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Algonquin's Teggart belts 4 HRs

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff April 23, 2007 10:50 PM

SPORTS

Algonquin Regional senior Dave Teggart has earned a full football scholarship to the University of Connecticut with his booming right leg.

Teggart also swings a powerful bat on the baseball diamond.

In a performance for the ages, Teggart belted four home runs and knocked in seven runs to power defending Division 1 state champion Algonquin to a 9-2 win over Mid-Wach rival and host Leominster Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound right-handed hitting Teggart blasted solo homers over the 325-foot fence in left-center in the second and fourth innings, cracked a two-run bomb to the same spot in the sixth and then capped his 4-for-4 with a three-run shot in the seventh.

"I think the most I've ever hit in a game was maybe two in Little League," said Teggart, who smashed seven home runs last spring, when he finished with a .468 average. "They just kept throwing fastballs down the middle of the plate."

In the seventh inning, with runners on first and third, Teggart felt he'd receive a free pass.

"I thought they'd walk me, but the pitcher threw four straight curveballs," said Teggart, who starts at third base.

And the fifth? A 3-1 fastball, which Teggart deposited over the fence for his fourth round-tripper of the day.

Teggart plans to use the same bat, and helmet, when Algonquin (2-2) hosts Nashoba Regional in Northborough this afternoon.

Why not. So far this spring, he's hitting a sizzling .600 (9-for-15).

-- Craig Larson

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