Massachusetts Updates Its Phase III, Step I Sports & Recreation Protocols

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The state of Massachusetts shifted soccer from a high-risk sport to a moderate risk activity on Friday, July 24. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker decided the state was ready to move into the third phase of its reopening, which allowed for games and competitions for some sports to begin under the first step of the protocols, including adult, amateur, and youth baseball.

One sport – soccer – was initially deemed a high-risk activity, but was recently downgraded to the moderate risk category on Friday – we learned of this change earlier today from Matt Feld, who is a reporter for the Boston Herald.

In addition to reclassifying soccer, two other sports – cross-country and individual crew – were downgraded from moderate risk to lower risk.

The latest update of which sports the state considers lower, moderate and higher risk can be found HERE.

As noted in the state’s document for sports and recreational activities in Phase III, Step I, all sports, including lower risk athletics such as tennis, swimming, and horseback riding, must adhere to the ‘type of play’ guidelines in order to successfully compete in both games and practices. The four types of play are listed below:

  • Level 1: Individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)
  • Level 2: Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills, and scrimmages)
  • Level 3: Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)
  • Level 4: Tournaments (Outdoor only)

The news of today’s tweak from Gov. Baker’s office should be viewed as a positive – perhaps it means if high school sports were to occur this fall, these three sports, along with a few others could be allowed to at least practice or participate in some inter-team games. But today’s news does not bode well for football, which remains a high-risk activity, along with wrestling, rugby, basketball, lacrosse, ice hockey, competitive cheerleading, martial arts, and ultimate frisbee

Those that play football at say the high school or youth level in Massachusetts are permitted to participate in either individual or socially distanced group activities.

Summer Baseball Notebook: The BASE, East Boston Expos To Meet Tuesday

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By Matt Noonan 

Tuesday’s meeting between The BASE and East Boston Expos could be a preview of an exciting postseason series later this summer.

The two Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) squads, which will square-off at Alumni Field in Lowell tomorrow evening at 8 p.m., have enjoyed successful starts to their respective campaigns and have combined for 11 wins and 22 points.

East Boston’s offense is averaging nearly 10 runs per game after producing 12 runs or more three times this summer.

The Expos, who began their campaign with an opening day win over the Charlestown Townies, recently had six players record two runs in a 13-0 victory this past Saturday against the Stoneham SabresDerek Adamson, who currently boasts the second-best batting average in the YBL (.667), finished the game with three RBI.

As of this afternoon, East Boston leads all YBL squads with 59 runs while the Sabres rank first as a team in hits (73), doubles (18), and RBI (51). The Expos’ upcoming opponent – The BASE – has produced 51 runs in five contests. The league’s newest member is also averaging 10.2 runs per contest.

Following Tuesday’s must-see matchup, The BASE and Expos will meet again on Monday, July 27 at Ronan Park in Boston.

The Boston Men’s Baseball League has recently started its season with the Metrowest Royals and Metrowest Orioles logging the most games (four, to be exact) in all four divisions.

As of Monday afternoon, the Royals are the top team in the Metrowest MSBL Division with a 4-0 mark (eight points) while the Orioles are second with a 3-1 record. The Royals and Orioles have combined for 62 runs scored.

The Northeast Tides are currently the top squad in the North Shore Baseball League, which began its 2020 season on Tuesday, July 7.

On Sunday, the Tides bumped its overall record to 8-0, thanks to a 5-0 win over the Peabody Champions. Northeast will look to continue its momentum on Thursday, July 23 when they visit the Beverly Recs before hosting the Manchester Marlins on Saturday, July 25.

Finally, the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL) has enjoyed a successful start to its inaugural season. They have also been quite active on social media, tweeting updates, scores, and schedules to its fans, players, and coaches.

The league recently named Jackson Hornung their Player of the Week after he helped Ashland win three straight contests while registering four RBI, two doubles, and one home run. Braintree‘s Kyle Roche was tabbed the MIBL Pitcher of the week after recording 11 strikeouts while surrendering just three hits in three contests.

Ashland is one of the top teams in the MIBL Senior League with a 6-1 mark – Medfield boasts the same record – while Braintree is tied for second in the division with Quincy with a 5-2 record.

Summer Baseball Schedule: Thursday, July 9, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

It is going to be a hot day, but the weather won’t stop our local adult and amateur baseball leagues from playing games this afternoon and evening.

Here is today’s schedule of games – as usual, have fun, enjoy, and drink loads of water!

Cranberry Baseball League (CBL)

  • Plymouth Brewers at South Shore Diamond Dawgs, 6 p.m. (Frolio MS, Abington, Mass.)
  • Rockland Cardinals at Canton Athletics, 6 p.m. (Mansfield High School, Mansfield, Mass.)
  • Acushnet Aztecs at Bourne Mariners, 7 p.m. (Pope Park, Acushnet, Mass.)
  • Weymouth Shamrocks at Braintree White Sox, 7:30 p.m. (Braintree High School, Braintree, Mass.)

Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)

  • North Shore Navigators at Brockton Rox, 5 p.m. (Campanelli Stadium)
  • Worcester Bravehearts at Nashua Silver Knights, 6 p.m. (Holman Stadium)
  • Westfield Starfires at New Britain Bees, 6:35 p.m. (New Britain)

Intertown Twilighlight League 

  • Rockport Townies at Hamilton Generals, 5:45 p.m.

Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL)

  • Medfield at Weymouth, 5:15 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Natick at Dedham, 5:30 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Dedham at Quincy, 5:30 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Canton at Medfield, 5:45 p.m. (Canton will be the home team) (Senior League)
  • Kingston at Westwood, 5:45 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Braintree at Milton, 5:45 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Ashland at Quincy, 7 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Braintree at Canton, 7:15 p.m. (Junior League)

Men’s Night Baseball League (Woburn League) 

  • Black Smoke at Silver Bullets, 6:15 p.m. (Ferullo Field)
  • Orange Crush at Broozers, 8:30 p.m. (Ferullo Field)

North Shore Baseball League 

  • Kingston Night Owls at Rowley NorEasters, 6 p.m. (Eiras Park, Rowley, Mass.)

Summer Baseball Schedule: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

It is a hot and humid day today, but that won’t stop us from playing some baseball today.

Here is today’s local lineup of games. And like we said yesterday, best of luck to everyone competing this afternoon and evening.

Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)

  • New Britain Bees at Nashua Silver Knights, 6 p.m.
  • Brockton Rox at North Shore Navigators, 6 p.m.
  • Worcester Bravehearts at Westfield Starfires, 6:30 p.m.

Intertown Twilight League Baseball 

  • Beverly Giants at Rowley Rams, 5:45 p.m.

Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL) 

  • Medfield at Weymouth, 5:15 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Dedham at Morrisette, 5:30 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Ashland at Needham, 5:45 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Natick at Medfield, 5:45 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Milton at Quincy, 7 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Braintree at Canton, 7:15 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Westwood at Norwood, 7:30 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Walpole at Franklin, 7:30 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Hyde Park at Weymouth (Senior League)

Men’s Night Baseball League (Woburn League) 

  • Maronis at Shamrocks, 6:15 p.m. (Ferullo Field)
  • Blue Sox at Red Storm, 8:30 p.m. (Ferullo Field)

North Shore Baseball League 

  • Northeast Tides at Swampscott Sox, 6 p.m. (Phillips)

Summer Baseball Schedule: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Baseball is back.

Yes, baseball games are being played in Massachusetts despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Starting today and every day going forward, we will be highlighting a slew of local games (and leagues) to follow, beginning with tonight’s lineup of contests.

Best of luck to everyone that is taking the field this afternoon and evening!

Cranberry Baseball League (CBL)

  • Bourne Mariners at South Shore Diamond Dawgs, 6 p.m. (Frolio Field, Abington, Mass.)
  • Canton Athletics at Weymouth Shamrocks, 6 p.m. (Frothingham Park, Easton, Mass.)
  • Plymouth Brewers at Acushnet Aztecs, 7 p.m. (Pope Park, Acushnet, Mass.)
  • Braintree White Sox at Rockland Cardinals, 7:30 p.m. (Rockland Stadium, Rockland, Mass.)

Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)

  • Nashua Silver Knights at Brockton Rox, 5 p.m. (Campanelli Stadium, Brockton, Mass.)
  • Worcester Bravehearts at North Shore Navigators, 6 p.m. (Fraser Field, Lynn, Mass.)
  • Westfield Starfires at New Britain Bees, 6:35 p.m. (New Britain Stadium, New Britain, Conn.)

Intertown Twilight League Baseball 

  • Ipswich at Manchester, 5:45 p.m.

Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL)

  • Dedham at Weymouth, 5:15 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Braintree at Dedham, 5:30 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Medfield at Franklin, 5:45 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Braintree at Westwood, 5:45 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Morrisette at Canton, 6 p.m. (Junior League)
  • Canton at Norwood, 7:30 p.m. (Senior League)
  • Westwood at Franklin, 7:30 p.m. (Senior League)

Yawkey Baseball League (YBL)

  • East Boston Expos at Charlestown Townies, 8 p.m. (Pine Banks Field, Melrose, Mass.)