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Five players from North Reading Little League were part of the American/Italian youth team that captured the 2019 Sala Baganza International Baseball Tournament earlier this August in Italy.
Nick Ciardiello, Ryan Baker, Jared Macdonald, Sam Morelli, and Zach Rosatone played for the squad — which was coached by NRLL Player Development Director Marco Vittozzi and NRLL Board member Jim Demetri — that capped its title run with a 12-6 victory over the Czech Republic in the final. Also on the squad was Claudio di Ronza, who played for Team Italy in this year’s Little League World Series in Williamsport.
Accompanying the team on the trip was former North Reading high school baseball coach Frank Carey.
Pictured are: (Back row, left to right) Jim Demetri (assistant head coach), Marco Vittozzi (head coach), Nick Ciardiello, coach Vin Bonano, Leonardo Gattelli (Italy), Ian Visnick, Dominick Gabardi, Ryan Baker, Jared Macdonald, Sam Morelli, Francesco Roero (Italy), Marco Armillei (coach from Italy) coach Frank Carey, coach Sergio Coviello; (Front row) Linda Pelletier, Luca Gabardi, James Churchill, Matteo Casadio (Italy), Matt Elwell, Zach Rosatone, and Claudio DiRonza.
The North Reading Little League Hornets put on their game faces on August 3 and brought home the 2019 Jimmy Fund 9/10 Year-Old District Championship title by defeating the Wilmington Wildcats, 13-8, on a beautiful morning for baseball at Weafer Park in Woburn.
Inspired while lined up on the infield before the 1st pitch by a stirring rendition of The Star Spangled Banner over the loudspeaker – and following an epic win-or-go-home extra-inning battle two days earlier – this resolute team of gamers completed another stunning comeback in front of some raucous home-grown NR traveling fan support.
Sparked by gritty pitching and a lock-down defense, the stymied offense was allowed just enough opportunity to come alive over some tense middle-innings that saw emotions run high, with solid contributions up and down the lineup and aggressive running on the base paths to turn an early five-run deficit into the five-run margin of victory.
This hard-earned “W” capped a fun summer of baseball for the nearly 100 North Reading kids ages 8-12 who competed in three separate divisions against neighboring towns through the Jimmy Fund Little League regular season and playoffs. NRLL also ran the Jimmy Fund Sandlot Series for nearly 50 young ballplayers in the 4-7 year-old range – all while supporting a great cause that is still taking donations through September 13 to help Take a Swing at Cancer.
Thanks for all your support!
A HIGH BENCH MARK — Members of NRLL’s 9/10-year-old Jimmy Fund team show their game faces prior to knocking off Wilmington for the District title on Aug. 4. Pictured are (left to right) Ryan DiCarlo, Ian Baker, Harry Wells, Mikey Corvino, Lucas Carbal, Cole Verdonck, Hendrik Schomp, Brendan Nelson, Jackson Merrill, Anthony Giordano, Gavin Griffith. Most Valuable Vacationing Players: Damien Pagliuca and Vincent Pagliuca,
Programs for boys and girls who will be baseball ages 5-16 in 2020
In addition to splendid weather, a New England autumn offers an ideal opportunity for young ballplayers to hone their skills and get a jump on the next baseball season. With that in mind, North Reading Little League and the North Reading Diamond Club are sponsoring fall baseball programs for youngsters who will be baseball ages 5-16 in 2020.
For those who will be ages 9-12 (Small Diamond) and 13-16 (Big Diamond) in 2020, the Diamond Club has seven-week programs that include weeknight practices and weekend games against local opponents. These programs are ideal for all players looking to develop their skills as well as those making the jump to the Big Diamond. The season starts in early September and the cost is $300.
Registration for both Diamond Club programs will take place Saturday, Aug. 24, at Benevento Park, beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, contact NRLL Player Development Director Marco Vittozzi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who will be baseball ages 5-8 in 2020, NRLL is conducting a six-week instructional program that includes one weeknight practice per week and a game/clinic on Saturdays at Benevento Park. The season starts in early September and the cost is $125.
Registration for the NRLL program is online at:
If you have questions or problems with signups, please e-mail Mike Correale at email@example.com. Please use your username and password you used for the 2019 Spring Season Signup.
We look forward to seeing you on the baseball diamond this fall!
The North Reading Little League 11-year-old All-Star team capped its summer season with an impressive 15-4 record, capturing the Bay State Baseball title along the way.
First up was the District 13 Little League Tournament. The Hornets went 3-1 in pool play by beating Stoneham, Woburn, and Wakefield to secure the top seed. In the playoffs, North Reading once again beat Stoneham, 16-4, in the semifinals, before being upset by Woburn in the District final, 8-6, in an exciting back-and-forth affair.
Next up was the Bay State Baseball Tournament of Champions, where the 11s faced off against some of the best teams in the state. The Hornets represented North Reading proudly, going 7-1 and beating Dracut in the final by the score of 4-3. In that game, the home team found itself trailing, 3-0, before battling back to pull out the dramatic victory in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The team finished the summer by participating in the Conway Tournament in Tewksbury, accumulating a 4-1 record during the two-week event. Overall for the summer, the Hornets competed in 19 games against all-star teams from 17 different/towns and cities across the state.
Paving the way for the Hornets were their array of arms. The team posted an overall ERA of 1.52, led Dylan Matthews, who yielded just two earned runs in 41 innings on the mound while striking out 58. Robbie Daley, Nick Torra, Gavin Brady, and Zach Emery rounded out the staff.
Matthew Mancinelli was steady behind the plate calling the majority of the games. Offensively, the Hornets generated 159 runs — an average of 8.4 per game — led by batting average leaders Gavin Brady (.518), Zach Emery (.462) Gavin Wesley (.462), and Robbie Daley (.455).
Team members included Lucas Acuna, Jason Berry, Gavin Brady, Ben Cook, Robbie Daley, Zach Emery, Matt Mancinelli, Dylan Matthews, Jack Moriarty, Ethan Quan, Ryan Stringer, Nick Torra, and Gavin Wesley.