2013-06-13 / Front Page

Play ball!

Fans out for Raging Tide opening night
By Summer Dorr Contributing Writer


Catherine Clark’s first-grade teacher gifted her with two Raging Tide tickets for her good work at school, so she came with her dad, John Clark of Old Orchard Beach, to opening night. (Summer Dorr photo) Catherine Clark’s first-grade teacher gifted her with two Raging Tide tickets for her good work at school, so she came with her dad, John Clark of Old Orchard Beach, to opening night. (Summer Dorr photo) OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Chris Torres, a former ballplayer for the Tigers and Cardinals, moved up to Maine from Florida and the Raging Tides’ opening night marked his first game as the team’s head coach.

“Raging Tide gave me the opportunity to manage,” he said.

Torres’ father, who had been a San Francisco Giants coach, died last month, and Torres said he’s “following in his steps.”

John Mildner, the night’s starting pitcher, said he was excited about the game June 7, and enjoyed acclimating to the team of 30 players.

Raging Tide is family-owned by John and Pam Gallo, and recently had four of its previous players recruited to the major leagues; two players from the Raging Tides 2012 roster and two players from the 2011 season, said Taylor McCarthy, Raging Tide’s general manager. “Shows how much top talent is coming to the ballpark,” he said.


Raging Tide players take a moment while the “National Anthem” is sung. (Summer Dorr photo) Raging Tide players take a moment while the “National Anthem” is sung. (Summer Dorr photo) Dean White, a pitcher, aspires to play Major League ball one day and said he’s had passion for the sport since age 5, when he began T-ball.

The Raging Tide is part of The Future’s Collegiate Baseball League, where college athletes are selected and play summer seasons, “for exposure and more experience,” McCarthy said. “We get bigtime scouts at our games.”

Married for 37 years, Joan and Dan Gagnon were enthusiastic game watchers, clapping and shouting at players.

“The kids are just fantastic here,” Dan Gagnon said.


Above, Joan and Dan Gagnon of Saco, a couple married for 37 years, enthusiastically watched the game. Top right, the crowd does “the wave” during the home opener of the Raging Tide in Old Orchard Beach. More than 800 tickets were sold for the game. (Summer Dorr photos) Above, Joan and Dan Gagnon of Saco, a couple married for 37 years, enthusiastically watched the game. Top right, the crowd does “the wave” during the home opener of the Raging Tide in Old Orchard Beach. More than 800 tickets were sold for the game. (Summer Dorr photos) The Raging Tide beat the Portsmouth Mavericks, 10 to 2 last week during the Tide’s home opener. It was the “first win in opening night history,” McCarthy said. “Glad we were able to get a win for the first game of the season.”

McCarthy said ticket sales reached 809.

Among those were Catherine Clark; her firstgrade teacher gave her two tickets “for good work,” and so she came to the evening’s game with her father, John.

Bonnie Gauvin and her fiancé, Al Hubbard, who are from Connecticut with a cottage in the area, sat eating Cracker Jacks while wearing Raging Tide ball caps. And, sitting in the stands, Phil Worster of Saco remembered his high school baseball days.


Left, Jamaica residents Orville Tomlinson, 21, Jesse Richards and Gevaun Grant are part of CCI Greenheart, an exchange organization, and attended the opening night of the Raging Tide with tickets the team had donated to the organization. The men left on bicycles to go get bundled up in jackets before returning to watch more of the game. (Summer Dorr photo) Left, Jamaica residents Orville Tomlinson, 21, Jesse Richards and Gevaun Grant are part of CCI Greenheart, an exchange organization, and attended the opening night of the Raging Tide with tickets the team had donated to the organization. The men left on bicycles to go get bundled up in jackets before returning to watch more of the game. (Summer Dorr photo) “I was never very good, but that never stopped me from playing,” he said.

Some of the Raging Tide crowd participated in the “wave,” including Diana Solano and Karina Delossantos, both from Puerto Rico, and Jazdan Rodriquez, a 19-yearold college student from Columbia, who said, “We are very happy ‘cause this is my first baseball game ever.”

It was also Orville Tomlinson’s first baseball game experience.

“I don’t know the rules or anything, but my friends and I are having a lot of fun,” he said.

Tomlinson, Gevaun Grant and Jesse Richard, all from Jamaica, left the game on bicycles to get jackets before returning to watch more.

Pierre Bouthiller, a local liaison for CCI Greenheart, an international worktravel program, said Raging Tide donated 100 tickets so students affiliated with the program could attend.

The 2013 season is dedicated to the late Lucien Huot, who helped the Raging Tide in many regards, McCarthy said. Among his contributions, he sung the “National Anthem” and “God Bless America” at just about every game, including last season’s final game. Huot died this year and there is now a banner up behind home plate, dedicated to his memory.

Return to top