I still probably contend that the best local baseball story this spring has been Pentucket going from a 2-18 season a year ago to winning the CAL Kinney Division over the weekend. Perhaps the craziest part of it all is that the Sachems (13-7) currently have only two players hitting over .300 for the season: Jake Etter (.350) and Gus Flaherty (.302).
That’s proof of what solid pitching and a consistent defense can do for a high school team.
Warden, Phillips in Rio
Bradford’s Jack Warden got the experience of a lifetime, and he made sure to make the most of it. The Phillips senior was at the recent Swimming World Schools Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and competed against 21 boys and 20 girls delegations from around the world (ages 15-18). Warden highlighted the experience with a third-place finish in the 50-meter backstroke (27.12), finishing behind only Romania’s Dumitrache Gabriel (26.46) and Turkey’s Berke Saka (27.10). Phillips also saw it’s 6x50 freestyle team take fourth in 2:26.78.
The Andover baseball team has 10 wins this season. Senior ace Josh Gruenberg has eight of them on the mound ... along with a 0.54 ERA and 43 strikeouts.
The Merrimack College baseball program introduced its eight new recruits for next year’s team, and three of them are from sudden powerhouse Franklin. They are outfielder Scott Elliot, infielder Alex Haba and catcher Jake Macchi. The Warriors definitely seem to be looking in the right place for recruits, as Franklin is the defending Super 8 champion and is the No. 1 ranked team in EMass by the Boston Globe this spring with a gaudy 18-1 record.
Merrimack College became the second Division 1 school to offer Central Catholic star point guard Nadeshka Bridgewater. This after Norfolk State offered the junior from Lawrence last week.
‘Boomer’ on the call
Chris Berman not-so-surprisingly did a fantastic job calling the Red Sox game on Memorial Day for WEEI. One of his better lines was, “Mitch This Land Is Your Land, This Land is Moreland.”
Light it up, Luke
Windham’s Luke Tracy went out with a bang for the Franklin Pierce lacrosse team. The senior finished third on the team this spring in both goals (16) and points (20).