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
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!!!
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
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
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.
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.