The 12th annual Winterball was hosted by the Boston Amateur Baseball Network (BABN) on Saturday, December 1 at Maplewood Park in Malden, Mass.
Winterball began as a concept in 2001 to extend the baseball season for players in the more than a dozen amateur baseball leagues across Greater Boston. Beginning in 2004, the game partnered with Toys for Tots and the United States Marines, requiring each player to bring a toy for a child-in-need as their entry fee. 2012 marked the game's twefth year.
The game began with about 30 players ready to brave the crisp 28° snowy conditions. The Baystate Blizzard consisted of players aged 16-29, while the Atlantic Frost consisted of those aged 30 and older. The starting pitchers were Jay Thomas (MABL Blue Jays) for the Blizzard and Paul Anderson (MSBL Middlesex Brewers) for the Frost.
More for the benefit of the children receiving toys than winning or losing, the game was still a hard fought contest. Going into the final frame and trailing 8-3, the Frost made a comeback run as Steven Walsh (Yawkey's Beacon Hill Dodgers) doubled, Chris Deane (MSBL's Scituate Tides) got on, and Tommy McDonough (alumni from Yawkey's Somerville Alibrandis) drove one to the wall to drive 2 runs in. But the rally fell short, and the Frost froze at five.
The Rivier University Baseball Team was also on hand to assist with collection of toys for Toys for Tots, and also to shag baseballs during batting practice before the game for the participants.
The BABN wishes to thank all the volunteers, players, and umpires for their generous contributions of time and toys to support Toys for Tots. As a result of this game, lots of boys and girls will have a better holiday season. And there are plenty of additional 2012 Winterball Photos. Also, check out the 12-Year History of Winterball.