NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 16, 2014

Sports in a Minute

Mac Cerullo
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Soggy Sachems

Though yesterday’s rain forced the postponement of most local games, the Pentucket varsity softball team braved the storm and pulled out a tight 12-10 win over Haverhill.

The game actually turned out to be a near-catastrophe for the Sachems, who held a 12-0 lead after the first two innings and then nearly blew the game toward the end. Due in part to the soggy conditions, Pentucket’s pitching and defense fell apart in the fifth inning, allowing the Hillies to bat around the order and score 9 runs in the inning.

With Haverhill threatening, starting pitcher Carley Desjardins came back into the game and helped put out the fire. Desjardins wound up finishing the game, pitching 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.

The Sachems also got big performances at the plate from catcher Maddie Binding, who went 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored; centerfielder Tyler Feeney, who went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs; and third baseman Nikki O’Rourke, who drove in 2 runs on a double and scored 2 runs herself.

With the win, Pentucket remains undefeated at 4-0 and stands atop the Cape Ann League’s Kinney Division. The Sachems will be back in action again today against Masconomet in a game that everybody on the team hopes will be a much drier affair. That game is set to begin at 3:45 p.m.

Shooting for Glory

Amesbury track star Marissa Randall broke her own school record in the shot put again during Monday’s tri-meet against Triton and Lynnfield, throwing the shot 36 feet to take first place in the event.

Randall already owned the school record coming into the season, and since the start of the season she has already improved on it on several occasions. For instance, last Thursday against Pentucket, she extended the record to 35-103/4 before breaking it again less than a week later.

On To States

When the season is over, it seems a fair bet that Randall will be competing at states, but she won’t be alone. Many local athletes have already qualified for states, including Triton’s Kerstin Darsney in the triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash; Maddie Quigley in the 800-meter run and Max Luttenbacher in the discus; Pentucket’s McKenna Kilian in the shot put and Hallie Milne in the 100-meter dash and Newburyport’s Nick Carleo in the mile and Tom Graham in the 400, just to name a few.

Going Pro

The pool of talent in the upcoming NBA draft got a lot deeper yesterday after Arizona standouts Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson and Michigan stars Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III announced their intentions to leave school to pursue a career at the professional level.

Gordon was one of the nation’s most dominant physical presences as a freshman, while teammate Johnson was the Pac-12 Player of the Year as a junior. Stauskas and Robinson, both sophomores, each helped lead the Wolverines to the title game as freshman before nearly getting back to the Final Four again this year. Both Stauskas and Robinson have reportedly had their eye on the league since they were young. Stauskas, a Canadian, told the AP that he first set his sights on the NBA when he was 7 years old, while Robinson has been around the league for nearly his entire life. His father, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft and enjoyed an 11 year career playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs.