2017-01-13 / Team Leominster

New England Red Sox to mark 10th year playing in Florida

Submitted to The Champion

The New England Red Sox over-30 baseball team will be competing for their 10th year, beginning Jan. 19, at the Fort Myers City of Palms major league complex, former spring training site of the Boston Red Sox.

The Sox won the Baseball International tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Sox made additions to this year’s team hoping to make another title run.

Player and associate coach Phil Manooshian of Fitchburg stated, “The past couple years the competition has become tougher, so we needed to upgrade. I believe we’ve done that and can possibly make a run for the championship.”

New players on this year’s squad include Brian Pilesky of Fitchburg, Erik Torgerson of Worcestor, Andrew Rutkiewicz of Waltham and Shaun Miller from Clayton, North Carolina. Returning players are Dwain Denmark of Fitchburg, John Speidel of Ayer, Scott Miller of Lunenburg, Larry Shorey and Todd Surrette of Shirley, Leigh Zancenwicz of Acton, Zak Pellecchia of Boston and player/manager Ryan Pellecchia from Leominster, who concluded by saying, “With this group of players, we have more flexibility in all areas on the field and in batting lineup than we’ve had the past few years, so I’m pretty confident this team will do well.”

Twelve teams from different areas of the country will compete in the tournament, which consists of two nine-inning games a day on Thursday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, Jan. 21. One final game is played Sunday, Jan. 22.

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