Needing a win to qualify for the District 8 playoffs, the Central Catholic duo of Steve Jaskelevicus and Kevin Regan combined to help Haverhill Legion shut out league leader Newburyport 3-0 last night in Haverhill.
Jaskelevicus yielded one hit in three innings, and Regan scattered five hits over four innings to give struggling Post 4 (losers of 5 of the last 6 games) a badly needed win.
Nate Frongillo (2 for 2, 2 runs, RBI) scored on a wild pitch in the second, and later blasted a solo home run to spark the Haverhill offense.
Brandon Thibault’s suicide squeeze plated Andrew Hanides with Haverhill’s other run in a game where Post 4 played error free defense. Pentucket’s Pat Beaton and Bobby Barry both had hits for Newburyport.
Newburyport finishes the season in first place, earning a bye in the playoffs at 14-2, while Haverhill (9-6) closes out the regular season tomorrow at Andover.
Drohen tied for lead
Former Haverhill High star Bill Drohen is tied for the lead after the first round of the 106th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Kernwood Country Club.
Drohen, playing out of Brookmeadow Country Club, fired a 66 to end up deadlocked with Jake Shuman and two-time champ John Hadges at 4-under par. John Gilmartin of Indian Ridge was the next lowest local golfer, shooting a 72 to tie for 18th.
After one more round of stroke play today, match play begins tomorrow.
“What a day,” said Drohen, who is also a three-time Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Champion and won the Mass. Am in 2009. “I wasn’t missing fairways, and I don’t think that I have ever hit my irons this close. It seemed as if I was within 10 to 15 feet all day long.”
Drohen began his round yesterday on the 8th hole where he knocked his iron approach to 15 feet and drained the birdie putt. He found himself 2-under par through four holes and was off and running.