BY CHUCK SLATER
This reporter, I must confess, is a Mets fan. I have been one ever since covering the Original Mets, those lovable 1962 losers, in the long-departed Polo Grounds.
Today my favorite player is David Wright. Now, Wright fields brilliantly, throws quite well, hits very well and is a standup guy and the Mets captain. He also strikes out … a lot. About 100 times a year. In the third game of this young season, he struck out three times.
Perhaps Wright could learn a thing or two from Cassidy Boyle, the Hen Hud shortstop who last year as a sophomore was all-league, all-section and second team all-state in softball.
In softball, the ball zips at one underhand between 60 and 70 miles per hour from a distance of only 43 feet, so strikeouts are more frequent than in baseball. But Boyle did not strike out even once last season – and she has not in early games this season. It’s something Wright could envy.
Oh, she also batted .630 as a sophomore, something any player at any level could envy. (more…)
April 16, 2013 | admin
BY CHUCK SLATER
When the race walk, the javelin throw and the hammer throw were returned as scoring events for the county track and field meet this season, the first thought was it would be a big difference-maker for Somers. After all, in Maria Gorecki (the certain county favorite), Kristi Licursi and Allie Shaw, the Tusker girls have three of the area’s very best race walkers; the change should add some incentive to their All-America bids.
But the inclusion is a huge plus also for Marsha Bailey’s Hen Hud squad. It has, arguably, the county’s two best javelin throwers in juniors Jack O’Brien and Michael Gabrielsen, two tall athletes who both qualified for national competition as sophomores.
With javelin a non-scoring event, the Sailors would likely settle for a middle-of-the-pack county showing with senior sprinter-high jumper Brad Barthelmes leading the way in the B competition. But with the javelin registering in the team totals, Bailey’s team can certainly aim higher.
“I expect Jack and Mike to be 1-2 in our league and they could well score just as well at the county competition,” Bailey said. (more…)
April 12, 2013 | admin