WILMINGTON, MA — This is the ninth in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.
Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, was known for saying It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame… Let’s play two! Carl Beatrice is the living embodiment of that quote. At anytime, in any position Carl is always ready and eager to play. His dedication to always improve and his love for the game are qualities that all coaches appreciate. In order to get the most out of his abilities, he is always willing to put in the effort. Polite, respectful and good-natured Carl is a great teammate and a joy to coach.
Carl began his WLL career playing for the White Knights, coached by Jay Barrett. He always liked playing at Glen Road Field. It made him feel like a real ball player. Due to a later birthday, Carl was a year behind most of his friends. However, he did not let that stop him from enjoying his first experience of playing baseball.
Drafted into the Majors as a ten year old by the Yankees, Carl spent three years playing for coach Joe Simmons. In the Majors, Carl was a versatile player, playing any position the coach needed him to play. The highlight of Carl’s major league experience was winning the championship as a 10 year old in his first Major Season. Carl was also selected to play on the Wilmington All Star Team during his time in the majors.
Carl continued his WLL career playing both Juniors and Seniors. Besides playing for WLL spring teams, Carl also played in the summer. He was a member of the Jimmy Fund, Pony and Northeast teams, and participated on several fall ball teams as well. Carl played nine of the ten WLL seasons he was eligible. Only missing his final season due to making the WHS varsity team.
Carl was also a member of the first Wilmington Middle School team. He helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the playoff semifinals. He capped his WLL career as a valuable member of the 2016 Northeast team, which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship.
This will be Carl’s second year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats. He was a member of the 2017 Middlesex Freedom division championship team last year. He played his first two high school years on the Freshman and JV teams. Carl also played WHS Varsity Golf and spent some time playing Hockey.
Carl’s parents, Cyndi and Carl Beatrice, have fond memories of Carl pitching to win the Jimmy Fund Championship, as well as him winning the championship in the majors. Carl is thankful for all the years his parents and sister Savannah were in attendance for every one his games. He will never forget all the time they spent driving him from one ballfield to another, never tiring of his pursuit to play as many games as he could.
This fall he is planning on attending Southern New Hampshire University where he plans on trying out for the baseball team.
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