Dear Lexington Little League Parents and Players,
With snow on the ground and another Super Bowl victory in the books, there is no better time to start thinking about the upcoming 2019 Little League Season. As I hope you all know, Lexington Little League strives to provide a positive learning environment for the development of sportsmanship, character, and fundamentals both on and off the field. At a time when children have so many other sports and activities to choose from, we are thrilled with how many boys and girls continue to play baseball and softball each spring.
But before we can start making banners for the Opening Day parade, I want to take a moment and look back at 2018, show gratitude to all the people who made our league a success, highlight the achievements we had as a league and as a town, and let everybody know how they can help Lexington Little League going forward.
A Tip of the Cap…
The Lexington Little League Board would like to thank all those who made 2018 so successful and reflect on some highlights throughout the year:
Lexington Little League would not exist without the countless hours dedicated by our managers, coaches and event volunteers. It takes good people to make this League work and come together each year. The LLL Board is extremely grateful to the parents who take on additional volunteer jobs beyond these commitments.
All of our 2018 team sponsors. Your generous contributions help us maintain a quality little league program. Our sponsorships help cover the cost associated with uniforms, field permits fees, umpire fees, and much more. Lexington Little League is lucky to have so much support from our community business leaders.
Jennifer Velis, Events Coordinator
Peter Kuechle, Treasurer
Mike MacClary, Baseball Player Agent
Ossie Babson, Softball Commissioner
Holy Cow…Highlights from the 2018 Season:
We had over 750 registered between both programs and over 60 teams, meaning fields were filled with Little Leaguers any given night. We are proud to offer such a great program to the Lexington community.
Opening Day Parade
Purchased new bats, per USA guidelines, for all A, AA, AAA & Major Teams
Donated $1000 to LHS Baseball and Softball programs
Donated a portion of Red Sox ticket sales to the Pete Frates #3 Foundation
Participated in the Kids PMC Ride at Bowman and held a Home Run contest
Annual Lexington Lions Club Sports Night Award Winners:
Baseball – Rycroft Award
Softball – Mary Daley Award
200 players and 14 teams competed over the summer and proudly represented Lexington Little League baseball and softball programs.
The Bay State U11 team competed in 2 Trophy Weekends, taking home a Silver and Gold trophy. They also qualified for the end of the season “Tournament of Champions”.
BIG TIME, I’m on my way I’m making it…
But that is not all - Lexington’s success went far beyond the Little League diamond.
LHS High School
Both the Lexington High baseball and softball team’s qualified for post season tournament berths, with the boys being selected for the prestigious Div. 1A “Super 8” tournament.
Chris Shaw MLB Debut
Former member of the Lexington Little League Dayton Dragons was called up to the “Real” Major Leagues in late August and in his 4th game, hit a 468 foot home run. Chris spoke at the annual Lions Club Award night and we look forward to following his journey and wish him continued success.
Blue Sox Win 13th Intercity Championship
The Lexington Blue Sox won their 13th Intercity League Championship. Founded in 1995 by owner and manager Rick DeAngelis, the team is a unique blend of top collegiate talent, professional baseball prospects and former major and minor league veterans. The Blue Sox compete in the Intercity League, which is widely considered among the best amateur leagues in the Northeast.
NU Head Coach Mike Glavine
Northeastern University head coach and Lexington resident Mike Glavine was honored as the 2018 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) and the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year.
The fourth-year head coach led the Huskies to a program-record 36 wins, their second CAA regular season title in as many seasons, and their first NCAA bout since 2003.
How can you help?
As you can see, we had numerous baseball & softball achievements to be proud of in 2018. We are hoping for an even better 2019, but it is hard work and we need your help!
Lend a hand and get involved! All weask is that you have a good perspective on what we are trying to accomplish. And remember that we are all volunteers! We require good sportsmanship from all involved in practices and games including parents, players, coaches, and officials.
There are open Board positions available and we welcome everyone, as it is our volunteers that make us such a great league. Bringing on more engaged members will be paramount to the future strength of our league. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested.
We are always looking for new sponsors to help with the upcoming 2019 season. If you know any business or individual that would like to sponsor a team, or make a contribution, please email us at [email protected]
Donations of cash or check are always welcome. Every little bit helps and look out for potential fundraising events in 2019.
Finally, a great 2019 will not happen if you don’t register your player(s)! Our registration is still open for our school based leagues:
Baseball Single A and Rookie
Softball Minor and T-Ball
Please go to www.lexingtonlittleleague.org and click on the registration link. Then get the word out to your neighbors, friends, classmates, other youth sports teams. We know that word of mouth from the parents & players is our best recruiting tool!
On behalf of the LLL Board, thank you so much to our baseball & softball community for your continued support and dedication toward our program.