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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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Abraham closed with the area’s top second-half, going 19 for has final 34 with 15 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

MORE CLOSING PUNCH

Speaking of late domination, you have to give it up to Pat Mahoney for closing his three-sport career at Timberlane in style. He finished on a 19-of-37 rampage with 10 RBI in the last 12 games.

Ask any coach over at Timberlane, and they’ll rave about him as an individual and team leader. He’ll be missed.

BASEBALL BOUNCING BACK

The signs are there that the down cycle in high school baseball locally could be coming to an end.

Yes, I feel a rally coming.

First, there is the MVC’s postseason improvement. With runs to the sectional finals by Dracut and the sectional title by Billerica, the Valley made a nice accounting of itself in the tourney with a 12-9 overall mark.

Then, I look at a talented group of sophomores kicking it into gear already.

The MVC Division 1 MVP was Central sophomore Cam Devanney.

Andover’s sophomore class features four potential lead arms in Alex Brickman, Gabriel Hernandez, Daniel Amidon and Reid Bryant.

Haverhill’s sophomore group takes a back seat to nobody. Josh Goldstein tossed a pair of complete-game gems. Pat Yale led the Hillies with a .432 average. Sean Doherty split time and hit .308, while Casey O’Sullivan was the regular right fielder.

Lawrence High shortstop Elvis Peralta is electric. I can’t stop seeing a young Ruben Sosa. Speed, hands, contact, pow!

New Hampshire looks stacked as well. Pinkerton and Salem are primed to rebound from sub-par seasons. Londonderry may never leave the top four in the Granite State.

Pelham has rebounded under Billy Beauchesne nicely, and Windham might be the most promising program on the planet right now.

Windham is destined for long-term greatness. All the Jags need now is a coach, but expect some heavy hitters to turn out for that position, vacated by Derek Lee after this spring’s trip to the state semis.

So, readers of my blog, I am sorry that I doubted the MVC’s and region’s strength this spring. I was wrong. But I will be proven correct on the prediction that this league and the region are on the upswing.

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