WALTHAM — Newburyport High alumnus Ryan McCarthy doesn’t need to wait for an Olympic year to collect gold medals.
McCarthy, a Triton Regional High assistant baseball coach, led the Northeast regional team to a Bay State Games gold medal yesterday at Bentley University. It was McCarthy’s third gold medal in his 10 years coaching the team, alongside fellow Newburyport High alumni Peter Yates and Tim Leary. Coincidentally, this was the first Olympic year in which McCarthy’s staff led the Northeast to a title.
The Northeast squad included five locals -- Newburyport’s Colton Fontaine, Colby Morris and Connor MacRae, and Georgetown’s Colby Ingraham and Dmitri Hunt. Morris was playing in his second Bay State Games, and the other four were first-timers. The Northeast squad clinched the gold yesterday with a 4-3 win over Central.
McCarthy’s staff has collected three gold medals, two silvers and three bronzes over the last decade. The most integral part of the job may be selecting the team out of a pool of 50-plus players. McCarthy, Yates and Leary all have experience coaching in the Cape Ann League, so they have first-hand knowledge of the top players. The local five champions were the lone representatives of the CAL.
“We’ve been doing this for a while,” McCarthy said, “and we typically represent the North pretty well.”
Ingraham, who played centerfield for the Northeast, had a game-winning single Monday against Coastal. Hunt also played in the outfield and did his best work on the base paths, stealing bases and scoring runs. Morris played second base and collected a few RBIs. Fontaine played third base and left field. MacRae made a pitching appearance in a 5-5 tie against Metro.
“It was a good overall performance by those guys,” McCarthy said. “They represented the CAL well and contributed one way or another.”
Amesbury’s Megan Cullen had a breakout performance for the Northeast region at the Bay State Soccer Games. She scored four straight goals in the Northeast’s 4-1 victory over Southeast/Coastal. Cullen scored also had two goals in the first half in Northeast’s 3-0 victory over Metro.