Wednesday, June 19, 2013
AUGUSTA — Westbrook starting pitcher Zack Bean pitched a complete game shutout and beat out a potential double play to allow the winning run to score in the sixth inning as the Blue Blazes beat Messalonskee 2-0 in the Class A state championship game at Morton Field on Saturday.
The parking lot at the Hannaford in Gardiner, near the Kennebec River Rail Trail head, filled with people shortly before 6 p.m., Monday evening. Runners. Walkers. Adults. Children. Some wearing race T-shirts. Some wearing blue and gold (the colors of the Boston Marathon). Some wearing Boston Red Sox shirts, some wearing Celtics shirts. Some wearing duct tape on the back of their shirts with the words Boston Strong written on it.
From my spot at Kenmore Square, a few strides before the “1 Mile to Go” marker, I saw so many emotions. There was joy, pain, excitement, regret, more pain and relief.
Devin Burgess started competing at an early age. Whether he was racing his father to the car or challenging him to see who could tie their shoes faster, the Waterville senior has always been driven to be the best.
Ian Wilson sat at the front of the bus on a cold, dark December night on the ride home from an early season track and field meet and complained about how cold his truck was going to be when he drove home. Bethanie Brown responded to her coach that it was probably going to be pretty chilly on her cool down run.
Not much seperates No. 1 Forest Hills (18-2) from No. 3 Valley (17-3), who will face off for the Western D title Saturday afternoon.
Valley tied the game on a layup by Dylan Belanger with 5.1 seconds left, gained possession when Hyde was called for backcourt and won the game on a pair of foul shots by Carrington Miller with 3.3 seconds left to earn a 55-53 win at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday.
Carrington Miller scored 29 points and Valley beat Greenville 62-56 in a Western D quarterfinal.
Who does and does not belong in the baseball Hall of Fame is always one of the most debated baseball questions of the year. Voters write column after column in the offseason about who they wil vote for and why. Does Player A belong? Is he a first-ballot Hall of Famer? If Player A is in, what about Player B?
Back in the day, I could write a mean Christmas wish list. I'd sit at the kitchen table, Red Sox hat pushed back on my head, pencil working furiously as I wrote down the hundreds of things I hoped to see under the Christmas tree.