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Georgetown Wins Division 3 North Baseball Title vs Newburyport

The scoreboard after the game

The scoreboard after the game

(Lowell)  I was at sunny LeLacheur Park in Lowell and watched Georgetown hang on to defeat Newburyport, 4-3, to gain the North Sectional Championship in Division 3 on Saturday afternoon on June 6th.

This game was tense from beginning to end.  Newburyport ended the game with runners on second and third just a hit or an error away from winning the game.

It somehow made sense that pitcher Andrew Sinkewicz fielded the last grounder and tossed to first baseman Marco Luisi for the final out.  Andrew and Marco were the two difference makers in my opinion.  Andrew pitched a complete game in the biggest game of his life and also drove in what turned out to be the game winning run in the top of the 7th with an infield grounder.  Marco launched two homers (2nd & 6th innings) over the left field fence that were the only runs on the board until the final inning.

The Clippers put plenty of pressure on the Royals with baserunners aplenty.  Only in the fifth did they go quietly.

Ryan O’Connor started for Newburyport and was relieved by Tommy Morris in the 7th.  Except for the two bombs by Marco Luisi, Ryan pitched very well.  He had the misfortune of making the last out of the game which necessitates reminding folks that no one person ever loses a team game.

The coaches involved,  Bill Pettingell(Newburyport) and Mark Rowe(Georgetown),  have known each other for years.  Bill coached Mark and later Mark was on Bill’s coaching staff.  Those facts probably made the victory a little bittersweet for Mark Rowe.

I took quite a few pictures.  Clicking on anything underlined will bring up a picture.

The teams wait for the North Andover/Reading game to end.

Mark Rowe and Bill Pettingell meet with the umpires before the game.

Tyler Stotz, Kyle LeBlanc, Joe Clancy, Matt Mottola, and Kyle McElroy line up during introductions.

Ryan O’Connor pitches for Newburyport and Andrew Sinkewicz pitches for Georgetown.

Marco Luisi mobbed in the second inning and the sixth inning after hitting homers.

Joe Clancy scores Newburyport’s first run in the sixth inning on Tommy Morris’s sacrifice fly.

Mike Ruh scores Georgetown’s 3rd run coming home on Anthony Conte’s triple in the top of the 7th.

Anthony Conte scores the eventual game-winner after Andrew Sinkewicz’s grounder to first in the 7th.

Coach Pettingell gathers his team together before their last at-bats in the bottom of the seventh.

Georgetown celebrates after recording the final out.

Joe Clancy leaves the field unable to score the tying run.

Georgetown celebrates the championship trophy.

The two coaches shake hands afterwards.

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Tim Holland Has Major League Aspirations

Most of us dream at night. 

Tim Holland 3-4-08

Tim Holland, pictured here, expanded his dreaming to full-time during his sophomore year at Georgetown High School.

“I started to think then that baseball might take me somewhere,” explained the 6-1/175 pound senior.  “It was my best year and I started to get mail from colleges and rumors began about teams being interested in me.”

Royals coach Mark Rowe realized that Tim was a talented player the year before.  “He was a starter for me as a freshman at second base.  We went to the Division 3 North finals that year with a team that was mostly seniors.  He fit right in.”

And even before witnessing Tim’s senior year the 10th year coach stated, “He’s the best baseball player to come through Georgetown since I’ve been coaching. He pretty much does it all.  I’ve heard from the White Sox, Cubs, and Indians about him.”

 “This year he’ll play shortstop when he’s not pitching,” said Coach Rowe of his 2-time Cape Ann League All-Star.  “We’ll go as far as he takes us.  We have a nice supporting cast but we need for him to have a big year for us.”

Next year Tim expects to attend Lake City Community Junior College (about 60 miles west of Jacksonville in northern Florida) on a baseball scholarship.  The fact that the Timberwolves’ baseball season starts on January 25th, and any cancellations will be for rain and not for that other stuff, would be incentive enough to go there. 

In addition to the favorable outdoor, workout weather, it was a couple of area baseball players – Matt Small (Ipswich) and Mike Gallo (Peabody) – who helped steer Tim to Lake City.  “I played on teams around here with both of them.  They were both very positive about the school. Mike pitches on this year’s team.”

At Lake City Tim will play in front of the folks (major league scouts) he needs to impress.  And who could blame the scouts for attending? Last year 15 former Lake City players were in the minors and two (Reggie Abercrombie and Heath Phillips) were in the majors.

“I look to do two years of real competitive baseball and then see where I am,” explained Tim. “I could be in the minors or maybe in a 4-year college.”

Tim’s favorite player is BJ Upton of Tampa Bay.  “He can do everything and that’s the kind of player that I think I am.  I’ve played the outfield, infield, and pitched.  And also, like BJ, I have speed.”

Tim wears #17.  “I wanted #5 (Nomar Garciaparra) but that number didn’t exist.  Since I joined the Georgetown varsity as the only freshman that meant that I got the last number available – #17.  Things went so well the first two years that I decided to stick with it.”

The Holland name probably won’t leave the area sports pages when Tim graduates in June thanks to his sisters.  “One of my sisters made the high school soccer varsity as an 8th grader and was the team’s leading scorer this season,” bragged Tim.  “My other sister is 12 and tells me that she’s going to be the first girl on the high school varsity baseball team.”

Keep an eye on Tim Holland of Georgetown.  He has a dream and he might just have what it takes to make that dream come true.

(Appeared in The Town Common in the issue dated March 12th)

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