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May 8, 2013

Big time in tiny town

Defending state champion Hornets plowing through CAL on road to possible repeat

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“I’ve never had a kid miss a start,” said Carey, who will mix in No. 3 man Scott Allan (15.1 innings) occasionally. “I’ve said it before. These kids are prepared well for the long haul. As long as they do the right things, and care for their arms, they are fine.”

The Hornets, who closed with an 8-0 march to the Division 3 state title last spring, have few potential bumps in the road.

Certainly, Masconomet will run a tough one at them in Speros Varinos. And if the Hornets see Lynn English’s Ben Bowden in the Clancy Tournament over Memorial Day weekend, it’s sure to be a tussle.

But the possibility of a 20-0 regular season looms.

“I’ve told the kids that I’ve never had an undefeated season, and I really don’t want one because of the pressure,” admitted Carey.

Would the coach ever “tank” one to take the edge off?

“I’d definitely think about it, really,” he said. “But didn’t that get Pete Rose in trouble once?”

Seriously, if there’s a group that might be able to handle, “the perfect season,” it is these Hornets.

They’ve lived on the edge already, fighting the odds and some much more heralded folks on the way to last year’s title.

There is no more sage, polished performer under pressure than Warnock, who was 4-0 with a save and a 0.79 in the 2012 postseason.

He was an assassin in the hill when it mattered. Tough to figure the righty or anyone of the seven other returning starters from that team will buckle under pressure.

Like every other baseball coach in New England, Carey has his lacrosses to bear.

In fact, the Hornets currently stand as a small school lax powerhouse, having reached the Division 3 EMass finals last spring.

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