Norton Legion Baseball Heading to State Tournament

Norton Legion Post 222 is heading to the state tournament. Norton was declared co-champ of Zone 9 which gives them a spot with the best Legion Teams in the state. Norton defeated North Attleboro 9-1 on Wednesday July 20th to clinch game 3 of the best of 3 semi-final series. Norton improved to 10 and 10 overall with the victory. View the Norton Roster Here!
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Video: Ashland Legion Wraps up Season

Ashland Legion 7-13-16In the last game of the regular season, 4-10-1 Ashland Post 77 took on Sudbury. Sudbury lead 6-0 into the top of the 7th and ended up adding 5 more runs in the inning and took the 11-0 victory. Ashland wrapped up the season with a record of 4-11-1, Sudbury later lost to Newton in the Zone 5 Playoffs and wrapped up the season 13-6.

Despite a tough year record wise, 2015 Hopkinton Graduate and Clarkson University Student, 3B/SS Mike Messier enjoyed playing for Ashland Post 77 this season; “it’s a group of guys, we had a lot of fun with it, that’s all you can ask for.” 2nd year Head Coach, Derek Johnson enjoyed coaching this years young Post 77 Legion team; “the kids battled all year, i’m pretty sure a lot of them will say they had a good time, we had a lot of fun.” View the interviews with Mike Messier and Coach Derek Johnson below.

Courtesy: HCAM Television (Hopkinton Cable Access)

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Video: Ashland Legion Baseball Update 7/12/16

AshlandLegion71216On Monday July 11th, Ashland Legion Post 77 took on Woburn Post 101. Woburn struck for a run in the top of the 2nd when Coleman Began drove in Sam Cabot on an RBI single. That would be the only run until the bottom of the 4th when Ashland exploded for 8 runs.

After sailing through the first 3 innings, Woburn starter, Brian Govostos struggled and walked 7 hitters in the bottom of the 4th and gave up a 2 RBI single to Zach Jacobs (Holliston). Matt Coughlin pitched in relief but gave up another 2 run base hit to Jake Obid (Holliston). Ashland struck for 8 runs in the bottom of the 4th and that would be the only scoring for the rest of the game as the young Ashland Legion team took the 8-1 victory and improved to 3-10-1 while Woburn fell to 2-10.

On Tuesday July 12th, things did not look good for Ashland when they met up with Natick Post 107. Natick came into the game at 7-7 and fighting for the final playoff spot in District 5. Natick batted around and struck for 4 runs off of starter Michael Crupi (Ashland) in the top of the 1st. Post 77 retaliated in the bottom of the inning with a run when Mike Messier (Hopkinton) hit a sacrifice fly-out to drive in Jake Obid (Holliston). Both teams added on 3 runs a piece in the 4th inning. Sameer Sharma (Deerfield Academy), Jake Obid (Holliston) and Shawn Babineau (Ashland) all hit RBI singles for Post 77 to make it a 7-4 game. Natick added an additional run in the top of the 5th.

Natick held the 8-4 lead into the bottom of the 6th, the umpires agreed that the 6th inning would be the last inning due to lack of sunlight. Natick starter, Rick White remained in the game for the final inning and struck out the 1st hitter. White would end up getting pulled out of the game after giving up a single to Sameer Sharma, walking Jake Obid followed by an RBI single by Shawn Babineau. Mark Soma moved from the DH spot to pitch the rest of the game. Zach Jacobs continued the rally against the relief pitcher with an RBI single, Mike Messier followed up with another RBI single to pull Ashland within 1. After Ronan Bates struck out for the 2nd out of the inning, Trevor DePeron (Ashland) laced a hit just past the reach of the shortstop to drive in Jacobs and tie the game at 8. Soma then attempted to intentionally walk Andrew Keim (Holliston), but Keim had other ideas as he swung for one of the intentional walk pitches and dropped it into left field to drive in Messier for the game winning run.

Ashland Post 77 took the 6 inning game by a final score of 9-8 and improved to 4-10-1 overall while knocking Natick down to 7-8 and making their chance of a playoff spot unlikely. Ashland struggled throughout much of the season but have won 3 straight games in their final week of the season and will end on a high note.

View Highlights below Courtesy: HCAM Television (Hopkinton Cable Access)

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Deirdre King selected as next Hopkinton High School Athletic Director

Courtesy: HCAM Television (Hopkinton Cable Access) Hopkinton High School has hired a new Athletic Director. Former Framingham High and Ashland High Basketball Coach Deirdre King has been hired. View the press release below.

“Hopkinton Public Schools is delighted to announce that Deirdre King has been offered and has accepted the position of Athletic Director at Hopkinton High School/Middle School. In the past seven years, in her role as Guidance Counselor at Hopkinton High School, Ms. King has become well acquainted with the Hopkinton High School community and has built meaningful, positive relationships with students, parents, staff and administrators.

Ms. King holds a Master of Education in School Counseling from Boston University. Her undergraduate work was in Psychology, completed at Trinity College. She had also previously served as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Framingham High School and Ashland High School. Ms. King has also served as the coordinator for our UNITE mentoring program and Captains Council at the high school for the past four years.

Pending successful contract negotiations, Ms. King will assume the role of Hopkinton High School Athletic Director on July 1, 2016.”

Ashland Legion Post 77 Baseball Schedule and Roster

ashlandlegionlogoFor the 3rd season HCAM TV in Hopkinton and WACA TV in Ashland will air taped broadcasts of Ashland Legion Baseball Post 77 home games! All home games will be played at Ashland Middle School. HCAM’s Tom Nappi will provide play by play of the games while WACA TV will work the camera.

HCAM-ED airs on Comcast channel 96 and on Verizon channel 31. HCAM-TV is Hopkinton’s Public and Governmental channel airing on Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 30.
WACA in Ashland Channels are 39, 40 and 45 on Verizon and 8, 96 and 11 on Comcast.
The schedule and roster can be found below.  Continue reading “Ashland Legion Post 77 Baseball Schedule and Roster”