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June 24, 2014

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TATB AWARD WINNERS

In case you missed it on the Web yesterday with my final “Touching all the Bases” column of the year came some special award winners. Here they are:

Yennaco Award: The honor to the region’s top power righty has to go to 10-game winner Scott Allan out of North Reading. He got better as the innings rose to 92.2 total. Stepped it up big time.

Pena Award: The honor for the region’s most feared hitter has to be split this time. Methuen’s Enrique Veras and Andover’s Alex Brickman were unstoppable forces in the heart of their lineups from beginning to end.

The Matt Johnston Award: The honor going to the biggest heart on the diamond in memory of the late E-T staffer and former dirt dog goes to Georgetown senior Colby Ingraham, who had his knee ripped to shreds in September and never took his eye off the baseball season. He was back at shortstop in the second week of the season, despite the torn ACL. That’s dedication folks. Matt would be proud.

Best-kept secret of spring: North Andover’s pitching trio of Tyler Lee, Evan Glew and Max Guertin was the unit nobody wanted to see. They kept their team in games from Day 1 right through the North semis loss to Gloucester, 2-0. The great news for the Knights? Glew and Guertin are back next year.

Nostradamus Award: Somebody predicted a resurgence for baseball in this area a long, long time ago (one year actually). Do you remember the quote: “I feel a rally coming.” That was me, one year ago, in this same column. So a pat on the back to me.

The OMG Award: Andover’s E.J. Perry IV, Methuen’s Josue Espinal, Jacob Wallace and Nick Panzini, Georgetown’s Mike Goddu, Pinkerton’s John Polichetti, Salem’s Nick Shumski, Timberlane’s Tyler Cameron and Windham’s Connor Hopkins are all already all-star caliber talent. And all have just finished up either their freshmen or sophomore seasons. That bodes very well for our baseball future.

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