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Merrimack Valley

April 1, 2013

MVC UP FOR GRABS

Giammasi now a catcher; Raiders pack roster with power pair

As polished as Nathaniel Giammasi has been for two straight years, flashing the leather in the Andover High infield, about three weeks ago the Warrior senior decided to mix things up a bit.

“Hockey season was over, and I called coach (Dan) Grams and told him I wanted to try out for catcher,” said Giammasi, who changed his last name over the winter from Spellacy. “It was an open position (with Brian Ganci graduated) and I just wanted to go for it. I caught a little bit freshman year, and I thought it would be fun.”

Giammasi’s move behind the plate fills a hole for the Warriors, who according to the league’s coaches, have as good a chance as any to vie for the large division title this spring.

Andover has had a nice recent history of seniors coming out of nowhere to enjoy fine seasons. Ganci is just the latest, but that’s not why Giammasi did it.

“Really, it’s all about the team,” said Giammasi, who hit .302 last year and scored 12 runs. “Andy Nason is just as effective a catcher as I am. We’re still battling. And I know coach is going to do what’s best for the team.

“As long as I’m doing what I’m told. As long as I’m a leader, that’s what matters most to me.”

Giammasi still has his eye on playing in college. Merrimack and St.. Rose are still high on his list.

Raider big men looking to prep

They will be staples in the Central lineup, one on the hill and the other at the plate.

Talk about a couple solid pillars to build on with 6-foot-4 southpaw Andrew Hamel and 6-foot-1 powerhouse Nick Gorski.

Together, they hope to re-inject Central Catholic back into the top of the Merrimack Valley Conference race.

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