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March 23, 2014

Carlson 'starting' to get it on the mound at Fisher

Ex-Andover High star off to good start after transferring

Shawn Carlson loved the thought of finally being a starting pitcher again, having been a very good high school pitcher at Andover High five or so years earlier.

After having “Tommy John” surgery while a freshman at junior college powerhouse San Jacinto College in Houston, he stayed for two more years to pitched out of the bullpen, transferring to Fisher College in Boston to play for North Andover native Scott Dulin this past year.

Dulin wanted Carlson to be a starter, too.

“I was really nervous at first,” said Carlson. “It’s a lot different as a starter, you know for four or five days, which I why I like it. But it’s different. As a reliever you pitch one inning, maybe two. It took some time adjusting.”

Well, not that long. After coming in as a reliever in his first game and taking the loss in a 1-0 game, he started the last two games, allowing three earned runs in a 4-2 loss and then, last week, pitching seven shutout innings (he allowed five hits, struck out six and walked three batters) in a 1-0 win over Houston-Victoria in Houston. It capped a remarkable four-game sweep and sent Fisher home with its best southern trip (11-7) in program history.

“Shawn has proven to be a huge addition to this pitching staff and the team,” said Coach Dulin, who resides in Methuen. “Don’t let his quiet and unassuming nature fool you. When he steps on the mound he is a fierce competitor who is driven to do well and win games.

“He has made a good transition to the starter role,” said Coach Dulin. “I think he has learned a lot from being a reliever. As a reliever he had to come in and attack hitters right away and now he takes that same plan into the starting role. He’s a very coachable player with all kinds of upside.”

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