Just last week I was thinking about my high school baseball career. I was lucky to play on some great teams and make some lifelong close friends. As much as the games themselves mean, years later, the overall experience of being a part of something is what makes me smile.
I graduated 34 years ago and to this day I still get together with old friends and teammates and talk about “the good, old days”! Yesterday, Medford High School Captain Jack Fargo did something his teammates will be talking about until they’re 100. Maybe longer. The hard throwing righty with the rock star hair, pitched a complete game no-hitter, striking out 16, as the Mustangs beat Gloucester High 1-0 in their season opener at Playstead Park in Medford. There are only 21 outs to be had in a 7 inning high school game and Fargo took care of 16 of them via strikeout.
Medford High Coach Mike Nestor, himself a former Mustang star and captain, praised Fargo for his hardwork and leadership.
“Jack’s performance was the best performance by a high school pitcher since my coaching career started in 1998. The closest comparisons are Peabody’s Jeff Allison and Revere’s Mike Spinelli. He was simply dominating!”
Fargo also spun his magical gem on “Bill Monbouquette Field”, named after the Red Sox great who went to Medford High and went on to an All Star major league career.
Fargo was helped out by teammate Gino DeSimone in the bottom of the seventh inning. The hard hitting lefty lined a base hit to right field driving in the winning run, as the Mustangs walked off with a 1-0 win over a tough Gloucester team. It was the stuff dreams are made of!
A day after the big win, the best thing is the season is only one game old and they’ve got 19 more games to make more memories! You can also bet that professional and college scouts from all over will be making the ride to Monbouquette Field at Playstead Park in Medford to watch Jeff Fargo!