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$70,000 for Safe Sports The Big Story: Thumbs up to all the folks, community businesses and organizations that helped the Safe Sports Network raise approximately $70,000 at its fourth annual social last week. It was headlined by 2005 Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter, and Manchester Bears Youth Football League Coach Steve Coburn received the Safe Sports Star of the Year Award. The Safe Sports Network 989 provides free sports physicals for high school athletes, and injury care at seven schools and in its drop-in clinic, as well as education for coaches, parents and athletes. Sports 101: Three players are tied for hitting the most career opening day homers with eight. Name those three players. Babe Ruth Award: To Saint Anselm’s Paul Trabucco, who came on to throw a 1-2-3 ninth inning at Post and then knocked in the winning run in the bottom half of the inning in the Hawks’ 5-4 win on Thursday. R.I.P.: The rugged year at Manchester Country Club continued again last week when legend in residence Tom Stanley died after a battle with cancer and heart-
2 – home runs by Pattie Turner, which came one each in Saint Anselm’s 9-1 and 8-0 double-header wins over St. Michael’s at mid-week. 3 – hits allowed to go along with six strikeouts by Candia’s Sarah Lavallee as SNHU was the 6-0 winner in the opener to a twin sweep of Franklin Pierce. 3 – goals scored for Mark Vitello in leading Saint Anselm to an 11-9 win over Franklin
related complications. Known far and wide as “Dirt,” he was never short on opinions and was a multiple winner of both the City Golf title and the MCC Club championship. A good guy and big loss. DC Comics All-Name Team Nominee: St. A’s laxster James Olsen, who when you go to the general nickname for James brings to mind Daily Planet cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in Superman. Sports 101 Answer: Frank Robinson, Junior Griffey and Adam Dunn each hit a record eight opening career homers. Willie Mays and Eddie Mathews are next best with seven. On This Date – April 7: 1958 – Following their move to L.A., the Dodgers erect a 42-foot (Fenway West) screen in left field in their temporary L.A. Coliseum home to cut down on easy home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line. 1963 – Jack Nicklaus wins his first of five Masters by shooting 286 over the grueling four days at Augusta National. 1971 – The dismissal of Curt Flood’s antitrust suit against baseball is upheld by the Supreme Court.
Pierce to move to 5-0 on the young lacrosse season when the aforementioned Olsen turned in a super effort by chipping in with two more goals for the Hawks. 7 – combined hits for Nick Bragole and Ken Morrisino, who went 4-4 and 3-5 respectively to lead Saint Anselm to a 5-4 win over Post on Thursday. 9 – goals from Kristen Wilder (5) and Alexa Bedell (4) as SHNU outlasted Merrimack 16-14 in lax action on the road.
10 – spot in the national Division II rankings for SNHU, who moved to 18-2 with a 6-2 win over Bentley when Alex Person allowed a run over seven innings and Ryan Gendron’s homer was the big blow. 71.4 – percentage shot from the field by Villanova in Saturday’s NCAA semi-final 95-51 slaughter of Oklahoma, which was their best in a tournament game since shooting 78.5 percent while upsetting Georgetown 66-64 to win the 1985 title.
Ted Williams in 1941: All he did was hit .406. Which unbeknownst to folks then made him the last player to hit .400 in the majors. He also had 33 doubles and 37 homers while knocking in 120 and scoring 135. The little-known fact about his mercurial season is that he actually out-hit Joe DiMaggio .411 to .408 between May 15 and July 15 when Joe D was famously hitting in 56 straight games. The David Ortiz Retirement Tour: It may just be me, but I’m sick of it already. Mariano Rivera three years ago, Derek Jeter two years ago, Kobe Bryant — who I didn’t think anyone outside of L.A. even liked — this past year and now Papi. He has been a tremendous hitter and big in the biggest moments so he deserves all he gets in Boston. But outside New England? He’s a DH who’s on the field for what, six minutes of a four-hour game. Plus there’s the double irritant of endlessly whining about his contract and almost never coming into camp in shape, leading to bad starts that hurt the team. I hope he goes out well on the field as he deserves, but wake me when the rest is over. Wasted Spending: Ben Cherington’s last four major contracts make Titanic’s maiden voyage seem like a swimming success. They were given to Rusney Castillo ($70 million), Pablo Sandoval ($90 million), Hanley Ramirez ($88 million) and Rick Porcello ($82.5 million) for virtually nothing in return to date, while saddling the Sox with huge contractual obligations through 2019 at least. No wonder Ben’s teaching at Columbia this year.
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