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Gloucester American 11-year olds Win District Championship

The Gloucester American 11-year All-Star Team won the Massachusetts District 15 Little League Jimmy Fund Tournament with a 7-5 win over the former two-time champion Danvers American.  The score was tied 5-5 after six innings of regulation play, and the game was extended three extra innings before Jeremy McCollum’s walk-off 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning sealed the victory Gloucester.


Gloucester advanced to the playoff round by winning 3 of its 4 games in Pool Play.  Gloucester first “mercy-ruled” Amesbury 10-0 in 4 innings to open the tournament.  Gloucester then lost its sole defeat in the tournament 5-4 to the hands of Hamilton-Wenham.  Gloucester came back to beat Beverly East 7-1.  Gloucester closed out Pool Play with a 13-3 victory over Manchester in 5 innings to advance to the playoff round.  Pool play featured 2 home runs by staff ace Eric Chalmers, as well as a home run apiece for Jake Horrigan and Jeremy McCollum.

Gloucester’s playoffs started with a 10-4 win over Middleton.  Gloucester received stellar pitching from workhorse Willie Moore, who helped to keep Middleton to just 2 runs over the first 4 innings.  Offensively, Horrigan, Matt Smith, Salvi Costanzo, and Cody Burke each scored two runs for Gloucester in opening playoff round.

In the semi-finals, Gloucester faced top seed Beverly West, who came into the game with five victories and no defeats, and leading all teams in scoring.  Beverly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Gloucester fought back in the bottom of the first with three consecutive doubles by Smith, Chalmers, and Costanzo, followed by a single by Jon-Jon Mondello, and ended the inning up 4-2.  Beverly West came back with 4 runs of their own in the top of the third to go up 6-4, but the lead was short lived.  Gloucester battled back in the bottom of the third with back to back solo home runs by Costanzo and McCollum to tie the score at 6-6.  Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth, but the dynamic duo of Costanzo and McCollum struck again in the 5th inning.  With Costanzo on base, McCollum hit his second home run of the night to put Gloucester ahead 8-6.  From there, Gloucester’s defense took over, shutting Beverly West down the rest of the game.

Near record heat of 104 degrees was the top story of the day as Gloucester faced Danvers American in the winner take all Mass District 15 Little League 11 Year Old Jimmy Fund Tournament final, which was hosted by both Danvers National and Danvers American Little Leagues. Gloucester jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when McCollum’s first homer of the night, followed an RBI single by Costanzo.  Danvers battled back scoring single runs in both the second and the third inning to bring the score to 3-2, with each team having left the bases loaded on one occasion.

Danvers went on the offensive in the fourth inning, plating 3 runs and taking a 5-3 lead.  But lightning struck twice as for the second night in a row, Gloucester received back to back solo home runs from Costanzo and McCollum, and tied the score at 5-5 after 4 innings.

Costanzo relieved starting pitcher Mondello in the sixth inning and pitched 4 solid innings of shutout baseball. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Gloucester made a bid for the victory.  Smith led off with a single.  Following a hit batter, Costanzo singled into left center field, but a perfect throw by centerfielder Matt Reidy and a strong play by Danvers catcher Max D’Amora nailed Smith at the plate.

The game was held scoreless for the next two innings as both teams held defensively.  In the bottom of the third extra inning Smith led off with a single.  Two outs later, Jeremy McCollum hit a walk-off round tripper, his third of the game, and his fifth over two days, to seal the victory for Gloucester.

The Gloucester team included Cody Burke, Eric Chalmers, Eric Cilluffo, Salvi Costanzo, Adam Goodick, Jake Horrigan Evan Leaf, Jeremy McCollum, Jon-Jon Mondello, Willie Moore, Chris Noyes, and Matt Smith.  The team was coached by Chip Smith, Donny Chalmers, and Jack Costanzo.

The coaches praised the total team effort that helped bring the championship to Gloucester.  While McCollum stole the show with his home run extravaganza, the coaches noted that the title would not have been possible without the hustle, defense, and stellar pitching delivered throughout the tournament.  Coaches offered special praise for baserunning of Cilluffo and Goodick, the hustle plays of Noyes, the catching support of Leaf, and some spectacular defensive plays by Horrigan, Chalmers, and Smith.  The pitching was led by Chalmers, McCollum, Mondello and Costanzo.  Collectively, the team blasted a dozen home runs, as McCollum (6), Chalmers (2), Horrigan (2), and Costanzo (2) each went long on multiple occasions.

Little League Home Run Derby News From Cindy Rich and Mike Luster

On Saturday, May 30th the Gloucester Little League held their 4th annual Home Run Derby and Family Day at Boudreau Field. It was a gorgeous day enjoyed by hundreds of kids and their parents. The day began with a free clinic for all ages run by GHS Varsity Baseball Manager, Joe Orlando and several of his players.

The first event of the day was the “Hit the Target” contest where players had three chances to throw a ball from centerfield and hit a target at home plate. The winner of the Majors B Division was Alex Rodolosi of the Reds. Alex took home the grand prize which was $20.00 in Friendly’s gift certificates. In the Majors A Division Colby Ferris from the Indians took home the $25 gift certificate to Cape Ann Lanes.

The second event was the Roadrunner competition. The Roadrunner race is a relay consisting of 4 players who are timed as they run around the bases. In the Majors B division, the Twins took home the first place prize of a pizza party for the entire team at Papa Ginos. In the Majors A Division the Yankees flashed around the bases to claim first prize which was a pizza party at Leonardo’s Pizzeria.

Next was the Around the Horn competition – another timed event which consists of 9 players making throws to different positions on the field. In the Majors B division, The Braves won their second consecutive title and claimed their pizza party at LaRosa’s Pizzeria. In the closest contest of the day, the Mariners claimed first prize in the Majors A division and took home their pizza party from La Trattoria.

Next up was the Main Event – The Home Run Derby!!! This is what the people paid to see, the Grand Daddy of them all. The 9 year old home run was won by Salvi Costanzo of the Athletics who outslugged Jeremy McCollum, also from the Athletics. In Round 1, both Salvi and Jeremy hit 6 bombs each to advance to the final round.

In the 10 year old division Kellen Field of the Twins out-dueled Brett Lovasco of the Royals to take home the 10 year old title. Brett Lovasco pounded 3 dingers in round one, but it was Kellen Field who cranked 3 homers in the final round to take home the 10 year old crown.

The 11 year old title was claimed by Red Sox, second-baseman Noah Aiello. Noah belted 3 homers in round one and another three in the final round to outlast Indians’ slugger, Brennan Crossman.

The 12 year old competition was one for the ages as Sam Bevins from the Red Sox pounded his way to a victory over teammate Bart Margiotta and Tyler Favaloro of the Dodgers.

All four home run derby winners were awarded a $25.00 gift certificate from Palazola’s Sporting Goods.

The biggest victory of the day was claimed by Carla Pallazola who took home the Grand Prize of $5,000.00 in the annual Big Money Raffle. Other prize winners were as follows:

$1,500.00 The McCollum Family

$1,000.00 The Oliveira’s

$500.00 Donna Shepard

$500.00 The Leaf (Kristen Michel) Family

$500.00 The Marshall Family

All in all it was a GREAT day and it was made possible by,


Market Basket (DeMoulas)

Stop & Shop

Tony’s Mobil Mart (Propane)

Papa Ginos

La Trattoria



Cape Ann Lanes


Seaside Graphics

Palazola’s Sporting Goods

Anthony Saputo’s grill

Walter Sawyer’s DJ equipment and set – up

Pete Anderson / Sysco Burgers

Philpott, Doyle & Co. (Red Sox Tickets)

PrimeTime Party Zone

The countless parents and kids who helped man the attractions and work the registration table throughout the day!

The Team Moms who kept everyone happy at the Concession Stand!

GHS Varsity Baseball Manager, Joe Orlando and several of his players.

And last but not least, the infamous “microphone man” himself – Mike Luster!