The North End Athletic Association (NEAA) completed another great season of baseball for its in-house program for 4 to 12 year olds.
This season was another fantastic success due to the efforts of Commissioner Ralph Martignetti and our crew of volunteer coaches who made the spring a fun time for the young boys and girls in our program. The season wrapped up with the Minors program (ages 6 to 8), which once again was sponsored by North End Against Drugs, completing their last game with a small medal ceremony and pizza for the players.
The girls softball program also was completed with their awards ceremony and a small party on the field. We also competed in the Annual North to South Baseball series, sponsored by Ways and Means Chairman State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.
The majors program, ages 9 to 12, was a huge success and concluded with several special awards. The winners of the playoffs were the Tomasone Tigers coached by Chris Wells and Jon Larson. Here are the award winners:
Regular Season MVP: Jo-Jo Brienze
Pitcher of the Year: Richard Wells
Sportsman of the Year: James Heath
Rookie of the Year: Owen Flannagan
Coach of the Year: Jon Larson
Playoff MVP: Gunnar Larson
We also gave out a Carangelo Award for each team. This award is given out annually in honor of Uncle Fred Carangelo to the player on each team who portrays the ideals of Uncle Fred which is sportsmanship, playing the game the right way, and hard work. This year’s winners were:
Indians: Alex Parisi
Cardinals: Ibrahim Dagher
Tigers: Cameron Esposito
Cubs: James Heath
We would also like to acknowledge out instruction program, which played on Saturday and Sunday mornings. These 4 and 5 year olds are the building blocks of our program and we look forward to them moving up through the ranks and becoming future all-stars with us.
A special thanks to our team sponsors: St. Agrippina Feast Society, St. Anthony’s Feast Society, Tomasone Club and the Regional Review Newspaper.