTO. The Batch and Hood schools will also receive a donation as a "thank you" for their efforts.

 



Monday, May 5
NRLL Players at Fenway Park

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North Reading was represented well at Fenway Park on Sunday, May 4, during Little League Day. Kids from throughout New England paraded on the field up close to the Green Monster, past the dug outs, Pesky Pole and the bull pens. From left to right: Colin Gover, Matt Luciano, Ryan Kavanaugh, Nick McGovern, Joey Frammartino, Chris Gwozdz, and Andrew DeBenedetto. 



Friday, May 16
NRLL Well-Represented at MBDL All-Star Games

North Reading baseball was represented by 13 players at Thursday night's first-ever Middlesex Big Diamond League All-Star Game, played at Ferullo Field in Woburn.

Repesenting their teams from the Junior Division were: Matt Corrieri and Matt DeBenedetto (Blue Jays); Jake Doucette and John Day (Orioles); Paul Sablone and Tyler Cullen (Mariners); Anthony Shea and Greg Sawyer (Rays); and Nick Carpenter and Kyle Bythrow (Yankees). Ted Reilly, head coach of the Orioles, was one of the managers for the game.

Drew Delano, Sean Divecchia, and Dylan Maguire represented the Senior Division Orioles, and Jon Zewiey, Bobby Donahue, and joey Fitzgerald were selected from the Senior Division Rays.

The MBDL involves five communities--North Reading, Woburn, Lynnfield, Wilmington, and Stoneham--and has two divisions: a Junior Divison for 13- and 14-year-olds; and a Senior Division for 15- and 16-year-olds.

The North Reading 13/14 year old Senior League players performed very well in the field, on the mound, and at the plate. Corrieri got the North Division team on the board in the first, with an RBI double. Starter Doucette dispatched the top of the South Division in order, on 13 pitches. Defensively, the North Reading representatives were outstanding. DeBenedetto was solid behind the plate, Day played a flawless shortstop and the always-depenible Corrieri made a number of fine catches in right. North Reading hitters were in the thick of the offense all night long. Shea's lead off single in the second would fuel a three-run inning. In the fourth, Cullen would plate Sawyer with an RBI single. In the top of the fifth, Shea would cap his 2-for-2 night with a loud RBI double to the left-center field gap. Overall, NR batters collected seven hits, scored three runs and had three RBIs. Shea pitched the final frame, closing out the 9-4 win for the North Division all-stars.



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