Some say the official start of summer is Memorial Day, or when school lets out.
For North Shore sports fanatics — and in a baseball hotbed like Peabody — summer hasn’t arrived until the Little League district tournaments are underway.
Three teams from the Tanner City are among the 16 in the double-elimination District 16 all-star Williamsport tournament that begins tomorrow. The traditional Peabody Little League will once again field two teams: the ‘Blue’ squad has players from the Heil Division while the ‘White’ includes those from the Chmiel Division.
Peabody White opens tomorrow against Swampscott at Cy Tenney in Peabody (1 p.m.), and Peabody Blue plays Revere on Monday at Nahant (5:45).
Peabody West, the defending District 16 champs, will play their first game tomorrow against Pine Hill of Lynn (1 p.m.) at Saugus.
“It’s very exciting. I’ve been lucky enough to coach this crew of kids since the coach/pitch level, and for the most part they’ve been together as 9-year-olds, 10s and 11s,” said Peabody West manager Ed Silva.
The West 11s won the District 16 and sectional titles last year in advancing to the state finals. John Mulready played on the district all-stars last year, helping Peabody advance to the state finals, and is a returning all-star.
Peabody West has Mulready, Joe Gilmartin and Angelo McCollough to rely on in terms of pitching, and Dana Tannant and Jake Murphy can also throw.
Jennaro Herbert, JC Espinal and Mike Sabella placed near the top of the 12-year-old home run derby in the West, along with Mulready and Gilmartin. Pat Hosman is the lone 11-year-old on the roster, while Mike Silva and Joe Castrichini would be key cogs.
“Just about everybody on the roster has put one out at one time or another. It’s a true neighborhood team in that we have kids of all sizes,” said Silva. “The kids are working hard and I think they know that in District 16 there are a lot of good leagues. Past performance and winning at the 10- and 11-year-old levels doesn’t always mean you can win as 12s.”