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June 23, 2013

Closing out a huge spring on the diamond

Cedano, Wells, Whitley grab top TATB honors

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Yes, all 112 of them.

The right-hander worked the hill with the same balance between confidence and cockiness that made Jay Yennaco of Pinkerton Academy a third-round draft pick by the Red Sox and one of the most dominant pitchers in New Hampshire history.

The award, given to the region’s nastiest power pitcher, is a perfect match for Wells. This spring he took on all comers, pacing the Cats to a Division 3 North championship.

At 11-1, Wells was nothing short of a monster. He should continue to shine, potentially in two sports, at Worcester State.

PENA AWARD TO KNIGHTS’ WHITLEY

If you can hit, you can hit, right?

North Andover’s Tyler Whitley heard the talk about the jump to the Merrimack Valley Conference from the tiny Cape Ann League.

He was destined to self-destruct at the plate, right?

All Whitley did was bounce from a .254, 18-run junior season in the CAL to a .391, 11-run, 18-RBI season in the MVC. The kid hit everyone hard.

Again, he’s well-deserving for the 2013 Carlos Pena Award for the area’s sweetest swing.

WEB GEMS ALL AROUND

If Cam Devanney or Anthony Licari had to pay for a lunch all spring, the Central Catholic pitchers ought to be ashamed of themselves.

The middle infielders saved their pitchers on more than a handful of occasions, spinning double-plays, soaring through the air to haul in hot shots and basically patrolling their ground like wolves on a hunt.

Licari went from eight hits his junior year to 30 hits and a .400 average this spring.

Watching Devanney and Licari work the middle was a treat. Devanney returns for two more years, but the Raiders will have some huge shoes to fill on defense with Licari moving on to the University of Tampa, where he’ll look to make the team as a walk-on.

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