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Legion teams play to advance

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Region – For local teams there were mixed results in the opening round play of the American Legion baseball playoff s in zone 4. Nine of the 17 teams who played Legion ball in Zone 4 advanced to the playoff s with the top teams receiving first-round byes.

Northborough Post 234, coached by former Algonquin Tomahawk star Mike Mocerino, put themselves in an early hole in the bestof three game series against North Country, losing in the opening round game July 24, 9-3, in Northborough.

But Northborough responded with a game 2 6-4 victory, behind the pitching of Mid-Wach co-MVP Rob Nicholas, setting up the winner-take-all third game July 20.

The deciding game was all Northborough as Post 234 pounded out 18 hits on their way to a 16-1 win and the opening-round Zone 4 series victory. Everybody seemed to contribute to the victory including Alex Dion with three hits, Kevin Brown three hits including a homerun, and Graham Henningson, also with three base knocks.

Northborough advances with an overall 17-8 record where they will face a very potent, traditionally loaded Milford team.

PHOTO/SUBMITTED Members of the Marlborough Nissan Minor League championship team celebrate their win. PHOTO/SUBMITTED Members of the Marlborough Nissan Minor League championship team celebrate their win. Meanwhile, the rubber game of a best-of-three series wasn't as kind to Shrewsbury, who lost 8-1 to Grafton Hill in Worcester July 20. Shrewsbury forced the deciding game, winning the second game at home.

Shrewsbury "earned" their playoff spot on the season's last day, with a .500 record, so they knew it was going to tough going against a strong, fourth-seeded Grafton Hill team.

The highlight for Shrewsbury was their game 2 victory forcing the third and deciding game July 20. Don't under estimate the importance of that for the program and coach Frank Vaccaro, who made the post-season for the first time this year. Looking back, this could be taking the program to that next level.

Marlborough Nissan takes Minor League title

Repeating is always special and that's what Marlborough Nissan Manager Chris Parrinello and his Marlborough Little League team did in repeating as Minor League champs. Nissan had to go extra innings to win the deciding game over White Real Estate 14-10 in 7 innings.

Julian Ortiz had a huge game (4 hits, 6 RBIs) and closed out the game pitching for the winners. Eric Wicks had a pair of doubles, scoring 3 runs with 4 RBIs. Trevor Parrinello (2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Vinny Pascal also a couple of key hits. Ryan Mc- Glashling reached four times, Jose DeLaCruz scored three times, and Brian O'Donnell scored twice including the game winner.

Jon McDonald, as he had done all season, led his team on the mound starting off with a pair of scoreless innings followed by DeLaCruz, Leo Coelho, Pascal and Ortiz.

In the deciding game, White Real Estate had the winning run at third with bases loaded in the sixth, but Ortiz pitched out of it to force extra innings, when DeLaCruz made a very nice defensive play on White's Matt Noyst grounder.

Members of the winning team include Eric Wicks, Brian O'Donnell, Cam Plank, Jose DeLaCruz, Jordan Brown, Ryan McGlashling, Fletcher Comrie, Leo Coelho, Jon McDonald, Julian Ortiz, Vinny Pascal, Trevor Parrinello, coaches Chip Plank, Mark Brown, Mike Pascal and manager Chris Parrinello.

Facing the crowd

Kudos go out to Northborough's Dave Teggart, who in America's highest circulated sports magazine, Sports Illustrated, was featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" section, in their July 2-9, summer double issue. Teggart was one of six athletes from various parts of the country featured for recent accomplishments.

Along with Teggart's photo, the feature highlighted his four-homerun game during the high school baseball season for Algonquin, and also included his season stats, a .508 average and 27 RBIs.

The story also highlighted his 50 of 51 career extra points in football, and his 18 of 24 record in field goal attempts. Teggart has been signed on by UConn to kick for the Huskies D1 football program this fall.

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