Former Hawk Constantino drafted by Cardinals

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Hendricken graduate Chris Costantino joined former teammate Dan Gamache in getting selected in this year’s Major League Baseball draft.

Costantino, who graduated from Hendricken in 2009 and currently attends Walters State Community College in Tennessee, was taken in the 43rd round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

This is the second time that Costantino has been drafted. He was taken out of high school by the Red Sox in the 49th round, but opted to attend Walters State, one of the top junior-college baseball programs in the country. Unlike players at four-year schools, players who attend junior college can be drafted before their junior years.

Costantino took a medical redshirt early last season before turning a solid campaign this year. On the mound, he went 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA and struck out 65 in 43.2 innings. At the plate, he hit .319 with seven home runs and 30 RBI.

Costantino helped Hendricken to back-to-back state championships in 2008 and 2009.

Sager playing in Cape League

Former Moses Brown and Shields Post 43 star Sam Sager is playing this summer with the Harwich Mariners of the famed Cape Cod Baseball League.

Sager, a Cranston resident, spent four years as a mainstay in the Shields lineup and was a driving force in two state-title runs. He went on to Tufts University, where he just completed a strong junior season. Sager hit .333 this season with a team-high 33 RBI.

The Cape League is nationally recognized as the top collegiate summer league in the country. The season began Friday, and Sager got the opening night start at third base for Harwich. He went 0-for-3 in a 2-0 loss.

Sager isn’t the only former Rhody star playing on the Cape. Cranston West grad Shane O’Connell and former La Salle standout Brent Hopkins are both on the roster of the Chatham Anglers. Hendricken grad Evan Marzilli is also slated to play for Chatham.

Locals compete on New England stage

Pilgrim’s Jon Stevens took third in the javelin and Hendricken’s Ryan Meehan placed fifth in the 3,200 at the New England Track and Field championships over the weekend in Burlington, Vt.

Stevens, the Rhode Island state champion, threw 171-8 to grab third place in the javelin. Next up for Stevens is a trip to nationals in North Carolina.

Meehan, who took first in the 3,000 at the state meet, ran 9:12.52 on his way to fifth in the 3,200.

Jalen Young of La Salle, who won the 400, was Rhode Island’s only regional champ.

Several Warwick athletes also competed at the New England Hammer Championships, which were held at Conley Stadium in Providence. Pilgrim’s Maggie Dufault placed fifth among girls. On the boys’ side, Hendricken’s John Celona also took fifth.

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