The Boncore family had a very good summer on the softball and baseball diamonds.
Lucy Boncore, a 10-year-old player in the Revere Youth Softball League, helped lead the Jets to the Major League championship in her first season in the program.
Her brother, Phil Boncore, a 14-year-old player in the Winthrop Little League Senior League that returned this summer after a long hiatus, had a key role in a number of positions for the champion Cubs.
Lucy and Phil are the children of Robert Boncore and Jennifer (Murphy) Boncore and the grandchildren of Town Council President Philip Boncore and Maryjane Boncore and popular, long-time basketball referee Phil Lundberg and Susan Lundberg. Their uncle is State Sen. Joseph Boncore.
Lucy was a starting outfielder for the Jets. She batted .400 in the playoffs and had a clutch basehit and two RBIs in the third and deciding game of the finals.
Coach Tom Simpson was impressed with Lucy’s strong defensive skills and potent bat.
“Lucy made a huge contribution to our championship season,” said Simpson, who steadily moved her up in the Jets’ batting order as she proved herself against 12-year-old pitchers. “Her teammates loved her team spirit. You can tell that Lucy really loves the game.”
Robert Boncore said his daughter enjoyed her first season of organized softball in Revere.
“She had a blast,” said Robert. “This was her first experience playing in an all-girls league. It’s a different atmosphere than playing against the boys. She had a lot more fun.”
Lucy Boncore has two more years of eligibility in the Revere Softball League before she’ll move on to the Winthrop High softball program.
Is she the next Lisa Monteleone Ferrara? Perhaps.
An eighth grader, Phil Boncore helped the Cubs claim the championship while playing a number of positions during the season, including innings as a left-handed pitcher. The Cubs, under the direction of Coach Bob Andy, won in the third and final game of the playoffs against a never-say-quit Twins team.
Interestingly, Robert Boncore played in the Winthrop Pony League as a teenager and his coach was Mr. Andy.
Robert credited Mark DiGregorio for restarting the Winthrop Senior League in 2020. “Just bringing the league back was awesome,” said Boncore, who is an attorney-at-law. “It’s unbelievable that they pulled off the season under the circumstances of the coronavirus.”
Boncore said his father, Philip – when he was able to step away from his many obligations as Council President and a member of the Winthrop School Committee – attended as many of his grandchildren’s games as he could this summer.
“Yes, he was there often and I’m sure he’s a very proud grandfather,” said Robert.