EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 13, 2013

Whittier Tech baseballers bow out

Middleboro, errors end Whittier's dream season

By Hector Longo
hlongo@eagletribune.com

---- — LYNN — After about three weeks of masterpieces, Joe Boland’s “amazing” Whittier Tech Wildcats finally tossed in a clunker.

The six walks and six Wildcat errors in yesterday’s 10-1 Eastern Mass. Division 3 state semifinal here at Fraser Field could do little to blunt the wild success Whittier Tech commanded this spring.

“Amazing,” beamed Boland. “It’s really the only way to describe this group and what they did this season. I couldn’t be more proud of these kids.”

The Cats, as they did back in 2010, bow out of the postseason two victories shy of a state title, this time around with a record of 20-6.

“We won the Commonwealth, won the state voke title and won the North,” said Wildcat senior Andrew Wells, trying valiantly to hold back the tears. “At the beginning of the year, we never could have even dreamed of that. That’s why this hurts so much.”

Wells walks off the diamond today already entrenched as one of the all-time Whittier greats, finishing 11-1 this year with an uncanny 27 career victories.

Yesterday, he was forced to play shortstop and rest that lightning bolt of a right wing.

“I was just hoping for one more chance to help this team win,” said Wells, who would have been the man in Saturday’s state final. “This has been such a great experience, playing here with these guys. I just didn’t want it to end.”

Wells and his two-sport (hoop, baseball) running mate Nathan Frongillo both started as freshman on that 2010 sectional title team. Yesterday, it was time for both to say goodbye.

Frongillo clearly leaves his imprint on the program, setting a new school and potentially area best with 119 hits over his four seasons.

The Colby-Sawyer-bound centerfielder broke Taylor Frazier’s no-hit bid with two outs in the Whittier third with his final career safety, a bullet to right.

Unfortunately, the Cats would only muster only four hits for the day, including sophomore Ralph Francesconi’s single in the fourth, plating Jaylin Deveau with Whittier’s lone run.

It was hardly enough against a band of Sachems that pounced on every mistake the Cats made with a clutch hit of their own.

“(Whittier starter Devan Doucette) didn’t pitch badly, but we just made too many mistakes behind him,” said Boland. “You can’t give four and five-out innings to good teams like this. It just wasn’t our day. We didn’t play well at all.”

Only two of the nine runs allowed by Doucette, a senior who stepped into the spotlight this spring helping the Cats to a perfect run through the CAC at 13-0, were earned.

He fanned one and allowed four hits to go with the six walks.

agateHed:Middleboro 10, Whittier 1

agateText:Division 3 EMass championship

agateText:Whittier (1): Nathan Frongillo cf 3-0-1, Alex LoGuidice rf 3-0-0, Anthony Licciardello c 2-0-0, Andrew Wells ss 3-0-0, Jaylin Deveau 3b/lf 2-1-1, Ian Bates ph 1-0-1, Ralph Francesconi dh 2-0-1, Jake McCartney ph 1-0-0, Jorge Martinez 1b 2-0-0, Connor Bradley 1b 1-0-0, Devan Doucette p 1-0-0, Kyle Flanagan p 0-0-0, Connor Manning 2b 2-0-0, Totals 23-1-4

agateText:Middleboro (10): Paul Sances lf 4-1-1, Neil Perry 2b 3-3-1, Kevin Huscher ss 2-2-1, Cody Younger 1b 3-1-0, Andrew Card 3b 3-1-0, Alex Bean cf 3-0-1, Taylor Frazier 4-1-0, Cody Braga c 3-1-1, Brandon Lavelle rf 2-0-0, Totals 27-10-5

agateText:RBI: W — Francesconi

agateText:WP: Frazier; LP: Doucette

agateText:Middleboro (20-5): 1 2 1 0 5 1 0 — 10

agateText:Whittier (20-7): 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 —  1