NORTHBOROUGH/SOUTHBOROUGH – Youth baseball programs in Northborough and Southborough will now compete together as a unified association.
The newly formed Algonquin Baseball and Softball Association will coordinate players between both towns.
Teams below AA level will remain town specific to limit travel.
“Little League is part of fewer young lives than it was even 10 years ago,” wrote the boards of directors for both Southborough and Northborough little league in a statement on their new website. “As a result, baseball in our town has been facing an increasingly difficult landscape with regards to ensuring the kids that are playing are in the right placement each spring and summer.”
Beyond dwindling participation, the new organization was also formed to streamline play after little league, as Northborough and Southborough share one high school – Algonquin Regional High School.
Players from both towns will play on the same team just two years after aging out of their little league teams.
Both towns had previously cooperated for a number of years on youth sports. They were now forced to consolidate, though, to save volunteer hours and to assist with summer play.
“To have a combined all-star team for the Williamsport Tournament (Little League World Series), we needed to consolidate down to one charter,” the boards wrote. “Additionally, with both programs working so closely together, this enables us to reduce much in the way of redundant volunteer hours required for very similar efforts.”
Learn more by visiting www.algonquinbsa.org/southboroughlittleleague.
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