Honorable Mention: Leonel Perez, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Cody Davenport, Central Arkansas; Kade Granier, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Pitcher of the Week: Alex Ernestine, Nicholls – Sr. – LHP – Coconut Creek, Fla.Ernestine threw his first career complete-game shutout, blanking McNeese on Friday night in a 1-0 win. He allowed just four hits and struck out two in the performance. He was in cruise control down the stretch from the fifth to eighth, retiring the side until the ninth. The Cowboys had just three opportunities with a runner in scoring position. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas junior Hunter Strong and Nicholls senior Alex Ernestine are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Jarrod Huber, Stephen F. Austin; Blake Chisolm, Sam Houston State; Nick Anderson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Hitter of the Week: Hunter Strong, Central Arkansas – Jr. – OF – Sheridan, Ark.Strong hit .474 and slugged .789 on the week while going 4-for-5 and 3-for-6 in consecutive games versus New Orleans. He was 8-for-15 with three doubles and a home run in the sweep of the Privateers and had one of UCA’s four hits against Oklahoma State. Nicholls (8-15, 4-5) hosts Mississippi State tomorrow at 6 p.m. before heading west to take on Arizona in a three-game series starting Thursday at 7 p.m. Central Arkansas (15-9, 7-2 SLC) is tied for second in the conference standings and is coming off a sweep of New Orleans. The Bears host Wichita State tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT before welcoming Northwestern State for a three-game series beginning Thursday at 4 p.m.
Continuing a longstanding neighborhood tradition, the 26th Annual Taste of the North End brought top elected officials and hundreds of festival-goers for a night of food and charity on Friday, April 26th at the Steriti Memorial Ice Rink in Boston’s North End. (L-R) City Councilor Lydia Edwards, Mayor Marty Walsh, TONE Co-host Donato Frattaroli, Mass. First Lady Lauren Baker, NEW Health’s Dr. Elizabeth Turnock, Modern Pastry’s Rosaria Picariello, TONE Co-host and NEW Health CEO James Luisi, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and State Senator Joe Boncore. Joining the crowd were US Congressman Stephen Lynch, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and local elected officials including State Senator Joe Boncore, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Former City Councilor Sal LaMattina was also on hand with event organizers Donato Frattaroli of Il Molo and James Luisi, CEO of NEW Health. Modern Pastry table at 2019 Taste of the North End Of course, it wouldn’t be the Taste of the North End without showcase samples from more than 30 popular North End eateries with a wide array of delectable appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts. Revelers also sipped on refreshing libations from area wine and beer distributors. (L-R) US Congressman Stephen Lynch, NEW Health CEO James Luisi, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Mass. State Senator Joe Boncore This year’s 2019 “Restauranteur Award” was presented to longtime Taste of the North End supporters, The Picariello Family (accepted by Rosaria Picariello) owners of Hanover Street’s iconic bakery, Modern Pastry. Receiving the 2019 TONE Community Supporter Award was Dr. Elizabeth Turnock from NEW Health.*Advertisement* (L-R) Master of Ceremonies Billy Costa (NESN’s Dinng Playbook), TONE Co-host Donato Frattaroli (Il Molo), Mass. First Lady Lauren Baker, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and TONE Co-host James Luisi (NEW Health) Mayor Marty Walsh (right) talks with Billy Costa (NESN’s Dining Playbook) and TONE Co-host Donato Frattaroli (Il Molo) NEW Health and TONE organizers work the gift basket raffle Crowd at 2019 Taste of the North End The Taste of the North End benefits the North End Waterfront Health Center’s critical medical and social service programs, as well as other local organizations such as: the Eliot School, St. John School, Harvard-Kent School, North End Against Drugs, North End Athletic Association (NEAA) and the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC). Billy Costa, radio personality and NESN’s Dining Playbook host, was the emcee for the event that included a high-end silent auction with iconic local photographs, hotel and restaurant packages, tickets to Boston sports events and memorabilia. (L-R) TONE Co-host Donato Frattaroli (Il Molo), TONE Master of Ceremonies Billy Costa (NESN’s Dining Playbook), TONE organizer Donato Frattaroli, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, TONE organizer Gianni Frattaroli and Chef Pino Maffeo (Il Molo) NEW Health booth at 2019 Taste of the North End TONE 2019 Award Presentation with TONE Co-hosts Donato Frattaroli and James Luisi and award recipients Dr. Elizabeth Turnock (NEW Health) and Rosalia Picariello (Modern Pastry). Steriti Skating Rink filled for 2019 Taste of the North End Event organizers Donato Frattaroli of Il Molo and James Luisi, CEO of NEW Health co-chaired the event. Zach Goodale was the event coordinator with committee members Donato Frattaroli, Gianni Frattaroli, Daniel Leonard, Mary Wright and Patrick Lyons. See more photos here.