A fast start

Last season, Haverhill Post 4's American Legion schedule was battered by early-season rain, creating a challenging, catch-up situation.

Looking to avoid that pressure, Post 4 played its fourth game of a five-game opening week yesterday, beating Swampscott, 5-1.

Battling control problems, Brendan Bretton worked five innings to pick up the victory and contributed an RBI triple offensively.

Former Hillie Dan Schetrompf and Whittier's Dillon Ryan tossed an inning of scoreless relief each.

Haverhill made its four hits count, getting RBIs from Billy Lafferty and Dan Dubois plus a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Danny Shields.

Now at 3-1, Haverhill next travels to Middleton tomorrow for a 6 p.m. contest.

One more time

Rosters were announced for the 57th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl game, pitting the best recently graduated high school players from N.H. and Vermont.

Windsor (Vt.) High School's MacLeay-Royce Field will host the event Aug. 7.

Players for the N.H. squad include Pinkerton's Ryan Simpson and Ben Proulx, Pelham's Josh Luciano, Londonderry's Jake Finnegan, Timberlane's Derek Furey and Salem's Darren Brown.

Ken Sciacca, former Haverhill High head coach and recently retired from Kennett High, will head up the N.H. coaching staff.

"I wanted to coach one more game," said Sciacca, who was head coach twice before (1979 and 2003) and part of the coaching staff five other times.

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