Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Around the Diamond

A couple bits of baseball-related info to pass along:
  • Westbrook resident Gary Lapierre is one of this year's twelve inductees to the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Lapierre was a member of the 1981 Portland Babe Ruth World Series team and is in the top five in both career doubles and career hits at the University of Maine (1985-1988). He also starred at Deering High School, but I don't want to stain my screen with brags of the accomplishments of that school (that, and I have no idea what his accomplishments actually were at Deering, aside from the fact that he "went on to star" there.
  • Also, Westbrook alum Jordan Purington was selected to the America East All-Conference second team. Purington, a sophomore hurler at Stony Brook University, posted a record of 3-3 with an 3.83 ERA. He was also third in the conference is saves (6) and led the conferences in appearances (26). As for his Stony Brook Seawolves (whatever those are), they won the America East Championship to secure a bid in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. So they're scheduled to travel to Tempe, Arizona to take on Arizona State on Friday, May 30 at 10p. Moreover, Purington will be joined in the Tempe Regional by fellow Mainers, Ryan Flaherty and Andrew Giobbi, of Vanderbilt University.

Damn, I just gave Deering credit.

(Update: According to the Bangor Daily News, Lapierre was a three-time All-State selection in high school and captained the University of Maine team as a senior in 1988. He graduated with eight hitting-related school records.)

- John C.L. Morgan

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