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Yoan Moncada, Mauricio Dubon, and Aneury Tavarez shine in Portland win over Trenton

Yoan Moncada (left) and Aneury Tavaraz (right) in the Portland dugout

Yoan Moncada (left) and Aneury Tavaraz (right) in the Portland dugout

Yoan Moncada playing third

Yoan Moncada playing third

(Portland ME) Any win over the Yankees is a good win.  And Portland got one, 4-3, over Trenton on a nice Thursday evening at Hadlock Field.

I was surprised that Yoan Moncada was still with the Sea Dogs so I opted for one last look at Boston’s #1 prospect in action.

Yoan is playing third these days so I chose the edge of the Trenton dugout as the spot where I would take pictures from.  I saw him make a real nice fielding play from that location.

Ronald Herrara (21) started for The Thunder

Ronald Herrara (21) started for The Thunder

I had good feelings about the pitching matchup between Portland’s Mitch Atkins and Trenton’s Ronald Herrera.  Both pitchers are in the top four of the Eastern League in strikeouts so there were plenty of missed bats in this one.

Mitch ended up with ten K’s and the win.

I came to see Yoan Moncada, and I did, but the more I see of shortstop Mauricio Dubon the better I like him as a prospect.

Kevin Thomas (Portland Press Herald) had an interesting comparison between Mauricio and Mookie over a similar sampling of games at Portland.  The numbers put up by both players are very, very similar.

But we’re talking about a shortstop.  What are Mauricio’s chances of moving up with Xander and Marco Hernandez ahead of him?  Maybe Mauricio will start to work out at 3B??

Back to Yoan.  Having seen Andrew Benintendi at Portland I can tell you that their hitting styles are very different.  Andrew was patient.  Yoan is aggressive.  There are lots of strikeouts in his future unless he gets more selective.

Mauricio Dubon has dazzled at Portland

Mauricio Dubon has dazzled at Portland

The win was a sweet one for Portland because it sets Trenton’s playoff hopes back a bit.  The Thunder still have a very nice 81-50 record.

I noticed that Trenton has really gone with young players.  The four top prospects on their roster are 22-years-old and younger.

Portland has a few young players but many of the other starters are 25+.

I mentioned Mauricio Dubon and I also must mention Aneury Tavarez.  The Portland rightfielder is leading the Eastern League in batting average and looks to have a bright future.  Expect him at Pawtucket to start 2017.

The most fortunate person at Hadlock tonight was Mike Davis of Falmouth.  Mike bought a ticket and came through the gate as fan #9 million.  That got Mike a Sea Dogs’ jersey with a “9” on it plus nine years of season tickets.  His daughter, Wagner, threw out the first pitch of the game.

Slugger?  Of course he lost.  That’s what he always does.  Sometimes the big guy gets up against a little kid who isn’t sure what bases to run to.  Not tonight.  This kid was a dart and he knew exactly what was going on.  By the time Slugger reached second this kid was close to third.  It was no contest.  Slugger even tried some aerodynamics but it was futile.

horseback trouble

horseback trouble

The inflatable horse race was interesting.  One of the contestants was too short and her feet didn’t touch the ground.  There was no way she was going to be able to get that horse to go anywhere.  So one of the Sea Dogs’ staff members pulled her toward the finish line.

Thanks again to Chris Cameron for arranging tonight’s visit.  Hadlock continues to be a great spot to visit to seeing rising baseball stars as well as to get entertained.  Tickets are a bargain.

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

Mark Payton touches them all after a 2-run homer

Mark Payton touches them all after a 2-run homer

Yoan Moncada heads for third

Yoan Moncada heads for third

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Billy McKinney

Billy McKinney

Pitcher Kevin Couch

Pitcher Kevin Couch

Wagner and Mike Davis

Wagner and Mike Davis

Slugger futilely tries to fly

Slugger futilely tries to fly

Miguel Andujar is the Yankees' #8 prospect

Miguel Andujar is the Yankees’ #8 prospect

Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Ryan Court

Ryan Court

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Aneury Tavarez leads the EL in batting average

Aneury Tavarez leads the EL in batting average


Mauricio Dubon caught in a rundown after driving in a run

Mauricio Dubon caught in a rundown after driving in a run



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Gallagher/Fyrer lead Ipswich past Georgetown (55-51) in boys basketball

Brenden Gallagher steps back after making the first of two clutch free throws.

Erik Fyrer – 21 points

(Georgetown) Brenden Gallagher had an assist and two free throws in the last thirty seconds to help Ipswich get past Georgetown, 55-51, in non-league action on Monday night at GHS.

The Tigers defeated the Royals on January 13th (61-41) at Ipswich but this one was much more of a struggle.  The home team went down by eleven (34-23) early in the third quarter but fought all the way back to a 40-40 tie early in the final quarter.

Ipswich went up by six a couple of times after that (48-42 & 50-44) before three straight Tyler Wade assisted baskets knotted the score at 50-50 with ninety seconds left.  During the Royal comeback, 6-6 Pat Bjork twice rushed back to intimidate Ipswich shooters (Dan O’Flynn and Matt Jaeger) on breakaways.

Erik Fyrer (21 points) and Cesar Miranda-Black (14 points) traded single free throws (51-51) before Erik cut down the lane and received a perfect pass from Brenden Gallagher for the go-ahead layin with thirty second left.

A Pat Bjork miss and Jon Fierro’s block of Cesar Miranda-Black’s rebound attempt gave the ball back to the Tigers with thirteen seconds left.  Brenden Gallagher was immediately fouled and made both freebies despite plenty of noise from the Georgetown student section.

Pat Bjork (#31) hustles back on defense

Now up four (55-51) the Tiger defense put heavy defense on Tyler Wade and he wasn’t able to get off a quick three instead had to settle for a wild three that ended the contest.

Erik Fyrer (21 points) had a big game.  The 6-4 sophomore converted six offensive rebounds into points.  He also had a steal on an inbounds pass for an easy layup.

Senior Jon Fierro had three blocks including the one very late as G’Town tried to tie the score.

Brenden Gallagher (8 points and 3 assists) defended Tyler Wade into a quiet (for him) nine points.  Tyler had seventeen in the first meeting.

Cesar Miranda-Black (14 points) did his damage in close.

Georgetown was 12-for-21 shooting free throws – Ipswich 11-for-15.

Christian Gesualdi made the Royals only 3.  Matt Jaeger and Dan O’Flynn (10 points) had long ones for the Tigers.

Georgetown ( 1-6 in the Cape Ann League / 4-10 overall ) is at North Reading tomorrow (Tuesday). The Royals have lost eight of their last nine.

Ipswich ( 2-5 in the CAL / 4-9 overall ) has now won three of their last five.  They host Lynnfield on February 3rd.

Ipswich boxscore

Georgetown boxscore

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

Georgetown cheerleaders

Dan OFlynn and Christian Gesualdi

Cesar Miranda-Black

Tyler Wade and Brenden Gallagher

Mike Bjork and Tyler Hale

Jon Fierro goes for block

Erik Fyrer pressures inbounder Ben Warren

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Wire-to-Wire 61-41 Win for Ipswich over Georgetown in Boys Basketball

Tyler Wade (17 points) dives after a ball going out of bounds.

Dan OFlynn (15 points) drives – Matt Gott (#40) defends

(Ipswich) Ipswich halted a five-game losing streak with a never-trail, 61-41, win over Georgetown on Friday night at Ipswich in Cape Ann League action.

The Tigers (1-3 CAL / 2-7 overall) were quickly off 5-0 on an Erik Fyrer drive and a Louis Galanis triple and never looked back.

Ipswich boosted the lead to sixteen (37-21) three minutes into the third quarter on three straight Erik Fyrer hoops.

The Royals, however, have Tyler Wade and he led a G’Town response back into contention with an old-fashioned three, a layup, and an assist on Pat Bjork’s layup.  That run left the Royals behind, 37-28, with two minutes left in the third quarter.

The next five minutes of play should be on the Ipswich season highlight film.  Nice passes, triples, and assisted baskets all showed up as the Tigers dazzled with a 17-2 run and took the doubt out of this one, 54-30, with 4 ½ left.

Mike Scola and Dan O’Flynn handed out the assists while Brenden Gallagher registered two triples during this surge.  Brenden also brought back the Bob Cousy (or is it Rondo?) flashbacks with a behind-the-back pass that sent Dan in for a layup he was fouled on.

Louis Galanis takes a turn at shadowing Tyler Wade.

For Georgetown (0-4 CAL / 3-6 overall), it was a frustrating fourth consecutive loss.  Tyler Wade (17 points) was kept busy with a series of Tiger defenders and frequently set up teammates for shots that didn’t fall often enough.  Equally excruciating for the Royals was missing seventeen of the thirty-three free throws they took.

GHS coach Mike Rowinski’s frustration boiled over two minutes into the second half when he pulled all five starters off the floor.

I saw Ipswich in their overtime loss at Amesbury earlier.  The most improved player since then was Erik Fyrer.  The 6-4 sophomore was foul prone and frustrated at Amesbury.  In this one, he fouled less while blocking and rebounding more.  He showed a nice touch around the basket collecting twelve points.

Guard Dan O’Flynn (15 points) led the Tigers in scoring getting all his points on layups and free throws.

The two teams will meet again at Georgetown (January 30th) in a nonleague game.

Ipswich box score

Georgetown box score

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

Tyler Wade (17 points)

Erik Fyrer (12 points)

Dan OFlynn shirt pull

Sam Hurst-MacDonald putback

Matt Jaeger gets two

Georgetown clears bench

Christian Gesualdi gets two

Erik Fyrer blocks Tyler Wade shot

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Tyler Wade (27 points) Leads Georgetown 72-60 Past North Shore Tech

Tyler Wade (27 points) defended by Jazz Sanchez (16 points)

Mark McCarthy breaks away with Angel Sanquintin in pursuit.

(Georgetown) All kinds of offense on display as Georgetown defeated North Shore Tech (Essex Aggie), 72-60, in nonleague action on Thursday night at GHS.

The final margin is very misleading because with 2 ½ minutes left this was a 3-point game (58-55) with no certainty of the outcome.  The undersized Bulldogs (2-4) from Middleton hung around thanks to nine 3’s.

Tyler Wade (27 points) is the one they were talking about afterwards and rightly so.  He dazzled in the second half collecting twenty-one of those points.  He stole off the Bulldog backcourt several times and was off for layups.

Tyler was particularly impressive in the third quarter with fifteen points.  He closed that quarter out with a spin to the basket in the last second.  Would he answer to “T-Wade?”

Christian Gesualdi (3) squirms through Bulldog defenders

My stats found a second hero for the victorious Royals – Angel Sanquintin.  The box score only has the junior for fourteen points but eight of them came in the final quarter.

With the Bulldogs well within range of victory (58-55) with 2 ½ minutes left, Angel put on an unanswered show from all the scoring stations over the next minute to seal this one for the home team.  He started with a layup and quickly followed it with a three on a pass from T-Wade and then made two free throws.  The result of Angel’s scoring was that with 1 ½ minutes left the Bulldogs were down ten (65-55) and they weren’t coming back.

Jazz Sanchez had sixteen to lead North Shore Tech, including four 3’s.  Jordan Mendez (13), Mark McCarthy (11) and Ryan Fanning (10) were also in double figures for the Bulldogs.

If the strategy of North Shore Tech was to score from long range, the strategy of Georgetown was to take the ball to the basket.  The disparity, as a result, in free throws was 35 for the Royals and 8 for the Bulldogs.  It certainly helped keep NST around in the game that the Royals missed SIXTEEN of those free throws including a number of one-and-one’s.

I don’t recall that T-Wade played at all in the second quarter.  I thought at the time that perhaps he was sick or injured.  What he was, as it turned out in the second half, was rested.

Bulldogs inbound in front of Royal fans

The Georgetown student section was well organized and entertaining.  They can be counted on to show little mercy to opposing teams and players.  They were clever enough in this one to have the Bulldog coaches and players smiling. The chant of “Groom your horses,” caught my ear.  There was a reference to “fertilizer” in the first half that might have topped that one.

Johnny Spears (now of Pingree) was in the crowd.  There will probably be games ahead when GHS coach Mike Rowinski will wish that Johnny was still wearing the Royal blue.

Georgetown box score

North Shore Tech box score

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

Tyler Wade

Yordany Sanchez

Tyler Wade breaks loose after steal.

Mark McCarthy (25) and Christian Gesualdi (3)

Johnny Spears

Jazz Sanchez

Ben Warren (12) breaks

Pat Bjork

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Regular season pictures I’ve taken of MIAA tournament-qualifying basketball team members

The pictures are sorted by Divisions and boys/girls.

Click on a picture to enlarge it.

Division 1 North

#1 seed – St. John’s Prep (19-1)

Pat Connaughton

Mike Carbone

#3 seed – Lynn English (19-2)

Keandre Stanton

Travonne Berry-Rogers


#5 seed – Central Catholic (19-2)

Jimmy Zenevitch

Luis Puello


#11 seed – Andover (14-5)

Joe Bramanti





#14 seed – Everett (12-8)

Emo Deschommes

Alain Jeanty


Division 2 North

#1 seed – Wilmington (17-3)

Vinny Scifo
Tim McCarthy







#5 seed – Salem (15-5)

Antonio Reyes
Dario/Raphy Medrano






#3 seed – North Andover (16-4)

Zach Karalis

Derek Collins







#11 seed – Masconomet

Adam Bramanti
Zach Zaniewski







Division 3 North 

 #1 seed – Hamilton-Wenham (15-3)

Stephen Tam






#5 seed – Newburyport (13-7)

Matt Leavitt

Eric Meyer


#8 seed – Pentucket (11-9)

Corey McNamara

Will Angelini






Division 4 North

#2 seed – Manchester-Essex (16-4)

Joe Mussachia

Sean Nally


#8 seed – Georgetown (12-8)

Johnny Spears and Tyler Wade









 Division 1 North (Girls)

 #6 seed – Masconomet (15-3)

Brooke Stewart






Division 3 North

#4 seed – Ipswich (13-7)

Hannah O'Flynn

Nyra Constant

#5 seed – Newburyport (13-7)

Molly Rowe

Beth Castantini


 #7 seed – Triton (11-9)

Jen Rock

Alyssa Conley

#3 seed – Pentucket (18-4)

Alex Moore

Tess Nogueira

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Strong Second Half Gives Triton Boys 65-49 Win Over Georgetown

Johnny Spears (#4) guards Darren Lewis (#10).

(Byfield) Maybe it was the addition of the wrestling crowd that filtered into the seats in the second half to watch the end of the Georgetown/Triton basketball game after the Triton/Hingham wrestling match ended.

Whatever the cause, Triton (7-9) played a spirited second half, especially late, making shots and defending tirelessly and came away with a crowd-pleasing ,65-49, win over the Royals (8-7) on Wednesday night at Triton.

Triton had defeated Lynnfield on Tuesday night while Georgetown got by Newburyport on the same night. That left both teams a bit tired for this game.

The first half ended tied, 29-29.  Darren Lewis (22 points) put up sixteen points in the first half for Triton while Johnny Spears (18 points) had twelve for Georgetown.

Unintentionally, Triton was able to stay close in the first half because they committed foul after foul.  What would normally seem like a bad idea wasn’t because Georgetown hit just six of sixteen attempts with two front-ends of one-and-one’s included.  So instead of fouling their way into a deficit, Triton left at the half tied.

The second half was a disaster for Georgetown.  They shot 25% (7-for-28) and missed seven more free throws.  Defensively, they gave up cuts to the basket and wide-open long range shots.  The Vikings were over 50% from the floor including a sizzling 6-for-10 from long range.

Richard Fecteau and Cal Kneeland collected five of the 3’s between them in the second half.

Triton jumped out with an 8-1 run and led 37-30 after two minutes.  However, by the end of the quarter and into the start of the 4th quarter Georgetown rode points from Tyler Wade, Patrick Bjork, and Ben Warren to cut their deficit to 45-41.  Later a three by Tyler had Georgetown still within range at 52-47 with 4 ½ minutes to go in the contest.

Georgetown likes to press and they can score quickly off of turnovers so that 5-point lead was anything but secure.  However, with the incoming, enthusiastic wrestling crowd in their seats, the Vikings were dominating and entertaining the rest of the game.

Darren Lewis breaks for the basket with Johnny Spears chasing.

In the last 4 ½ minutes, Triton produced thirteen points while limiting Georgetown to just two points.  The Royals missed seven shots from the field, four from the line, and had two turnovers.  Meanwhile, Cal Kneeland converted a rebound, and nailed a three.  Richard Fecteau hit a three.  John Mills had an old-fashioned three and Darren Lewis closed things out with a layup.

Richard Fecteau denies Tyler Wade the ball.

Richard Fecteau put some serious denial defense on Tyler Wade in the second half.  As a result the Royals struggled to ran any sort of organized offense in the second half and it caught up to them completely in the last 4 ½ minutes when good shots were hard to come by.

Johnny Spears and Tyler Wade collected 34 points between them.

Johnny Spears (18 points) and Tyler Wade (16 points) led the Royals scorers but had to take a ton of shots to get those points.  Defensively, however, that twosome had a hand in most of Triton’s nineteen turnovers.

Johnny was five-for-ten from the foul line while Tyler was two-for-nine.  Tyler even had an air-ball in the mix.  Be certain that fatigue had plenty to do with those results.  These kids are usually good shooters.

( I collect my own stats.  Take my own pictures and generate my own commentary.  Any mistakes are unintentional.)