Our dual mission is to provide a fun, instructional and safe league for girls to learn and enjoy the awesome sport of softball, and to serve as a feeder program that will help create and maintain a consistently strong high school softball program.

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Welcome to Lynnfield Youth Softball

The Lynnfield Youth Softball Association's dual mission is to provide a fun, instructional and safe outlet for girls to learn and enjoy the awesome sport of softball, and to provide a healthy feeder program that will help create and maintain a consistently strong high school softball program.

Finals Forecast: Thunder and Lightning

Ipswich earned its top seed on strong fundamental play, but Lynnfield's scrappy and talented Lightning advanced to the Senior Division Finals with a 10-7 victory Saturday.

 

Lynnfield Teams Advance to A Division Finals for First Time 

Lynnfield's most successful season in its four-year involvement with the Essex County Women's Softball League reached a pinnacle on Saturday as both the Senior Division (7th-8th) Lightning and Junior Division (5th-6th) Thunder advanced with thrilling semifinals victories at Lynnfield High.

The second-seeded Lightning punched their ticket first, downing top-seeded Ipswich, 10-7, behind Sophia Brown's stellar work in the circle and Ellie Shapleigh's five-RBI performance. In a game in which all 12 Lightning players contributed, it was Shapleigh's grand slam in the third inning that staked Lynnfield to a 7-0 lead it would not relinquish. A key play in the game was first baseman Guiliana Guarracino's late-inning backhand stab of a line drive that became an inning-ending double play instead of an RBI hit. The Senior Division Champion Lightning (10-2-2), coached by Rick Kampersal and Dan Gamache, advance to the finals Sunday morning (10 am) in Groveland against the North Division Champion Newburyport Heat.

In the Junior Division Final, the never-say-die Thunder fell behind the Middleton Red Sox, 11-3, following a nine-run third inning by the visitors (including four home runs that reached the outfield fence), but rallied for a 16-15 victory. The Thunder clinched the win by holding the slugging Red Sox scoreless while clinging to their one-run lead in the sixth inning. Once again, all of the Thunder players contributed to the victory, which featured opportunistic baserunning, smart hitting and the stellar pitching of Libby Considine. The top-seeded Thunder clawed back to take a 16-15 lead in the bottom of the fifth, but left the bases loaded and faced the top of the imposing Red Sox order in the sixth. After holding sixth-seeded Middleton scoreless in only one inning throughout the game to that point, the Thunder shut the door in the sixth, stranding the tying run on third. The Thunder (12-1), coached by Katianne Williams, Jim Atsales and Scott Considine, play the Newbury Vikings at noon Sunday following the Lightning game in Groveland.

In the Junior A Division, the second-seeded Bears lost a second-round heartbreaker to the Middleton Red Sox in the drizzle and mist on Thursday night at Lynnfield High. It wrapped an excellent season for the Bears, who finished 9-3. Last year, the Bears, coached by John and Lisa Dias, became Lynnfield's first ECWSL Champs, winning the B Division crown.

The sixth-seeded Lynnfield Lions fell in their first-round playoff game to third-seeded Topsfield in the Senior A Division South playoffs. The Junior Division Legends advanced to the second-round of the B Division Playoffs before falling to eventual South Champ Middleton Rockies, while the Senior Division Lugnuts lost in the B Division first round to Ipswich (see story elsewhere on this site).

Thank you to all the coaches, players and parents for another great season of softball in Lynnfield. The league banquet is Thursday, June 20, at Prince Pizza.

 

 


by posted 06/16/2019
One Incredible Final Inning for the Lynnfield Lugnuts

Lynnfield Lugnuts 2019

Pride on Display in Nine-Run Loss

If it really is about how they play the game, the Lynnfield Lugnuts have something to be proud of. After falling behind in their first round Senior Division South B playoff game to visiting Ipswich by a stunning 25-0, the Lugnuts sent 20 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 4th, with 16 of them crossing the plate. And, despite ultimately suffering elimination, 25-16, the ten girls on Coach Kevin Travers’ team walked off the field with smiles on their faces and their heads held high, knowing that they fought to the end.

The first three and a half innings were the stuff of nightmares, as errors, bad breaks, and other mishaps and mistakes allowed the Ipswich Jaguars to score seven, four, eight and six runs, respectively, in their four turns at bat. (In the playoffs, the six-run limit per inning is waived.) The Jaguars were aggressive on the bases as well, continuing to take extra bases as their run total mounted. Meanwhile, the Lugnuts sent just 10 batters to the plate in their first three trips, with only a hit batsman and a walk to show for it. The latter of the two was erased in a double-play.

Ipswich, who was 3-8-1 on the season compared with the Lugnuts’ record of 3-7-2, was on the verge of winning by mercy rule (15 runs after four innings). But the Lynnfield squad, which tied the Jaguars in the first meeting, would have none of it.

Eva Cammarata started it with a stellar at bat, working a walk. Maeve Kennedy and Chloe Palumbo also reached to load the bases for Abigail Travers. Her infield grounder plated Cammarata, with the ump calling her out at first on a very, very, very, very close play (if you know what I mean), and the Lugnuts had their first run of the game.

Travers’ team, which lost two players early in the season and remained a hearty team of 10, kept battling to the final out. The hit parade continued -- Nina Alfe, Melissa Caprio, Hailey Mihalchik, Maddie Sieve, Sophia Fiorentino, and Alyson Kellett – all contributed to the incredible rally. Once Ipswich finally recorded the third out in the fourth inning, the game was called due to exceeding the time limit.

So Ipswich moves on, the Lugnuts’ season is over, and Kevin Travers has likely coached his last team after more than a decade contributing to the Lynnfield program. But it was a feel-good story for the home team nonetheless; one amazing inning that they’ll remember happily for a long time.


by posted 06/11/2019
Playoff Seeds are Set

Lynnfield Teams Excelled in 2019

(UPDATED - 6/10/19) Lynnfield teams grabbed the top two spots in the standings in the Essex County Women's Softball League's Junior South Division, as well as the #2 seed in the Senior South Division, leading into playoff week. The annual playoffs begin Monday, June 10, and culminate in four league final championship games on Father's Day.

Of Lynnfield's six teams, four qualified for the A Division playoffs by finishing in the top 6 in their division, while two earned home games in the B Division first round. 

Here is what's in store for the coming week, with many game dates and locations to be determined:

Only two Lynnfield teams are in action Monday night. The Lynnfield Legends drew the four seed in the Junior B playoffs and will travel to Middleton's Fuller Meadow Field (6 pm game time). The winner of that game plays the Middleton Rockies.

The Lynnfield Lions grabbed the last spot in the Senior A group and will visit the third-seeded Topsfield Mud Hens on Monday night. The winner of that contest will face the Lynnfield Lightning, which leaped over Topsfield and into second place with a victory Saturday on the last day of the season.

The Lynnfield Lugnuts tied for the top seed in the Senior South B Division, but ended up fourth after a series of coin flips didn't go their way. They will host Ipswich on Tuesday night at the high school in a first rounder.

The Lynnfield Thunder and Lynnfield Bears are the #1 and #2 seeds in the Junior A South Division, and both earned a bye into the second round along with the Lightning in the Senior A playoffs. 

The second round kicks off Wednesday with two home games. The Lightning host the Mud Hens-Lions winner at the high school, while the Thunder await the winner of the Hamilton-Wenham and Topsfield Tribe first-rounder. The Thunder will play at the Middle School.

On Thursday at the high school, the Bears take on the winner of the Georgetown Fair-Middleton Rockies contest. 

North and South Division Finals are played on Saturday at the home of the highest remaining seed, with the four final games (North winner vs. South winner in Junior and Senior A and B) on Sunday at a neutral site (Groveand for A Division Finals, Salisbury for the B Division Finals). 

Lynnfield's six teams racked up a combined record of 41-27-3 in 2019, a vast improvement over last season and the best showing since joining the ECWSL four years ago. Great job by all the coaches and players. Good luck to all in the playoffs!

 


by posted 06/09/2019
Annual Banquet is June 20 at Prince Pizza

LYSBA Players, Coaches to Convene at Annual Banquet, Thursday, June 20

With the playoffs scheduled for the week of June 10, the Lynnfield Youth Softball Association has scheduled our annual league banquet for Thursday, June 20, at 6 pm at Prince Pizza. As always, players and coaches are welcome to sit with their teams in the banquet section and enjoy pizza, drinks and dessert in a final wrap-up of another successful season.

Relatives of players and coaches are welcome to sit on the perimeter of the banquet area and order at their own expense off the Prince menu.

Players should let their coaches know their availability for the event so we can plan on the number of people who will attend. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

 


by posted 06/04/2019
The Value of Our Turf Field

Lynnfield Lightning Bounced the Boxford Thunder in the Rain on May 7

 

High School Field Proves its Worth

If anyone ever questioned whether the high school softball field should be turf along with all the other fields at the high school, this spring would certainly cure anyone of that doubt. On at least two occasions in this soggy spring, the high school field hosted games -- albeit abbreviated -- when most (probably all) the other games in the Essex County Women's Softball League were called off.

On the first occasion, two of our Junior League (5th-6th grades) teams slogged through a three-inning contest to get a game in that might otherwise never be played. On Friday, April 26, the Lynnfield Legends and Lynnfield Bears battled not only the crowd from the annual Promenade at the high school, but also the raindrops. The Bears came out on top in a game that was only played because of our turf field.

A late-day deluge on Tuesday, May 7, washed out most or all of the league's other games. But the Lynnfield Lightning in the senior division downed a gutsy team from Boxford, 12-5, in another shortened game that could have fallen victim to the slew of makeup games that still need to be scheduled. Coincidentally, the Boxford team that faced our Lightning go by the name "Thunder." Fortunately we heard no thunder and saw no lightning at the field that night.

The residents and athletes of Lynnfield are truly privileged to have the sports facilities that we do.


by posted 05/09/2019
Lynnfield High Field Rules

Respect Lynnfield Fields

Lynnfield residents have invested substantial amounts of money and time to upgrade the town's fields to be among the best in the area. In particular, the high school complex is an impressive facility that creates a better playing experience for Lynnfield residents and for the out-of-town teams they play.

To help preserve the quality of our fields, please follow the Town Recreation Committee's Field Guidelines.

TOWN OF LYNNFIELD FIELD USE REGULATIONS

To preserve the quality of the turf and provide a clean and healthy environment the following are NOT ALLOWED on this synthetic turf playing complex:

  • Food and drinks (other than in the concessions area and bleachers), beverages (other than water), sports drinks, gum, seeds or nuts
  • Alcoholic beverages of any type
  • Glass bottles or containers
  • Tobacco Products of any kind, smoking or open flame
  • No Metal cleats, only rubber and plastic cleats are allowed
  • Dogs or pets of any kind
  • Inappropriate behavior or language
  • Canopies, umbrellas, or other items that requiring spiking to hold them in place
  • Chairs with four legs
  • Golf playing
  • Motorized vehicles or bicycles (except official vehicles)

All field users are responsible for properly disposing of their trash and recyclables Please do not pick, pluck or pull grass fibers or infill materials on the field Formal practice or games require a field permit which can be obtained through the Recreation Commission 


by posted 01/28/2018
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