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Center City Bears win city championship Wednesday, June 18, 2009

After a come from behind win in a slugfest with the North End Phillies on Monday, the Bears defeated The South End Orioles to win the Burlington Little League City Championship. John Latimer had a standout performance, pitching 5.1 innings of no-hit baseball. His dominant performance was only limited by the pitch count. The score remained close until Deli Nunez broke it open with a three run homerun to make the score 5-0. Shane Bergeron made it back to back homeruns with his third dinger in two games. Shane recorded the final two outs of the game to complete the combined no-hitter. This is the second City Championship title for Center City in the last three years. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, and parents!

Center City Yankees win city championship June 22, 2007

On Thursday, June 21, the the Yankees beat the North Burlington Phillies to win the Burlington Little League City Championship by a score of 5-3. Jacob Parent started the game for the Yankees and struck out six batters over four innings. It was tied 1-1 in the fifth inning until R.J. Machia hit a solo home run to center field. Codi Billings hit a two-RBI double to give the Yankees some insurance. Austin Pine pitched the final innings and held the Phillies off to close the game out for the Yankees.

Center City renovating Roosevelt Park baseball field April 17, 2006

It has been an exciting year for our league. We have raised over $25,000 to install an irrigation system, replace the entire infield dirt with professional grade material and rebuild both home plate and the pitcher’s mound. Improvements planned for this spring and summer include repairing the dugouts, replacing the perimeter fence, constructing an equipment storage shed and installing the first-ever outfield fence and electronic scoreboard.

Funding for this effort has come from near and far: Ronald McDonald House Charities (Burlington); Al’s French Frys; Banknorth; Chittenden Bank; Little League Baseball Urban Initiative Program; John LeClair Foundation; Amy Tarrant Foundation; Wilson Sporting Goods; City of Burlington Parks & Recreation Department; City of Burlington Neighborhood Development Grant. We expect to hear on a pending application with Major League Baseball’s "Baseball Tomorrow Fund" in April.

Player development program underway April 17, 2006

CCLL has fielded a team in all three sessions of the Indoor Baseball Program at Sports & Fitness Edge in Williston since November 2005. To give our players a chance to develop their skills before the field is clear of snow and ice, we have been running indoor practices at all levels since early March and will be bringing Kid-Pitch and Major league players to the Hitting Zone in Essex prior to the May 6 Opening Day. In May, CCLL is teaming up with the Greater Burlington YMCA to offer a baseball clinic with former MLB player Kevin Bellomo. After the regular season, CCLL provides scholarships to several players to attend both the UVM and Parks & Recreation Department baseball camps.

Field of Dreams Project seeking funds April 17, 2006

With only one baseball field serving CCLL, we have sought funding from Major League Baseball’s "Baseball Tomorrow Fund" to explore the feasibility of converting the former City landfill off Manhattan Drive into a baseball field and possibly a soccer field. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this grant will be approved and the work can begin on this exciting project to bring the joy of baseball to more children in the Old North End and other center city neighborhoods.