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North Shore Navigators Post-Game Fireworks

Fun and affordable family entertainment. Great college summer baseball. You don’t need to drive to Fenway to see quality baseball and our prices are affordable. Tickets are $6 and $7 and hot dogs are a buck at every game. Fireworks at every Friday Night home game. Full concession menu including Budweiser and local Bent Water Brewery products. If you have not been to a game, what are you waiting for? Click NOW!

7:00 p.m. First Pitch

Post-Game Fireworks on the following Fridays:

  • June 16
  • June 30
  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28
  • Aug. 4

Fraser Field, 365 Western Ave., Lynn

North Shore Navigators Post-Game Fireworks

Fun and affordable family entertainment. Great college summer baseball. You don’t need to drive to Fenway to see quality baseball and our prices are affordable. Tickets are $6 and $7 and hot dogs are a buck at every game. Fireworks at every Friday Night home game. Full concession menu including Budweiser and local Bent Water Brewery products. If you have not been to a game, what are you waiting for? Click NOW!

7:00 p.m. First Pitch

Post-Game Fireworks on the following Fridays:

  • June 16
  • June 30
  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28
  • Aug. 4

Fraser Field, 365 Western Ave., Lynn

Navs give some words of wisdom to Babe Ruth All-Stars

ITEM PHOTO BY KATIE MORRISON
Navigators intern Georgy Shukaylo, right, shows Lynn 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star Zach Elwell the ropes as they sell 50/50 raffle tickets at the Navs game Thursday.

By HAROLD RIVERA

The World Series-bound Lynn 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars are less than a week away from a boarding a flight to Williston, North Dakota, where they’ll match up against some of the best teams from around the country with a chance to bring home a championship. The last time a Lynn Babe Ruth team made it this far was in 1983, way before any of the current players on the team were even born. With everything this group has achieved, it’s fair to say that when it comes to sports, the All-Stars are now the talk of the town.

The team made an appearance prior to the start of yesterday night’s Navigators game at Fraser Field. They were introduced to the crowd individually and collected a round of applause at the public address announcer spoke of their trip to the World Series.

Aside from leaving a positive impression on the fans, the All-Stars also caught attention from some of the Navigators as well.

Catcher Keith Linnane, who went to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 3 World Series this past season as a member of the Northern Essex Community College baseball team, related to the journey the All-Stars have taken this summer to get this far.

“It was a great experience overall,” Linnane said. “It was an awesome time. It was great competition and it was a lot of fun winning. Unfortunately we came up short in the championship game but it was a great experience.”

Linnane also offered advice to the young sluggers and said that self-belief can go a long way on the diamond.

“You just have to play hard every game,” Linnane said. “They’re going to be facing some great competition. Playing hard, staying humble and believing in themselves and that they can do it. Why not them? That’s what our mentality was, why not us?”

Centerfielder Colby Maiola, one of Linnane’s teammates on the Northern Essex team, shared similar thoughts about his experiences playing in a World Series. Maiola said team chemistry played a big role in the success Northern Essex had this past season.

“The team chemistry we had going out there was one of the things I’ll remember the most,” Maiola said. “We didn’t have a big team. We had 18, 19 guys so everyone was really close. Just that team chemistry is what really helped us go as far as we did those years.”

Maiola added that he was also appreciative of having the opportunity to match up against some of the top talent from across the country, like the All-Stars will next week.

“It was something that none of us had gotten the chance to do yet,” Maiola said. “It was a really cool experience getting a chance to play against guys from across the country with different backgrounds.”

The centerfielder also offered advice to the Babe Ruth team. He said sticking to habits and routines will prevent things from going wrong.

“Don’t change a thing,” Maiola shared. “Stick with what got them here. Make sure not to press too hard because as soon as they make it about anything other than baseball and stop having fun, that’s when things can go wrong.”

Shortstop Jordan Roper was also on the Northern Essex team this past season. Roper echoed Linnane’s feelings about the importance of team confidence and self-belief.

“There was a huge jump in competition,” Roper said, “but we believed in ourselves the entire time. We knew who we were and that was the most important thing.”

Roper, a Lynnfield native, added, “I can honestly say that I’ve never been a part of something that special in my entire baseball career. The guys that I was with, that’s something that I’m going to hold close to me for the rest of my life.”

Navigators manager John Zizzo also offered advice to the All-Stars as they count down the days until they set off for North Dakota.

“I think the key thing for young kids like that going to something there is to stay focused,” Zizzo said. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience but it’s also an opportunity to win and do something special for your community.”

The Navigators also organized a 50-50 raffle to support the All-Stars in their efforts to fundraise for the upcoming trip. Fans were able buy raffle tickets for the drawing, with half of the total going to the All-Stars, as players from the Babe Ruth team collected donations and handed out raffle tickets.

Lynn’s Katie Burt keeping busy

ITEM PHOTO BY KATIE MORRISON
All eyes were on Katie Burt, a Lynn Babe Ruth alum, as she threw out the first pitch as part of the Babe Ruth 15-year-old New England Regional tournament’s opening ceremonies.

By STEVE KRAUSE 

LYNN — Katie Burt stood on top of the pitching rubber at Fraser Field and uncorked a pitch that said a little high and wide for North Shore Navigators player Nick DiBenedetto, a Nahant native.

Naturally, she was disappointed.

“I’ve done it better than that,” said Burt, who, before she was helping to backbone Boston College to the NCAA women’s hockey final last winter as the starting goalie, played Babe Ruth baseball in Lynn and threw many pitches from a regulation distance.

Burt was at Fraser Thursday night for the welcoming ceremony at the Babe Ruth 15-year-old regional tournament. She was asked to throw out the first pitch for the Navigators’ game that followed the ceremony.

Burt said there isn’t a lot of down time in her life these days. Between four-day-a-week structured workouts and her job as a ballgirl at Fenway Park, she keeps very busy.

Her job at Fenway Park provided her with her most recent bout with fame. Friday, July 8, she was stationed in foul territory between first base and right field, in the vicinity of “Canvas Alley,” when a vicious foul ball came her way.

“At first,” she said, “I couldn’t tell whether it was going to be fair or foul, so I didn’t move right away.”

Then, she saw the ball coming right toward her.

“If you look at the film (which got a lot of airplay on Boston TV news stations), I reacted right at the last minute.”

She leaned over and caught the ball just before it hit a member of the grounds crew.

“They’re the ones who would have gotten that if I hadn’t caught it,” said Burt, who treated the incident like it was just another save.

And why not? Her goaltending was a major reason why BC made it to the national championship in women’s hockey. And even though the Eagles didn’t win, she said there were no regrets.

“I think it was worse the year before,” she said. “That’s when we thought we had a better team, and should have won.

“But last year, we gave it all we had,” she said. “Minnesota (which defeated the Eagles) was just a better team.”

Burt is working hard this summer with more than one purpose in mind. First, she wants another crack at the national championship. But she also would very much like to be on the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team that travels to South Korea in 2018.

“I think about that every day,” she said. “And I’ll definitely do what it takes to get there.

“I’ve been on world championship teams, been to two national championship games, and I’d really love to be on that team.”

Meantime, she’ll continue to work out. Earlier this summer, she went to Colorado Springs to an off-ice camp, and works out in Woburn at “Stop It,” which is a goaltenders camp.

She has fond memories of her Babe Ruth days and of being the local celebrity because she was the “girl playing with boys.”

“I never saw it that way and neither did (the boys),” she said. “I grew up with the same group of kids, and we were all friends. They all respected me and as far as I was concerned I was one of them.”

She’s always been somewhat athletically precocious. She won the Little League Home Run Derby in her Wyoma days, and was the starting goaltender for the Lynn/Saugus/Winthrop combine girls hockey team when she was in the seventh grade.

But, she said, she never won a state title for Babe Ruth “and I’m jealous of my cousin, Christian, because he’s playing in this tournament.”

Songs and strawberries at Swampscott by the Sea

PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
As the Swampscott parade approaches, from left, Paige and Owen Shanahan, and Noah and Cole Gosselin peer down the road to see what’s coming next.

BY GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Hundreds of residents gathered on the Town Hall lawn Sunday to eat strawberry shortcake and hear the first Swampscott by the Sea concert.

The concert series started its third season as part of the Strawberry Festival, which began with a parade from Humphrey Street to Town Hall. The featured band was the Navigators, which includes four Swampscott residents.

Stephen Shepherd, a Stoughton resident and bass player, said the Navigators would play pop music at the festival. The band, once known as the Jazz Navigators, features music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Swampscott residents Nancy Wolinski and Shauna Guidici are the vocalists who said they were happy to be playing at the festival.

“You feel like it’s this community event and it’s really fun to be a part of it,” Wolinski said.

Also in the band is Town Moderator Michael McClung on keyboard.

Chris Shepherd, a Natick resident, said he came to support his brother Stephen’s band.

Sheila O’Neil, a Swampscott resident, said she comes every year with her family. She said her son, Charlie, 8, likes the strawberry shortcake.

“It’s a nice family event for the kids,” she said.

Patty Colone, of Swampscott, and Alex Carew, of Salem, listened to the band and planned to grab a cannoli, but were at the festival for another reason.

“We’ve been supporting the Swampscott robotics team, as well as to watch the parade,” Colone said.

It wouldn’t be a Strawberry Festival without shortcake. This was evident as the table making the dessert was busy.

Heidi Carreiro, a parent whose son is a junior at Swampscott High School, said the junior football players and cheerleaders are raising money for the upcoming school year by selling the food. The goal was to sell 600 of the cakes at $5 each, which consisted of strawberries, whipped cream and a biscuit.

“The festival is kind of centered around this fundraiser,” she said.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

Swampscott all set to sail into summer

FILE PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Stone Robinson, 2, digs into strawberries and whipped cream as he waits for the parade to begin at the Swampscott Strawberry Festival.

BY GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Residents seeking fun this weekend don’t need to look any further than their backyard.

Summer activities will kick off in Swampscott on Saturday with the Harbor Festival at Fisherman’s Beach.

The festival is bigger this year, and was organized by the Recreation Department with help from the Swampscott Yacht Club, Swampscott Rotary Club, Reach Arts, Friends of Swampscott Sailing, For the Love of Swampscott, YMCA, Why Knot Fishing and Eagle Scout Lars Purcell.

“We wanted to put something together that would interest all different kinds of people,” said Danielle Strauss, Recreation director.

By getting more groups involved, Strauss said it created a think tank, where ideas could be brainstormed.

Early birds can take part in the Why Knot Fishing Tournament, which starts at 4 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

The Summer Striper Showcase will cost participants $35 and each angler will compete for the longest combined inches of their two best fish. Special prizes will be given for the biggest fish, smallest fish, best fish caught on the kayak, best fly caught fish, best lady angler and best fish caught by kids.

Other activities include a Blessing of the Fleet by the Yacht Club. A pastor from the Church of the Holy Name will bless the boats and say a prayer for safe sailing and calm winds, Strauss said.

For the Love of Swampscott is contributing a dunk tank. Participants pay a small fee and the money raised will be donated to the schools.

While most of the Harbor Festival events are free, food is not. The Yacht Club will host a lobster bake at 6 p.m. The Swampscott High School sailing team will sell pizza. There will also be a barbeque with hamburgers and hot dogs.

The festival runs on the beach from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“The Harbor Festival is celebrating our harbor and what it has to offer while celebrating our community,” Strauss said.

Sunday’s Strawberry Festival starts at 4 p.m. with a parade from Humphrey Street to Town Hall. The festival will be on the lawn and feature a kick off to the Swampscott by the Sea Summer Concert Series.

The Navigators, a band that includes four Swampscott residents, will perform at 5 p.m Their music includes a mix of jazz, rock and funk, with covers of bands including the Beatles, Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan.

Food sold at the festival will include strawberry shortcake, hamburgers and hot dogs, Strauss said. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m.

Summer events in Swampscott are important to create a sense of community, where people get to know each other, Strauss said.

“I think it makes our community more liveable,” Strauss said. “A town is just a town where people live. When you create these events and bring people together, you become a community.”


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

North Shore Navigators: Countdown to Home Opener

SPONSORED BY NS NAVIGATORS.

The North Shore Navigators offer fun for the whole family and your friends, and look at the steal you can get with these prices:

All seats are General Admission

Adults—$6.00  |  Fireworks Nights—$7.00

Children / Sr. Citizens—$5.00  |  Fireworks Nights—$6.00

JUNE:

Date Time Visitor
Saturday, June 4, 2016 6 PM Seacoast Mavericks
Friday, June 10, 2016 7 PM Nashua Silver Knights
Saturday, June 11, 2016 6 PM Nashua Silver Knights
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:30 AM Nashua Silver Knights
Thursday, June 16, 2016 7 PM Seacoast Mavericks
Sunday, June 19, 2016 5 PM Torrington Titans
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7 PM Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7 PM Brockton Rox
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7 PM Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
Friday, June 24, 2016 7 PM Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
Saturday, June 25, 2016 6 PM Seacoast Mavericks
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7 PM Torrington Titans

JULY

Date Time Visitor
Saturday, July 2, 2016 6 PM Brockton Rox
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 7 PM Pittsfield Suns
Friday, July 8, 2016 7 PM Worcester Bravehearts
Saturday, July 9, 2016 6 PM Brockton Rox
Saturday, July 16, 2016 6 PM Seacoast Mavericks
Sunday, July 17, 2016 5 PM Nashua Silver Knights
Monday, July 18, 2016 7 PM Worcester Bravehearts
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7 PM Pittsfield Suns
Thursday, July 21, 2016 7 PM Brockton Rox
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7 PM Bristol Blues
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:30 AM Bristol Blues
Friday, July 29, 2016 7 PM Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
Sunday, July 31, 2016 5 PM Wachusett Dirt Dawgs

AUGUST

Date Time Visitor
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 7 PM Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
Thursday, August 4, 2016 7 PM Bristol Blues
Friday, August 5, 2016 7 PM Seacoast Mavericks

FIREWORKS at every FRIDAY home game thanks to Wayne Alarm and DOLLAR HOT DOGS from OLD Neighborhood all the time!

A warm night, a beautiful ball park, plenty of nearby free parking, with laughter, snacks and  entertaining baseball being performed by some of the most incredible college players, all for a few dollars and with fan-involved fun between the innings!  When you need to let the kids play a little and move around, there is even a children’s play area, on the outskirts of the park.  To sum it up:  Affordable fun for the whole family in a beautiful local ballpark.  If you have never been, don’t wait, you won’t be disappointed.  To keep up-to-date on all of the North Shore Navigators news, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@NSNavigators), or check out our website at nsnavs.com.

North Shore Navigators: Countdown to Home Opener

SPONSORED BY NS NAVIGATORS.

The Home Opener for the North Shore Navigators is just a few days away!

2016 Navigators baseball returns on Opening Night—Saturday, June 4th—complete with all of the fun and excitement that has become a staple at historic Fraser Field.

FIREWORKS at every FRIDAY home game thanks to Wayne Alarm and DOLLAR HOT DOGS from OLD Neighborhood all the time!

There are lots of snacks and drinks for kids and adults to choose from nightly, entertaining baseball by some incredible college athletes, and contests between innings!  Complete with a kids’ play area, to burn off some energy.  Affordable fun for the whole family in a beautiful local ballpark.  If you have never been, don’t wait, you won’t be disappointed.  To keep up-to-date on all of the North Shore Navigators news, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@NSNavigators), or check out our website at nsnavs.com.