THE LYNNFIELD 10-year-old All-Star team were District 16 champs and finished the summer with an overall record of 15-6. Team members of the pictured district champions included Chase Paton, Colin Morrison, Grant Hudson, Justin Migliero, Will Shields, Ryan Doherty, Robert Butler, Ethan Depari, Wes Adams, Luca Bevilaqua, Grady Pavao, Joey Coffee and Luke McEwan. (Courtesy Photo)
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
LYNNFIELD — It was a successful summer for the Lynnfield 10-year-old baseball All-Stars as they finished 15-6 overall. They won District 16 by going 4-0. They then went to the Sectional 4 tournament where they finished 1-2.
In the Bay State Tournament, they went 10-4 and were a Gold Trophy winner. Lynnfield was invited to the tournament of champions taking place in Newburyport this week but declined.
“We played a lot of baseball in a short span of time,” explained Lynnfield head coach Mark Hudson, as his squad played 21 games from June 24 to July 17.
In the last game of sectionals, they beat Danvers, 18-6, on July 17 in a five-inning mercy-rule game.
“The kids hit the ball very well that game,” said Hudson.
Chase Paton was the winning pitcher.
The day before, Lynnfield lost to Reading by a final of 9-6. In this game, Lynnfield led 6-2 but Reading was able to rally late.
“Colin (Morrison) pitched well for us,” recalled Hudson.
On July 15, in the first game of the sectionals, Lynnfield lost to Billerica, 5-3.
“Billerica was a scrappy team that was able to manufacture runs,” said Hudson.
All three of the sectional games took place at Volunteer Field in Lynn.
In District 16 play, Lynnfield went a perfect 4-0 as they beat West Peabody, 4-2, in the title game on July 9 at Charlie Reinfuss Field in Lynn.
“That was a great game,” said Hudson.
It was a lot different from the game before on July 1 as Lynnfield blanked West Peabody, 12-0, at Pine Hill Field in Lynn. That game went only four innings.
“Luke (McEwen) rolled on the mound,” said Hudson, as McEwen only allowed a couple of hits in his four innings of work.
On June 26, Lynnfield posted another shutout, winning 16-0 against West Lynn at MacArthur Park in Lynn. This game went just three innings as pitcher Grant Hudson and Will Shields combined for the three-inning shutout.
In the first game of the districts, Lynnfield knocked off Swampscott, 13-2, in a five-inning mercy-rule contest on June 24.
Along with Hudson, McEwen, Paton, Shields and Morrison the other players on the roster were Justin Migliero (catcher), Ethan Depari (outfielder), Rob Butler (outfielder), Grady Pavao (catcher), Wes Adams (outfielder), Joey Coffee (outfielder), Luca Bevilaqua (outfielder) and Ryan Doherty (outfielder).
Adams, Coffee, Bevilaqua, and Doherty were not part of the Bay State Tournament team while Mike Mattia (third base- pitcher) Ryan Grenier (second base- outfielder), Chase Dixon (pitcher- outfielder) and Adam Cassidy (outfielder) played on the Bay State team but not the district team.
“They played very consistent ball and played hard,” said Hudson, “They were great teammates to each other and they were confident.”
Hudson would love to coach the All-Stars next year when they move up to the 11-year-olds. He also wanted to give credit to his assistant coaches, Bill Shields, Casey Paton and Steve Migliero.
Grant Hudson, Mattia, Migliero, Shields and Paton were the team’s top five hitters in average this summer.