NEWBURYPORT — North Reading coach Frank Carey wasn’t in a celebratory mood yesterday after becoming just the second coach in Massachusetts baseball history to earn his 700th career win.
One day after explosions at the finish line at the Boston Marathon took the lives of three innocent victims, and four days after a Pingree School senior and North Reading resident died in a one-car crash in Danvers, Carey’s mind was elsewhere during a postgame interview at Pettingell Park.
Instead of celebrating a 9-1 victory over Newburyport, Carey held the game ball in front of his chest and held back tears.
“The difficult thing with something like this is there are obviously a lot of people here, and they’re all looking for this,” Carey said of the game ball marking his 700th victory. “More importantly, we had a little bit of a tragedy this weekend. One of the kids from North Reading got killed, and these kids are kind of hurting. This is nice, but there are other things that are more important. Especially after (Monday), I don’t really feel like celebrating, if you know what I mean.”
Carey referenced the death of Pingree senior Timothy Chaloux, a baseball player who died in a one-car crash Saturday morning in Danvers. Several North Reading players were close to Chaloux, who grew up playing Little League baseball with many current Hornets.
“I’m glad with the way our team played, they played well,” Carey said. “They were pretty emotional after the last game (Saturday) when they found out one of their friends — one of my guy’s best friends — got killed. We announced it to the team in the dugout after our game with Lynnfield. In light of that and what happened (Monday), we have more important things we’ve got to worry about.”