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April 5, 2013

CAL/CAC BASEBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Cape Ann League

agateHed:Georgetown

2012 season: 14-11, EMass. Division 4 champion

Returning starters (8): C.J. Ingraham, Sr., 2B; David Ingraham, Sr., RF/P; Tom Pingree, Sr., 3B; Jeff Moore, Sr., P/1B; Colby Ingraham, Jr., SS/P; Pat Slack, Jr., P; Dan Manning, Jr., C; Ben Noelk, Jr., LF

Returning lettermen: Alan Navarro, Sr., OF; Curtis Putnam, Sr., OF

Promising newcomers: Angel Sanquintin, Sr., P/OF; Chris Chiklakis, Jr., P/SS; Kevin Terban, Jr., 1B/2B; Nick Correnti, Jr., 1B/P; Duncan Hough, Jr., P/3B; Gus Savage, Jr., OF; Johnny Orlando, Jr., 1B; Richard Langell, Jr., C; Kyle Nelson, Soph., C; Ryan Slack, Frosh., SS/3B; Mike Goddu, Frosh., CF

Candidates: 37

Captains: C.J. Ingraham, Tom Pingree, Dave Ingraham, Jeff Moore

Returning leaders: C.J. Ingraham .311, 11 runs; Pat Slack .281, 3-4 record, 2.27 ERA, 43 Ks, 49.1 innings; Colby Ingraham 12 runs, 11 RBIs; Dan Manning 10 runs; Jeff Moore 2-1, 2.63 ERA

Returning honorees: None

Odds and ends: Last year was believed to be the first EMass. title in school history. Division 4 doesn’t have a state champ as there are no Central/West teams. ... Pat Slack and Jeff Moore will be asked to pick up the mound load for four-year starter, Ryan Browner, who is now coming out of the pen at Southern Maine. Pat’s younger brother, Ryan, and Mike Goddu will be freshmen pushing for innings this year. ... Before Friday’s season opener with North Shore, a “Day of Champions” will be held, honoring all the champion youth teams in town and culminating with the presentation of the Royals EMass title banner. ... Former Pentucket outfield standout Phil Desilets joins the staff.

Assistants: Phil Desilets, varsity assistant; Tim Larsen, varsity assistant; Dave Daron, JV

Coach Justin Spurr (2nd year, 14-11): “We have a lot more depth, a lot more experience than we’ve had in the past. This year’s team should be better than last year’s team, which won a state title. They’re hungry. They’re not just sitting back. They know what it takes to win it and have the drive to do it again. North Reading will be tough, Lynnfield returns a lot. On any given day, we can play with all of them.”

agateHed:North Reading

2012 season: 22-4, Division 3 state champs

Returning starters (8): R.J. Warnock, Sr., P/SS; Ryan McAuliffe, Sr., P; Dennis Rollfs, Sr., LF; Eric Gordon, Sr., DH; Mike Brandano, Sr., 1B; Colby Maiola, Jr., CF; Tom Day, Jr., 3B; Keith Linnane, Jr., C

Returning lettermen: Alec Schaefer, Sr., OF; Ryan Boucher, Jr., 1B; Blake Tamlyn -Hayden, Jr., SS/LF; Mike Moscaritolo,Sr., OF; Ryan Sanborn, Jr., OF; Pete Psallidas, Jr., P; Shane Driscoll, Jr., 2B

Newcomers: Evan Wade, Sr., OF; Scott Allan, Jr., P; Mike DiSanto, Sr., OF; James Foley, Jr., OF; Scot Leslie, Jr., P

Candidates: 50

Captains: Ryan McAuliffe, R.J. Warnock, Keith Linnane

Returning leaders: R.J. Warnock 12-2, 114 Ks, 95.2 innings, batted .352, 25 runs; Colby Maiola .271, 25 RBIs, 17 runs; Keith Linnane .338, 13 runs; Tom Day 15 runs, Eric Gordon .347; Mike Brandano 11 RBIs; Ryan McAuliffe 9-2, 1.53 ERA, 73 Ks, 77.1 innings

Returning honorees: Colby Maiola and R.J. Warnock, Eagle-Tribune All-Stars; Keith Linnane, All-CAL

Odds and ends: Last year’s state title was Frank Carey’s fourth. The Hornets also won it in 1969, 1970 and 1974. The 1982 team won the North crown but due do Prop. 2 1/2, the season ended then. He’s No. 2 all-time in state wins behind current Leominster coach Emile Johnson with 709. ... R.J. Warnock will pitch at URI. ... With Warnock and Ryan McAuliffe and amazing 21 of last year’s 22 mound victories return.

Assistants: Steve Palozzolo, pitching coach; Mike Leyden, JV; Evan Noce, freshmen; Eric Archambault, freshmen

Coach Frank Carey (46th year, 697-270): “With the exception of pitching, it’s the most depth I’ve had in decades.”

agateHed:Pentucket

2012 season: 12-8, lost in Division 3 North first round

Returning starters (6): Josh Creamer, Sr., SS/P; Jake Greaney Sr., 1B/P; Connor McGuirk, Sr., OF; Bobby Barry, Jr., OF/P; D.J. Engelke, Jr., OF/p; Ryan Kuchar, Jr., IF/P

Returning lettermen: John Cleary, Sr., P; Gerry Scutt, Sr., P/INF; Jake Bourdieanu, Sr., 1B/P

Newcomers: Sean Clohisy, Jr., OF; Bobby Hallowell, Jr. C; John Sirois, Jr., INF/P; Patrick Beaton, Soph., INF/P; Dylan Wright, Soph., OF

Candidates: 60

Captains: Josh Creamer, Connor McGuirk

Returning leaders: Josh Creamer .280, 16 runs; Connor McGuirk .250, 12 runs, 11 RBIs; Bobby Barry 10 RBIs

Returning honorees: None

Odds and ends: Last year Pentucket had its most wins since going 13-8 in 2007. ... This coaching staff is in its fifth year together. ... Coach Flaherty is a former Milton Academy baseball head coach. Coach Laws is a former UMass Lowell head football coach. Coach Wendt is a former Austin Prep varsity hoop coach. ... Josh Creamer is the younger brother of Peter Creamer who is hitting over .400 for Div 2 Eastern New Mexico University. ... Pat Beaton is the younger brother of Sachem three-sport great, Tommy Beaton. ... Junior Ryan Kuchar is on pace for nine varsity letters (football, basketball, baseball).

Assistants: Tim Sciuto, varsity assistant; Vern Laws, varsity assistant; Tom Flaherty, varsity assistant; Mike Wendt, JV

Coach Tom L’Italien (10th year, 93-93): “We return a lot of positional players, so our defense and hitting should be a ar, strength. We measure success by getting better every day, giving your best effort and stacking great days on top of great days. We’re not there yet, but we are moving in the right direction. This should be a very hungry group.”

Commonwealth Conference

agateHed:Greater Lawrence

2012 season: 9-10, lost in Division 3 North prelims

Returning starters (7): Angel Abreu, Sr., INF/P/C; Jonathan Alvarez, Sr., 2B/SS; Juan Maldonado, Sr., 1B; Javier Franjul, Jr., SS; Joe Murphy, Jr., OF; Oscar Reynoso, Jr., P; Manny Rosario, Jr., OF/P

Returning lettermen: Enderson Batista, Sr., 3B/P; Anthony Ortiz, Jr., OF

Newcomers: Carlos Pena, Sr., OF; Mark Ayala, Sr., OF; Tommy Espinal, Jr., C; Derek Lyons, Jr., C; Rudy Ortiz, Jr., OF

Candidates: 60

Captains: Not named yet

Returning leaders: Angel Abreu .414, 13 runs, 15 RBIs; Javier Franjul .364, 13 runs; Juan Maldonado .352, 13 runs, 10 RBIs; Manny Rosario .323, 14 runs, 3.56 ERA; Oscar Reynoso 5-3, 2.84 ERA, 58 Ks, 49.1 innings

Returning honorees: Angel Abreu and Oscar Reynoso, Allin-CAC Upper

Assistant coaches: John Delaney, varsity assistant; Dan Loughlin, JV; Dev Cronin, Freshmen

Odds and ends: Last year, the Reggies made the state tourney for the first time since 2007. ... They draw a break this year, sliding down toe the CAC Small division. ... Assistant coach John Delaney moves over from Masco. He’s spent a long tim on the Reggie sidelines as a football assistant over the years. ... All-conference hoopster Oscar Reynoso will again anchor the pitching staff. ... Rudy and Anthony Ortiz may start next to each other in the outfield, but they are not related.

Coach Kevin Maloney (7th year, 43-64): “The kids are into it. They want to play and want to win. We’re working a lot of pitchers in, because I think we will need them — Oscar, Javi Franjul, Manny Rosario. Angel Abreu will be the fourth. have some kids who could throw a bit ... Tommy Espinal can be a solid catcher, but he’s new to the position. I’m very happy with his development.”

agateHed:Whittier

2012 season: 17-6, lost in Division 3 North first round

Returning starters (3): Anthony Licciardello, Sr., C; Nate Frongillo, Sr., 2B/CF; Andrew Wells, Sr., P/SS

Returning lettermen: Devan Doucette, Sr., P; Jaylin Deveau, Jr., 3B; Liam Burns, Jr., C/2B; Connor Manning, Soph., 2B/SS/OF; Jorge Martinez, Soph., OF/DH; Ralph Francesconi, Soph., 3B/DH; Connor Bradley, Soph., 1B/OF

Newcomers: Ian Bates, Sr., OF; Jake McCartney, Jr., OF/C; Josh Barton, Soph., C/OF; Kyle Flanagan, Soph., OF/P; Stefano Zarro, Frosh., 2B/CF

Candidates: 95

Captains: Andrew Wells, Nathan Frongillo, Anthony Licciardello

Returning leaders: Andrew Wells 6-3, 1.73 ERA, 53 Ks, 64.1 innings also .298 average, 19 runs, 19 RBIs; Anthony Licciardello .377, 16 runs, 21 RBIs; Nate Frongillo .329, 18 runs; Devan Doucette 2-0

Returning honorees: Andrew Wells, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Nate Frongillo and Anthony Licciardello, All-CAC Upper

Assistant Coaches: Justin Morelli, assistant; Billy Yameen, JV; Russ Riccio, Freshmen

Odds and ends: Both Nathan Frongillo and Andrew Wells are four-year varsity starters, while Anthony Licciardello is in his third year behind the plate. ... Jaylin Deveau is a key performer on the successful Wildcat hoop and football teams as well. ... Starting QB Connor Bradley is the son of the A.D., Kevin Bradley. ... Wells enters the season at 14-9 in his career, coming off back to back six-win seasons. ... at times, the Cats could have five sophomores and the talented freshman, Stefano Zarro, on the field.

Coach Joe Boland (19th year, 222-157): “Pitching is certainly a concern after Wells. We’re still trying to find a second, third and fourth guy. I mean we’re experimenting with everyone out there. Our bats will have to carry us as we take some lumps early and find out as we go.”