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Somerville Highlander Alumni/Alibrandis Baseball Quick Facts
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
Founded: 1990
Affiliations: Yawkey Baseball League of Boston, MSPBA, NSPBA
Sponsor: Alibrandis Barber Shop( Tony Alibrandi )
Colors: Red, White and Gray

BASEBALL OPERATIONS
President: David Treska
General Manager: Mike Powers
Operations Dept: Derek Bates, Erik Weston, Kevin White

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach: Bernie Driscoll( 2011, 3rd Season )
Assistant Coaches: Cam Lynch, Anthony DeFabrizio

BASEBALL STADIUM
Home Field: Trum Field( City of Somerville, Parks and Rec Dept )
Capacity: 4,000
Dimensions: 310 LF, 305 LC, 400 CF, 301 RF
Fence Height: Left to Center-25 feet, Center to Right Center-8 feet


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1990-2004 Current Team & Alumni

1990
uni
7-11-1 Regular Season
0-1 Stewart Memorial Tournament( eliminated rd 1 )
This was the teams first season in the then "Junior Park League". The team had no sponsor and was offically known as the Somerville Highlanders. Despite the victory over Henry's Baseball Club in the season opener the team has a very difficult opening season.


1991
powers at bat
12-12 Regular Season
4-1 Stewart Memorial Tournament( Champions )
The 2nd season brought the team its first sponsor, Wing It resturant of Brighton. The financial support helped the team but, they ended missing the playoffs by a game. "Wing It" finiishing in 5th place behind the 13-11 McKay Club. The team was able to bounce back and win the Stewart Memorial Tournament with a 4-1 record. Mike Powers was the tourney's MVP.


1992
skydome
5-19 Regular Season
4-0 Stewart Memorial Tournament( Champions )
For the second year in a row the team had a new sponsor, Powderhouse Pub. The team that was on the verge of a playoff berth the year before lost its top pitcher Mike Powers for a league record 18 game suspension. Without any pitching the team fell to the worst record in the league. However again the team was able to get Powers back for the Stewart Tournament and were able to repeat going 4-0 to earn the back to back titles. Powers was reinstated for the tournament and was the MVP for the second straight year. Powers and David Treska also took part in a free agent tryout camp in the Skydome in Toronto, Canada.


1993
fenway wall
7-18 Regular Season
0-1 Stewart Memorial Torunament( eliminated rd 1 )
Another disapointing season for the team from Somerville. The record was again the worst in the league. However there was some good news, this was the first year that the Yawkey Baseball League played its annual all star game at Fenway Park. This was also the first year that the was under the sponsorship of current sponsor Tony Alibrandi.
The adopted the name Somerville Alibrandis Baseball Club.


1994
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11-18 Regular Season
3-1 Stewart Memorial Tournament( lost in Semi-Finals )
The team again missed the playoffs. Erik Weston was named the team manager. The team did show a marked improvement. The team also played in another Stewart Memorial Tournament and advanced to the Semi-Finals.


1995
18-11 Regular Season
4-4 Playoffs( eliminated semi-finals )
The team from Somerville won its last 8 games of the 95 season to earn the final playoff spot, including a win or go home last game of the season. In that game they defeated a veteran Avi Nelson Club to get into the playoffs as the 4th seed in the Tarpey Conference. They then knocked off the Tournaments top seeded team Mahon Cable 3 games to 1, advancing to the Conference Championship Series.   In the TCCS, they were swept out of the playoffs by the AlThomas Club of Milton. Despite the sweep, it was the most sucessful season that the team had to date.   


1996
17-15 Regular Season
The team that made the playoffs the year earlier, failed to qualify in 1996. Just like in 1992 when the team seemed to be ready to make a leap forward it took a step backwards. Despite not making the playoffs, it ended Erik Weston sucessful 3 year stint as head coach, which would earn him YBL Hall of Fame Honors in 2002.


1997
23-5 Regular Season( Conference Champions )
10-5 Playoffs( YBL Champions )
All the pices finally came together and the team that had worked so hard for 7 season finally won the league championship. First year Manager Mike Powers earned the manager of the year award for the accomplishment. The team also posted a conference best record and headed the coaching staff at the league all star game at Fenway Park. The Finals series was considered one of the best in League History, as 2 time defending Champions Brighton Black Sox and Somerville battled in an epic 7 game series. After the year and for earning the YBL Title, the team was invited for the 1st time to attend the BoSox Award Luncheon.


1998
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27-5 Regular Season( Conference Champions / Best League Record )
2-3 Playoffs( eliminated round 1 )
4-0 Stewart Memorial Tournament( Champions )
As the recurring theme, as the team made progress, it seemed to fall backwards. In 98 the team posted the league's best record and was the favorite to win the league title.
But they dropped their first round series to the Westwood Angels 3 games to 2. The team did however earn some recognition locally, as they were invited to play the Independent Minor League Massachusetts Mad Dogs. Somerville held their own losing 1-0 to the professionals in the 9 inning contest at Fraiser Field in Lynn.


1999
23-5 Regular Season( Conference Champions / Best Overall Record )
10-0 Playoffs( YBL Champions )
Learning from its mistakes in the past, Alibrandis put up one of the most impressive seasons in YBL History. They marched through the regular season and for the 3rd year in a row won their conference and for the 2nd year in a row they had the leagues overall best record. This time in the playoffs nothing was going to stop them from their second title. They posted a perfect 10-0 playoff record and swept away the competition for the YBL Crown.


2000
Hall of Fame Logo
19-5 Regular Season( Conference Champions / Best Overall Record )
10-2 Playoffs( YBL Champions )
The Yawkey Baseball League adopted wood bats in 2000. The team again was among the best and won its conf and had the best wining percentage in the league. Somerville swept the first 2 round in the playoffs, bringing their league record to 5 consecutive series sweeps. They defeated a tough McKay Club team in the finals 4-2 earning the back to back Championships. The team also headed to Cooperstown New York to play on Doubleday Field. It was the second year in a row for this event.


2001
27-5 Regular Season( Conference Champions / Best Overall Record )
10-1 Playoffs( YBL Champions )
This was an historic year for the team as they earned the first 3-peat in YBL History. They won their first 9 games of the playoffs en route for the Championship. It was the 4th in 5 years and moved them into second most titles( AlThomas Club - 5 ) in league history.


2002
2002 Champs
26-6 Regular Season( Conference Champions / Best Overall Record )
10-0 Playoffs( YBL Champions )
For an unprecidented 4th season in a row the Somerville Highlander Alumni / Alibrandis Baseball Club won the Yawkey Baseball league Championship. It was the second time that the team swept the playoffs, going a perfect 10-0. The Championship ties them with the AlThomas Club for the most titles in league history(5). Alibrandis Players were honored with the top 2 awards in the YBL. Marc DesRoches won the Most Valuable Player Award and Derek Bates won the Cy Young award.


2003
23-5 Regular Season( Conference Champions / Best Overall Record )
10-2 Playoffs( YBL Champions )
The team made history in the YBL in getting its 6 Champioship, surpassing the record for league titles of 5 breaking a tie with the AlThomas Club. The season also marked the end of the career of Chris Banda, and the team retired his number 9 to honor him on his tremendous career.


2004
27-4-1 Regular Season( Conference Champions / Best Overall Record )
10-1 Playoffs( YBL Champions )
The team had its best regular season in team history with 27 wins and 1 tie for 55 points in winning its 8th consecutive Conference Championship. The team then added to its record amount of YBL Championships defeating the South Boston Saints for the 3rd time in the final for the teams 7th YBL Championship and 6th in a row.   


2005
25-7 Regular Season( Conference Champions, #2 Playoff Seed )
10-6 Playoffs( YBL Champions )
After another playoff season the team battled through 3 very difficult playoff series and survive a game 7 in the YBLCS versus the top seeded AlThomas Club to win its 8th YBL Championship. It is the 8th in 9 years and 7th in a row.


2006
champ ring

25-7 Regular Season ( Conference Champions and Best Overall Record )
10-2 Playoffs( YBL Champions )

After another great season the team meet up with the Medford Maddogs in a series match up of these natural rivals.  Somerville won the series to earn their 9th Yawkey Baseball League Championship.



2007
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28-5-1 Regular Season

10-2 Playoffs( YBL Champions )

In the most dramatic fashion the Somerville Alibrandis Baseball Club took home thier 10th Yawkey Baseball League Championship defeating the Brighton Brewers with a walk off single to push the series winning run home.  The game did mark the end of the career of All Star 2nd Baseman Kevin White.



2008
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23-9 Regular Season

1-2 Playoffs( defeated in Rd1 )

The run that saw an incredible 9 Yawkey Baseball League Chamionships came to a end to the hands of the team that would take their place as the team who took home the title.  The EB Bluefish defeated the Somerville team in a best of 3 game series 2 games to 1.  The team did enjoy another great regular season as they tied for the top spot in the division with the same record as the Brightom Brewers, but earned the #5 playoff seed as they did not hold the tie breaker to take home the division crown. 



Thursday, August 13
2009
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20-11-1 Regular Season( #6 Playoff Seed )

 

The season marks our 20th season of play in the Yawkey Baseball League. 



Friday, September 10
2010

Regular Season 25-7-1 ( 5th Seed )

Playoffs: 10-3( YBL Champions )

First year field manager Rob McDonough took a team with 14 new players back to the playoffs and pulled of 3 upsets in the postseason to lead the team to the 2010 YBL Championship, the teams 11th title in 21 seaons.



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2011

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2012

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2013

   
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