Black Bears’ ace honored as top pitcher in Cape Cod’s summer collegiate league

University of Maine pitcher Tommy Lawrence received the John Claffey Award after a dominant season with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

The award is given to the top New England player in the collegiate summer league that draws some of the nation’s top players.

Lawrence, of West Haven, Conn., finished the regular season 3-0 with a 1.58 ERA, 23 strikeouts and one walk in 28 1/3 innings.

He pitched 8 1/3 perfect innings with nine strikeouts as a reliever in late June and early July, then pitched 12 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and no walks as a starter.

COLLEGE BOUND: Two Greely High players — Jonah Normandeau and Bailey Train — made verbal commitments to Division I programs for the 2014-15 season.

Normandeau, a pitcher/outfielder who graduated in 2013, plans to attend the University of Maine after a postgraduate year at Bridgton Academy. He was a three-time Western Maine Conference all-star, and the WMC player of the year as a junior in 2012.

Train, a 6-foot-4 right-hander entering his senior year, will attend the University of Massachusetts. Train was a Maine Sunday Telegram All-State selection last season.

FCBL: Ryan Otero pitched a five-hitter with five strikeouts as the host Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide beat the North Shore Navigators 2-0 to sweep a Futures Collegiate Baseball League doubleheader.

Fran Whitten hit a two-run single in the eighth inning of the opener to give the Raging Tide a 5-4 win.


NBA: The New York Knicks signed guard Beno Udrih, who has averaged 9.1 points in 628 games in nine seasons with San Antonio, Sacramento, Milwaukee and Orlando.

The Portland Trail Blazers signed guard Mo Williams, who averaged 12.9 points last season with the Utah Jazz.

D-LEAGUE: Jana Spaulding, the Maine Red Claws’ VP of public and community relations, is leaving the team to work for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Spaulding, of Cumberland, has been with the Claws since their 2009 inception. The team has not announced her replacement. At UMass-Lowell, Spaulding will be the assistant athletic director of communications and media relations.


U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR: NCAA champion Annie Park won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals in Charleston, S.C. Coming off her freshman year at USC, the 17-year-old Parkwill face Yueer Cindy Feng.


ROGERS CUP: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray tumbled out of contention, falling 6-4, 6-3 to Lavia’s Ernests Gulbis in the third round at Montreal.

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli retired because of an abdominal injury during her third-round match against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in Toronto.


WINTER GAMES: Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said that the rights of all athletes will be respected at Sochi, but they would “have to respect the laws of the country,” including a new one that bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”

— From staff and news services

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