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2017 YBL Banquet Date and Awards Announced

The 2017 YBL Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday October 14. The banquet will be held and Carson Place located at 180 Mt. Vernon St. Dorchester, MA 02125. Doors will open at 6:30 with dinner and awards ceremony to follow.

For tickets and information please visit the banquet event site here

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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 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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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


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!

SPChris SandiniRevere Rockies

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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2016 YBL Championship Round Preview – (1) Al Thomas vs. (2) Somerville


Playoff Review

The big boppers are set to do battle in a final best-of-7 series to crown the 2016 YBL Champions.

In one corner, wearing green, grey and yellow, are this year’s number one seed and owner of the YBL record setting offense Al Thomas Baseball Club Athletics. In the first round they took care of the Black Sox in 3 straight, while the Braves slogged their way through a grueling set with the Sabers. Having a few extra days to rest up, it was assumed that AT would be ready to take it to the Braves who wouldn’t even get a single day off before stepping in the cage with the green machine. But it was the Braves who came out swinging, and jumped out to a 2-0 series lead powered by Alex Joyce and his 6-for-8, 6 run / 6 rbi performance. The Athletics pitching settled down and held Los Bravos in check enough to allow the offense to do what it does best, which is score runs. The A’s outscored the Braves 20-8 over the last 3 games, led by James Katsiroubas (7-for-10 with 5 runs) and 2016 YBL rbi king Matt Rodriguez (7 rbi).

In the other corner, wearing the traditional red and white (with camo), the Somerville Alibrandis are the 6-time defending league champions, and winners of 15 of the last 17 YBL titles. The Red Army took a shot on the chin in game 1 of the first round from East Boston, but 3 games and 35 runs later they had their feet up and were patiently waiting for Revere to outlast the Saints in 5 games. Somerville would go on to sweep the Rockies in 3 straight, but not without any theatrics as they had to come from behind in each win after facing deficits of 1-0, 8-3 and 5-1. In game 1, it was Juan Parra’s 6th inning “inside-the-fenceless-park” grand slam that helped the rejuvenated Chris Foundas get his 16th career postseason win. In game 2, Jimmy Ricoy and Bobby Barrett provided the offense as each went yard with 3 rbi. And game 3 was a team effort with Anthony Del Prete getting the win, and 6 different players scoring runs in the 7-5 clincher.

Projected Matchups

Game 1 – Sean Sullivan (1-0, 5 IP, 2.80 ERA, 2 K’s) vs. Kasey Kirby (0-1, 4 IP, 10.50 ERA, 4 K’s)

Game 2 – Chris Costa (0-1, 6.1 IP, 8.84 ERA, 9 K’s) vs. Dan Gaughan (1-0, 10 IP, 0.70 ERA, 10 K’s)

Game 3 – Chris Foundas (1-0, 8 IP, 0.88 ERA, 5 K’s) vs. Pat Bresnehan (1-0, 0 IP, 1.08 ERA, 13 K’s)

Game 4 – Jon Morse (2-0, 13 IP, 3.23 ERA, 15 K’s) vs. Bobby Freeman (2-0, 0 IP, 4.90 ERA, 2 K’s)

** matchups subject to change

Players to Watch

Both squads are filthy with power up and down the lineups.

With all due respect to Lambert, Trull, Kostas and Rodriguez, the juggernaut that is the Athletics offense is led by 2015 league MVP James Katsiroubas and potential 2016 league MVP Freddi Carrera. A 1-2 punch at the top of the order, the “Ambiguously Grey Duo” sets the tone by looking to rattle opposing pitchers straight out of the gates.

In the Red dugout, look for Barrett, Parra, Lightbody, Littman, Ricoy and Brennan to fill the stat sheets. But Somerville has their own tag-team at the top of the lineup in Mike Maguire and Teddy Dziuba. Sure they share Lunchables, but they know how to win, and frankly have grown quite accustomed to it over the past 6 years.

Keys to the Series

These teams met 3 times in the regular season, with the top-seeded Athletics taking 2 out of the 3 games. This series will be decided by Alibrandi pitching vs. Alhletics hitting. With tenured vets Morse, Foundas, Sullivan, Del Prete and Brian Tanguy, plus young bucks Costa and Lamarre Rey, Somerville has the decided edge on the pitching front. They will have their work cut out for them as the Athletics have averaged over 8.5 runs per game in the regular season, and over 7 per in the playoffs. Carrera, Katsiroubas, Lambert, Trull, Rodriguez, DeGiacomo, Kostas…..a lineup that has no quit and gives the A’s the edge on offense.

Will the ATBC bullpen keep Somerville from scoring late runs in bunches? Will the Somerville rotation turn back the clock and become shutdown pitchers again? Will Coach Kostas’ wife give birth before, during or after the series? Will you dare take the under in any individual game? Will there be any walk-offs? The next week and a half promises to be the most exciting that the Yawkey League has seen in a long time. Everybody has a game plan until he gets hit in the mouth, so put your mouth guard in and enjoy the ride.  See you at the field!!!

Series Prediction

…this series goes 7.

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