The Woburn Little League District 13 Jr All- Stars played their first Sectional 2 game this past Sunday on July 12, at Ferullo Field.
To get to this point they had to play the best that District 13 had to offer, from North Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield.
The Woburn Boys of Summer came out of the gate hard against Wakefield on June 27,, beating them handily 11-0 at Ferullo Field. The Woburn boys then hosted a tough North Reading team on June 29, and lost 6-2. Woburn was able to rebound on July 2 in a back and forth, exciting game against Stoneham that gave Woburn all it could handle. Woburn prevailed in a thrilling 10-9 win at Leland Field. This set up a rematch with North Reading for the district title that took extra innings to settle. Woburn prevailed in another thriller 6-4 in 8 innings. This is Woburn’s first District 13 Championship at this teenage level after only 2 years of participating in Mass LL District 13 Junior Division. By winning the District this allows Woburn to advance to Sectional Play, putting them on the path to play for a State Championship.
Woburn got its first win in the sectionals by winning the coin flip thus earning them a first round bye, allowing them to wait on the winner of District 11 (Canton) and District 12 (East Boston) on Sunday, July 12., Canton prevailed against East Boston in their first game, earning the trip to Woburn.
In a solid team game Sunday, Woburn was able to win its first sectional game 7-1 keeping them in the winner’s bracket, thus ensuring them a slot in the final game Saturday, July 18, at Ferullo Field in Woburn at 7pm.
Kevin Vasapoli started on the mound for Woburn, going the distance. With Kevin pounding the strike zone for strikes, using an effective fastball and mixing in his curve ball , Nick D’Antuono behind the plate was able to call a solid mix to keep the Canton batters off- balance . When contact was made the solid Infield play of Kataro Shimada at short, Zach Willis at second base filling in for the injured Tyler Woloski , Patrick Allen at First Base, and Danny Sullivan on Third Base , Woburn was able to turn 2 double plays and make all the plays necessary. Not to be overlooked was the outstanding outfield play of Jesse Stocker in Left field, Jillian Steed in Center and Joe Juliano in right . There was several outstanding, spectacular plays which took away any chance Canton had to rally.
On the offensive side, Woburn came out of the gate playing small ball, taking advantage of an unprepared Canton team. With Willis, Steed, Juliano, and Sullivan laying down bunts that would make Whitey Herzog of MLB Cardinal lore proud,. They set the table for the big bats of Stocker, D’Antuono, Vasapoli , Allen , and Shimada to take advantage of drawn infields and pound hits for big runs early.,
Coach Woloski, Dan Sullivan, and Tom Qualey have worked hard to prepare the Woburn Boys of Summer. and it shows. This team is made up of coaches and kids, who not only are dedicated to the game, but love the game. . There is no better formula for success. And enough can not be said of the support of their parents and the community.
Woburn Baseball and Little League could not be prouder.
Please come down to Ferullo Field, Saturday night at 7pm and root these kids on, these opportunities do not come around often for any team, lets let them now the Woburn Community is on board!!
Please remember per the 2015 National Little League Playing Rules
Regulation XIV/section e/page 44
The possession of firearms and/or use of tobacco, cigarettes (including e-cigarettes and vapors) and alcoholic beverages in any form is prohibited on the playing fields, benches or dugouts. Alcohol is prohibited at the game site.
Woburn Little League has implemented the following Parent Code of Conduct for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports. Parents should read, understand and sign this form prior to their children participating in our league.
Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the facility and be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension, or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games.
The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles:
Good Citizenship The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”
I therefore agree:
I will not force my child to participate in sports.
I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
I will learn the rules of the game and policies of the league.
I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
10. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competitions in the lower age groups.
14. I will promote the emotional and physical well- being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
16. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards.
Little League (Majors) and below:
It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less;
EXCEPTION: For the Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International. View the list of approved and licensed composite bats.
Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League
It shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. All composite barrel bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-Iong bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
Rule 1.10 - Softball
1.10 - The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited. An illegal or altered bat must be removed.
NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible. NOTE 2: The bat may carry the mark “Little League Tee Ball.” NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring must be removed from play. The 2 ¼ inch bat ring must be used for bats in all softball divisions. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play.