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April 10, 2014

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SOFTBALL SURPRISE

Pentucket softball’s Nicolette Kent may have missed out on her team’s huge season-opening 11-3 win over Haverhill due to injuries, but it still ended up being a thrilling day for the outfielder.

As the Sachems took the field for pregame warm-ups, the junior was presented with a bright green softball with the word “PROM?” written on it in front of her team. She happily accepted.

Apparently, elaborate prom offers — known as “Promposals” — have become a popular trend. Perhaps I owe the lovely young lady who, back in 2002 accompanied me to the Pentucket prom, an apology. I casually asked on the way to track practice.

So even though Kent couldn’t play on Monday, it proved to be a home run day on the diamond.

TD STILL THROWING

It may not have worked out for former Salem High ace and Eagle-Tribune Player of the Year Terry Doyle in the Red Sox organization last year, but TD continues to pursue his career in professional baseball.

Doyle, 28, was signed by the Chicago White Sox and is pitching for the Double-A Birmingham Barons. He allowed four runs in five innings in his first start of the season.

The Barons may sound familiar because that is the team that NBA icon Michael Jordan played for during his professional baseball experiment. The manager for the team then? Sox legend Terry Francona.

GOLF BREAKTHOUGH

Former Lawrence High golfer Nick Caruso played a key role in helping the Mars Hill University (N.C.) golf team rally back from a four-stroke deficit on the final day to win the Roanoke Invitational. According to the website, it was the first time the school won that tourney in over 30 years and the first title overall in “recent memory.”

Caruso, a 2012 Lawrence High graduate, was fifth on the team and 14th overall.

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