FIRST ANNUAL H.L.L. "RED VS. BLUE" GAME GOES TO THE FI
On a beautiful spring New England day, the 10U Bulldogs and the 10U Hurricanes took to the field in our first ever "Police vs. Firefighters" game. The Bulldogs, sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Association, and the Hurricanes, sponsored by the Hopkinton Firefighters Association, engaged in a tightly-contested battle until the Hurricanes broke things open in the 4th inning and finished with an 11-4 win. Tim Brennan, former HLL board member, asked if we could hold a post-game relay race so that "the cops can get another shot at a win," but everybody settled for smiles, photographs, and a few lucky girls got a trip to Yogurt Beach after leaving Carrigan Park.
The Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run (PHR) is the OFFICIAL skills competition of Major League Baseball (MLB). Participants have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships, and the National Finals. Hopkinton Little League hosted its Local competition on April 30th, with the winners as follows:
Overall Champ: Leah Desrochers
Running Champ: Leah Desrochers
Pitching Champ: Leah Desrochers
Overall Champ: Charlotte Holden
Hitting Champ: Charlotte Holden
Running Champ: Olympia Deisenroth
Pitching Champ: Charlotte Holden
Overall Champ: Lucas Reed
Hitting Champ: Lucas Hodne
Running Champ: Jack Lacey
Pitching Champ: Lucas Reed and Ryan Dow
Overall Champ: Zach Beauchemin
Hitting Champ: Cal Mahon
Running Champ: Zach Beauchemin
Pitching Champ: Cameron Arnold and Srivar Yerramsetti
Overall Champ:Will Morgan
Hitting Champ: Paul Litscher
Running Champ: Matthew Somerset
Pitching Champ: Will Morgan
These players now qualify for the Sectional Competition in the next month. Any of our Local champs that win that would then compete in the Boston Red Sox Team Championship at Fenway Park, with a chance to then advance to the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game, where the kids would compete at the Major League host stadium (all expenses paid) and get to shag balls in the outfield during the nationally televised MLB Home Run Derby!
Speaking of the Home Run Derby, Hopkinton Little League also conducted the Local stage of the MLB-sponsored Junior HR Derby on April 28th at Carrigan Field. Similar to the PHR, the winner of the Local competition advances to the Regional Stage with the opportunity to advance to the National Finals, also conducted at the MLB All-Star Game. Representatives from all the Majors Baseball and U12 Softball teams competed at Carrigan 1 and were launching homers that were taking down tree branches and threatening the safety of our own Ted Barker-Hook working the Doghouse at the time, as several shots banged off the roof. The top 3 performers were:
1. Joe Carrazza (Advances to Regional) (Center)
2. Hayden Girolamo (Left)
3. Jack Lang (Right)
Congratulations to all the players, and best of luck in the next stages!
The start of our 2017 season is right around the corner! Soon, we know that some of you will begin the process of purchasing new equipment to kick-off your player’s season. Before you do, we want to make sure you are aware of new regulations governing baseball bats that may impact some of your buying decisions. Softball bat regulations will not change.
While the new regulations will not impact the 2017 season, please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activitystarting on January 1, 2018. These regulations apply to ALL Little League Baseball® Levels (Tee-Ball through Majors).
(Again, there are NO changes to the bat standard or regulations for Little League Softball®)
Thanks to everyone who came out for the field clean-up day on Saturday and helped out with the fields. The turnout was tremendous and we were really able to prep the fields prior to the first practices later next week. There were tons of kids, moms, dads, siblings, all putting in a great effort.
For those who missed it, we may schedule a mini opening day "prep" session later in April, to do some painting and finishing touches before the parade. Ron Shamus (our Fields Director) will hold a brief clinic on how to line the fields and batters box for anyone who is interested.
On Monday, Oct 26 at 7pm, there is a special town meeting at the high school. While the primary item on the agenda is the new Center School, there is also an Article on the agenda that I would request your support.
Parks & Rec has a proposal to build an athletic facility at Fruit St. While it will benefit a number of groups, one of the primary functions will be to house an indoor batting & pitching cage area for Little League baseball and softball. This will serve as a great resource for our teams and players who want to practice indoors. Currently teams and coaches need to go to facilities at MetroWest, Milford and Westboro and pay $$ to rent a cage for 30 min. This will bring the opportunity to pitch and hit for the kids virtually year round.
I ask that you come out and attend the meeting and support Article 8 for the Fruit St. Athletic Facility. If it passes on Monday, then it would go on the ballot for the special election in early November.
Hopkinton will host Holliston in the FOX25 GameDay Game of the Week for Week Five. It was a record-setting week as almost 30,000 fans cast their vote for this week's game. Hopkinton enters the matchup 2-2 and looking to upset the undefeated Panthers of Holliston, who beat Westwood on the road last Friday night.
Thanks for your support!
Hello All HLL families,
While not directly a baseball or softball event, in the spirit of supporting the greater HOP athletic community, please take a look at the note below that was passed along from one of our HLL families.
There is a big game this Friday night against Holliston High School! Please vote for Hopkinton vs. Holliston for a chance to be entered in Fox25 News High School Game of the Week!! It is very quick. Ms. Stickney passed along this suggestion. She coaches cheerleading at the high school. We're currently tied with Billerica/North Andover.