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Daily Evening Item Lynn, Mass. Friday, June 2, 1966 Page 17

Source: Lynn Public Library Microfilm.


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TRADE TIGERS READY FOR ACTION-This Lynn Trade baseball team opens the first round of the State Schoolboy Tournament this afternoon against Pentucket Regional at Stackpole Field in Saugus. This is the third time in the past four seasons the Tigers have gained a berth. Front row, left to right: Rocco Cimino, Capt. Tom Muldoon, Joe Fountain, Clyde Reed, Ralph Cameron, and Mike Zykofsky, team manager. Second row: Billy Dropski, Larry Donahue, Joe Gibney, Art Portnoy, and Bernie Pelletier. Third row: Manager John McDonald, Ken DiBiccari, Gene D'Amico, Mike Eddy, Dave Bettinger, Ken Courage, and Coach Bob McManus.


Lynn Trade's Three Top Hurlers Struck Out Total of 172 Batters
    By Bill Beaton
    The letter K (for strikebook) found a home in the scorebook of the Lynn Trade Baseball team this season and as a result, the Tigers are headed for their third State Baseball Tournament appearance in the past four years under Coach Bob McManus.
    The Tigers were blessed with three top hurlers this season, Mike Eddy, Gene D'Amico, and Larry Donahue, who have combined to break all of the school's former strikeout records as well posting a no-hitter apiece. Together this trio combined for 172 strikeouts.
    "We don't have a strong club," beamed Coach McManus, "but have been getting execellent pitching and some timely hits to carry us along. We dropped the first two games of the season (6-5 in extra innings to St. Jean's ans 4-3 to Lowell Trade) but rebounded for 13 straight to clinch the Vocational League championship for the second straight year."
    Senior Mike Eddy, a 5-10 and 185-pound fire-baller, was being relied on by Coach McManus to carry the bulk of the pitching load this year for the Tigers. Mike suffered both Trade defeats, due mostly to slipshod fielding. In his next outing he tossed a no-hitter at Everett Trade, his second while wearing a Trade uniform (he threw a no-hitter against Malden Trade in 1965). 
    Mike's strikeout record is very impressive. He has fanned 15 or more batters in four different games, and 10 or better in six. Eddy has a total of 93 strikeouts in 47 innings with a 6-2 record.
    "Not only has Mike's pitching been impressive," said Coach McManus, "but he is stroking the ball at a .305 clip with four homers. His bat is too strong to keep out of the lineup, so he plays either shortstop or first when not pitching."
    "Larry never played baseball at Breed Junior High,"  recalled McManus. "He asked to try out for the team this year and has been a big asset to our clinching the title and the tourney berth."
    Donahue has fanned 45 batters in 28 innings, while posting a 4-0 record. Larry also tossed a one-hitter against St. Jean's and a two-hitter against Somerville Trade amoung his victories.
    "Larry is probably the best hitter on the team," the coach mentioned. "His avarage is around .350. He doesn't hit the long ball, but connects occasionally for doubles. When he isn't on the mound he plays first base."
    The third member of the 'Trade Triumvirate' is sophomore Gene D'Amico, whose claim to fame was his no-hitter against Malden Trade.
    D'Amico is a product of Breed Junior High where he shared mound duties with Stan Dubis, a talented sophomore for Lynn Classical, who made his presence felt in the Essex County League this season while leading the Rams to the champpionship.
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