Snyder to Bryant
St. John’s Prep lefty Justin Snyder of Georgetown has committed to play at Division 1 Bryant University instead of spending a post-grad year at the Salisbury School in Connecticut as originally planned.
Snyder, who had lived for 13 years in Merrimac before moving, also had considered UConn, UMass Lowell and Brown. He was 3-3 last year with a 1.55 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 55 innings.
Dan and Dave
Bradford’s Dave Dunham overtook teammate and training partner Dan Verrington in the final 100 meters to take first place in the USATF New England masters championships at Regis College.
Dunham finished in 17:21.74 with Verrington, also of Bradford, right behind in 17:22.09.
Barrett plays on
Emily Barrett, who was pretty much a starter all four years at Timberlane, apparently can’t get enough of softball. She plans on playing at St. Anselm next year.
Two other Owl seniors have decided not to play in college. Jess Walsh is going to Plymouth State and Jen Trodella is headed to Mass. College of Pharmacy.
Northern Essex Community College pitcher Dan Peters of Salem has been selected by the NJCAA for exemplary academic achievement. The award goes to a student with a 3.6 GPA or higher after three semesters of full-time college course work. Peters is headed to Rivier College to study elementary education.
Hold the hype
While I certainly enjoyed watching the United States participate in the World Cup, it does seem like all of the hoopla about the team was over the top.
The team got outplayed in regulation in virtually every game and had, other than Clint Dempsey, few serious offensive threats. Its final record was 1-2-1 and it went 215 consecutive minutes in Games 2, 3 and 4 without scoring.
There was an interesting “Point After” in Sports Illustrated the week before last on Jim Kaat and people who are ambidextrous. Kaat is the former lefty for the Minnesota Twins who won 283 games over 25 seasons.