Alibrandis crush Minutemen
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The Somerville Alibrandis dominated the Brighton Minutemen by a score of 11-1 Friday night, coming off of a rejuvenating break in the season due to some rainouts earlier that week.

The Somerville Alibrandis dominated the Brighton Minutemen by a score of 11-1 Friday night, coming off of a rejuvenating break in the season due to some rainouts earlier that week.

By Ben Cassidy

After a couple of rainouts earlier in the week, the Somerville Alibrandis looked well rested last Friday night against Brighton, thrashing the Minutemen 11-1 at Trum Field.

Somerville used a consistent offensive attack and dominant pitching to beat the Minutemen. The Alibrandis scored five runs in the fourth inning and three in the sixth, along with single runs in the second, third, and fifth innings. When it was all over, every Somerville batter had collected at least one hit, including Mike Maguire, who belted his first home run of the season and drove in three runs.

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Somerville Youth Soccer Boys Team finishes third best in state finals
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Back row: Coach Paul Clarke, Tarekgn O'Neill, Luca Duclos-Orsello, Ben Lopez, Diego Garcia, Tyler Whitney-Ellis, Coach Julio Veliz. Front row: Jeremy Rodriguez, Oliver Clarke, Alexis Figuerroa, Diego Nolasco, Owen Sheehy.

Back row: Coach Paul Clarke, Tarekgn O’Neill, Luca Duclos-Orsello, Ben Lopez, Diego Garcia, Tyler Whitney-Ellis, Coach Julio Veliz. Front row: Jeremy Rodriguez, Oliver Clarke, Alexis Figuerroa, Diego Nolasco, Owen Sheehy.

The Somerville Youth Soccer BU12-1 team completed their Spring 2014 season on a high note, finishing third best in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC). The boys-under-12 team earned their MTOC ticket with a 9-1-0 regular season record and first place finish in the 2014 MYSL Commissioners Cup.

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Alibrandis edge South End
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alibrandis_7_16_14_webBy Ben Cassidy

Last Thursday night, the Somerville Alibrandis defeated the South End Astros 4-3 at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury. The victory moved the Alibrandis to 15-7-1. As of Sunday, Somerville trailed Stoneham and Revere in the Ted Williams Division of the Yawkey Baseball League.

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Summer weather warms Alibrandis’ bats
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Alibrandis batting has stepped up to the plate, helping to give the team good placement in the division ranking.

Alibrandis batting has stepped up to the plate, helping to give the team good placement in the division ranking.

By Ben Cassidy

For much of the 2014 Yawkey Baseball League season, the Somerville Alibrandis’ offense has mirrored the uneven and, at times, dismal weather conditions under which the team has played. During a four-game stretch in early June, for example, the Albriandis managed just six runs over four games; the squad subsequently tallied 21 runs in its next three contests.

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Alibrandis finish off trifecta
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alibrandis_6_25_14_webBy Ben Cassidy

After losing to the Stoneham Sabers in extra innings on the 15th, the Somerville Alibrandis rebounded by winning thrice last week against the Brighton Black Sox, AlThomas Athletics, and Malden Maddogs.

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Boston Closet win final championship series
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Boston Closet has won the championship series four years in a row.

Boston Closet has won the championship series four years in a row.

By Nidhi Mathson

Somerville’s Little League team, Boston Closet, won the championship playoffs Sunday afternoon at Conway Park, making them winners for the fourth year in a row. According to one parent, it’s all due to Coach Sean Sullivan.

“Every moment he’s with the kids, whether during the game or in practice, is a moment of enlightenment,” said John Sanbonmatsu, parent of Boston Closet player, Emmanuel Sanbonmatsu, the day before the final game. “Some of these kids had never played baseball before in their lives. They had never thrown a ball, or tried to hit one, or catch one. Yet here they are, in the championships!”

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Arms can’t carry Alibrandis against Stoneham
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(L to R) Alibrandis first base coach John Moore along with players Kevin Salines and Anthony Perry. — Photo courtesy Cameron Lynch

(L to R) Alibrandis first base coach John Moore along with players Kevin Salines and Anthony Perry. — Photo courtesy Cameron Lynch

By Ben Cassidy

Prior to last Sunday’s game against the Stoneham Sabers, the Somerville Alibrandis were experiencing one of the many incongruous baseball phenomena that are impenetrable to casual observers of the sport and beloved by its most fervent fans: Though the Alibrandis had won their previous two contests, buoyed by excellent pitching and flawless fielding, they weren’t hitting well. In fact, they were hardly hitting at all; in its two victories, the squad had tallied just four runs.

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Alibrandis seek to continue dynasty
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The 2013 Yawkee League Champion Alibrandis is looking to repeat its success in the season to come. ~Photo  courtesy of Cameron Lynch.

The 2013 Yawkee League Champion Alibrandis is looking to repeat its success in the season to come. — Photo courtesy of Cameron Lynch.

By Ben Cassidy

In today’s Twitter-obsessed, live-in-the-moment sports culture, the word “dynasty” is frequently misused. Twenty-first century fans are quick to erroneously compare certain teams’ short-lived spurts of success to historic franchises’ years of sustained excellence, the essence of any true dynasty. Yet, some squads render these false equivocations futile by dominating the past and the present, all-encompassing strings of success everyone can agree epitomize a dynasty. The Somerville Alibrandis are one of these teams.

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Somerville Little League sponsors
a ‘Majors All Star Game’
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little_league_webSomerville Little League, In honor of the 75th Anniversary of Little League baseball in the US, will sponsor a “Majors All Star Game”, featuring some of the best players Somerville Little League has to offer. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at Conway Park. In addition, that day will also feature many of the Opening Day activities that were cancelled back in April due to inclement weather. Starting with the recognition of several longtime champions of Somerville Little League baseball who will be honored for their service, Somerville Police and Fire units will be on hand, along with the Somerville Police Honor Guard, who will present their colors.

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M.O.M.’s Run 5k Run/Walk for Cancer
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The annual M.O.M.’s Run 5k Run/Walk for Cancer raises funds for cancer research.

The annual M.O.M.’s Run 5k Run/Walk for Cancer raises funds for cancer research.

The annual M.O.M.’s Run 5k Run/Walk for Cancer will take place on Sunday, May 11 and could be a record breaker.

Last year’s race, which was dedicated in memory of Officer Sean Collier, had 600+ participants and raised over $21,000 for cancer research, putting the total raised in the 11 years of the event at over $85,000. This year’s event has the highest number of pre-registered participants in history and has the potential to break $100,000 for total dollars raised.

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East Ville basketball tourney draws hundreds
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— Photo by David Booth

— Photo by David Booth

Members of the East Somerville community teamed with local businesses to draw hundreds of young basketball players and spectators to the first annual basketball tournament Feb 28. Students from grades 6-8 represented their neighborhoods.

Event organizers and East Somerville residents Judi Walker and Maisy Sullivan said the event brought together the best the neighborhood has to offer.

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