Kreider hosting clinic
The Second Annual Slap Out Epilepsy fundraiser, a hockey clinic for kids and teens, is this Saturday, June 22, at Phillips Andover’s ice rink.
The fundraiser is run by Julia Higgins, her family and her mentor, Olympian Chanda Gunn. Julia’s cousin, former Phillips Academy hockey star and current New York Ranger Chris Kreider will be there hosting the clinic with fellow NHLers Jimmy Vesey of the New York Rangers and Frank Vatrano. Also helping out with be Olympic gold medalists Cayla Barnes and Kali Flanagan and NESN analyst Billy Jaffe.
Donation of $126 for the 3-hour clinic and $26 for the 1-hour session is requested. Included is practice jersey, raffle tickets, on-ice skills, pictures and autographs, refreshments.
Shumski wins Gold Glove
Merrimack College junior Nick Shumski of Salem became the first athlete in Merrimack history to win Golden Glove honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Shumski was named the top defensive shortstop in the country, receiving a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings Division 2 Gold Glove team.
Shumski’s performance in the field in 2019 was nothing short of remarkable, committing just seven errors at shortstop in over 238 total chances for a .971 fielding percentage. In his second season as a starter, he set career-highs in putouts (86) and assists (145), while turning 30 double plays.
From April 2 through May 4, Shumski did not commit an error in 21 straight games. During that streak he went a perfect 99 for 99 in fielding chances, with 46 putouts and 53 assists. He also turned nearly half (14) of his double plays during that streak.
The former Salem High multi-sport star also enjoyed a career season at the dish. He set career-highs in batting average (.297), hits (57), runs scored (42), extra-base hits (14) and RBI (29).
Kudos to Haverhill High
The Super 8 baseball finale at Haverhill’s Trinity Stadium couldn’t have gone any better on short notice for North Andover High and St. John’s Prep Tuesday night.
The MIAA decided to move the game to the north after complaints of two teams from north of Boston having to drive to Brockton for the Super 8 finals.
Haverhill stepped up, offering the turf field at Trinity Stadium. And it was not only in great shape, but it was able to handle the 2,000 or so estimated fans.
Haverhill was one of the first schools to get a turf baseball field in our area and it has been a great friend in offering to local schools, AAU programs and colleges.
It was a great event and Haverhill High deserves big-time kudos for pulling it off.
The Wallace Watch
We will be following Methuen native Jacob Wallace’s first appearance as a minor leaguer. The third round pick of the Colorado Rockies is on the roster of the Rockies’ short-season single-A team, the Boise (Idaho) Hawks. He is expected to be a closer as a pro.
Two other locals, ex-Central Catholic star Cam Devanney (.385 average) and ex-Lawrence High star Elvis Peralta (homer on first at-bat), both shortstops, are off to fast starts.