12th Annual Winterball Baseball Game
December 1, 2012
Temperature – 28°
Baystate Blizzard 8, Atlantic Frost 5
Maplewood Park, Malden, MA
The 12th annual Winterball was a treat. The Rivier University Baseball Team was on hand to assist with collection of toys for Toys for Tots, and also to shag baseballs during batting practice for the participants.
The game began with about 30 players ready to brave the crisp 28° snowy conditions. The Baystate Blizzard consisted of players aged 16-29, while the Atlantic Frost consisted of those aged 30+. The starting pitchers were Jay Thomas (MABL Blue Jays) for the Blizzard and Paul Anderson (MSBL Middlesex Brewers) for the Frost. In the final frame and trailing 8-3, the Frost made a comeback run as Steven Walsh (Yawkey’s Beacon Hill Dodgers) doubled, Chris Deane (MSBL’s Scituate Tides) got on, and Tommy McDonough (alumni from Yawkey’s Somerville Alibrandis) hit one to the wall to drive 2 runs in. But the rally fell short, and the Frost froze at five.
Thanks to all the volunteers, players, and umpires for their generous contributions of time and toys to support Toys for Tots. As a result of this game, lots of boys and girls will have a better holiday season.