EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

March 23, 2014

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

Ex-Andover High star off to good start after transferring

(Continued)

The question with Brandon Walsh playing baseball at UMass Amherst has never been “if” he’s going to be good, it has always been a matter of “when.” And “when” appears to be right now.

The North Andover native and sophomore has gotten off to a good start as a combo catcher/pitcher.

While UMass has struggled mightily coming into this weekend at 1-12, Walsh has been one of the Minutmen’s solid performers as a catcher, starting eight games hitting .276 with a homer and four RBI. He’s also had two relief appearances, not faring so well (5.1 innings, 6 ER, 7 BB, 8 K) but showing promise.

“Brandon will play a key role for us this year as a pitcher, mostly late in the game as a short reliever,” said UMass coach Mike Stone. “At catcher, he’s beginning to adjust timing-wise at the plate and he will make a contribution offensively as well.”

Stone said the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has embraced the dual roles, which is a rare occurrence even at the high school level.

“Brandon is a tough competitor and wants to help the ball club become successful,” said Stone. “He will have a very meaningful role with the team moving forward. Fortunately, he’s a big strong kid and he bounces back pretty well with all the throwing he has to do.”

Huskies catcher is Salem’s Treff

We had a few stories recently about the emergence of Andover resident Dustin Hunt, a Northeastern University freshman pitcher, and his early successes.

Well, one of the reasons might be the guy calling his pitchers, sophomore Joshua Treff, of Salem, N.H. Treff has caught all 16 games for the Huskies, which are a respectable 7-9 heading into the weekend. While Treff hasn’t gotten off to a great start offensively, hitting .204, he is tied for third on the team with six walks and his defense has been its typical stellar self.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Tiger Woods: 1 on 1 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season
Boston Sports
Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Pedroia on Lester: ‘It would be tough to see him in another uniform’ Farrell announces Workman will start in place of Lester Gasper vs Tanguay: Is Lester to blame for current situation? Mike Carp speaks out on wanting to leave the Red Sox Shaughnessy: Sox fans deserve to be mad if Sox trade Lester Ty Law: Revis may get Pats ‘over hump’ Ortiz fires back at Tampa Bay Ray’s Chris Archer Curran Camp Observations: Pats Veteran Defensive players excited to be back together 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp