Baseball is back (and it feels almost normal!)

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By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer

Catcher John Fontechio makes a play for the ball as a Sturbridge player slides into home.

Northborough – – Baseball is back, adding a little bit of normalcy to a very abnormal year.  After the MIAA cancelled the Spring sports season and the American Legion National Organization suspended their sponsorship nationwide, the Worcester County Baseball League kicked off their season with a slate of five games on July 8. The league consists of teams that would have played traditional Legion ball this summer.  Social distancing precautions are in place for these games, so some traditions such as the post-game handshake have been suspended.

The Northborough team consists primarily of players from Algonquin Regional and Westborough high schools, but also includes players from St. John’s, Nashoba, and Wilbraham & Monson Academy as well as first year college players from Assumption and Bentley.

After two games, Northborough sports a 1-1 record, with a come from behind 6-5 win over Main South on opening day, followed by a 6-0 loss to Sturbridge on Thursday. Most importantly, everybody is happy to be out on the field once again playing the game they love.

photos/Jeff Slovin

Levi Carter-Frem prepares to deliver a pitch from the mound during Thursday’s game against Sturbridge.
Tim Wang wields 2 bats as he waits his turn at the plate during a game against Sturbridge.
Brendan McCafferty make solid contact during an at-bat.