From left, Ryley MacEachern, Ben Bowden and Kyle Devincapped off a memorable summer by playing at Yankee Stadium.(Photo courtesy of Lynne Devin)
Three local boys are Red Sox for a day
Kyle Devin, Ben Bowden and Ryley MacEachern have been playing baseball together since they were 13 years old, but taking the field together under the lights at Yankee Stadium had to take the cake.
As youngsters, the three were sometimes teammates and other times opponents, but they were all rowing in the same direction Thursday night as members of the Red Sox team that played (and lost to) the Yankees in the fourth annual Summer Classic Rivalry.
Devin, who is entering his senior year at Classical High, has committed to the State University of New York at Stonybrook. Bowden, who will be a senior at English High this year, committed to Vanderbilt University earlier this week and MacEachern, who lives in Saugus and is heading into his senior year at Salisbury Prep, is still undecided.
“Overall the experience was unbelievable,’ Devin said. “Not many kids can say they played at Yankee Stadium.”
Devin caught the first five innings. He flew out twice. Bowden pitched the third and fourth innings, walking one and striking out one. MacEachern went 1-2-3 both innings he pitched with three strikeouts, a groundout and two pop-ups. He received the Best Pitcher at Yankee Stadium Award for his team.
This was actually MacEachern’s third time playing at Yankee Stadium, but suffice to say it never gets old.
“You’re playing with the greatest people around the Northeast,” MacEachern said. “It’s really a blessing to be able to do that, especially with Devin and Bowden there as well.”
MacEachern went 6-0 at Salisbury this year with a 1.80 earned run average. He hit fifth in the lineup and when he was pitching, he played first base.
Devin taking batting practice on the field and standing out on the infield around third base, where Alex Rodriguez plays, and then moving a bit to the left and standing in the same sport Derek Jeter plays shortstop, was incredible.
“It’s crazy with all the history there. The love of the game just takes over,” he said.
The game was 10 innings. Each team had five pitchers and each pitcher went two innings. Devin said there were a lot of MLB scouts there because the opportunity to see players is winding down until next spring.
This weekend, all three will be playing in the Lynn Invitational held at Fraser Field. The players are split up into four teams and at the end of weekend, an all-star team will be picked to play at game on Tuesday night at Fraser.
Joyce Erekson can be reached at email@example.com.
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