Aidan getting ready before hitting his home run at Baseball Heaven
What a year it was for the North Shore Tiger teams and on fathers day 7 players from the North Shore Tigers had been elected to the New England Elite Baseball League All Star team. Including Mr. MVP Aidan Graciale who took home the hardware on Sunday morning as he went 1 inning on the mound striking out two, two hits (1 Double and 1 Single). On top of that Patrick D'Amico and Jack Costanzo of the U10 team and Zach Fisher from the U9 team were electecd to the the team.
Colin Reddy was elected to the New England Elite Baseball League Division I team and all he did was strike out the side in his one inning of work, hit a home run along with a single and double. That is Colin for you... Then Nick Riser Mr. everything made the Division II New England Elite All Star team and like Colin he would throw 1 inning and strike out the side while going 2-2 with a double and a single.
The U13 Tigers are playing some of their best baseball of the season the past three weeks and now they are clicking on all cylinders with great pitching, defense and timely hitting. This past weekend the Tigers faced a strong and well coached Vikings team who came into the games with a 7-1 Divisional record and a 15-5 record overall. The Tigers knew they had tough games and needed to play extremely well.
The Tigers had a nice outing by Brett Bucklin who grinded through 4 innings of work on the mound getting key outs when needed while AJ Luciano and Max Pegnato led the way up the middle limiting any second chances and making the routine plays. The Tigers fell behind first in the top of the first 1-0 nothing but after four innings the Tigers would take the lead 6-3 as Brett would give way to "Sweet" Lou Vidal who would come into the game pumping gas striking three Viking batters out. In the bottom of the 5th a beautiful bunt by Bobby Reynolds moved Brett Buckling to second setting the stage for Dominic "The Hammer" Clark. Dominic would turn on the first pitch and drive it off the fence just missing a two run home run but giving the Tigers a 4 run lead. The Tigers would hold on to win the first game 7-4 with two runners on base as Lou would strike out the last batter for the victory.
In game two the Tiger bats with some misplayed balls and great base running and outstanding pitching had the Tigers win the second game 11-1 and improve to 8-0 in divisional play setting the stage this upcoming weekend with the Rivals Baseball. On the mound Dominic Clark pitched outstanding throwing hard and strikes. The Tigers are back in action this weekend at the Nahant Beach rotary for Divisional games against the Rivals.
All North Shore Tiger winter practices have been posted. Please be aware practice times and days can change at times. The full schedule is up on all teams calendar pages. Notice that the month of January will have the teams practicing on Saturday's and not Sunday's. We will also try to add a few more practices throughout the winter months. Our goal is to have 45-50 winter workouts from the middle of November to the end of March.
North Shore Tiger Staff
Pitching Wins Games!!!!
Number 1 Seed in New England U13...
The North Shore Tiger U13 team this past weekend had four games and came up with 4 big wins. First, on Saturday the Tigers hosted a very talented and well coached Rivals team who earlier in the season beat the Tigers 4-2 and 3-1 on the opening day of the EBL season. Coming into Saturday the boys had been waiting to play the Rivals and it turned out to be one of the best games of the season. The Rivals jumped out in front with a 2-1 lead after four innings. The Rivals would play great defense all the way. In the 6th inning with a runner on first with 1 out Dominic Clark came to the plate and turned on a fastball that sailed over the right field fence for a 2 run homerun and a 3-2 lead. Dominic Clark would go 6 strong innings before giving way to Lou Vidal to close the game for the victory. In game two the Tigers would win 10-7 behind the pitching of Max Pegnato, AJ Luciano and Lou Vidal. On Sunday the Tigers would sweep the Fury 4-0 and 8-6 with a complete game shut out from Brett Bucklin in game one while Matt Gisonno (2 innings) and Max Pegnato (5 innings) combined for the pitching efforts for the victory. With the two wins over the Rivals the Tigers have landed the 1 seed in the New England Elite Baseball League going 10-0 in Divisional play.
North Shore Tiger Staff
North Shore Tiger Co-Owner Jerson Perez
Lynn Native Jerson Perez is now Co-Owner of the North Shore Tiger baseball program with the founder of the organization Al Donovan. Jerson is one of those baseball guys who not only brings great practice plans, but also brings the core element of fundamentals at all age groups, says "Al Donovan". I had the luxury of coaching JP back at Lynn Tech High School and the Lynn A's of the North Shore Baseball League. JP played hard but more important he practiced harder on the field and off the field says "Al Donovan". I can remember him coming to practice he would be the first one on the field and last one off the field.
Jerson was elected in the 50th round in the MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies out of Lynn Tech in 1994. Jerson elected to attend New England's Junior College powerhouse CCRI in Rhode Island in which he would play two seasons with CCRI and help his team earn a trip to the JUCO World Series and finish 4th in the country. In 1996 Jerson would again get drafted, and this time by the New York Mets in the 20th round as a Shortstop. Jerson would go on to play 12 years of professional baseball and three years at the AAA level with the Syracuse Chiefs (Toronto Blue Jays). Both Jerson and Al have the same belief in the game: 1) Build on the fundamentals of the game. 2) Compete in practice to a high degree 3) Focus on the little intregal parts of the game 4) Develop solid practice plans at all age levels.
North Shore Tiger Reporter
We can’t express enough in words how excited we are on the upcoming 2015 season. The North Shore Tigers will take part in the New England Elite Baseball League with eight (8) teams ranging from ages U9 to U15. The Tiger program focuses on developing, teaching and educating the game of baseball while having fun. The North Shore Tiger program will take place on the North Shore in one of the greatest baseball regions in the state of Massachusetts.
The North Shore Tigers Directors and Coaching Staff bring Professional Baseball experience, Division I college baseball experience and a number of years instructing baseball practices, game plans and individual instructions. This will bring you a hot, new concept in the game unlike any other program.
We hope you enjoy checking out all of the great info on our website, and we look forward to seeing you in the 2015 Elite Baseball League season! Don’t “swing and miss” on this unique baseball experience with the North Shore Tigers.
The North Shore Tigers will offer baseball, baseball, and baseball. From classes about preparing for the game to skills demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences, each player will leave more knowledgeable about the game of baseball and how to be a better player, teammate, while having fun.
The Tiger Staff would like to thank all the players and parents for a successful season watching the U10, U12 Orange, U12 Purple and U13 teams qualify for the New England EBL playoffs this season. The U10 and U13 Tigers would finish 1st in the New England EBL earning them the number 1 seed for the New England Elite Baseball League playoffs.
The U10 Tigers would end the season with a 22 wins and the U12 Orange Tigers would win 15 games. The U13 team had 21 wins and only 9 loses while finishing 4th in the New England Playoffs. It all reflects back on the hardwork over the winter months the players and coaches put forth that proved to be the results througout the entire season. We look forward in seeing everyone next month for the start of the 2015 Tiger season.