Traditional summer baseball continues in the region


By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer

Northborough second baseman Pat Kelley tosses the ball to first base after scooping up a grounder.

Northborough – Despite the pandemic, traditional summer baseball continues throughout the region.  On Friday evening, July 24, Northborough and Shrewsbury battled in a Worcester County Baseball League game, a league assembled after the traditional Legion baseball session was cancelled this summer.  Social distancing precautions are in place for these games, so some traditions such as the post-game handshake have been suspended.

The first pitch was thrown out by 8-year-old David Fidrych, the grandson of former Major League Baseball pitcher Mark Fidrych.  David, who also plays in the Northborough town league, warmed up with the players prior to the game.

Shrewsbury, now 10-0 on the season, easily defeated Northborough 12-1.

Shrewsbury’s Tyler Chenevert dives safely back to first after an attempted pickoff.
Shrewsbury’s Mike Bonollo celebrated with teammates after hitting a 2-run home run in the first inning.
Players look to the umpire for the call after a close play at third.
David Fidrych, the grandson of the late former Major League Baseball pitcher Mark Fidrych, throws out the first pitch prior to the start of the game.