Red Wings Rock Brewers 11-2

The Littleton Red Wings came out swinging early & often in a 11-2 rout of the Groton Brewers. Strong Red Wings pitching by Connor B. and Nick L. was anchored by Matt behind the plate and held the Brewers scoreless through the first 3 innings including an attempted steal at 2nd which was gunned down by Matt from the backstop. After scoring 2 runs in the 4th, the Brewers offense was shut down again by several great defensive infield plays. Offensively, the Red Wings were hard to keep up with. Red-hot hitters included Nick L. with a solo home run followed by a triple (2 RBIs); Connor B. with 2 doubles; and Nick M. with a single and double (3 RBIs). Zach L., Luke F. and Will B. also hit singles, and Jon made the Brewers pitchers pay for their mistakes by getting on base twice without a hit (walked & hit by pitch) and then scoring both times. It’s great to see the team coming together so quickly. Stay tuned for some more Saturday night baseball on 5/2…

Red Wings Clip Dunstable 3-2

Opening Day at last! The Red Wings defeated Dunstable in a come-from-behind victory in the 6th inning. A very low-scoring game with great talent displayed across the field by both teams. Matt started the season on the mound, striking out 4 and giving up 1 hit in 2 innings of work. He also collected his 300th career K. Christian followed Matt in the rotation for the next 2 innings, striking out 2 and allowing 1 hit. Cole closed out the game, striking out 2 and giving up 3 hits. Web gems by Cole at 3rd and Matt at 1st provided key defense during the middle innings. Offensively the bats came alive against strong Dunstable pitching with Nick, Matt, Will and Jon all hitting singles. An RBI by Zach kept the Red Wings in the game and another by Matt put the Red Wings over the top at the bottom of the 6th. Stay tuned for the next game on 4/30!

Down But Not Out

Photo by Patrick Whittemore, Boston Herald

In today’s Boston Herald there is a heart-breaking article about Little League players in Lawrence who have been victimized by the larceny of $1,500 worth of baseball equipment just 2 days before Opening Day. Read more here: (http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1167907).

The South Lawrence East Little League serves over 300 under-advantaged youths aged 5-15, and had only $100 in the bank when starting  this season. Now the parents and coaches need to dig deep to find additional money they don’t have in order to buy and replace needed equipment.

Apparently the burglars broke into a donated storage container outside the South Lawrence East Elementary School sometime overnight this past Wednesday-Thursday and stole more than 100 baseballs, donated cleats, equipment bags and catcher’s gear. Fortunately most of the league’s equipment had already been distributed, but now the coaches need to borrow balls for practice and those teams without catching equipment need to borrow from opposing teams during the games which began today.

While local businesses have already been helping with the costs of sponsoring the teams, the league still needs additional donations to cover this loss. The police are investigating but have no leads at this time.

  • Donations can be sent to Attention of Greg Morris, South Lawrence East Little League, 18 Market Street #3, Lawrence MA 01843. Or call league treasurer Ozzie Diaz at 978-857-9729.

DirtDog Haiku

OK, so call me crazy. I had the pleasure of watching the first practice scrimmage of the season between a mixed group of the Majors players in our league. It was a gorgeous Spring evening close to 70 degrees with no wind. The boys played until it was too dark to see. Now here I am, inspired to write a Haiku on a Saturday morning instead of sleeping in like my DirtDog is doing. Haven’t written a Haiku since I was in 5th Grade, but I think it’s actually pretty good. Tell me what you think…

Shadows stretch for First,

Balm fills air on scented breeze;

Leather pops with joy.

All-Star Pitcher Mark Fidrych Dead at 54

Mark Fidrych, 1954-2009

Mark Fidrych, 1954-2009

All-Star pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych was found dead today in what appears to have been a tragic accident at his farm in Northborough, Mass. A family friend found him pinned beneath a truck he was apparently working on.

“The Bird” was the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1976 going 19-9 with an ERA of 2.34. He stayed with the Detroit Tigers for all 5 of his major league seasons. He earned the nickname because of his resemblance to Big Bird from Sesame Street along with displays of eccentric behavior on the mound including smoothing the dirt with his hands and talking to the baseball.

Another great loss to all who love The Game…

MVP Resistance Bands for Baseball

April 9, 2009

Little League International is proud to announce a multi-year license agreement with the MVP Band – a resistance training device that strengthens a players arm. The unique neoprene wristband of the MVP Band sets it apart from all other resistance bands. The design forces the user to focus on building the muscles that comprise the rotator cuff while at the same time reinforcing proper arm angles and mechanics. Rotator cuff injuries are widespread among both youth and adult baseball/softball players, and studies attribute the cause to both overuse and improper throwing mechanics. Surprisingly, the rotator cuff muscles are the most prone to injury yet very little time and emphasis is focused on this area. In 2008, Little League Baseball incorporated the program within its summer baseball camps in Williamsport, Pa., and gained praise from both camp officials and Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. “By aligning ourselves with the MVP Band we continue to take a leadership position in youth sports safety and injury prevention,” Mr. Keener said. “MVP Band is a scientifically proven product with the backing of clinical testing. As a result of this agreement, we are proud to offer the benefits of the MVP band to our 7,500 baseball and softball programs across the country.”

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Little League Baseball, the world’s largest organized youth sports program”, states Dave Miramontes, Founder and CEO of the MVP Band & Program. “We see the MVP Band as another way to help LLB reduce the risk of future arm related injuries, while at the same time helping to improve a player’s confidence and ability.” As a current Little League Coach, former Division I and Minor League baseball player, Mr. Miramontes had great success as a pitcher, but spent most of his youth career with a sore arm and in the training room during his collegiate tenure. “It seems that both parents and players have accepted the notion that sore arms and baseball are synonymous,” Mr. Miramontes said. “In creating the MVP Band & Program, I now have opportunity eliminate this stigma by providing an easy-to-use and portable device to improve one’s arm, while providing a program that can be used throughout one’s entire career.” Mr. Miramontes will work closely with Nick Caringi, Little League International Senior Director of Operations and Education. They have been working together for more than a year to create a universal, yet simplistic program that will be available to all Little League players and the thousands of volunteer coaches. “I am confident that this will be a long and rewarding relationship for Little League” said Mr. Caringi.

Under the guidance of Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D., the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) and California State University recently conducted a scientific study of the MVP Band & Program. Dr. Fleisig is best known for his pitching research. Many Major League Baseball organizations have turned to Dr. Fleisig and ASMI for biomechanical evaluations to reduce pitching injuries and improve performance. Dr. Fleisig is also a consultant with Little League Baseball and Softball, and a member of the USA Baseball Safety Committee. In the ASMI study, thirty-two youth baseball players were divided into two groups for a four-week period. One group was trained with the MVP Band & Program, while the other was not. The study showed that the trained group increased their thrown ball velocity significantly more than the control group did. Furthermore, most of the players in the training group believed that the program improved their shoulder flexibility, shoulder strength, and ball speed. “The study demonstrated the MVP Band arm conditioning program to be beneficial, particularly in increasing ball velocity,” Dr. Fleisig said, “because youth are often involved in multiple sports and activities and often have a shorter attention span than older athletes, a short-term baseball conditioning program may be attractive. Participation in the program for longer than four weeks may lead to more benefits; however this was beyond the scope of the current study.”

Little League Baseball and Softball continues to take the lead in injury prevention through education and the implementation of rules designed to prevent injury. The MVP Band Program provides the perfect complement to the recent pitch count rule that limits the number of pitches a player can throw per game. With consistent use of the MVP Band & Program, players have reported improvement in their performance, and more importantly, have reduced arm soreness/tenderness during their entire season of play.

About the MVP Band

The MVP Band is unlike your typical exercise tube. The unique neoprene wrist cuffs enable your hands to remain free of the device, therefore enabling the user to isolate the stretch more directly to the rotator cuff muscles. In addition to pre-game warm-ups, players will also find benefit from using the MVP Band in-between innings by simulating a throwing motion right inside the dugout. With more than 21 exercises and six warm up stretches, the MVP Band Program is thorough. For Little League Baseball, the MVP Band Program has implemented three pre-game stretches & seven band exercises that every player should perform before they begin practices and/or games. The MVP Band is available in both a Junior and Pro Series. The MVP Band is a customized product made for Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and other sports using an overhand throwing motion. For more information about the MVP Band & Program, visit http://www.mvpband.com.

Little League International

P.O. Box 3485 539

US Route 15 Hwy

Williamsport, PA 17701-0485

Phone: 570-326-1921 Fax: 570-326-1074