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May 14, 2014

Around the Horn: Chase for the Championship: It's crunch time for teams looking to sew up tourney berths, win leagues

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The Eagles have a big game with Gloucester on Friday; The Fishermen need to win to pad their Super 8 resume and the Eagles would prefer to keep their own winning streak alive. The eyes of the Bay State will be on that one.

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For what it’s worth: If we were picking the Super 8 today (instead of on Memorial Day with all the games completed), St. John’s Prep, Bridgewater Raynham, Newton North, Braintree and Lincoln-Sudbury look like sure fire selections. Three other teams will qualify from a group that, to us, includes Gloucester, Catholic Memorial, BC High, St. John’s Shrewsbury, Peabody and Silver Lake.

If the Tanners go 18-4 or the Fishermen end up 18-2, how will that compare to a BC High or CM team with as many as six or seven losses? That remains to be seen and will make the last week of the season as exciting as its been in years.

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Masconomet will be hosting a cookout for Middleton Little League players after their game against North Reading on Saturday. Little Leaguers are also invited to throw out the first pitch and run the bases between select innings.

The Chieftains’ recent two-game mini-skid has made the meeting with the Hornets an intriguing one. Masco has only a one-game lead in the Cape Ann League Kinney Division, so if the Hornets win they can pull themselves into a first-place tie.

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Around the Horn, a column on North Shore high school baseball, appears every Wednesday in The Salem News during the spring sports season. Contact assistant sports editor Matt Williams at 978-338-2669, MWilliams@salemnews.com and follow him on Twitter @MattWilliams_SN. #StrikeOutALS

Web Extra

Longest North Shore Baseball Winning Streaks in Recent Years

Team                     Streak                   Year

Masconomet     23                           2010

St. John’s Prep  22                           2013

St. John’s Prep  14                           2014

Masconomet     14                           2014

Masconomet     13                           2013

Peabody              12                           2013

Danvers               11                           2013

Peabody              10                           2011

Peabody              9                              2014

Beverly                 8                              2013

Danvers               8                              2012

Peabody              8                              2012

Danvers               7                              2013

Swampscott       6                              2012

Marblehead       6                              2012

Bishop Fenwick 6                              2013

Ham-Wenham  6                              2013

 

 

 

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