Summer Baseball Remains A Possibility For The Intercity Baseball League (ICL)

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David Lightbody and the Alibrandis Baseball Club have competed in the Intercity Baseball League (ICL) since 2018. (PHOTO COURTESY:

By Matt Noonan 

There’s hope for the Intercity Baseball League (ICL) to play some games this summer.

The ICL Board of Directors announced Wednesday, May 27 that it’s possible an abbreviated season could begin no earlier than Monday, July 6, pending both the first and second phases of the Massachusetts reopening plan goes “as currently proposed.”

Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled the state’s reopening plan earlier this month which consisted of four phases. A new phase can begin every three weeks, but Baker and his staff have stressed that data will be the key with the reopening, so it is possible the first and second phases could be extended longer.

The ICL, which has provided its eight-team league with updates for the past few weeks, continued to stress safety as its main concern.

Pending a season does begin on Monday, July 6, the league’s regular-season schedule would feature fewer games, along with a double-elimination tournament instead of its usual postseason format, which consists of six teams.

The ICL Board of Directors will reconvene via Zoom for its next meeting on Tuesday, June 9 with hopes of more news for its teams, as well as its fans and spectators.

While Wednesday’s news should provide hope and optimism for those seeking some baseball to watch, a few other leagues are hoping to make a triumphant return to the diamond in the coming weeks.  Some leagues, including the Cape Cod Baseball League and New England Collegiate Baseball League, have canceled their respective seasons, while the Futures Collegiate Baseball League delayed the start of its season.

Could Some Massachusetts Baseball Leagues Play Games This Summer?

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Local summer baseball leagues in Massachusetts are holding out hope for a potential season, while others, including the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) have canceled its 2020 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

There seems to be some hope for a few local adult baseball leagues in Massachusetts to play some games this summer. But when will these games be played remains an unknown.

One of the local leagues – the Intercity Baseball League (ICL) – seems hopeful that they can provide their players with a shortened season beginning in July.

The ICL Board of Directors, who met yesterday through Zoom, announced on their website that they will “make every effort to play an abbreviated version of our usual schedule” as long as its safe for their players, team officials, and umpires. Safety while  adhering to “regulations and guidelines in place” by the state will be the keys for starting up a league that last saw the Lexington Blue Sox win its fifth-straight championship last August.

The Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) announced last month that their regular season has been delayed” while the Boston Men’s Baseball League (BMBL) is hopeful to start its season either later this summer or possibly this fall.

“Obviously everybody wants to do the right thing and do it safely,” Jeff Coveney, who is the president of the BMBL, said via Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. “Hopefully we can have a season.”

According to the Cranberry Baseball League‘s website, the CBL is planning to start its season on Sunday, June 21, but no schedule has been posted. The Men’s Night Baseball League, which plays games at Ferullo Field in Woburn, also plans to begin its season next month, according to the MNBL website.

Of course, there are other leagues that remain hopeful and optimistic for games to be played this summer, but as of now, it remains an unknown if and when these contests will occur.

Both the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) canceled its respective seasons.

Y-D Red Sox Cruise By Brewster, 9-2

Matt Reynolds did his part, as he helped the Y-D Red Sox offense on Tuesday.

By Brian Willwerth 

SOUTH YARMOUTH, MA – The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox are riding a four-game winning streak, while the Brewster Whitecaps are heading in the opposite direction in the Cape Cod League standings.

The Red Sox pulled away from the Whitecaps in the latter stages of a 9-2 victory Tuesday at Red Wilson Field.

Y-D opened the scoring in the first inning on an RBI triple by Cody Keefer (UCLA.)  Brewster came back to take the lead on a two-run single by Jason Monda (Washington State). The Whitecaps had a great chance to extend their lead in the fourth, but left the bases loaded.

The rest of the game belonged to the Red Sox. They took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fourth, courtesy of an RBI single to left by Derrick Chung (Sacramento State) and a double off the right-centerfield wall by Chris Taylor (Virginia). They broke the game open in the sixth. Matt Reynolds (Arkansas) came up with the sacks packed, and delivered a bases-clearing double off the right-field wall.  That made it [6-2]. Reynolds had three hits in the game, and raised his average to [.338]. Y-D would add two more runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth.

Joey DeNato, a freshman from Indiana, got the win. He took over in the second inning after starter Jack Armstrong had to leave the game. DeNato went four innings, allowing both Brewster runs and five hits. Patrick Lowery (Columbia) suffered his first loss of the season for the Whitecaps. He gave up six hits and three runs over four innings.

The outfielders showed off some serious leather in this game. For Brewster, Monda Andrew Toles (Tennessee) both made terrific diving catches. Keefer turned in a leaping grab of his own for the Red Sox.