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John Habib's City Sports: Trinity, SNHU players got good looks from Pirates
Trinity starter Carmen Giampetruzzi throws during a game last month against Pinkerton in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
A 6-foot, 3-inch, 210-pound lefthander — and the only southpaw to attend the workout — Giampetruzzi said the majority of players invited by the Pirates were from Division I college programs.
Giampetruzzi said he threw around 25 pitches, getting two batters to ground out, one to pop out and a third to strike out. One of the batters, he said, was University of Connecticut shortstop Tom Verdi, who was later drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round.
Giampetruzzi said scouts had the radar gun on him but gave no details how fast he threw.
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AFTER winning state titles with personal best-throws in the state Meet of Champions last Saturday, Manchester High Central’s Dominique Pascoal and Jacob Stanko are pursuing regional honors today in the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Bridgewater (Mass.) State University today.
Pascoal’s win came just hours after she attended her high school graduation at Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena.
“Last Saturday I was just super pumped because I wanted to win so badly,” she said. “Emotionally I think I reached a new level, and hopefully in the New Englands, I’ll have an even better throw in me.”
“Words can’t really explain how I felt after I won the Meet of Champions,” he said. “Believe it or not, the highlight for me was setting my personal-best throw. Winning the event was something extra.”
“Another five feet is definitely within my reach,” he said. “I’m aiming for 170 feet, which would give me another PR. Now, whether that gives me a chance to win the New Englands I can’t say because I don’t know what the competition will be like. But I’m going to try my best to qualify for the nationals.”
“Watching Dominique is fun because she knows the technique of throwing the javelin better than anyone,” said Stanko. “Last week I knew she was going to win because she’s just so much better than the rest of the field. Our goal this week is to qualify for nationals, and I really believe we’re going to do it.”
“He was done long before I got started, and he still stuck around to cheer me on,” she said. “That was awesome. After I won, he came over, hugged me, and then we did our special weird handshake that we usually do after every meet.
TRACK and field athletes ages 2 and older, and of all abilities, are invited to participate in the city’s Summer Fun Run series, which returns to Livingston Park on June 26 and consecutive Thursdays from July 10-21. Registration, which costs only $1 per entrant, is from 5:15-5:45 p.m., with the meets beginning at 6.
"City Sports” is published Saturdays in the New Hamsphire Union Leader. Email staff reporter John Habib at firstname.lastname@example.org.