Yawkey League Crowns 2017 Champion

The Somerville Alibrandis franchise won the YBL Championship Series for the 8th consecutive time and 18th in franchise history.  They swept the McKay Club, outlasted the Stoneham Sabers and survived a surge from the Brighton Braves, who made their first finals appearance in 40 years.

The Hose, Brian Tanguy, took home the Playoff MVP honors pitching in 4 of the 7 Finals games amassing 14 innings only giving up 7 hits and one earned run.  He also struck out 16 over those 4 appearances.

Chalk was the word in the playoffs this year as every single top-seed won each series, but not without a competitive wrinkle thrown in.  Stoneham put the champs on the ropes winning the first two games on the road against Alibrandis forcing the champs to have to win 3 in a row just to advance to the finals.  The Brighton Braves made it to the finals after playing Game 4s in both of their series.

In the end, the Ted Tracy, Pete Lankarge, Mike Smith and company gave Alibrandis everything they could possibly handle taking them to the limit.  It was the first Game 7 that the Yawkey League has seen since 2005 and only the 5th “Champs or go-home” game in the history of the League.

Congratualtions to every Yawkey participant this year for making it the most competitive season in recent memory!!!

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2017 Championship Series

The 2017 Yawkey League Championship series is set to begin on Friday August 25. The number one seeded Somerville Alibrandis face the number two seeded Brighton Braves.

To reach the finals Somerville defeated the Stoneham Sabers in five games. The Braves defeated Al Thomas in four games to earn their spot in the finals.

The best of seven series is set to begin at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge on Friday August 25 at 7:30pm.

#1 Somerville vs #2 Brighton Braves
Game 1 – Fri 8/25 St. Peter’s (Cambridge) 7:30pm
Game 2 – Sun 8/27 Maplewood Park, 8:00pm
Game 3 – Mon 8/28 at Rogers Park, 7:30pm
Game 4 – Tue 8/29 at Rogers Park, 7:30pm
Game 5 – Wed 8/30 at Rogers Park, 7:30pm
Game 6 – Thu 8/31 at Morelli Field, 8:00pm
Game 7 – Fri 9/1 at St. Peter’s (Cambridge) 7:30pm

For updates please check the league schedule here

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2017 Semifinals Matchups

The matchups for the semifinal round of the 2017 Yawkey League playoffs are now set. Somerville (31-1-1, 3-0) faces off against Stoneham (21-11, 3-2) while Brighton Braves (23-8-1, 3-1) takes on Al Thomas (21-11, 3-1).

UPDATE: Both best of five series are set to being on Saturday 8/19. The updated schedule for each series is as follows.

#1 Somerville vs #4 Stoneham
Game 1 – Sat 8/19 at Maplewood, 8:00pm
Game 2 – Sun 8/20 at St Peters, 7:30pm
Game 3 – Mon 8/21 at Peabody HS, 8:00pm
Game 4 – Tue 8/22 at Peabody HS, 8:00pm
Game 5 – Wed 8/18 at Trum, 8:00pm

#2 Brighton Braves vs #3 Al Thomas
Game 1 – Sat 8/19 at Rogers, 4:00 pm
Game 2 – Sun 8/20 at Cunningham Park, 4:00pm
Game 3 – Mon 8/21 at Rogers, 7:30 pm
Game 4 – Tue 8/22 at Braintree HS, 7:30pm
Game 5 – Wed 8/18 at Rogers, 7:30pm

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2017 Playoffs Set to Begin

The 2017 Yawkey League Playoffs are set to get underway Saturday August 12 with the following first round match ups.

#1 Somerville (30-1-1) vs #8 McKay Club (14-18)
#2 Braves (23-8-1) vs #7 East Boston (15-17)
#3 Al Thomas (21-11) vs #6 South Boston (16-14-1)
#4 Stoneham (21-11) vs #5 Revere (21-11)

Good luck to all teams.

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YBL Wins 2017 Eastern Mass Amateur Baseball Classic

With victories over the Park League and Cranberry League, the YBL claimed its second Eastern Mass Classic Title.

In their first game the Yawkey League defeated the Park League 5-0 in 8 innings. After seven innings the game was tied 0-0 as both teams battled through the rain. In the top of the 8th the Yawkey League would score 5 runs to defeat the Park League and move on to the championship game.

In the finals, the Yawkey League defeated the Cranberry League 4-3. The Yawkey League jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead scoring two runs in both the first and second innings.   The Cranberry League scored three runs in the fourth. The Yawkey League would hold on from there to bring home the trophy.

Congratulations to Nate Laliberte of the Revere Rockies and all of the Yawkey League All Stars for an outstanding performance.

 

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2017 EMass Classic Roster Announced

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On Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Yawkey Baseball League All Stars will be taking on their counterparts from the Boston Park, Cranberry and InterCity Leagues at Monan Park in Boston, MA. The YBL will be playing the Park League at 4:15, the winner of which moves on to the Finals to face the winner of the Cranberry and InterCity game to be played at 1pm.

Listed below are the players and coaches chosen to represent the YBL and take back the trophy. Good luck!

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Pos Player Team
C Alex Joyce Brighton Braves
Marty Dunlap Al Thomas Athletics
Ted Dziuba Somerville
1B Billy Uberti Brighton Braves
Jon Argetsinger Malden Maddogs
Angelo Colucci Stoneham Sabers
2B Ryan Petrone Revere Rockies
Matt Costanza McKay Club Beacons
Andre Souffrant Charlestown Townies
SS Adam Del Rio Revere Rockies
Jose Paulino East Boston Knights
Derek Pizarro Stoneham Sabers
3B Mike Slaby South Boston Saints
Kenny Polanco East Boston Knights
Matt Levasseur Al Thomas Athletics
OF Freddi Carrera Al Thomas Athletics
Steve Lambert Al Thomas Athletics
Bobby Foote Revere Rockies
Pat Yee Savin Hill Dodgers
Juan Parra Somerville
Chris DiGiacomo Al Thomas Athletics
Skylar Beckerman East Boston Knights
SP Chris Sandini Revere Rockies
Sean Sullivan Somerville
Mike Smith Brighton Braves
Sam Cummings Stoneham Sabers
David Montiverdi Stoneham Sabers
Leighton Helleberg South End Astros
Kasey Kirby Al Thomas Athletics
RP Jon Shepard Revere Rockies
Duncan Finigan Al Thomas Athletics
Chuck Erickson Somerville
Curtis Beatrice Brighton Braves

  

Coaching Staff:

Nate Laliberte – Manager (Revere Rockies)

John Kostas – Bench Coach (Al Thomas A’s)

Ted Tracy – 1st Base Coach (Brighton Braves)

John Griffith – 3rd Base Coach (Brighton Black Sox)

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