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MiddleEssex League president to retire

After running the Middleessex Softball League every summer for the past 145 years (this is our unofficial estimate), Jeff Strong has decided it is time to step down and will be retiring from the helm of this popular summer league. Though no replacement has officially been named yet, the 2019 summer season will be his last, during which time he can bring his replacement up to speed in this transitional year.

The MiddleEssex League is a top-quality summertime travel league that mostly includes teams from across Middlesex and Essex counties but also reaches north to Lowell, Pentucket and southern NH, west to Littleton, Westford and Acton-Boxboro, and south closer to Boston including West Roxbury, Cambridge and Charlestown only to name a few.  Age groups are 10U up to 18A and everything in between. A divisions for the more advanced players and B divisions for younger or not quite as advanced players. Games are typically (2) per week, Monday-Thursday evenings and play under USA Softball rules and umpires. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the years our (2) daughters played in this league In the first season i remember one of the parents commenting on “what a nice way to spend a summer evening...” and he was right.

Because this is Jeff's last year, everyone who has any inclination to enter a summer team in a league should jump on this while you can. It's a great league, a great experience, not expensive and maybe we can show Jeff our appreciation with some record numbers!(though that would be hard to do)

11 year-old Meghan sliding under a tag in the Girls of Summer tournament. A MiddleEssex League tournament held at an excellent facility every year by Chelmsford Softball

We are optimistic that with all the young women that have benefitted from this program over the years, that the need for this league wont go unrecognized and that soon Jeff will be handing the baton to another person or organization that will continue the selfless dedication he has demonstrated for us and our children all these summers. Sue Enquist always says that there is room for everyone in softball. The MiddleEssex league has been living proof of this. Some kids go on to play in college and for others, they are happy to “retire” after high school, this league has both kinds.


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