On Tuesday April 21 the Yawkey League Board of Directors and franchise holders conducted a conference call to continue discussions regarding a 2020 season as well as other COVID19 related issues.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unique situation that has impacted us all, and has had a direct impact on the 2020 Yawkey Baseball League season. As of now our the planned start of our regular season has been delayed and we share in how disappointing this is and we will continue to consult with appropriate city, state, local and health officials to be sure that we are doing the best we can for the safety and well-being of our players, coaches, families, umpires, and fans that come out to the parks.
The Yawkey Baseball League Board of Directors is following guidance from the State of Massachusetts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization(WHO) to work on all of our options that would allow us to play baseball this summer and we will provide updates here as well once we have updates and more information.
It is our sincere hope that we can baseball the summer and the Yawkey Baseball League Board of Directors and franchise holders are meeting regularly via conference calls to work on any and all options available to us.
We also ask that all of our players to check in regularly with their teams leadership as they should have updates on the options that are being discussed for the 2020 season.
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2020 marks a decade for the Stoneham Sabers in the Yawkey Baseball League under the leadership of Manager Angelo Colucci. Stoneham quickly established themselves as one of the league’s top teams, with top pitching and exceptional offense. The Sabers have made playoff appearances in all but their inaugural season, including 5 appearances in the league semifinals. Field manager Angelo Agiorgousis will return for his second season, after a very successful first season. Colucci and Agiorgousis were part of the coaching staff that helped the Yawkey League capture the 8th Annual Eastern Massachusetts Baseball Classic, to put the YBL back on top of the amateur baseball circuit in New England. Coach Joe Laurina, who has been an instrumental part of the coaching staff since their inaugural season will be returning for his 10th season. Captain Ryan Flanagan will bring his leadership for his 10th season as well, along with Sabers' ace, Sam "The Bull" Cummings who will also be entering his 10th season. Colucci, Flanagan and Cummings are the only players left from the original team back in 2011. Slugger Jon Chapman has also been a long time Saber since 2012.
The Stoneham Sabers Coaching Staff:
Franchise Owner/ Manager - Angelo Colucci (10th season)
Coaches - Joe Laurina (10th season) and Angelo Agiorgousis (2nd season)
Captain - Ryan Flanagan (10th season)
Player/Manager Angelo Colucci on the season ending, "The series was there to be won for us. We were just as good as the Rockies, two great teams squared off, we just didn't execute at vital times against a veteran club and they took advantage. That is baseball and you build off of that next year. A majority of the team should be back next year and we will be a tough team to beat as we keep building. I can't believe I am saying this, but next year we will be celebrating our tenth year anniversary as a franchise and we are hoping to make it a special year. It was a tremendous season, with a bunch of new faces and we had a lot of fun. I love the game, this team, this league and it is the reason why I do it every year."
Stoneham celebrates its great season on Tuesday night, after a tough series loss to the Rockies.
The Revere Rockies have elminated the Stoneham Sabers in 4 games of a hard fought series. After several great pitching performances, the Sabers were only able to win one game of the best of 5 semi-final series and were eliminated on Tuesday night. Ryan Flanagan gave the best pitching performance of the series for Stoneham and their only win of the series on Sunday afternoon. The Sabers also came firing out of the gate in game 3, but left runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, which ultimately led to a 3-1 loss on Monday night. On Tuesday, the Sabers started the game with 3 errors and could not recover. Offensively the Sabers bats were cold other than Sunday and timely hitting for the rest of their series was ultimately their demise.
Ryan Flanagan earned the Sabers only win on the mound on Sunday.
Nick Powers was great in the playoffs for the Sabers. He and Curtis Tirone led the team with with 7 hits and Powers led the team with 6 RBI. He also pitched well in Monday's loss.
Curtis Tirone was a major acquisition last off season for Stoneham. He was one of the Sabers top hitters all season, including the playoffs where had 7 hits and 5 RBI.
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