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.

Summer Baseball Hopes Remain Alive For Some Massachusetts Leagues

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Summer baseball in Massachusetts could still happen for a few local leagues. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

There’s hope for summer baseball in Massachusetts. But will games be played remains the biggest question?

The Intercity Baseball League (ICL) has yet to cancel its 2020 season but did share an update on Thursday that “safety of players, coaches, umpires, team officials, and fans” remains its biggest concern. It is possible a season could begin in July with a double-elimination tournament that would be followed by the playoffs, according to the board of directors’ recent post on the ICL website.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a plan for the state’s reopening earlier this week, which did include outdoor activities and recreation, so it is possible the ICL could return in the third phase. But for the ICL to be able to play, they would need to obtain permits from the various cities and towns their teams compete in.

The ICL is an eight-team league and has been playing baseball games since 1950.

The Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) has yet to cancel its 2020 season, according to a recent update that was shared on TwitterDave McKay, who is the league’s president, expressed optimism for games to be played this summer but did say the YBL is “awaiting news on when permits will be issued.”

An update on the YBL’s 2020 season will be announced in two weeks.

In a Facebook post from last month, the Boston Park League announced they plan to provide its teams with a 21-game schedule, beginning Monday, July 6. The post also noted their 2020 season is “subject to guidelines from (Gov. Baker) and the City of Boston. No news from the BPL has been shared since last month.

The Cranberry League has not changed its plans to begin its season, as reported earlier this month. The league plans to play its season-opener on Sunday, June 21st, but most likely the start date would be pushed back due to the state’s phase reopening plan, which is in three-week increments.

Finally, Lou Thompkins All-Star Baseball plans to provide its three youth divisions with a 15-game schedule, beginning after July 4. One of the leagues has decided to allow local high school seniors to play due to their spring seasons being canceled by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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.

Summer Baseball: Navigators, Suns Finish First Weekend Undefeated

By Matt Noonan 

The North Shore Navigators and Pittsfield Suns concluded the first weekend of Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) play with undefeated marks.

The Navigators defeated the Dirt Dawgs and Titans, while the Suns swept both squads by a combined score of 23-0.

Pittsfield’s Ryan Deitrich, who is tied for second in the league with five RBIs, recorded four RBIs on Sunday against the Dirt Dawgs, which included his first home run.

Joe Gruntkosky pitched six solid innings for the Navigators on Sunday, and yielded seven hits with two strikeouts.

Other Notes:

* Wheaton College’s Nick Filloramo currently leads all pitchers with nine strikeouts. Against the Titans, the Rochester (MA) native pitched five innings and fanned nine batters against the Titans.

* UMass Boston’s Jamill Moquette currently leads all batters with two home runs. He hit one long ball in Wachusett’s first two games against the Sharks and Titans, but didn’t record a home run on Saturday or Sunday.

Mass College Baseball: Locals Excel In Futures Collegiate Baseball League

Various local Massachusetts collegiate baseball players are excelling quite well in the FCBL! (Photo Credit: free-extras.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which is in its second year of existence, has reached its midway point of the season. And with that being said, we’ve provided highlights and statistics from various Massachusetts collegiate baseball players, who’re currently excelling quite well thus far for their teams.

Here are just a few names to keep your eyes on before the season concludes in August.

Anyelo Roman, Lowell, MA (Seacoast Mavericks): The Dakota State University senior infielder currently leads the league, as well as his team with 25 RBIs. He’s also cranked six home runs, 26 hits, 18 runs, and four doubles in 23 games.

Sean Ryan, Norton, MA (Brockton Rox): The Wheaton College junior has been a major spark for the Rox this season, and currently ranks second in the league with a .373 average. Yet, he’s also tallied 13 runs, 28 hits, four doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs in 20 games. He also endured a seven-game hitting streak, which commenced on June 24 against the Pittsfield Suns and concluded against the North Shore Navigators on July 5. During that stretch Ryan registered 17 hits and eight runs.

Brendan Doonan, Cohasset, MA (Brockton Rox): Through six games this season, Doonan has tallied one win and one loss, but also owns a 1.04 ERA. The University of Rhode Island freshman recorded 8.2 innings pitched this season, but has also yielded three hits. Also, he’s recorded six strikeouts and five walks on the bump.

Bobby Dean, Danvers, MA (North Shore Navigators): Against the Rox on July 10, Dean retired 10 batters and surrendered three runs, while his offense tallied six points, which helped North Shore secure a critical road win. Dean’s 10 strikeouts were the most he’s thrown in a game this season, and currently, he leads the league with 36 strikeouts. The former Boston Globe and Herald All-Scholastic, as well as University of Rhode Island junior, has managed to earn one win on the bump this season. He’s pitched in six contests and has yielded 24 hits in 30 innings.

Chris Shaw, Lexington, MA (Nashua Silver Knights): The future Boston College Eagle has been a major contributor for his team this summer, as he’s recorded 17 runs, 33 hits, 10 doubles, six home runs and 25 RBIs in 27 contests. He’s also averaged one run per game currently, (he’s tallied one run in the last four games) and leads his team in RBIs.

Junior Vasquez, Lawrence, MA (Seacoast Mavericks): The Merrimack College freshman is one of six pitchers that have mustered three wins. He’s started four games this season, pitched in six total, and has retired 17 batters. His best outing thus far occurred on July 1 against the Raging Tide, as he pitched five shutout innings and recorded six strikeouts.