Page 12 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, April 22, 2022 Eighth Annual Christie Serino Baseball Classic set for today in Malden Field includes host Malden HS, East Boston, Somerville HS and Greater Lawrence Tech By Jason Mazzilli C hristie Serino was one of the most influential and most revered coaches and mentors in the region's history on the high school and college sports scene. He coached hockey at Saugus High, Univ. of New Hampshire, Merrimack College and Malden Catholic as well as baseball for many of his five sons' teams through their growing years — as well as being the former head baseball coach at the University of New Hampshire. Coach Serino steered Saugus High to two boys hockey State The Eighth Annual Christie Serino Memorial Baseball Tournament is being held in Malden today, featuring host Malden High, Somerville High, East Boston and Greater Lawrence Tech. (Courtesy Photo) Championships — its only state titles in any sports — as well as two Super 8 State Hockey Championships at Malden Catholic in 2011 and 2012. Locally and across the region, From foundation to finish, let’s make it happen. TALK TO JOE ABOUT OUR COMMERCIAL AND CONSTRUCTION LOANS. WE’RE READY TO HELP YOU GET STARTED. many mourned his untimely passing in October 2012 from a battle with cancer while he was serving as athletic director and head hockey coach at Malden Catholic High School. He was only 62. This past fall, Coach Serino and his family received a tremendous honor when the new Football and Track Stadium at the newly-built Saugus High School was dedicated in his honor. Today in Malden, for the 8th time, the late Coach Serino's legacy will be honored again with the playing of the 8th Annual Christie Serino Baseball Classic, where four teams will compete for the 2022 Championship. The Serino Classic originated in 2014, first hosted by Saugus High School, Coach Serino's alma mater, and has been held continuously since then, except for 2020, when it was sidelined along with the entire rest of the high school season in 2020. Today, the Malden High JOSEPH D. KEOHANE EVP & SENIOR LOAN OFFICER JKEOHANE@EVERETTBANK . COM 61 7-381-3622 School Golden Tornado baseball squad will host the Doubleheader action on two adjoining Malden fields, Maplewood Park and Rotondi Field, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with first-round action. The Championship Game is set for 1:00 p.m. at Maplewood Park featuring the two firstround winners, with a Consolation Game on the adjacent field. Malden High will play Great419 BROADWAY, EVERETT MA 02149 WWW.EVERETTBANK .COM/FOUNDATIONTOFINISH Member FDIC Member DIF er Lawrence Tech Reggies at 10:30 a.m. at Maplewood Park in one first-round matchup, while Somerville High and East Boston Two of the late Coach Christie Serino's sons played locally at Malden Catholic, Anthony Serino, left and Nick Serino, right. Nick, a 2007 Malden Catholic graduate, starred at UMass-Amherst and later played professionally in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Tony Serino, a 2009 Malden Catholic graduate, also played at UMass-Amherst.Malden Catholic baseball went 68-23 in the four seasons rom 20062009 when the Serinos wore the Lancer uniform under then head coach Steve Freker, whose Malden High team hosts the Christie Serino Classic today. (Courtesy Photo) High will face off at 10:30 a.m. at Rotondi Field/Howard Park. Coach Freker said it has been an honor to memorialize Coach Serino all of these years. "He was a leader and mentor to hundreds of athletes and coaches. There is really no one in this region who has made such an impact on so many lives in the high school and college ranks," said Coach Freker, who is now in his sixth year at Malden High, his second time around as head baseball coach of his alma mater. He was the head baseball coach at Saugus High from BASEBALL | SEE PAGE 16

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