Baseball fans in Melrose this summer will have a new hometown team to cheer for, the Melrose Americans.
I am happy to announce that wood bat baseball and the storied Intercity League will return to Morelli Field this summer, marking the first time an Intercity League team will call Melrose home since the Gately Rams.
We are excited to have the Intercity League return to Melrose. I can remember in the 1980’s going to Morelli Field and watching the Rams play and there was not an empty seat in the house. We want to return that tradition to Melrose and provide a free night out of quality baseball and a fun family atmosphere for families and kids. We had a committee interview multiple teams from several different leagues and we are proud to announce the Melrose Americans will now call Morelli Field home.
The Americans are coached by longtime Intercity League fixtures Kevin Burgoyne and Orazio Azzarello and both are looking forward to calling Morelli Field their new home park and a having successful season.
“The Americans would like to thank the City of Melrose for welcoming us to Morelli Field. I played against the great Melrose teams in the 1980s and 1990s and know well the level of baseball that Melrose fans grew accustomed to watching. The Americans return to Morelli Field another quality Intercity League team comprised of players and coaches eager to represent the city and to return the generosity of our Melrose hosts, not only with entertaining baseball on game night, but at various other times as well,” said Americans manager Kevin Burgoyne.
“I am excited to bring back the tradition to the new Morelli Field. I am looking forward to having our team play in Melrose and have the community come out and watch very good amateur baseball. I have been in the league 18 plus years and the atmosphere at Morelli was great when playoffs games were being held there. I want to thank the community, park commission, and Mayor Dolan for this great opportunity,” added Americans coach Orazio Azzarello.
In addition, the City is working with the InterCity League to bring the entire league playoffs to Morelli Field. This is some of the best amateur baseball in the region and I can’t think of a better location to crown a champion than here in Melrose at Morelli Field.
The City of Melrose will team up with the Americans to provide some family fun entertainment at Morelli during several home games through the Recreation Department. Some ideas in the works include in-game promotions, little leaguers taking the field for the national anthem, bounce house and face painting along the concourse, and possibly a free clinic for youth players.
More information on the Intercity League and the Americans can be found at http://www.intercityleaguebaseball.com