Malenfant experienced coaching against Pettingell and Carey as the Triton head coach from 1997 to 2006.
“Really, the one similarity is they compete very hard,” Malenfant said. “Obviously, when I was at Triton, it was the same type of thing with Frank. If we did a job against him, I was happy.”
North Reading senior pitcher Ryan McAuliffe made Carey’s landmark victory a formality yesterday, logging a complete-game four-hitter. He struck out 15, and never allowed Newburyport (0-2) to close a five-run second-inning deficit. Newburyport’s Connor Wile collected two hits.
With the exception of a short photo session outside the North Reading dugout following the victory, Carey’s victory did not seem all that different from any other mid-April road win for a 3-0 team over an 0-2 team. Of course, a coach needs to oversee a lot of anti-climactic road April victories throughout a career to get to 700 career wins.