N.H. News Roundup: Pirates’ Jeff Locke on hot streak, Pembroke man arraigned in hospital
This multiple image shows Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke throwing during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Jeff Locke watches a delivery during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)
New Hampshire has a golden boy in baseball again.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ (and Conway native) Jeff Locke has been on a hot streak in May, and has now pitched in 11 consecutive games without taking a loss after pitching 5 and 2∕3 innings – and going over 100 pitches for the first time this season – in an extra innings loss to the Atlanta Braves last night.
He currently boasts a sub 2.50 ERA and consistently gives the Pirates quality starts (six innings three or less earned runs). Some think he is a MLB superstar in the making.
Pitching (especially in the back end of the rotation – Locke began the year as the No. 5 starter) has been stellar for the surprising Pittsburgh team, and Locke could be getting valuable learning experiences from watching No. 1 starter A.J. Burnett.
∎ Cliff Lee – Philadelphia Phillies
∎ Mike Minor – Atlanta Braves
∎ Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
∎ Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals
But Locke isn’t the only baseball news in the Granite State. Franklin Pierce put up a fight in the NCAA Division II Regionals before getting bounced by Grand Valley State last week.
A lot of the Ravens are draft eligible, and there’s plenty of Granite Staters – including Merrimack Valley’s David Drouin – to keep an eye during the MLB Draft, which begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday.
Some may have dreams to get selected by the hometown Red Sox organization, but that won’t take them through New Hampshire, and that’s okay with the Fisher Cats, who once had aspirations to be an affiliate with the Sox.
Speaking of the Fisher Cats, they dropped the first game of a six-game road trip in 12 innings last night.
And once an up-and-comer in the MLB, Duane “Joe” Clement of Henniker chose a career path in pharmacology instead. He was still a darn good player, though.
Have I ever mentioned that I really love baseball season?
In other news
∎ Christopher Varagianis, the Pembroke man who was shot twice by the Manchester police, was arraigned this morning from his hospital bed.
∎ Conservatives are using the health care overhaul to attack Sen. Jeanne Shaheen via a television ad.
∎ So does the Executive Council.
∎ A Connecticut woman was rescued after leg injury on a Mount Washington trail.
∎ 54 members of the Salem Fire Department cut their hair in support of Capt. Steve McKenna, who is fighting intestinal cancer.
∎ The $26 billion national mortgage settlement will affect more than 4,000 New Hampshire residents who lost their homes to foreclosure.
∎ Here’s how investment dollars are flowing in New England states.
∎ A training course on volunteering at visitor centers was held by the the Granite State Ambassadors.
∎ No. 2 Pinkerton Academy of Derry upset No. 1 Souhegan of Amherst, 12-10, to win the Division I girls’ lacrosse championship.
∎ Laconia Motorcycle Week is just around the corner.
(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)