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Group makes the switch to fastpitch softball

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

BOSTON, Mass – Summer is usually the time when high school sports give way to traveling all-star teams and national tournaments. Such was the case for a team of ballplayers from communities north of Boston last weekend, except with a little twist.

The group exchanged the smaller ball and slower pace of baseball for the bigger ball and faster speed of softball, competing at the Amateur Softball Association’s boys’ fast-pitch nationals in Rolla, Mo.

The Seadogs have been a successful team on the men’s fast-pitch softball circuit for more than 20 years, but with fast-pitch teams fading, longtime player and team founder Tony Aresco of Stoneham wanted to introduce the game to the youth of the area.

“I want to get the game to grow in this area, and the only way to do it is with young kids,” Aresco said. “Softball is a game they can play into their 40s and 50s, unlike baseball, which is done after high school for most and after college for everyone else.”

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