What a pair!
Dating partners Sam Fazioli of Salem and Jackie Solimine of Haverhill were both winners Sunday at the Fast and Flat 5K in Windham. Fazioli was the overall winner in 15:48.6, 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Jacob Wormald of Pelham, while Solimine led the female runners with a 17:59.6. Former Timberlane standout Kate Estep was the female runner-up.
Some light for AIC
The American International College softball team suffered through an 8-35 season, but Lawrence’s Briana Rivera finished strong, leading the team with a .324 average and driving in 12 runs in only 68 plate appearances. Salem’s Victoria Andrade started every game at catcher and batted .220. She was third on the team in runs scored with 26.
Does her part
Another college softball team that struggled was Franklin Pierce, which finished 11-30. But junior Ashley Conway, a former Salem standout, had a solid year. The steady third baseman hit .280 and was second on the team in RBIs with 18 and third in runs with 14. She hit .333 as a sophomore and .309 as a freshman.
Pena in London
When the Red Sox and Yankees play a two-game series in London June 29-30, there will be a familiar face on hand. Former Haverhill High standout and major league slugger Carlos Pena, who is an occasional NESN analyst, has been designated a baseball ambassador for the series and is helping promote it. Pena is a good choice for the assignment since he played for both the Red Sox and Yankees during his career.
Umpire under siege
It can be challenging being an umpire at any level, but things apparently got nasty last week at a youth softball game in Lawrence when an umpire was constantly verbally lashed out at during the game and then threatened to some degree after the game. As a result, the local umpire group announced that it will no longer officiate Lawrence U12 and U14 games this season.
The next Khalil
Sanborn sophomore Dylan Khalil, who was the Eagle-Tribune cross country Runner of the Year last fall, may have some competition as a junior — from younger brother Jared, who will be a freshman in September. In the New Hampshire middle school Meet of Champions, he won the 1,600 meters with a fine time of 4:37.09, which was nine seconds faster than the runner-up and equates to a 4:38.7 mile time. Youngest brother Tyson, a 7th grader, was sixth in 5:07.
Night Owls romp
The Kingston Night Owls used the long ball to blank Marblehead 10-0 over the weekend. Mike Borrelli and Tom Polhemus had home runs while Joe Morin had three doubles and Nick Comei two doubles.
Not worth it
It’s early, but when Bryce Harper signed a ridiculous 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies, I stated that he was not worth it and, so far, that statement looks accurate. He is currently hitting .250 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs and is not among the league leaders in any category. He hit .249 last year.