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Wednesday, June 14
Scrappers Claw Into Minors Championship Game


The Scrappers picked a great time to play their best game of the year, earning a 14-3 victory over the Red Wings that secures the team a spot in the Minors championship game Saturday morning at Benevento Field.  The temperature outside was in the mid-90s and the Scrappers bats were even hotter!  The team collected 13 hits and scored 14 runs, both totals are the second-highest outputs of the season and the most since the third game of the year.


As has been the trend, the Scrappers got another great pitching outing out of their two aces, Jackson Wesley and Nick Torra. The Scrappers have now held their opponents to three runs or less in five straight games. They combined to strike out 11 batters and only walk two in five innings of work.  A model of efficiency, Torra needed only 14 pitches to get through 1.1 innings of relief.


The Scrappers started the first inning on fire, as their first six batters reached base via hits and five runs were scored before an out was recorded. Zach Emery, Gavin Wesley, Ryan Stringer, Jackson Wesley, Finn Rodger, and Torra all recorded hits in the opening inning.


The Scrappers tacked on three more runs in the second inning.  Brendan Trentsch led off with a line-drive single to center and was driven home by Emery’s second hit of the game. Stringer then crushed a triple, his second hit of the game, to bring home Emery and then scored on Jackson Wesley’s RBI single. They added another run in the third.  Nick Torra smashed a double over everyone’s head and was driven home by Jason Puglia.  The Scrappers closed the game out with five more runs in the fourth inning, the big hits coming from Trentsch and Rodger.



The Red Wings received multiple hits from Tanner Dupriest and Liam Blanchette.  Otto Indelicato laced a triple to the right-center field gap, Ben Cook crushed a double over the left fielder, and Nathan Hadaad hit a line-drive single in the fifth inning.

Wednesday, June 7
Scrappers solidify top seed for playoffs


The Scrappers beat the Iron Birds 9-3 on Saturday night to secure the top seed in the upcoming Minors playoffs. The winning formula was once again based on solid pitching.  Jackson Wesley started and delivered yet another outstanding effort. Wesley went four innings, striking out eight. He only surrendered three hits and three runs. Nick Torra came into the game in the fifth inning and delivered two no-hit innings of relief.  Torra struck out four and did not allow a run.


The pitching staff was bolstered by the Scrappers’ bats, which collected eleven hits led by Finn Rodger’s 3-for-3 game, including a triple down the left field line. The Scrappers flashed some leather behind their hurlers also. Gavin Wesley made two outstanding catches at second base, ranging deep into right field on both of them. Zach Emery iced the game for the Scrappers with a catch in center field on a deep bomb hit by Jason Curran.



The Scrappers jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead by scoring five times in the bottom of the first. Nick Torra, Nick Santiago, and Jackson Wesley all had RBI singles in the inning, while Rodger delivered the big blow with a two-RBI triple. The game remained 5-1 until the top of the fourth inning.  It’s worth noting that Iron Birds pitcher Jason Curran retired the Scrappers on only four pitches in the bottom of the third inning.


In the fourth inning, the Iron Birds scored two runs, but the Scrappers responded in the bottom of the inning with one run, driven in by a Nick Torra double. The Scrappers iced the game in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three more runs and extending their lead to 9-3. The big hits of the inning were RBI singles by Zach Emery, Gavin Wesley, and Finn Rodger.


Ryan Stringer and Brendan Trentsch also added to the Scrappers offense with big hits throughout the game.


Wednesday, May 31
Extra base hits, solid pitching lead Scrappers past the River Bandits


Despite the cooler weather, the Scrappers bats warmed up on Tuesday night in a tightly contested game vs. the River Bandits on Field 3. Four of the nine Scrapper hits went for extra bases, including triples by Zach Emery, Ryan Stringer, and Nick Torra. Finn Rodger added some of his own firepower with a double to left field to help lead the Scrappers to a 9-3 victory.


The power bats were a welcomed addition to another excellent team effort on the mound. The Scrappers have allowed less than five runs per game on average throughout the season, including an impressive 3.3 runs-per-game average over their last eight contest. Rodger started and picked up the victory, yielding only one run in two innings, while striking out five. Jackson Wesley added two innings of workman-like relief, striking out four and only giving up one hit.  Emery and Gavin Wesley each added a scoreless inning of relief and both recorded all three of their outs via strike out.


Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Scrappers rallied for three runs. Torra, Cam Parrett, and Jason Puglia lashed RBI singles. The Scrappers then broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, when they scored four times. The big hit was a line-drive RBI single to center field by Josh DiBono. Puglia, Nick Santiago, and Brendan Trentsch drove in the other runs. The Scrappers plated their final runs in the fifth on an RBI triple by Stringer and an RBI by Jackson Wesley.  


Behind the plate for the Scrappers, Parrett and Stringer each threw out a base runner trying to steal third.


For the River Bandits, Matt Colwell hit an inside-the-park home run down the right field line.

Monday, May 29
Scrappers Continue Success Story


The Scrappers and Lugnuts found themselves in a tight battle under the lights on Saturday night.  The Scrappers once again relied on their proven winning formula of solid pitching to secure their 10th victory of the season.  


Nick Torra started on the mound for the Scrappers and picked up the victory.  After giving up two runs in the first inning, he settled into his groove and did not allow any more runs in 3.2 innings of outstanding effort on the hill.   Torra struck out nine batters before handing the ball to Zach Emery, whopitched 1.1 shutout innings without surrendering any hits.


The Lugnuts jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on hits by Tommy Gazda and Ben Shore.  The Scrappers cut the lead in half on a Ryan Stringer RBI single in the bottom of the inning, then added three more runs in the second inning. For the second inning in a row, Stringer had the big hit, a two-RBI single.


The Scrappers then broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring three more runs and extending their lead to 7-2. Gavin Wesley and Torra both collected RBI singles in the frame. Cam Parrett's run-scoring single brought home another run in the fifth.

Thursday, May 25
2018 Majors Tryouts Set For June 10

Tryouts for next year's NRLL Majors will take place Saturday morning, June 10, at Benevento Fields, starting at 9 a.m. Any player born between September 1, 2006, and August 31, 2008, who is not currently on a Majors roster needs to attend in order to be considered for Majors in 2018. If you are unable to attend this tryout, you must email player agent Ed Cady at edcady@comcast.net. All other questions should be directed to Major League Director Buddy Rosano at rosano@verizon.net.

Wednesday, May 24
Scrappers Blank The Thunder


The Scrappers played their best game of the season on Tuesday night against the Thunder, putting together outstanding performances in all three facets of the game (hitting, fielding, and pitching) en route to a 10-0 victory. The highlight of the game for the Scrappers was the effort on the mound by Jackson Wesley, who fired a complete game, one-hit shutout.  He struck out seven batters, only walked two, and did not allow a runner to reach third base. In addition to the outstanding pitching performance, he also fielded his position like a Gold Glover, recording four putouts, among them an impressive double play with his brother Gavin at first base.


At the plate, the Scrappers scored in almost every inning.  They picked up three runs in the first on singles by Zach Emery and Jackson Wesley, and a double by Nick Santiago, then tacked on two more runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Gavin Wesley and Ryan Stringer. Cam Parrett drove in the Scrappers sixth run in the third inning.


The Scrappers finished out their scoring with three more runs in the fourth, the big hit a two-RBI triple by Emery.  Emery then scored on a two-out RBI single by Finn Rodger, and Santiago capped off an excellent day at the plate with a single that brought home Rodger with the team's final run. Josh DiBono chipped in with a solid base hit up the middle for the Scrappers.


Parrett and Rodger should also get credit for splitting catching duties and calling a great game behind the plate.


Sunday, May 21
Scrappers Edge the Red Wings, 6-5


There are not many things that are guaranteed these days, but one of those things is when the Scrappers and Red Wings square off, the game will be a nail biter that comes down to the very last out. For the third time in a row, the Scrappers and Red Wings battled to the end, and similar to the first two meetings, the Scrappers were fortunate to emerge victorious.  The teams will square off one more time before the season is over.  Baseball fans of all ages should mark their calendars; it’s bound to be an thrilling back-and-forth game.



The Scrappers were once again led by their pitching staff. Jackson Wesley started on the mound and picked up the victory.  He pitched three innings, striking out seven and only yielding two hits. Nick Torra pitched the final three innings to pick up the save. Torra matched Wesley’s stat line, striking out seven and only giving up two hits. The two pitchers combined to only walk three batters.


The Scrappers found themselves ahead, 4-0, heading into the fourth inning. Key hits included RBI singles by Finn Rodger and Nick Santiago. The Red Wings battled back in the top of the fourth to score three runs of their own and cut the deficit to 4-3.  The big hit of the inning was a bases-clearing double to right field by Tanner DuPriest.  The Scrappers scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to increase their lead to 6-3, the key at-bat of the inning being an RBI hit by Wesley.   


As is the norm for the Red Wings, they continued to battle to the very end. In the top of the sixth inning, Connor Gutusso led off the inning with a seven-pitch walk, fouling off a couple of tough pitches.  Liam Blanchette followed up with an RBI triple and scored on an Otto Indelicato RBI ground out. With the score 6-5 with one out in the sixth inning, Torra was able to get the next batter to pop out and struck out the last batter of the game to end the Red Wings' rally.


The Scrappers offense got a boost from Gavin Wesley, Michael Pittore, and Josh DiBono, each of whom got a hit.  DuPriest and Blanchette were the hitting stars for the Red Wings with two hits each. Gutusso started on the mound for the Red Wings and gave his team a solid 2.1 innings, striking out six and only allowing two hits.

Monday, May 15
Scrappers and River Bandits Battle to the End

Solid pitching and three late runs carried the Scrappers to a 5-3 win over the River Bandits. The Scrappers received herculean efforts on the mound from Jackson Wesley, who struck out 11 batters in 3.2 innings of work, and Finn Rodger, who delivered 2.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief. They were matched by the River Bandits’ Dylan Oliveira, who went 4.1 innings and limited the usually potent Scrappers to just two runs.

The Scrappers grabbed a 2-0 first-inning lead after Zach Emery led off the game with a single and was driven home by a Wesley single. Ryan Stringer tallied the second run on an RBI groundout by Rodger. The score remained that way until the bottom of the fourth, when the River Bandits plated three runs, the big hit being a double by Oliveira.

After knotting things up in the fifth, the Scrappers scored twice in the sixth to get the decision. Stringer led off the inning with a single and Wesley followed with a double. Rodger then drove home the go-ahead run, and Jason Puglia added some insurance with a two-out RBI.



Tuesday, May 9
The Scrappers Score Another Victory


Lights-out pitching and gold glove defense were the order of the day as the Scrappers slipped past the Lugnuts, 10-3, on a cold Tuesday night at Benevento Field.


Scrappers starting pitcher Nick Torra and Lugnuts starter Ethan Quan matched one another frame-for-frame. Quan allowed only three hits and one run over three innings, while Torra pitched four scoreless frames, surrendering only one infield hit while striking out nine.


The score was 1-0 entering the fourth inning before the Scrappers' bats came alive for six runs. Torra and Quan were not the only pitchers to impress the Benevento crowd. Zach Emery needed only 10 pitches to throw a shutout inning of relief for the Scrappers and Michael Pittore made his pitching debut and recorded two strikeouts. For the Lugnuts, Matt Mancinelli lit up the radar gun, fanning five batters in two innings of impressive relief work. 



At the plate, the Scrappers were led by Torra, Emery, and Finn Rodger, each of whom collected two hits. Jackson Wesley and Nick Santiago also chipped in with one hit each, while Pittore reached base twice, scored, and drove in a run.    



In the field, the Scrappers' defense was in mid-season form. From the catcher position, Cam Parrett made a sliding catch against the fence on a foul pop up behind home plate. Ryan Stringer made a run-saving catch on a line drive in center field, and Josh DiBono made a nice backhanded play at second base to end the game. For the Lugnuts, Jason Berry made an impressive catch of a line drive at shortstop to shut down a Scrappers bases loaded rally.


Sunday, May 7
Scrappers Scoot Past The Thunder


With the game tied at 3-3, the Scrappers scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back, beating the Thunder by the final score of 12-3. For the fourth game in a row, the Scrappers' bats led the way as the team picked up double-digit hits.


Outstanding pitching was also part of the Scrappers' recipe for success in this showdown under the Benevento lights.  The dynamic duo of Jackson Wesley and Finn Rodger split the pitching duties and were in top form as they each struck out four batters and combined to pitch a two-hitter. 


Rodger was also one of the team's hitting stars as he picked up two more hits, including a line drive triple to the fence in the right-center field gap, and piled up five RBI. Zach Emery led the Scrappers with three hits, while also scoring three runs and driving in two.


Gavin Wesley had his best day at the plate in this young season, picking up two hits and scoring three times. Nick Torra was a beast at the plate, hitting the ball hard all game and picking up two hits of his own.  Ryan Stringer added a hit and scored three times.  Michael Pittore reached base twice for the Scrappers and scored a run.


For the Thunder, Gavin Brady led the way. He reached base all three at-bats, including a triple that he laced to the fence in center field. He also pitched 2.1 innings of effective relief, only surrendering one earned run.


Thursday, May 4
Scrapping Out A Victory!


The Scrappers built an eight-run lead in the third inning and then held off a Red Wings charge for an 11-10 victory on Tuesday evening at Benevento Field. For the third game in a row, the Scrappers' bats were red hot, as they collected 11 hits, scored three runs in the first inning, and piled on six more runs in the third.


Jackson Wesley was once again the team's hitting star, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored.  Wesley is batting .875 to start the season and already has 10 RBI.  Also collecting multiple hits for the Scrappers were Zach Emery and Finn Rodger. Rodger leads the Scrappers with 10 hits on the season. Cam Parrett, Gavin Wesley, Ryan Stringer, and Nick Santiago all chipped in with hits in the victory.  



Nick Torra started on the mound and picked up the win by pitching three solid innings. Torra struck out eight Red Wings and surrendered no earned runs. Stringer came in to pitch the sixth inning and earned his first save of the season. He was aided by a critical catch in right field by Wesley.


The Red Wings' comeback was led by Tanner Dupriest, who had a single, a triple, and collected four RBI.

Sunday, April 30
Scrappers Stand Up To the IronBirds


The Scrappers received great pitching, fielding, and hitting in an all-around team effort to beat the Iron Birds, 11-5, on Saturday at Benevento Field. Their well-balanced attack produced at least one run in each inning, including three runs in the first.


Zach Emery led off the game with a single and was driven home on a single by Jackson Wesley.  Finn Rodger and Nick Torra also had RBI hits in the opening frame. The Scrappers scored again in the second inning on an RBI single by Jason Puglia, who finished the day by getting on base in all three of his plate appearances. They tacked on three more runs in the third to make it 7-1, with key hits being a double off the bat of Ryan Stringer and a triple by the speedy Wesley.  It was Wesley's third three-bagger of the young season.


Rodger and Emery had their second RBI hits of the game in the fourth inning as the Scrappers extended their lead to 10-4, and Josh DiBono drove in the team's final run in the fifth inning. Wesley pitched 3.1 innings to earn his second win of the season, with Rodger contributing 1.2 innings of hitless relief.



The Iron Birds received a “Ruthian” effort from Duncan Gulino. Gulino went 2-2 with two home runs, three RBI, and three runs scored.  Ryan Labb chipped in with two doubles of his own.

Sunday, April 23
Scrappers Bats Heat Up in Victory over the Lugnuts


On a chilly Saturday evening at Benevento, the Scrappers’ bats were red hot, pounding out 15 hits en route to a 12-2 win over the Lugnuts.

Finn Rodger led the way with four hits, three RBI, and three runs scored. Jackson Wesley also provided some pop for the winners, bashing two triples and earning the victory on the hill by striking out six in three scoreless innings.

Ryan Stringer collected two hits, including a towering double to center, and Nick Santiago pounded out three hits and drove in four runs. Cam Parrett joined the hit parade by picking up two singles that produced four runs. Gavin Wesley made his pitching debut and threw two solid innings on the mound.

Max Matthews led the Lugnuts’ offense with two hits and Tommy Gazda starred in the field with some great glove work on numerous plays.

Monday, April 17
Lugnuts Light Up Benevento With 11-10 Victory

Opening Day action concluded under the Benevento lights with the defending Minor League
champion Lugnuts shrugging off the Thunder, 11-10.
It was an exciting back-and-forth affair. Thunder starting pitcher Dylan Matthews and Lugnuts counterpart Tommy Gazda were sharp with their pitches, keeping the game moving by limiting the hits.

The Lugnuts eventually built a six-run lead in the fifth inning, a frame capped off by Ethan Quan’s three-run homer. That advantage didn’t last long, however. In
the top of the sixth, the Thunder bounced back with six runs of their own to tie the game at 10-10.
In theend, however, the Lugnuts took the victory on a walk-off single by Gazda. Jason Berry also aided the cause, getting on base four times – with three singles and
a walk.
For the Thunder, a special shout-out goes to Desi Brown, who reached base four times
and scored twice. And both teams’ coaches applauded the fine effort of Chris Libby, who came up from the Farm League to play for the Thunder.

Monday, April 17
IronBirds Soar To Opening Day Triumph

Indians Youth Baseball

strong team effort lifted the IronBirds to a 13-3 victory over the River Bandits. Ryan Labb earned game MVP honors with three strong innings pitched, a three-run inside-the-park home run that propelled his team to an early lead, and a nifty double play he turned at shortstop.

Jason Curran contributed three hits and three runs scored for the victors, while Parker Griffin had two hits and also made a great catch on a hard-hit shot to center field. Nate Dyer relieved Labb on the mound and pitched the final few innings, with battery-mate Max Forristall holding steady behind the plate.

Sunday, April 16
Scrappers rally for come-from-behind Opening Day victory over Red Wings


The Scrappers rallied from a pair of deficits and then held on to defeat the Red Wings, 9-7. With his team trailing, 7-5, in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ryan Stringer stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. He laced a clutch single to the outfield that cleared the bases and put the Scrappers ahead for good.

It was the team’s second comeback of the game. In the second inning, a single by Jason Puglia scored Nick Santiago with the Scrappers’ first run and narrowed their deficit to 3-1, and Santiago then swatted a three-RBI single in the third inning to knot the game at 4-4. Puglia later crushed a double to the fence in the fifth.

Nick Torra started for the Scrappers and held the Red Wings hitless over two frames, and was followed to the hill by Finn Rodger, who earned the victory by pitching three solid innings. Zach Emery recorded the save by striking out two in a scoreless sixth.

Tanner Dupriest started on the mound for the Red Wings and fired two impressive innings. At the plate, Liam Blanchette sparked the Red Wings with a double, three RBI, and three runs scored.

Monday, June 27
Lugnuts Are Minors Champs!
Lugnuts 2016 Minors Champs
This year's North Reading Little League Minors championship went to the Lugnuts, who upended the Mets, 7-2, in their June 18 title game at Benevento Fields. A tight contest throughout, the score was just 3-2 until the Lugnuts broke things open in the bottom of the fifth inning on Noah Pineo’s grand slam home run. On the mound, Marty Pierce fired a complete-game no-hitter, striking out 11 batters, aided by the efforts of catcher Conor Griffin. Pictured are (front row, left to right): Robbie Daley, Conor Griffin, Brendan Trentsch, and Tanner DuPriest; Second row: Noah Pineo, Matt Colwell, Matthew Collins, Parker Griffen, and Marty Pierce; Third row: Coach Marty Pierce, Coach Bob Daley, Coach Jack Collins, Head Coach Marc Griffin, and Coach Steve Colwell.

Sunday, June 28
They're the Iron of the Minors
2015 Minors Champs IronBirds

Congratulations to the 2015 Minor League Champion Iron Birds, who pulled off a 10-7 win in the final over a gutsy River Bandits team that battled until the final out.


Sam Morelli took the mound for the Iron Birds and was masterful, allowing just four hits in four innings.  When the ball was put into play, the defense had Morelli's back. Owen Delano scooped up a few ground balls for outs, and then was on the receiving end of a terrific throw from catcher Aldo Vittozzi to catch a runner stealing third. Clutch catches from Nick Jones helped keep the innings short.


The bats were hot for the Iron Birds, as both Vittozzi and Morelli went 3-for-3. In the forth inning, the Iron Birds plated three runs with a clutch leadoff single by Luke Beneke, and great at-bats by Eli Nikoloppulos and Ruari Maynes that put them on base with a pair of well timed walks.


The Birds seemed to relax with a nice lead and Morelli throwing so well on the mound, but the Bandits seized this opportunity the say that they were not going down without a fight. They scored five runs in the fifth inning with hits by Andrew Taylor, Andrew Mountain, and Sean Heins. A monstrous triple from Theo Sifikas plated two and was topped by a home run from Dylan Mills.


Vittozzi regained his composure on the mound and finished off the last two innings to preserve the win.  He had constant support from Jack Conrad and captain of the infield Garrett Trentch.  A terrific all-round game was played by John Paolucci, as he was sound in the field and feared at the plate. He had a single, then took one for the team off the wrist late in the game.


A tip of the cap has to go to the talented River Bandits team for a great effort. Garret Arden played well with two hits and a strong pitching performance.  Brandon Eng hit a nice triple early in the game and Jack Cronin pitched terrific for the Bandits.

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