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Nick Castellanos and Jake Marisnick sighted at Erie Seawolves – New Hampshire Fisher Cats game

Top Tiger prospect Nick Castellanos played for the Erie Seawolves.

(Manchester NH)  The Erie Seawolves defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 3-2, on a warm Wednesday afternoon of Eastern League (AA) baseball at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.

Mascot in hot pursuit of a young fan.

There is nothing quite like minor league baseball in my opinion.  Today was Camp Day at the stadium and of the 6,831 paid more than half were kids from numerous area camps.  And with kids you have to have non-stop activities going on and the Fisher Cats’ staff made sure there were plenty.  Whether it was in the stands or on the field between innings the “kids” show was continuous.

Another attraction to minor league ball is that you get to see young players and, in some cases, prospects.  Some of the prospects are well known while others are hoping to get known.  (I saw Bryce Harper at Portland with Harrisburg last August.)

The prospects I wanted to get for sure in this game were Jay Marisnick of New Hampshire and Nick Castellanos of Erie.

Jay (21) was selected in the third round in 2009 and is rated as the third best player in the Toronto minors.  The 6-4/200 outfielder stole thirty-seven bases for Lansing in 2011.

Nick (20) is the Tigers’ top prospect.  Originally a third baseman, the 6-4/210 youngster has been moved to the outfield because Miguel Cabrera is unlikely to vacate 3rd for many years.  Nick’s bat is apparently ready for the majors although he was hitless in this game.  Recently, however,  he was 3-for-4 in the Futures Game including a three-run homer and was the game MVP.

Avisail Garcia heads for third. Avisail was 3-for-4.

Erie’s Avisail Garcia (21) was big versus New Hampshire on this afternoon.  He was 3-for-4, scored two of Erie’s three runs, and drove in one.  Baseball America rates Avisail as the best defensive outfielder in the Tiger system.

Bruce Rondon came on to get the save for Erie.  Bruce (21) started with Lakeland (15 saves) and has moved up to Erie (12 saves).  He also has a terrific 1.29 ERA so far.

The most controversial play of the game was John Tolisano’s home run off the pole in left in the third inning.  The umpires conferred and the homer stood up giving New Hampshire a 2-1 lead at the time.

The best play in the field was a diving catch by Erie second baseman Brandon Douglas hustling into right field.

Fisher Cats catcher Koby Clemens

Another player I wanted a picture of was Roger Clemens’ 25-year-old son Koby.  He is a catcher with the Fisher Cats.  My picture revealed a significant family resemblance.

I also got pictures of two former major leaguers: Ray Burris (Erie pitching coach) and Sal Fasano (New Hampshire manager).

The Fisher Cats were the Eastern League champs in 2011.  This year they’re at the bottom of the Eastern Division (42-68).  The most painful stat is their 17-35 home record.

I thank NH media relations manager Tom Gauthier for making the arrangements for my visit.  With all the activities going on in the park besides baseball I suspect that Tom’s job is very demanding.

(The pictures above and below enlarge significantly if you click on them.)

Nick Castellanos

Jake Marisnick

James McCann

Sal Fasano

Bruce Rondon

Ray Burris

Jake Marisnick

Yohan Pino

Niuman Romero

Chad Jenkins

Deck McGuire

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Dan Hocking wins 52nd Annual Yankee Homecoming 10 mile race

Dan Hocking, Dereje Hailegioruis, and Andrew Huebner are all in view as the finish nears in the 10-mile Yankee Homecoming race.

Race winner Dan Hocking of Dover NH

(Newburyport) You want close?  You sure got it in the 52nd Annual Yankee Homecoming ten-miler on Tuesday night in Newburyport.

The top four finishers, led by race winner Dan Hocking, were a mere thirteen seconds apart!

Any summer road race faces the possibility of too much heat but on this night the temperatures were close to 70 degrees and there was a light drizzle after the race.

One thing that never seems to fail is that one mile into the race the leaders at the end are well positioned in the front.  And that was the case (again) as I noticed when I reviewed the pictures I took of the front pack at the one-mile mark in front of the Cushing Museum on High Street.

Granted there were several wannabe’s in the front pack but the eventual winner (Dan Hocking), second place (Dereje Hailegioruis), third place (Andrew Huebner), and fourth place ( Moninda Marube) were all in the mix.

Dan Hocking ran for UNH and recently received his PH.D in Ecology.  He is a coach with Northeast Running Services.

Dereje Hailegioruis is from Ethiopia now living in New York City.  He has won a number of races in New York.

Andrew Huebner graduated from Governors’ Academy and Bucknell and ran track at both places.

Moninda Marube (3101) congratulates Dereje afterwards. Moninda was not even listed by the Cool Running race results site even as late as this morning.  I checked my pictures and thought that maybe he had taken a “shortcut” to the finish – remember Rosie Ruiz??  However, Marube was in the front pack at one mile so I then suspected that the race electronics hadn’t picked him up.  Anyhow, he is now listed as getting fourth in Cool Running and rightly so.

Monida Marube, from Kenya, won the Old Sandwich Road Race in Plymouth (MA) on June 3rd and came away with a winner-take-all $3000.

I also saw the 5K at the one-mile mark and again the eventual top four: winner Eric McDonald, 2nd Ben Pare, 3rd Brendan Robertson, and 4th Connor Habib were all there.

I check my pictures of the 5K afterwards and noticed that a 37-year-old named Brett Budzinski had finished 13th.  Yes, this was the same Brett Budzinski who had been a three-sport standout for Ipswich High School back in the day!

This link will give you the official results from the Yankee Homecoming races.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Winner Eric McDonald (1438), second place Ben Pare (1700), third place Brendan Robertson (1894), and fourth place Connor Habib (2972) are in the front group in the 5K after one mile.

Matt Orlando 1670, Joe Santo 1959, Conor Westwater 3016, and Brett Budzinski 257 one mile into the 5K race.

Katie Dicamillo from Rhode Island was the first woman in the 10 mile race.

Top four finishers are in the front pack although Dereje is hidden from view.

Pat Rich 9th and Kefah Keraro 8th

Andrew Huebner finishes 3rd as Moninda Marube turns corner

Dan Vassallo – 5th

Ian Nurse – 6th

Jim Johnson – 7th

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