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.)

There Will Be Baseball In Massachusetts in July

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Baseball will be returning to Fenway Park in July without any fans. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

For those craving some baseball in Massachusetts, you are in luck.

As of next month, fans of America’s pastime will be treated to a slew of local games, including some Boston Red Sox contests, which will begin at the end of July.

As of now, the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) season – a 60 game season, to be exact – will commence for some teams on Thursday, July 23 while others will begin their quest for a World Series crown on Friday, July 24.

In addition to the Red Sox, we learned earlier this week that the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) will play an abbreviated season, beginning Thursday, July 2. Four of the league’s six teams play home games in Massachusetts. 

The four FCBL teams – Brockton RoxNorth Shore NavigatorsWestfield Starfires, and Worcester Bravehearts – are currently scheduled to host a few games this summer with some fans in the stands. However, those current home dates could be canceled or pushed back due to the state’s ongoing reopening with the coronavirus. Games and scrimmages are not permitted in Massachusetts until the third phase, which is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, July 6.

In addition to the Red Sox and FCBL, a few adult men’s leagues, including the Boston Men’s Baseball League (BMBL) and Intercity Baseball League (ICL) hope to begin one week after the start of the third phase. The BMBL hopes to start its season on Friday, July 12 while the ICL is planning to allow its nine-team league to begin to play one day later on Saturday, July 13.

Of course, plans for both leagues, along with others could be pushed back pending the state’s plan for allowing games and scrimmages to begin. Currently, the state’s second phase, which is what we are in now, only allows adult, amateur, and youth sports leagues to practice, not play games or scrimmages. And social distancing, along with good hygiene is certainly encouraged for all participants.

Celebrating 10 Years of Noontime Sports

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

10 years ago I started a blog in my college dorm room.

It wasn’t the site you see today that offers a variety of content from podcasts to videos to polls on New England Division III basketball, football, and lacrosse teams, and much more, but instead just one person’s opinion on sports, both locally and nationally.

My goal was to ditch my little site after I graduated college in May 2010, but unfortunately, that plan never happened.

Instead, I continued blogging on local and national sports. I started a podcast and interviewed anyone that was willing to give me 15, 20 or 30 minutes to discuss a few hot stove topics over the phone – I am still amazed at the people that responded to a no-name blogger that was eager to interview them, but I am extremely thankful to folks like Bill Hancock (Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series), Damon Amendolara (CBS Sports) and various SB Nation bloggers that made the beginning of this journey so much fun.

When I wasn’t podcasting or blogging, I was creating videos on a slew of topics from ‘March Madness’ to National Football League (NFL) news to asking strangers in Norwood, Massachusetts their thoughts on the 2011 Boston Celtics.

Of course, there were other videos, too, including me running around in my parents’ backyard with a soccer ball – what was I thinking?

As time went on, I decided to expand my content coverage map to hyper-local sports in New England, including stories on Massachusetts high school football games at Gillette Stadium to the Hockey East championships at the TD Garden. Additionally, I got to cover other events at Gillette and the Garden over the past few years, as well, while also finagling my way into Fenway Park to blog about ‘Frozen Fenway’ and the Harvard-Yale Football introduction for their 135th playing of ‘The Game’ last November.

Of course, there are other memories from the past 10 years that make me simile, including a post-game standup with one of my good friends from college, Dan Libon, following an important Massachusetts high school basketball tournament game in Brockton, Massachusetts. There was also the time I covered the ‘world’s most expensive hot dog‘ prior to a Brockton Rox contest, too – I didn’t eat it in case you were wondering, but it did look yummy.

Starting Noontime Sports was truly the best thing for my career – I mean it. The sports journalism and media worlds are not the easiest to crack so having my own site with the freedom (and flexibility) to produce content on daily, weekly or monthly on whatever I want is certainly a luxury, but something I don’t take advantage of. This site has allowed me to experiment and try new things, which has helped me pitch ideas that worked here to editors or colleagues for other outlets.

Additionally, Noontime Sports has allowed me to pursue my love of producing content for social media to building a brand and identifying an audience – that is essential for any blogger, podcaster and producer. Once you know what your fans and friends crave, then produce it so they will keep coming back eager for more content.

I can promise you, the fans and readers of Noontime Sports, that I will continue to do my absolute best to provide you with content going forward on small colleges and high schools to the occasional Boston sports piece to interesting conversations on my podcast.

I can’t believe it has been 10 years, but today, I am thanking my 20-year-old self for starting this site and paving this journey, which has allowed me to pursue my love of sports media.

Here is to another 10 years – maybe more – of fun and engaging content on hyperlocal sports to anything else that makes this job so much fun!