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NIKOLAKAKIS, LYNN BABE RUTH GET A SECOND SHOT AT WORLD SERIES

LYNN — Anthony Nikolakakis still has vivid memories of the Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series he played in two years ago with a group of longtime Lynn Little League teammates. The Lynners did their best in representing their city on a national stage in North Dakota but fell a bit short of bringing a banner home.

Now they’re getting a second chance, as Nikolakakis and the 16-18-year-old Lynn Babe Ruth All-Star team’s heading to the World Series in Jamestown, New York this weekend. And Nikolakakis hopes to make the most of the opportunity.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Nikolakakis said of the opportunity to play in the upcoming World Series. “After our 15-year-old year we thought that was our last chance to play together. It’s really awesome. We’ve been playing together since we were all 10-year-olds. To be able to do this twice with this group of guys is just incredible.

“It’s a brotherhood more than a team,” Nikolakakis added. “All the kids on our team are close, especially the group that has played together since Little League. We have a great atmosphere and a competitive atmosphere. The coaches (Leon Elwell and Al Donovan) do a great job too. When it’s time to work we know how to buckle down and get ready to work.”

Nikolakakis, a first/third baseman who spent two years on the varsity baseball team at St. Mary’s, has a strong recollection of the World Series run two summers ago. He launched a grand-slam in that tournament.

“I definitely remember getting there,” Nikolakakis, who’ll continue his baseball career at Plymouth State, said. “When we got to North Dakota it was different. It was a small airport. It was nice being there with the team. It was fun being there. We played great baseball. I remember hitting a grand-slam out there. It was a fun time in general.”

The Lynners haven’t played a game, aside from a scrimmage against the North Shore Giants, since last Tuesday’s regional championship against Cape Cod. For the past week, the team has balanced its time between two main focuses.

On the field, the focus is on staying sharp with fundamentals at the forefront.

“We’re just sharpening up,” Nikolakakis said. “We’re working on the areas we’ve worked on all season, the fundamental things. We’re preparing for the (eight hour) bus ride. We’re preparing for the competition, it’ll be a lot better than what we’ve seen this summer. We’re working on shooting the ball the opposite way, small ball, getting bunts down. A lot of fundamentals and mental things.”

Off the field, the focus is on being mentally prepared for the competition they’ll play against in Jamestown.

“We’re definitely expecting to go in there and do some damage,” Nikolakakis said. “We have to have respect for the competition because we’ll face some great competition. It’s not a vacation, it’s a business trip. The competition will be good but it’s good to push ourselves a little bit.”

The extra rest works to Nikolakakis’ favor, as the infielder’s nursing a knee injury he suffered four years ago as a freshman football player at St. Mary’s. He recently underwent a MRI that revealed a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Nikolakakis will require surgery to repair the damage but he elected to postpone the procedure until after the World Series.

“I’m not 100 percent there but it’s not affecting my ability,” Nikolakakis said. “I’m just pushing through it, it doesn’t really cross my mind during the games.”

Although the Babe Ruth season has challenged him physically and kept his schedule busy, there’s nothing Nikolakakis would rather do this summer than gear up for another World Series run.

“Playing this much baseball takes a toll on your body,” Nikolakakis said. “Playing through an injury has been tough but there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing than playing with these guys. My teammates and the coaches make it fun. It’s not just baseball, it’s a routine for me and it’s a part of the summer. It’d feel weird not playing baseball.”

Lynn’s goal, Nikolakakis said, is a clear one.

“Representing Lynn on a national stage is as good as it gets,” Nikolakakis said. “We go down there to represent the city, the state and New England. Getting that opportunity when I was 15, and doing it again now, it’s incredible. The city has done an incredible job helping us. Going down there and bringing back some hardware for the city is our goal.”

By | August 1st, 2018|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

LYNN BABE RUTH 14-YEAR-OLDS ADVANCE TO STATE TOURNAMENT

The 14-year old Lynn Babe Ruth All-Star baseball team won the District 1 title Monday night with a dominant 18-5 win over Peabody in five innings. With the win, the Lynn 14’s have earned a spot in the state tournament that begins July 6.

“It feels great to win the district, these kids have worked hard,” said manager Brian O’Connor. “It’s their second year on the new diamond, so they’ve been practicing really well and everything translated to the games. We added a new coach in Jay Fraher who has helped tremendously as well. It was a great team win.”

Anthony Mateo led the way for the Lynn 14’s, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and five RBI. Jason Donahue went 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Aiven Cabral, Aaron O’Connor, Anthony Marino and Christian Moran each scored three runs. Moran also got the win on the mound after getting the start and pitching 2 2/3 innings. Ryan Fraher pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of relief and didn’t give up a single hit.

The Lynn 14’s will now wait for the state tournament seeding to come out to find out who its first opponent will be.

Also on Monday night, the Lynn 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars defeated Revere, 12-0, in a mercy-rule shortened game.

The 13’s, already 2-0 in pool play, host Somerville Tuesday evening (5:45) at Clancy in Lynn. The 13’s have outscored their two opponents 28-0 in pool play thus far and are ranked as the No. 1 seed in Eastern Mass.

By | June 26th, 2018|News, Registration, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lynn Babe Ruth Mulls Bid to Host World Series

January 4, 2017
By Journal Staff

By Joyce Erekson

Greater Lynn Babe Ruth is no stranger to playing host to big tournaments. Last summer the New England regionals for 15-year-olds were held in Lynn and over the years, the league has been home to numerous district and state tournaments, both in baseball and softball.

So why not kick it up a notch, or two, and shoot for the World Series? Although no decision has been made yet, league officials are seriously looking into submitting a bid to hold the World Series in Lynn.

“It’s still in the beginning stages,” Babe Ruth president Jim Beliveau said. “We’re talking two or three years from now. It takes that long to get things going.”

Beliveau said (national) Babe Ruth had sent out an email saying they were looking for hosts and when Lynn expressed interest, the positive response, which was based on the job Lynn did with the regionals, was encouraging.

Beliveau said the biggest challenge will come in the fundraising. He said it costs more than $100,00 to host and that means bringing some big sponsors onboard.

“You have to find some big boys,” Beliveau said. “We know we’ll need corporate sponsorships.”

Greater Lynn Babe Ruth is no stranger to the World Series. Last summer the Lynn 15s played in the World Series in Williston, North Dakota.

“I didn’t go to North Dakota, but I know they (the teams) were treated very well,” Beliveau said.

If Lynn landed the World Series, the games would be played at Fraser Field, rather than at Bowzer Complex. That was the case this summer with the regionals and it worked out great, Beliveau said.

Beliveau said the fields at Bowzer would be used for practice space for the visiting teams. Other fields in the area, like World Series Park in Saugus, could also be included. Beliveau said the benefits of bringing the World Series to Lynn would be felt outside the city. There are hotels on Route 1 where teams could stay and there are plenty of places in Lynn and the surrounding communities where visitors could eat.

Beliveau said Lynn is also in a good location to do something like this because of its proximity to Boston, beaches, the mountains, and tourist attractions like Salem.

“We have everything here,” Beliveau said, adding that it’s’ necessary to have things for the players and their families to do when they’re not playing.

Right now it’s a small group of regulars, like Beliveau, Jeff Earp, Jim Hennessey, Leon Elwell, Dave Galeazzi and a few others who are laying the groundwork. Lynn will have to submit a welcome packet and if it does decide to bid and it gets accepted, the legion of volunteers will have to grow substantially.

“This is not a four or five-man crew job,” Beliveau said. “It’s a 50-60 man job.”

If Lynn does decide to go for it, the host league will get an automatic bid to the tournament. Beliveau said if the league pursues a bid, one of the first things it will have to do it put together a welcome packet to present. The discussions will continue when the board meets after the holidays.

By | January 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments