By Kevin Kelly
WHAT A GAME!!!
In the 23rd annual Harry Agganis Baseball Game, the North All stars defeated the South All Stars by a score of 6-5 in an exciting back-and-forth affair. South third baseman Patrick Kelly turned in some sensational defensive plays.
GIRLS 14U SOFTBALL CLAIM CHAMPIONSHIP
The Charlestown 14U Girls Softball team won the spring Division Championship on Weds., June 22, in Medford.
The girls capped off a perfect season, 13-0, through the regular season and the championship.
Coach Jack Schievink said the girls excelled in pitching, which propelled them to a great season.
On to summer softball leagues now.
TOWNIES FALL IS DISTRICT 3 PLAYOFF
Charlestown lost to Somerville by a score of 10-4 in the opening round of the double-elimination District 3 Babe Ruth (15-under) tournament in a game that was much closer than the score indicated. Offensive standouts for the Townies included first-baseman Jason Smith (hit, walk, 2 runs), catcher Colin Delvalle (monstrous three-run homer), shortstop Rory Carrier (RBI single) and second baseman Hayden Groh (hit, walk). Groh, Carrier and Smith held the fort with lights out defense while Delvalle (great relay tag on a runner attempting to score) and right fielder Jack Aducci (nifty catch down the line) snuffed out Somerville rallies. On the mound, Jared Burhoe was sensational allowing only 3 earned runs on four hits in five innings. Left fielder Conor Kelly and Carrier finished the game with a solid inning of relief each.
CHIEF MARSHAL TO CANTON
June has been a banner month for Robert ‘Becky’ Beckwith. First, he was the 2017 Chief Marshal of the Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade efforts, making the Parade “great again.” Now, last Thursday, June 22, Beckwith was inducted into the American Football Association Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.
Congrats to Becky.
Charlestown Girls Softball 14U team blazes an undefeated path this spring
By Seth Daniel
Outfitted in their blue on blue uniforms, the Charlestown Girls 14U softball team seized an undefeated regular season at home on Thursday night, June 15, at their field behind Charlestown High School, and proceeded to win the Division Championship last Thursday, June 22, going 14-0 on the year, and cementing a perfect season and the solid nature of the program in Charlestown.
Coach Jack Schievink oversees the team, and said they are a great group of young ladies, many of whom competed this spring on the team while also balancing school work and playing on their high school teams. Many of the girls, he said, have come up through the ranks of the program.
The stellar season was highlighted also on Monday and Tuesday, June 19 and 20, with a two-day rain-delayed playoff game win over the Malden Red Dragons that was won in the last inning on a thrilling come-from-behind win. That followed with a colossal 22-6 win over the Somerville Lighting. The championship game – and perfect season – came together on Thursday, June 22, with a 20-5 win over the Malden Pink Team.
Carleigh Schievink pitched and won all three contests, but the highlight was the run production in the playoffs.
“The bats truly came alive in the playoffs,” said Jack Schievink. “They had 54 runs in three games, which is unbelievable.”
The success highlights the program that has often been overlooked by those in the Town that haven’t been directly involved.
Some of the stars on the team include Madison Rodriguez and Carleigh Schievink, Serina D’Amico as well as Jess Pistorino.
“Madison and Carleigh (Jack’s daughter) have been playing here since they were five and six in our instructional league,” he said. “Jess Pistorino and Serina have been around since they were six or seven. The other girls really picked it up in the last three years. There’s really a pipeline that we’ve built in the program.”
That is showing up in the incredible spring season. It also shows up on high school teams, where Carleigh Schievink and Pistorino have made the varsity teams at Boston Latin Academy while still in middle school. Others have also shined in their school programs too.
On the field in Charlestown, Schievink said it has come down to pitching.
“If you don’t have good pitching, you don’t go far in softball,” he said.
Rodriguez is 2-0 on the season, with Carleigh Schievink at 9-0 and McKenzie Nee grabbing a 2-0 record.
That is also bolstered by great catching, with the combination of Rebecca Zellin and Grace Tinlin taking on the critical catching responsibilities very well this year.
Another strength has been base-running.
“Tari Pecevich has 25 stolen bases this season and has only been thrown out once,” said Schievink.
Schievink said the future looks good for the girls, but next year almost 90 percent will move to the more competitive 18U league – which might make for a learning experience. Meanwhile, several members from the talented 12U Charlestown team are likely to fill the gaps of the departed members of the 14U team quite well.
The Spring League competes against four teams from Medford, three Malden teams, a Somerville team and a Stoneham team. After the playoffs conclude this week, the summer season will begin.
Other players on the team that have been outstanding so far this undefeated season include:
- Bridget Rooney
- Caroline Conroy
- Rebecca Donovan
- Mairead Jones
- Felicia Burgos
- Marilyn Fitzgerald
- Maya Riley