’ His answer was, ‘MLB player.’ They asked, ‘What do you want to do in life? He said, ‘No, that is my goal.’” Nick could throw a baseball. If one of his best friends, or a teammate, was picking on some scrawny kid from his English class, he would stick up for them.” Ashley Newell loved her job as a waitress at Sebago Brewing Co.
Born into a Massachusetts family of boys, Mark was a devout fan of New England sports teams.He struck out 122 batters in 87 2/3 innings for the Huskies. His mother remembers him as always active and involved in some sport, whether it was competitive or friendly, such as disc golf. “Unless he was playing his Xbox.” He liked to have fun, too. The inclination to serve emerged in other ways, too, including her studies after high school.He also played independent ball for two years, pitching for the Old Orchard Beach Surge in 2015 until an elbow injury ended his pitching career. “If there was something he couldn’t do, he would try it because that was in his makeup.” That made him a leader on every team he played on. “He was a jokester, a prankster who wanted to be the life of the party,” she said. She majored in criminal justice at the University of Southern Maine, hoping to one day help children and teens affected by addiction.The boyfriend was abusive and had been arrested for domestic violence, robberies, assault and drug trafficking.Recovery and relapse became part of her struggle, and Ashley first enrolled in residential rehab at Crossroads in Windham in 2012.