Despite Mother Nature interfering, Saugus American Little League 2003 stars treat fans


Not even the weatherman might wipe out the 2003 Saugus American Little League Williamsport World Series all-stars’ reunion weekend. 

The MS4MS Fundraiser for a number of sclerosis was speculated to happen on Oct. 30, however due to that day’s torrential rains, it ended up happening on Halloween full with the musical teams, raffles and auctions, all coordinated by World Series Park superintendent Bob Davis and Dario Pizzano, who was a kind of 2003 Boys of Summer that may all the time be remembered by the venue that was named after them. 

At least half the crew hung round for the all-day affair that started at 10 a.m. It began to interrupt up round 4 p.m., proper after Davis, together with the assistance of Ryan Bateman, once more a kind of 2003 stars, teamed as much as rattle off the raffle winners. Bateman, who now works at a café in Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, pulled the profitable raffle tickets out of the tumbler and handed them to Davis to announce.

Saugus American Little League 2003 all-star Dario Pizzano's family were on hand during Sunday's MS4MS fundraiser at World Series Park. They are, from left, sister Gianna, mom Traci, dad Paul and of course Dario.

As disappointing because it was for Saugus baseball fans, who have been trying ahead to seeing their favourite Boys of Summer swimsuit as much as play a sport collectively for the primary time since that superb two-month run, which didn’t finish till they misplaced to Boynton Beach, Fla. within the United States championship sport, they have been simply thrilled to see them on the sector that was named after them being launched yet one more time.

Mike Ferreira, top, left, and wife Pam, first row, left, are shown with Paul Pizzano, top, right, and his wife Traci, first row, right, during Sunday's MS4MS fundraiser at World Series Park. They have a couple of sons who were on the 2003 Saugus American Little League World Series all-star team.

Eighteen years in the past, they have been 12-years-old, however now they’re all grown up, some with beards, some with youngsters of their very own and a few with properties. There’s a coach or two of their midst, and one other one which stills performs on the skilled degree.

World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis announces a winning raffle ticket during last Sunday's MS4MS fundraiser.

Tyler Calla, who was the 2003 crew’s beginning catcher, is now the first-year coach of the Saugus High School golf crew. Calla additionally teaches sixth grade within the Saugus college system.

Dario Pizzano continues to stay his dream as a ballplayer. Since being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2012, he has performed on the professional circuit. Last 12 months, he opted to play in an impartial professional league to remain sharp, as a result of the minor leagues have been shut down as a result of pandemic. He was on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, one other impartial professional crew, this summer season.

Saugus American Little League 2003 all-star Dave Ferreira looks at a winning raffle ticket during last Sunday's MS4MS fundraiser.

In September, he ventured to Europe after receiving an invitation from the Italian Baseball Federation to play for Team Italia within the European Baseball Championship match. He was capable of clear the correct protocols as an Italian with ancestral linage to play on the crew.

Team Italia ended up taking dwelling the bronze, which qualifies them to compete within the subsequent World Baseball Classic (WBC). Their supervisor was former Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza.