The Northeast Hurricanes 12U softball team beat the New Jersey diamonds 6-3 to advance to the elite 8 of the Pony Nationals in Newtown, Penn.
Brianna Marino pitched for Northeast, which advanced to the single elimination round and face the Sunrise team from Florida this morning for the chance to advance to the Final Four of the 41-team field.
FUTURES AT FENWAY
Futures at Fenway will be at Fenway today when Double-A Portland plays Harrisburg at 12 p.m. at Fenway Park.
Keith Couch (7-3, 3.90) will pitch for the Sea Dogs. He was a 13th-round pick in 2010 out of Adelphi University.
If you’re attending, here at the three top Portland players to keep an eye on:
1. Garin Cecchini: The third baseman is one of the top five prospects in the Red Sox organization. He entered yesterday batting .336 with a .419 on-base percentage and 12 extra-base hits in 31 games with the Sea Dogs since being promoted from Single-A Salem.
2. Christian Vazquez: The catcher is known for his strong defense and quick throws down to second base. His offense still needs some improvement. Entering yesterday, he was batting .259 with a .354 on-base percentage in 69 games for Portland. Vazquez already is on the Red Sox’ 40 man roster.
3. Michael Almanzar: The third baseman/DH has some power. He has 12 homers and is batting .274 with a .335 on-base percentage. It will be interesting to see if he is added to the 40-man this offseason. If not, he’ll be eligible to other teams in the Rule 5 draft.
PEDS SOLD TO HIGH SCHOOLERS
This is an excerpt that appeared on ESPN.com yesterday
“The clinic operator at the heart of a Major League Baseball investigation into performance-enhancing drugs provided them to numerous high school students, according to former associates of Tony Bosch and documents obtained by ‘Outside the Lines.’
“One former Biogenesis of America employee, Porter Fischer, told ‘Outside the Lines’ he regularly saw 16- and 17-year-old boys come to the clinic, sometimes with their fathers.
“Asked what high school athletes were given, Fischer said: ‘Sports performance packages, which would include HGH, testosterone.’”
REGGIE LEWIS DOCUMENTARY
CSNNE (Channel 52) will premiere the documentary “Remember Reggie: The Reggie Lewis Story” Sunday at 8 p.m. Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of Lewis’ death from heart failure.
The documentary will re-air several times during August, including Monday at 7 p.m. and next Friday at 8 p.m.
There also will be a “Sports Sunday: Special Edition on Reggie Lewis” that will premiere Sunday at 9:30 p.m. It also will re-air several times during August.
The schedule for when both programs will re-air is online on CSNNE.com.
NOT IN SOX’ PLANS
Will Middlebrooks’ name has been rumored in trade talks with the Chicago White Sox for right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy.
Even if Middlebrooks isn’t traded before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline, he likely won’t be promoted to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket any time soon despite how Boston could use another right-handed bat.
The Red Sox sound down on him right now. Middlebrooks entered yesterday batting .278 with a .336 on-base percentage for Pawtucket.
It seems like Xander Bogaerts would be the first internal option for a right-handed power bat. He entered last night hitting .273 with a .377 OBP, eight homers, 24 RBIs and five doubles in 37 games since his promotion from Double-A Portland.
“He’s had some games where he’s swung the bat very well,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said about Middlebrooks on Thursday. “There’s been some games where the inconsistencies emerge. Can’t say that it’s too different from what we saw here.”
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