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.

Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) Plans To Startup July 2

By Matt Noonan 

There will be some baseball to watch and follow this summer in New England.

As noted in yesterday’s announcement, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) is planning to play a 39-game schedule, beginning Thursday, July 2, and ending Wednesday, August 19.

Six of the league’s seven teams will be competing this summer while the Pittsfield Suns will focus its attention on preparing to play next summer, according to Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle.

“Our team owners and operators put a tremendous amount of work into positioning our ballparks to open as safely as possible in order to provide fans with our unique brand of baseball and entertainment,” said Joe Paolucci, who is the FCBL’s commissioner, said in a statement. “We’re excited to get going.”

The 2020 season, which happens to be the league’s tenth year, will begin with a pair of match-ups taking place in Connecticut and New Hampshire on Thursday, July 2. The Nashua Silver Knights will entertain the North Shore Navigators while the defending champion Worcester Bravehearts will visit the New Britain Bees

No games will take place in Massachusetts until Tuesday, July 7, due to the state’s reopening. The third phase of the state’s reopening, which is currently scheduled for Monday, July 6, would allow for games and tournaments to occur. Four of the league’s six teams are based in Massachusetts.

Once the regular season concludes, the league’s top two teams will compete in a best-of-three series to decide a champion. The championship series should conclude at the latest by Saturday, August 22, according to Paolucci.

Every team will play at least 18 home games while Nashua and New Britain will host 21 contests as the Connecticut and New Hampshire reopening plans are slightly different than Massachusetts.

According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, fans will be allowed to attend games this summer but do not expect a sellout crowd due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.