Last night the Yawkey League took the night off to participate in YBL HOFer Steve Buckley’s Old Time Baseball Game. Filling up the coaching staffs were Brian Carey, Mike Powers, Carl Rodriguez, James Greeley, Alex Lee and there was a good amount of Yawkey League talent filling both rosters as well. All funds raised went toward Boston vs. Bullies.
Tonight we stay at the same venue, St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge (if the game is rained out, it will be moved to the turf at Maplewood), but we are back to working hard to crown a 2016 Yawkey League Champion. This is Game 3 with #2 seed Somerville Alibrandis holding a 2-0 lead over the #1 seeded Al Thomas Athletics. We know there will be offensive heroes tonight as these two potent line-ups have no fear of a field with 320′ dimensions all the way around, we just don’t know who they will be. That said, let’s get to the wings.
Both teams have depth on the mound, so there are plenty of fresh arms available, especially with the two built-in off days this week. ATBC will start Bobby Freeman who may be their hottest hand. Freeman is already 2-0 this postseason after a fantastic 6-1 record during the regular season. A true “ball-in-play” guy, he will rely on the very capable ATBC defense.
Alibrandis will counter with Chris Costa who had a breakout year for the Red Army this year leaving the bullpen behind for a spot in the starting rotation. After starting the year 4-0, he has lost his last 2 decisions overall. Is that the jump start that ATBC needs to get themselves going in this series?
The alumni for both teams are excited, the venue is perfect and this is the match-up that we have been waiting for all season. Pack a cooler, call Armando’s Pizza 617-354-8275 and get down to St. Peters Field at 7:30pm to catch the best amateur baseball action you’ll find anywhere. For those of you watching remotely, Matt Grimes and I will be playing the part of Kenny Blankenship and Vic Romano via the Yawkey League Facebook page. Buckle up, this is the YBL Championship Series, Game 3!!!