(Somerville, Mass.) The Somerville Alibrandis, the elite team of the prestigious Yawkey Baseball League of Greater Boston, captured their 18th YBL Championship this summer in which four Fisher Falcons played pivotal roles. The Alibrandis set a Yawkey Baseball League record by going 30-1-1 during the regular season and earned their eighth title in a row by defeating the Brighton Braves in the seventh game of the YBL Championship Series, 5-2.
Four players with ties to the Fisher family that helped bring home a summer league championship were Anthony Perry '08, junior Zach LeBlanc (Salem, Mass.), senior Matt Trotta (Westford, Mass.) and freshman George Gali (Ponce, Puerto Rico).
"Adding these three guys to the fold this summer was instrumental not only for us, but for the growth and development of them." said Perry, a Fisher College Athletics Hall of Fame member (2010). "As a Head Coach at the collegiate level, I know how important it is for the current guys to play and learn all summer. I'm glad that I am able to help out my Alma Matter and get LeBlanc, Trotta and Gali ready for Coach (Dulin) this fall."
A former catcher/outfielder for the Falcons (2005-08), Perry settled into a utility role on the Alibrandis over the past four seasons and had an outstanding summer in 2017. The 32-year old native of Andover, Mass. hit a YBL career best .411 with seven extra base hits and 20 runs batted in while playing mostly third base and swiping eleven stolen bases. In the post-season, Perry was limited to just five games due to a hamstring injury but was still able to go 4-for-9 at the plate.
LeBlanc appeared in five games over the regular season to the tune of a 2.84 ERA. The right-hander went 2-0 and pitched just 12.1 innings allowing five earned runs on thirteen hits and striking out eight. His best start came on July 30th against the Al Thomas Athletics in which he pitched 5.1 innings surrendering two runs on seven hits.
Trotta saw action in twelve games this summer as he collected an ERA of 2.94 out of the bullpen. He struck out 18 batters in 16.2 innings of work for the Red and White. In the post-season he was huge as the situational lefty in getting the tough left-handed batters of the Stoneham Sabers and Braves out.
Gali was the wildcard for the Alibrandis this past summer as he was able to contribute in all three aspects of the game. He pitched to a tune of a 1.54 ERA while going 3-0 over his 13.2 innings of work during the regular season. As an infielder, he hit just .250 but was counted on in the playoffs as a defensive specialist and earned the start at third base in the seventh game of the championship series.
The Yawkey Baseball League is comprised of 13 franchises across the Greater Boston area. It is named after Thomas A. Yawkey, the former owner of the Boston Red Sox, and maintains its status as the largest amateur baseball organization in Boston. For more information on the YBL, please visit www.yawkeybaseball.com.