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2018 World Series Schedule

By | August 5th, 2018|News|

Championship Format

The 10-team World Series field is comprised of the champions of each of the eight national regions (New England, Middle Atlantic, Ohio Valley, Southeast, Midwest Plains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest) as well as the Western New York State Champions and the Host Team.

Teams will be split into two divisions, National and American.

American Division
New England – Lynn Allstars, Lynn, MA
Midwest Plains – Charleston Fighting Squirrels, Charleston, MO
Pacific Southwest – Northwest Bakersfield Blues, Bakersfield, CA
Southeast – Northern Fairfax County, Fairfax VA
Host: Southern Tier – Chautauqua & Cattaragus County, NY
National Division
Ohio Valley – Northwest Indiana Rippers, Crown Point, IN
Southwest – Alabama Rawdogs, Mobile, AL
Middle Atlantic – West End, Williamsport, PA
Pacific Northwest – Columbia Basin Riverdogs, Columbia, WA
Western New York State Champion – Onondaga Babe Ruth, Onondaga, NY

Each of the 10 teams in the World Series will play four round-robin style games over the first five days of play. Each team will play the other four teams in their division once. A tie in standings will be broken by head-to-head records then fewest total runs allowed.

After pool play the top three teams in each division will advance to a single elimination bracket, with the top seed in each division receiving byes.

Pool Play
Game # Date Away Home Time
1 4-Aug Ohio Valley Middle Atlantic 12:00PM
2 4-Aug New England Southeast 2:30PM
3 4-Aug WNY State Champ Southwest 5:00PM
4 4-Aug Southern Tier Midwest Plains 7:30PM
5 5-Aug Southwest Pacific Northwest 12:00PM
6 5-Aug New England Pacific Southwest 2:30PM
7 5-Aug Middle Atlantic WNY State Champ 5:00PM
8 5-Aug Southeast Southern Tier 7:30PM
9 6-Aug Pacific Southwest Midwest Plains 12:00PM
10 6-Aug Pacific Northwest Middle Atlantic 2:30PM
Pool Play
Game # Date Away Home Time
11 6-Aug WNY State Champ Ohio Valley 5:00PM
12 6-Aug Southern Tier New England 7:30PM
13 7-Aug Southwest Ohio Valley 12:00PM
14 7-Aug Midwest Plains New England 2:30PM
15 7-Aug Southeast Pacific Southwest 5:00PM
16 7-Aug Pacific Northwest WNY State Champ 7:30PM
17 8-Aug Middle Atlantic Southwest 12:00PM
18 8-Aug Ohio Valley Pacific Northwest 2:30PM
19 8-Aug Midwest Plains Southeast 5:00PM
20 8-Aug Pacific Southwest Southern Tier 7:30PM

Lynn Babe Ruth Team Leaves for the World Series

By | August 5th, 2018|News|

The Lynn Babe Ruth players and coaches boarded a bus today for a nine-hour ride to Jamestown, N.Y., seeking to do something that no local team has done in 35 years: win a world championship.

The Lynn contingent, led by coaches Al Donovan and Leon Elwell, tuned up for the Babe Ruth World Series with an indoor hitting session Monday night at Extra Innings in Middleton. Lynn qualified for the World Series by winning the New England regional championship last Tuesday at Fraser Field.

“We played a talented Cape Cod team in the regional final and we were able to win with some phenomenal pitching, great defense and timely hitting,” said Donovan, who is also the head baseball coach at Salem State University.

Starting pitcher Devin Curley was masterful in the New England tournament and received the MVP Award. AJ Luciano continued his torrid .400-plus hitting from his high school season at Lynn Classical.

“AJ has been hitting the ball really well,” said Donovan. “Jo Moreta and Anthony Nikolakakis have done a great job and Zach Elwell had a big hit in a winners’ bracket game. It’s been a great team effort.”

Donovan said he had high expectations for the team when it first convened last November.

“Coach Elwell and I thought we had some talented players and he [Elwell] had the core group from the [2015] World Series team,” said Donovan. “There’s been a lot of synergy and the kids get along very well.”

Nine players from Elwell’s Lynn 15-year-old All-Star team – AJ Luciano, Christian Burt, Dayshawn Anderson, Zach Elwell, Danny Lilja, David Barbard, Anthony Nikolakakis, Kevin Durant, and Brett Bucklin – are making their second trip to the World Series. That team finished fifth in country.

Luciano, who will be attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy, said he’s looking forward to competing against players from across the country.

“I’ve been looking forward to it all weekend,” said Luciano. “I can’t wait to get on the bus and get to New York. I think we can win it all. The keys are pitching and good defense and timely hitting.”

Anderson is very excited about the trip to the World Series.

“We’re all looking forward to the tournament,” said Anderson, whose mother, Tawnya Smith, will be in Jamestown. “When we played in North Dakota, I met some new people and we competed against some really good teams.”

Donovan said he could sense the excitement and feel the energy among the players.

“We’re excited about the opportunity,” said Donovan. “It’s very impressive that Lynn has a team in the World Series again.”

Nikolakakis excited to be be back in the  World Series

Anthony Nikolakakis has one of the best memories from the Lynn Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Star team’s appearance in the 2015 World Series: a grand slam home run and an All-Tournament Award.

Nikolakakis hit his towering grand slam against the West Fargo, North Dakota team in the host team’s home ballpark.

The big, right-handed hitter was asked about his home run outlook for the 2018 Babe Ruth World Series

“Honestly, hitting a home run in the World Series is not foremost in my mind,” said Nikolakakis, the son of Taki and Elaine Nikolakakis. “I’m just focused on getting the job done as a team, not individually. Yet, it would be awesome to hit a home run, but as long as we come home with some hardware, it’s doesn’t matter how I play.”

Nikolakakis, who will attend Plymouth State University (N.H.), said “it’s awesome” to play in the World Series for a second time.

“It’s definitely cool to do it once, and being able to do it twice is just a blessing, especially with the group of guys we have now,” said Nikolakakis. “We have a really talented, hard-working group, kids that want to be here and compete, and that’s what drives us. We’re all excited.”

Nikolakakis and his St. Mary’s High School teammates on the Lynn team, including Kyle Oullette, Josh Mateo, Lou Vidal, and Colin Reddy, will not be attending the Spartans’ breakup banquet Tuesday night. But the 6-foot-3-inch slugger has a heartfelt message for coach Derek Dana and the school itself.

“I want to say thank you for the best four years of my life. Thank you to Coach Dana for helping me and shaping me in to the person I am and the player I am. And thank you to the school itself for getting me ready for college.”

LYNN BABE RUTH ALL-STARS BEGIN WORLD SERIES POOL PLAY SATURDAY

By | August 2nd, 2018|News|

LYNN — Plenty has been said regarding the Lynn Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old All-Star team’s run to the World Series. The Lynners arrived in Jamestown, New York Thursday evening after an eight-hour bus ride and now one thing’s clear: it’s finally time to play baseball.

Aside from a scrimmage against the North Shore Giants Monday night at Fraser Field, Lynn hasn’t played a game since last Tuesday’s regional final against Cape Cod. Keeping the players loose through the past nine days has been the objective for coaches Al Donovan and Leon Elwell.

“We wanted to keep the kids loose and at the same time be competitive,” Donovan said. “We scrimmaged the Giants and we used all our pitchers in that game. We went to Extra Innings and hit in the cages for two hours. We met with the parents, set the expectations before we head down there. We worked on our defensive plays during the scrimmage and took good batting practice.

“Baseball’s about repetition,” Donovan said. “Not just on drills but hitting, fielding, pitching too. Working on defensive run-downs and cut-offs. It’s all about repetition, these guys have done it the last seven, eight years of their lives. You make sure you’re ready for competitive situations. It might come down to a little play like putting down a sac-bunt. We work on those little plays. I believe they’re ready. I think it just comes down to executing.”

The Lynners are guaranteed four games in the World Series. They’ll play one tilt against each of the other four teams in their pool. They begin pool play Saturday afternoon (2:30) against the Southeast Region champion. Sunday (2:30) they take on the Pacific Southwest Regional champion. Monday (7:30) Lynn clashes against the Southern Tier Region champion. Tuesday (2:30) they battle the Midwest Region champion. All World Series games will be played at Russell E. Dietrich, Jr. Park in Jamestown.

There are two pools, five teams in each, competing in the World Series. The top three teams from each pool advance to the knockout round of the tournament. The top team from each pool will earn a bye, giving them an automatic bid in the semifinals. If Lynn finishes as one of the top three teams in its pool, it’ll have a rest day Wednesday. If Lynn’s the top seed in its pool, Thursday will also be a rest day with the semifinals scheduled for Friday.

“Whenever you get to the top 10 teams, at any level, you’ll play top teams,” Donovan said. “Last year Cape Cod went down there and I believe they finished fourth. We feel we’re going to see some good competition.”

While the goal is to emerge as one of the top three teams of the pool, Donovan said the Lynners are taking a “one game at a time” approach as they dive into pool play. They’re focused on Saturday’s game without looking too far ahead.

“We’re aiming to go out and play well in game one,” Donovan said. “We’re not looking too far ahead to game two or game three. We have to go out and execute. We’ll leave it all on the table. I believe we’ll do well out there, I really do.”

Lynn’s roster includes a solid mix of 18 players, half of which played on a similar stage two summers ago in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series in North Dakota. Donovan said carrying a core of players who know what to expect on a national stage goes a long way in preparing for the World Series.

“They’re ready,” Donovan said. “There has been a lot of talk of excitement. They’re chewing at the bit to compete at a high level. We have nine kids who were on this stage two years ago and that says a lot. We have nine other kids who played at a high level and are very talented. I’m happy we’re leaving. It’s been a long build up.

“I’m happy for the kids,” Donovan said. “Me and coach Elwell love watching these kids play. We’ve coached them in Little League. We’ve had some of these kids for a number of years. We’ve meshed well together as a team. It’s been a team effort all the way around. It’s going to be an interesting ride.”

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

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

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.”

CURLEY ENJOYING LYNN BABE RUTH’S WORLD SERIES RIDE

By | July 31st, 2018|News|

LYNN — Devin Curley couldn’t have asked for a better senior year at Lynn English High. In the fall, Curley helped lead the football team to a 10-1 season in a year that saw the Bulldogs fall one victory short of winning Division 3 North. In the winter, he helped lead the English swimming and diving team to victory in the Lynn City Meet.

The spring didn’t go as well as he had hoped it would, as the English baseball team went 8-12 thanks in part to falling on the wrong end of multiple close-margin games.

Now Curley has a chance to flip his baseball script with the World Series-bound Lynn Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old All-Stars.

“It’s been a lot of fun playing with this team all summer,” Curley, a right-handed pitcher, said. “I remember when (Lynn coach) Leon (Elwell) told me about playing for this team. He told me we’d have a chance to make the World Series. I remember two years ago when a lot of these guys went to the (15-year-old) World Series. It’s been a lot of fun and it turns out we won regionals and now we’re going to the World Series.”

Lynn emerged as the last team standing in the New England Regionals last week, sealing its bid in the Babe Ruth World Series. The World Series will be played in Jamestown, N.Y. and runs from August 4-August 11. The Lynners play their first game of the tournament Saturday afternoon (2:30) against Fairfax County of Virginia.

“It feels really good representing Lynn, Massachusetts and New England,” Curley, who’ll attend UMass Lowell in the fall, said. “It’s been a lot of fun with the team, the coaches. My high school baseball career was a lot of fun and now it’s great to get a chance to play for a World Series in New York.”

Curley played a huge role in Lynn’s success during regionals. In the tournament opener against Keene (N.H.), Curley tossed seven shutout innings, while allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts. He followed with another dominant performance in the tournament final when he limited Cape Cod to just one run over seven innings with six strikeouts.

For his stellar outings, Curley was awarded the MVP award of the regional tournament. And that’s in the wake of a collarbone injury Curley suffered during the winter.

“It meant a lot,” Curley said. “I didn’t play so much my sophomore year at English. I was an ‘alright’ pitcher coming in. I broke my collarbone in February. I went snowboarding and fell on my collarbone, and ended up having surgery on it. Now to be pitching at this level, it’s a lot of fun.

“I had a lot of fun with English,” Curley said. “We had a couple bad breaks. It’s been fun playing with a group of kids from Lynn. It’s great to have a chance to win a championship with this team.”

As the team closes in on its first World Series game, Curley has nothing but confidence in Lynn’s chances on the national stage. Curley said the team has built an enjoyable atmosphere throughout the summer, one that’ll carry over to Jamestown.

“(I enjoy) the atmosphere of the whole team,” Curley said. “Everyone wants to come down, have fun and play baseball. The coaches (Elwell and Al Donovan) do a great job of showing us things and helping us with the areas that we need to fix. Everyone does a good job of coming down to the field and competing.

“It’s been a great ride,” Curley said of his baseball career. “Starting from East Lynn, Babe Ruth and all the way through English.”

For the past week, the team has asked the Lynn community for help in fundraising for the trip to Jamestown. Babe Ruth pays for one way of transportation, but the rest of the costs have to be financed by the team. The Lynners expect they’ll need somewhere around $8,000 to fund their necessary costs.

Word about the team’s success has made its way through the community and Devin said it’s a good feeling to have Lynn’s support.

“I’ve had people come up to me and say ‘good luck’ and these are people I don’t even know,” Curley said. “I was canning the other day and I had a lady come up to me and say ‘I saw your gofundme page. We’re rooting for you guys and wishing you the best of luck.’”

Lynn departs for Jamestown from Bowzer Complex Thursday morning.

CURLEY PITCHES LYNN TO VICTORY IN REGIONALS

By | July 19th, 2018|News|

LYNN — Thursday night’s Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old New England Regional opening game between host Lynn and Keene (N.H.) belonged to pitcher Devin Curley. The Lynn starter tossed seven shutout innings and kept Keene’s bats quiet through the night, leading his team to a 2-0 victory at Fraser Field.

Curley threw 89 pitches in his efficient start and tallied seven strikeouts in the win.

“Devin was the man on the mound,” Lynn coach Al Donovan said. “He goes seven innings and throws 89 pitches, that’s really good. That’s 12.5 pitches an inning. We’ll take that all day long. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from Devin.

“When you pitch in a ballpark like this, Devin’s smart enough to go right at hitters,” Donovan added. “You’re not going to have guys hitting home runs out of here. We have a stellar defense in the outfield with Colin Reddy, Kyle Ouellette, who made a great catch in foul territory, and Brett Bucklin. You’re not going to get three better outfielders.”

With the victory, the Lynners moved into the winner’s bracket of the regional tournament. Lynn battles against Norwalk (CT) Friday night (7) at Fraser Field.

“Norwalk’s a good team,” Donovan said. “We’ll have David Barnard going on the mound. We’ll expect big things from David. He’s always a grinder, he’s always around the plate. He always competes at a high level. We feel confident with him coming in.”

The Lynners saw no shortage of scoring opportunities through the first two innings but couldn’t score. Lynn left runners on second and third in the bottom of the first inning and the bases loaded in the second frame.

“We had five batters in the first inning and six batters in the second inning, and we couldn’t push a run across,” Donovan said. “We have to have a better approach at the plate. One out with runners on second and third, you have to score a run and put the ball in play. You can’t hit it back to the pitcher. Unfortunately we hit the ball right back to the pitcher a few times in situations with guys on base and less than two outs. We have to score on those. We left a lot of guys on base.”

In the bottom of the third, they pounced on another scoring chance to grab a 1-0 lead. Ouellette (2-for-3, run) roped a one-out single to start the rally and advanced to third base after Barnard reached on an infield error. Anthony Nikolakakis (0-for-3, RBI) grounded into a 5-4 fielder’s choice and Ouellette crossed home plate with the game’s first run, giving Lynn a 1-0 lead.

That’s how it stayed through the next 3 1/2 innings but the 1-0 edge was all the run support Curley needed. Curley sent Keene down in order in the top of the fourth and worked his way around a one-out single in the fifth inning.

“We’re going to make the plays for Devin and that’s exactly what we did,” Donovan said. “Devin only walked two guys and we’ll take that. Our goal here as a team is to stay at three walks or under every game. If we do that, we’ll be in the game.”

Lynn added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Danny Lilja drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Curley, helping his own cause, advanced Lilja to third base with a groundout. Jomar Moreta (1-for-2) followed with a sharply hit line-drive that ricocheted off Keene’s shortstop’s glove, allowing Lilja to score Lynn’s second run.

Curley allowed a two-out walk in the top of the sixth and a one-out walk in the top of the seventh but buckled down, with stellar defense on his side, to keep Keene off the board.

Lynn’s game Friday night is the final contest of a triple-header at Fraser. Cape Cod plays PNJ Worcester in the afternoon (1), followed by a tilt between Keene and the winner of Cape Cod/PNJ Worcester (4).

EARLY MISTAKES COST BRAINTREE, WORK TO LYNN’S BENEFIT

By | July 8th, 2018|News|

LYNN — The Lynn 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars accomplished what they set out for Thursday evening at Breed Middle School. Lynn took advantage of a plethora of Braintree miscues, plating six runs in the first inning, and never looked back in a 15-2 mercy-rule win.

“It was a solid win,” Lynn manager Paul Hartford said. “(Starting pitcher) Yordy (Contreras) didn’t have his best stuff but he managed to gut it out. We helped him out by picking it up on offense, smart baserunning. Great job once again by these guys.”

Contreras earned the nod on the mound and pitched the first four innings. He allowed two earned runs on five hits, walked one and struck out one. Knicko Ramirez followed in relief and pitched a scoreless fifth inning, despite allowing one hit and one walk.

From the early goings of the tilt it seemed as though No. 15 Braintree simply couldn’t help itself. No. 2 Lynn plated six runs on just two base hits in the bottom of the first to take an early commanding lead. Shea Palmer (2-for-2, RBI) hit a RBI single, scoring Brady Warren (0-for-2, RBI) with the game’s first run. Eldrian Bonilla (0-for-1, 2 RBI) drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Ramirez for the 2-0 lead. Jack Marks (2-for-2, RBI) continued the rally with a RBI single, plating Deniel Ortiz (2-for-2, 2 RBI) and stretching Lynn’s lead to 3-0.

Palmer and Bonilla raced home on consecutive passed balls and Marks scored on a wild pitch, pacing the Lynners to a 6-0 lead after one inning.

“Braintree played five one-run games,” Hartford said. “Capitalizing on every mistake they made just helped our offense because we didn’t really hit the ball in the first inning. Smart baserunning, they made some errors and we were alive, ready to play. Normally we might’ve scored two runs in that inning. Because we were smart and paid attention we wound up with six. That buries you as a team, down 6-0 after one inning with our best pitcher on the mound.

Hartford added, “It’s crucial and these guys have been very good at taking advantage of errors.”

Showing no quit after the sour start, Braintree answered with a pair of tallies in the top of the second on back-to-back two-out RBI singles. That, however, was all the scoring Braintree had in store.

Contreras (1-for-3, RBI) hit a RBI single in the second and Bonilla added a RBI groundout in the third, bumping Lynn’s lead to 8-2.

Things got out of hand in the bottom of the fourth, when the Lynners added seven runs to their advantage to run away with the win.

Warren started the scoring with a sac-fly, bringing Jack Anderson (1-for-3) home. Ortiz followed with a 2-RBI double to make it an 11-2 lead. After Palmer reached on an error, Ortiz raced home on a double-steal. Bonilla walked and a single by Marks rolled past Braintree’s right-fielder, granting Lynn three more runs for a 15-2 rout.

Ramirez worked his way through a jam with two Braintree runners on base in the top of the fifth, sealing the 15-2 Lynn victory.

Despite the tough reality that a loss Thursday would’ve ended Lynn’s season, the team embraced the challenge and kept its normal approach. Having fun on the diamond has been a top priority and the Lynners won’t change that anytime soon.

“This is a crazy bunch,” Hartford said. “If you listen to some of their conversations in the dugout sometimes you wouldn’t even know they’re in a game. They’re just a loosy goosy bunch. They really are but they’ve played together for a couple years. Most of them were on the Gallant team last year. They know what it takes to win. They’ve been successful together, they’ve had some heartbreaking games but they feel like they’re a family together. It’s fun to coach them.

Hartford added, “My (assistant) coaches Chris Warren and Jay Bullock have done a nice job getting these guys ready as well.”

Lynn shifts its focus to preparing for Saturday afternoon’s (3) state tournament quarterfinal game in Taunton. Lynn will battle against the winner between Weymouth and Franklin.

LYNN BABE RUTH 13S DEFEAT SWAMPSCOTT

By | July 2nd, 2018|News|

LYNN — When the Lynn 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars score runs, they score them in bunches. That was the clear message Saturday evening in Lynn’s 10-3 win over Swampscott at Breed Middle School.

The Lynners did the bulk of their damage in two innings, plating four runs in the top of the first and tacking on six more tallies in the top of the sixth.

“We came to life in that sixth inning,” Lynn manger Paul Hartford said. “I think we realized that the game was on the line. We didn’t want to have to play a game (tonight). We knew had to step it up and fortunately we were able to battle back.”

With the victory, Lynn continues its quest in the state tournament. The Lynners are 4-0 in tournament play and will host a home game Thursday when they take the field in the round of 16 as the No. 2 seed.

Swampscott, on the other hand, is eliminated from the tournament.

“We only have one Babe Ruth team at the 13-year-old level,” Swampscott manager Rich Reiling said. “I thought outside that one inning (top of the sixth) we played very well against one of the best teams in the league. I’m certainly proud of (starting pitcher) Jansen Landing and Sam Kearney caught every inning of the tournament for us. They really did a good job.”

Lynn started on the right foot with a 4-run top of the first. Back-to-back walks allowed Brady Bullock to score the game’s first run on an infield error. Knico Ramirez (1-for-4, 2 RBI) followed with a 2-run single, scoring Brady Warren and Yordy Contreras, bumping Lynn’s lead to 3-0. Deniel Ortiz’s sac-fly plated Ramirez and stretched Lynn’s advantage to 4-0.

Swampscott answered quickly with three runs in the bottom half of the first. A Lynn error, a walk and hit batsman loaded the bases for Max Brodsky (1-for-3, 2 RBI), who roped a 2-RBI single, plating Jansen Landen and John Cuttle. Brendan Norton raced home on a wild pitch and Swampscott found itself back in the game, down 4-3 after one inning.

“This is usually a pretty good hitting team,” Reiling said. “Lynn just has excellent pitching. They’ve scored a lot of runs in this tournament. It was pretty clear we weren’t going to score too many so I was glad we got a couple in the first.”

Both starting pitchers settled down after the first inning. Swampscott’s Landen pitched 5 1/3 innings and kept his team in the game until Lynn rallied again in the sixth inning. Landen finished with four strikeouts.

Lynn’s Ortiz bounced back after a tough start in the opening frame and pitched six innings with  nine strikeouts.

“He (Ortiz) settled in nicely,” Hartford said. “He was rushing it a little bit. He hasn’t pitched in about a week. I don’t if he wasn’t ready but he hit a batter and walked a batter. That’s not what he usually does. Once we got that double play to end the (first) inning, he settled down after that and pitched very well.”

Lynn put the game away with six runs in the top of the sixth. Shea Palmer (1-for-4, RBI) started the rally with a RBI double and Jack Marks (1-for-3, RBI) added a RBI triple, making it a 6-3 Lynn lead. Marks scored on Dom Giordano’s (1-for-2, RBI) RBI single, boosting the lead to 7-3.

Heads-up baserunning allowed Lynn to add three more runs to their advantage. Marcus Martinez, Jack Anderson and Bullock each sprinted home on wild pitches, propelling Lynn to a 10-3 lead after five and a half innings.

Ortiz sent Swampscott down in order in the bottom of the sixth and Bullock closed the win with a 1-2-3 seventh.

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

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

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.

2017 Spring Season Update

By | March 20th, 2017|News|

Our Board of Directors and Managers are getting ready for the upcoming spring baseball season.  We completed registration, tryouts and the draft.  Managers will be contacting their players soon while we finalize our league schedules.  Mark your calendar for Opening Day on Saturday, April 22nd.