Sports 04-13-2016

Suffolk University baseball settles into new homefield at East Boston Memorial Stadium

By John Lynds

The Suffolk University baseball season is in full swing and the team is settling nicely to its first season playing on a new homefield at East Boston Memorial Stadium.

The team is 17-5 so far this season, led by pitching virtuoso, Eastie’s own Kevin Sinatra, who is currently 6-0 on the season as a left handed starting pitcher.

Sinatra has posted some impressive numbers so far this season and has a 1.88 ERA, is averaging 5.63 strikeouts per game and opposing batters have only a .184 batting average against him and one shutout.

“I am honored to be playing baseball for Suffolk University on my home field of East Boston. It’s an opportunity that most athletes aren’t awarded and I feel privileged to be a part of such an excellent program,” said Sinatra. “We are off to a great start to the season and I just hope that we can continue to play well and that I can help my team win”.

The team’s head coach, Anthony Del Prete, also an East Boston product, said moving Suffolk’s homefield to Eastie allows student-athletes a place to call home that is in close proximity to campus. Del Prete said it also allows for easier travel but more importantly a place players can identify as their homefield and take pride in.

“The student-athletes have enjoyed using the new facility. We have had good turnouts for our soccer games there with parents, friends and family and other fans coming over to watch the contests,” said Del Prete. “It has also been beneficial for our baseball program as many of our players live near the area and can work on their game during their free time on their own.

Asked if having the homefield located in Eastie will draw more supporters to Suffolk’s athletics, Del Prete said he is hopeful.

“Hopefully being in East Boston will allow us to draw more fans for our sports teams overall,” said Del Prete. “We have been able to have good crowds down in Quincy in the past, but now with everything at one central location hopefully people will become more familiar with the area and frequent games more often.”

Del Prete added that, “As an East Boston resident, and former Suffolk Baseball player, I am proud and excited that my home has now become our home.”

Winthrop Pee Wee hockey team wins division title in OT thriller

The Winthrop Pee Wee hockey team won its division championship with a hard-fought 3-2 overtime victory in the finals versus a very god Wakefield team.

The Winthrop Vikings finished in first place during the season with Wakefield second, but had trouble with Wakefield all year having lost their last three meetings.

Wakefield, in fact, was coming in on a 20-game unbeaten streak. Winthrop beat Reading and Salem to advance to the finals in Malden.

Before an enthusiastic crowd, Winthrop jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a goal by Conlan Peterson. After Wakefield took a 2-1 lead, the Vikings tied it up 2-2 on a goal from Bobby Diaz late in the second period.

Robert Gilbride was in goal for Winthrop and kept it tied at 2-2 throughout the third period with some great saves. Joe Ferullo scored the winner in overtime sending the Vikings home as champions.

James Sicarella, Jonathan Rich, J.P. Giorgio, Charlie Dassau and Cam Hunt also had strong games for the Vikings who are coached by Dave Hunt.

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