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Wilmington Baseball Loses First Round Tilt in Lynn

Despite strong effort from Wildcats, Lynn Classical hangs on for 4-2 victory.

The Wilmington baseball team hung with Lynn Classical until the last out of Thursday’s North Division 2 postseason opener. But in the end, a strong Wildcat season came to a close with a tight road setback.

Lynn struck for two runs in the opening frame before Wilmington knotted the score in the third with a pair of runs. But single tallies in the fourth and sixth innings helped seal the 4-2 home win.

“We asked them to leave it on the field, and they left it on the field,” said head coach Aldo Caira. “The outcome may not be what you want, but as long as the effort was there, that’s what we’re looking for.”

Though the hosts struck quickly, three seniors led a two-out rally in the third that helped Wilmington even things up. Phil Lentini started the rally with a single, Cole Peffer followed with a single of his own, and Dalton Rolli brought them both home one batter later.

John Keough started on the mound for Wilmington and lasted into the third. But with two runners on base and no one out, the senior felt something pop in his shoulder and was removed from the game.

Sophomore Brendan McDonough came in as a relief pitcher and walked the first batter he faced. But a solid defensive play by Peffer led to the first out of the frame and McDonough notched back-to-back strikeouts to sneak out of the jam.

Rolli led off the sixth with a single as the Wildcats trailed, 3-2. But he was stranded at second and Wilmington never managed another serious offensive threat.

Caira said despite the loss, this was a memorable season with his team, which earned the Middlesex League Small School Division regular season title.

“We had a great year,” said Caira. “This team was unlike any other team I’ve had. They were a close-knit team. They played together, won together and lost together. It was just a fun year.” 

George Lingenfelter June 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It's great that the Wilmington High School baseball team had a successful season. How many people know that the warning track at the high school baseball field will be eliminated/removed, if the new artificial turf field is installed at the high school? The rear parking lot at the Town Park is also going to be removed, as well as the Pedway between the Wildwood School and Federal Street. Did the residents of Wilmington vote to remove these structures?
Steve H June 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM
you mean when the turf field is installed, and acutally what does your comment have to do with the hs baseball team
Kevin MacDonald June 02, 2012 at 08:50 PM
My guess is that Mr. Lingenfelter is informing deceived Wilmington tax payers and baseball players that A.) a warning track for safety is being removed from the outfield and to prepare for collisions and injuries B.) Parking areas and walks off site that are necessary are being pulled up for the new High school wetlands replication requirement so they can shoehorn a disaster new building on the site C.)suggesting that voters were not informed of this prior to voting D.)Letting baseball players who will be future taxpayers know what others may be hiding from E.) Speaking the truth Steve H. Do you know what that is?
John Reslin June 03, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Blah Blah Blah. Warning tracks are overrated anyway.
Kevin MacDonald June 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM
If a warning track prevented your kid from becoming paralyzed you wouldn't want it I guess John. They're overrated?
Steve H June 03, 2012 at 07:18 PM
George, can you explain why they will be removing the warning track?
George Lingenfelter June 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Steve, your town officials have offered up the surface area of the baseball field warning track as part of the riverbank replication/mitigation area necessary to compensate for the loss of the natural topsoil/turf field area. Because natural riverfront area (RFA) will be lost by the installation of the artificial turf field and associated tire crumble, aka flash frozen and smash used vehicular tires and other unknown rubber sources, the loss must be compensated for. Please go the Conservation and Planning Office and ask to read the Notice of Intent (NOI) and the 10 resident group request for superseding order of conditions for more information on what the Town is doing. I provided Matt Schooley of the Patch with a pdf file of the wetlands appeal, but it has not been posted.
Steve H June 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
George, when they move the fences in for the baseball field, they will create a new warning track, problem solved. George I have no desire to read what ten people want, when the town has had town wide votes, and you ten have lost everytime. All you are doing is preventing the youth in town from better opporunities to learn, and play on fields that almost everytown in the state would give their left arm to be able to install. So please don't ask me to read anything that you TEN so called self appointed watchdogs create, and you wonder why people put fences up.
George Lingenfelter June 04, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Steve, it does not work that way. The existing warning track area is not being moved, it is being “restored.” There will be no “new” warning track area!
Steve H June 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Actually george the field is being redone and there will be a warning track
Wayne Sullivan June 04, 2012 at 07:55 PM
George - I know you are a self proclaimed expert, but the fact that the existing warning track will be restored does not mean there will be no warning track. You bring the fence in and the distances down the left, center field and right field zones will be shortened because that is what happens when you pick up a fence and move it in. Guess what happens next? A new warning track within the new field parameters is dug out and filled with dirt or stone dust or some environmental friendly item and presto...you got yourself a new warning track. Don't mean to come off as a field wizard here, but it really isn't that difficult.
Wayne Sullivan June 04, 2012 at 08:04 PM
As far as the other under utilized areas such as a parking lot at the Town Park which is empty most of the time if not all the time and a pedway that is barely used...I would take a new high school and turf field that will have 100% utilization and the means to generate revenue for the town over these areas just described. The areas that are being taken are required to make the Conservation Land requirements work. In life you have decisions and trade offs and in my opinion these tradeoffs provide a better value for tax payers than the existing infrastructure you speak of. Also, these changes are not only being done based on law requirements, but also as a means to attempt to satisfy this special interest group that clearly has proven time and time again that it can't be satisfied. Once again, doesn't take a self proclaimed expert or a field wizard to figure this one out either!
Wayne Sullivan June 04, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I would like to congratulate the baseball team on a great season! It was the intention of the Patch to highlight a great season, but once again this article is maligned by a group of disgruntled citizens! Inappropriate again! These articles are supposed to be about the kids! I read the Patch site from time to time and 99.9% of the time I won't post and never have actually other than maybe one other time. However, today I decided to log on and started reading stories about the fine students of Wilmington and their personal, academic, athletic and general accomplishments. After reading and then moving on to the comments section, I was disappointed to see the same cyber hackers comment about anything and everything they can while not even taking a moment to acknowledge and commend the accomplishments of the students mentioned in the articles! Self serving and selfishness at its finest! It really gets old sometimes! Give it a rest! I am sure it won't take much to figure out who your employers are and mail them a copy of this transcript which shows you using company time to write on the Patch. Good luck reaching my boss! I am retired and my wife runs the show as any well adjusted man can admit. Get a hobby instead of worrying so much about swamps and lily pads!
Steve H June 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Well spoken wayne, I couldn't agree more.
One of 1,426 June 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
george... that is so funny that you are talking about warning tracks and fences..fences get it. like are poo bah said.. you cant reason with these people they are all "NUTS" they are not sane like us. BTW nice job at the meeting the other night, the fruit cake, nut bread and the crazy cup cakes were out of this world. sorry bout your foil hat , I didn't see it when i sat on it. market basket has a sale on tin foil... I will make you a new one...I'm so proud of you because your name is first on the latest appeal, Suzanne and Martha said the will use my name next if I catch the most frogs the next time we are in the swamp counting frogs and eating those little red berries... I have to go now,,, my knobbier is home and I have to go paint my house pink and spy on him... I love the color yellow and little red dots and everyone is crazy exCEPT US AND KITTENS ARE SO CUTE DONT YOU THINK...
George Lingenfelter June 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Steve and Wayne, unless the warning track is being moved in 150 feet or so, THERE WILL BE NO WARNING TRACK! Please go the Conservation and Planning Office and ask to read the Notice of Intent (NOI). Read page 14 of the NOI.
One of 1,426 June 04, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Your a jerk...
Steve H June 04, 2012 at 11:02 PM
George, so there will be no fence for the baseball field, is that what u are trying to say
George Lingenfelter June 05, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Mario, seek professional help.
Mario Marchese June 05, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Excuse me? I have not participated in this conversation at all but if I did I would not been using a pseudo name as I have nothing to hide. George you have an axe to grind with me that's pretty obvious, if you have something to say to me then say it to my face instead of sitting at home behind your computer all day because apparently you have nothing better to do like work for a living!
One of 1,426 June 05, 2012 at 08:40 PM
wow George he told you... perhaps he can come to our next meeting and you can show him how smart you are... I hope he does we need more people... i heard one of you 13 is dropping out...too bad... i can make new hats, i told you market basket has tin foil on sale and kevin can ware his..not whare it anywho I've been busy planning our next appeal as i said earlier Martha and Suzanne said I can be the next leader... btw,,, nice fence around your house... I'm thinking of doing the same thing to keep all the silly town workers out and the pretty frogs in... I have to go now I got a paper cut on my hand putting the paper down for the water flow to keep the bad town water out of my drinking water because the chimpanzee does not like town water... rock on kevie you da man...BOOM...BOOM...BOOM...btw what does any of this have to do with baseball...
Steve H June 05, 2012 at 10:08 PM
George, still waiting what is happening to the fence at the highschool field, am i to assume that is not going to be an outfield fence

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