Thursday, June 11, 2009

On Location: Westbrook High School

Besides an interlude of satisfaction bracketed between the first and last pitches of sophomore hurler Scott Heath, today was a cold, gray day for Westbrook baseball.

That's because before Heath opened the second-ranked Blue Blazes' quarterfinal matchup against the #10 South Portland Red Riots, the 2009 Major League Baseball draft closed, and Westbrook alum and collegiate standout Anthony D'Alfonso was not among the 1,521 players drafted. To be sure, D'Alfonso is probably receiving free agent offers as I write this sentence (or at least I'd hope so, considering the kid has swatted the pitching at every level he's played), but I imagine the disappointment cut deep when the rapid-fire pace of the draft's later rounds suddenly halted, and a professional association with a ball club was still lacking.

Just like the disappointment ran deep for Westbrook's high schoolers after Heath pitched his final pitch of the game (he apparently suffered a shoulder injury on the final play of the top of the fifth inning), and the Blue Blazes' subsequently squandered a 3-0 lead by giving up five runs in the sixth en route to suffering a 5-3 upset loss.

- John C.L. Morgan

Related: Westbrook Baseball Collects Individual Accolades (June 10, 2009)
Related: D'Alfonso Eyes Pro Draft, Awaits Fate (June 9, 2009)
Related: On Westbrook's Super Soph (June 9, 2009)

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