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June 18, 2014

Our view: Cheers, jeers for recent newsmakers

CHEERS to the Masconomet Regional High School baseball team, which captured its first state title in 14 years last weekend, easing the sting of last year’s semifinal loss and capping off a dominant 2014 season.

The Chieftains left little to chance this year, putting five runs on the board in the first inning of the championship game against Westwood, an offensive exhibition that included a steal of home by Tom Budrewicz and a two-run triple by fellow senior Will Twiss. The steady pitching of Joe Klingensmith did the rest, leading to a 10-2 win and a much-sought-after title.

It was only a year ago that the Chieftains were sent home after a semifinal loss. Erasing the memory of that disappointment kept them focused over the course of a 22-2 season.

“There’s some guys in that dugout that were here last year that had real sour tastes in their mouths,” third-year head coach T.J. Baril said. “We were excited to come back down to Brockton, back to Campanelli Stadium (where the title game was played) to show what we’re made of. That first inning showed what we were made of.”

It certainly did. Congratulations again to the Chieftains.

JEERS to the recent spike in measles cases across the country and those in the anti-vaccine community who have helped the disease spread.

At last count, there have been 288 confirmed cases of measles in the United States in 2014 — more than all of 2013 and more than in any year since 1994.

“This is not the kind of record we want to break,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of immunization and respiratory diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the New York Times last month.

Measles are highly contagious and can cause everything from a fever and a rash to pneumonia, deafness and, in some cases, death. An unvaccinated child who develops measles has a 1 in 500 chance of dying from the disease, according to the CDC.

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