The East Boston Heat 14-under softball team is winding down a successful season in the Middle Essex Softball League.
East Boston has posted a 13-5 record, tying for sixth place in the highly competitive 36-team league. The team plays its home games at the field at Constitution Beach.
Dr. Robert Gilbride, an East Boston dentist, Miguel Marinez, and Joe Carney, are the coaches of the team that previously competed in the U-10 and U-12 divisions.
“Our team started out as just a group of girls who played softball and they have stayed together and improved every year to the point where they now compete against established team from other cities,” said Gilbride. “We’re playing against the best players from other cities and towns and we compete very well.”
The Heat supplement their league schedule by traveling to elite-level tournaments on weekends.
“We wanted to play at a really competitive level where the players can improve and you’re facing really good competition,” said Gilbride. “We’re really playing well and all the girls are contributing to our success.”
Coaches Gilbride, Marinez, and Carney each have daughters on the team. Serena Gilbride, Nalana Martinez, and Emma Carney are enjoying their softball-playing experience and making stellar contributions to the team.
Jack Giuliotti selected to play hockey in Sweden
Jack Giuliotti, son of East Boston native and former Revere resident John Giuliotti, has been selected as a member of the 14-year old US satellite hockey team currently playing a series of games in Sweden.
Giuliotti, a defenseman who will be entering Reading High in the fall, was chosen following a series of tryouts, will compete and train with 20 other teammates in Stockholm for eight days ending August 22.
In addition to several games in Sweden this international experience also includes an educational trip exposing the players to the Scandinavian culture.
The team is coached by former UMass-Amherst coach Joe Mallan, currently the head of the Middlesex School hockey program. His assiatant coach is John Giuliotti, head coach at North Reading High.
Jack began skating in the Reading Youth program where he played for four years before joining the Middlesex Braves select program. For the past three years he’s been a member of the East Coast Wizards coached by Sean Gorman.
Jack is the grandson of the well known former correspondent of the Boston Herald Joe Guiliotti.
Walsh excels in MABL All-Star Game
Steve Walsh had two hits and four RBI and pitched the final inning, striking out two batters to lead the Atlantic Division to a 7-3 victory over the Bay State Division in the Boston Men’s Baseball League All-Star Game at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.
Walsh, a member of the Boston Cutters in the amateur baseball organization, played left field in the game that brought together the top 30 players in the league.
Walsh played four years of varsity baseball at East Boston High School, earning Boston City League honors three times. He went on to play baseball at Salem State. He has played in the Yawkey Baseball League for 14 seasons and is also a member of the Boston Bombers in the 30-and-Over Men’s Senior Baseball League.
The 6-foot, right-handed power hitter had a bases-clearing double to the gap in right centerfield in the first inning. He also collected an RBI single later in the game. “It’s always an honor to compete in an All-Star Game, especially at a beautiful park like LeLacheur” said Walsh. “But I’m just glad to be back playing the game I love after tearing my ACL, MCL, and LCL a year ago on the ski slopes.”