Sports in a Minute: Historic postseason run ends for Lawrence Legion baseball

AMANDA SABGA/Staff photoThe Lawrence Legion Post 15 baseball team celebrates after beating Stamford (CT) in the New England Regional tournament on Saturday. Lawrence went on to beat Shrewsbury on Sunday to set up a winner-take-all rematch, but Post 15 wound up losing the decisive final game 3-1.

Lawrence Legion

The Lawrence Post 15 Legion baseball team’s incredible postseason run came one win short of the Legion World Series, as Lawrence fell to Shrewsbury, 3-1, in the winner-take-all New England regional championship game on Sunday. Lawrence, which two years ago couldn’t field a team due to lack of funds and lack of interest, captivated the Merrimack Valley as it rolled through the state tournament to win the program’s first-ever state title.

Following its championship win over Ashland, Lawrence went on to play well at the New England championships, beating Nashua (NH) and Cumberland (RI) before losing to Shrewsbury to fall to the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament. With their backs against the wall, Post 15 rebounded by beating Stamford (CT), setting up a pair of do-or-die games against Shrewsbury to determine the champion. Lawrence won the first game on Sunday afternoon 4-2 but then fell short in the final right afterwards.

Football approaching

Friday marks the beginning of high school football tryouts in Massachusetts, and with it a new opportunity for up-and-coming local players to make their mark on the gridiron. This fall should feature a lot of new faces in prominent roles, given that only four of the 13 players selected as Daily News All-Stars a year ago are set to return, those being Amesbury safety Tucker Molin, Pentucket linebacker Jacob Codair, Triton lineman Steven Elliot and Georgetown quarterback Stephen MacDonald. There will be an opportunity for a few players to make a Comeback Player of the Year type push, however, with Pentucket wide receiver Jake Etter and Triton quarterback Kyle Odoy set to return after they had promising seasons derailed by injury last fall.

Tight end rising

Former Londonderry, New Hampshire football star Ryan Griffin has reportedly emerged as the favorite to start at tight end for the New York Jets this fall, CBSSports.com reported this week. Griffin, who starred at UConn before spending six seasons with the Houston Texans, has caught 136 career passes for 1,491 yards and seven touchdowns in his NFL career, one of which came at Gillette Stadium in the 2017 season opener in front of a huge contingent of hometown fans.

Griffin was released by the Texans this past offseason, and despite their lack of depth at the position, there wasn’t any indication the Patriots were interested.

Hidden gem

Here’s one that’s destined for the big screen. Nathan Patterson, a 23-year-old salesman who hadn’t played competitive baseball since high school, apparently hit 96 miles-per-hour on a speed-pitch radar booth for spectators at a recent Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field. That is, obviously, very fast, and apparently his lack of experience wasn’t a dealbreaker for major league clubs. Since video of the moment went viral, the Oakland Athletics reportedly signed Patterson to a contract.

Newburyport Youth Hockey

Registration is now open for Newburyport Youth Hockey’s upcoming instructional cross ice hockey program, which will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Graf Rink. All players will have two practices and one game per week, plus the ability to skate more if they wish.

The program is best suited for first time players aged 5-9. Those not ready for hockey can also sign up for the Learn To Skate program starting Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

The session begins on Oct. 13 and ends Feb, 16, 2020. All information can be found at NYHL.ORG or via email at directors@nyhl.org. For any other questions on Learn to Skate, contact Dick Tierney at 978-465-0128.