SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

August 14, 2013

Blydell earns MVP honors as North Shore League reveals all-stars


The Salem News

---- — The North Shore Phillies have been the best team in the North Shore Baseball League this summer, so it was hardly a surprise when two Phillies earned the league’s major awards this week.

Chris Blydell was named NSBL Most Valuable Player last week and teammate Cory Moore received the league’s version of the “Cy Young” Award by being named Best Pitcher.

Blydell, a one-time standout at Swamspcott High, hit .478 during the regular season with 17 RBI. He had an outstanding slugging percentage of .696 and an off the charts OPS of 1.241. Blydell received five of the nine first-place votes for MVP and was ranked first or second on every ballot.

Mark Shorey of Champions was the runner-up and was the only other player to earn a first-place vote with four.

Moore went 4-1 with a save on the hill this summer for North Shore. He had an earned run average of 0.43 and struck out 32 batters in just over 32 innings pitched. He received seven first-place votes and Steve Considine of Kingston was the runner-up.

The NSBL also released its All-League team for 2013. The outfielders were Blydell, Shorey (who hit .403 with 12 RBI) and Matt Sullivan of the North Reading A’s.

The middle infield honored as all-leaguers was the Champions of Peabody doubleplay combination of Derek Lyons (.338, 15 RBI) and David Ruggiero (.339 with 17 RBI). Champions also had the all-star designated hitter, Zach Keenan, who hit .333 with a team-high 18 RBI.

Rick Vail of the Phillies (.365) and Elvis Rodriguez of the Swampscott Sox were the All-League corner infielders and Jared Notargiacomo of the Newburyport Nationals was honored behind the plate.

The All-League pitching staff includes Moore, Considine, Lucal Ilges of the Beverly Recs and Dustin Ramey of the Nationals.

The NSBL championship series is on-going this week, with Game 2 between North Shore and Kingston tonight at Haverhill (8 p.m.).