ROCKLAND ATHLETIC CLUB WILL BE HOSTING THE SENIOR LEGION DISTRICT 10 vs. DISTRICT 6 ALLSTAR GAMES (2) ON JULY 9th

July 4, 2016

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ROCKLAND, MA — The 6th Annual District 10 American Legion All-Star Game promises this season to be more exciting than ever, with over 125 college and university coaches invited to attend and twice the number of players who have been selected.

District 10 — comprised of 15 teams — proposed in the off-season to square off against District 6 in a doubleheader format (two nine-inning games) set to be held at Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, July 9th, with the first game at 4:00 pm and the second game at 7:00 pm under the lights.

The District 10 East Division All-Stars — comprised of players selected from Barnstable Post 206, Wareham Post 220, Kingston Post 387, Sandwich Post 188, Orleans Post 308, Plymouth Post 40 and Bridgewater Post 203 — is set to square off against the District 6 All-Stars at 4:00 pm. District 6 is comprised of players from Canton Post 24, Cohasset Post 118, Morrisette Post 294, Weymouth Post 79, Braintree Post 86, Milton Post 114, Holbrook Post 137, and Hyde Park Post 78.

The District 10 East team will be managed by Walt Fust from Plymouth Post 40 and coached by Brian Tomasini (Sandwich Post 188) and Keith Delgado (Wareham Post 220).

Barnstable Post 206′s Sean Walsh — appointed as District 10 athletic chairman last fall — managed the East team each year for five years with retired Massachusetts Maritime Academy head baseball coach and athletic director Bob Corradi, but decided to step aside this year and just help oversee the event along with Marshfield Post 88′s Brian Murphy who is serving as the All-Star game committee chairman.

“The event has truly grown to the point where it became impossible to manage an all-star team even for just one game while also serving as all-star game committee chairman and all the duties of district chairman,” Walsh said. “Suffice it to say, Brian Murphy has really helped streamline things behind the scenes and there are few people as devoted to helping kids play better baseball than he is.”

The Rockland Athletic Club — which will also oversee and host the New England American Legion Junior Regionals in late July — has been hard at work putting all the logistical pieces together at one of the region’s most beautiful and historic baseball parks — Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium. The main men behind the organization are Joe Reis and Thom Roache.

For years, Joe and Thom made valid attempts at trying to showcase top athletes in the region and the success of this all-star game sort of piggybacks on their earlier successes. They are extremely caring and hard-working people who have devoted their lives to the American Legion and helping make Legion baseball better than any high school summer baseball in Massachusetts,” Walsh said.

District 6′s East all-stars will be managed and coached by Greg Lyons from Canton Post 24, Cam Fox (Braintree Post 86) and Scott Arnold (Cohasset Post 118).

Following the two East all-star teams’ game at 4:00 pm, the District 10 West All-STars will face the District 6 West All-Stars at 7:00 pm under the lights. District 10 West is represented by Brockton Post 35, Marshfield Post 88, Whitman Post 22, East Bridgewater Post 91, Pembroke Post 143, Hanover Post 149, Hingham Post 120 and Rockland Post 147.

The District 10 West All-Stars will be managed by Thom Roache from Rockland Post 147 and coached by Jim Sweeney (Brockton Post 35), Mike Jenkins (East Bridgewater Post 91) and Ryan Gavin (east Bridgewater Post 91).

The District 6 West All-Stars will be managed and coached by Tom Ryan from Walpole Post 104 and Joe Macchi from Frankln Post 75.

All Totalled, over 100 all-stars from both districts — all underclassmen or non-committed seniors — will be on hand to strut their stuff for Division I, II and III colleges and universities.

“We’ve had some really big names in college baseball and Major League scouts at our previous five all-star games, but that was just to see the best from District 10,” Walsh said. “Now, those same scouts can see the best from District 10 compete against the best from District 6. It’s a win-win for both districts and it’s a win-win for American Legion baseball. Just look at how many guys Legion has sent to the Division 1, 2 and 3 NCAA baseball in the past decade, how many have gone on to the Cape League and then been drafted. It’s remarkable and this game is a stepping stone in that process.”

There are 5,400 American Legion baseball teams in the United States and this is the 91st year of American Legion baseball since the inception of the American Legion in 1919, following World War I, although some programs, such as Barnstable Post 206, began as early as 1923.

Rockland Athletic Supplies from Rockland, Rose & Vicki’s Pizza from Plymouth and Compass Moving from Dennis stepped up to help sponsor the game, as did the State Athletic Committee, representing all of American Legion Baseball in Massachusetts.

“This isn’t an easy thing to pull off, but there remain enough devoted and selfless people who still care about what American Legion represents to put on an exhibition like this and make it a success,” Walsh said. “The most colleges we’ve had at one all-star game is 44 and they were from as far away as Florida all the way to Maine and in between. This year, we’re hoping it will be even better.”