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July 7, 2013

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Comei was the glue that kept Hillies together

At 1-4, Haverhill High’s baseball ship appeared rudderless. The Hillies were without their four-year starter Nick Comei for the first three, and he was barely working into shape off a broken bone suffered in his foot.

But Comei was a quick healer, and his play gave Haverhill life and direction. A team picked for last by many rode the senior captain to an 11-4 finish to the regular season and a state tourney-opening victory over Boston Latin.

For his performance on the mound, in the field and at the plate — along with his superior grit and leadership — Comei earns the 2013 Eagle-Tribune Player of the Year.

“He had monster year and in my opinion is one of best players in the state,” said coach Tom O’Brien. “Nick was incredible at shortstop, on the mound and at the plate.”

An All-MVC and All-Scholastic choice, Comei batted .407 with an on-base percentage of .505.

“He basically led us in every offensive and pitching category,” said O’Brien.

He had at least one hit in 16 of 19 games played and struck out just four times in 68 plate appearances.

On the mound, Comei went 5-2, including the 9-inning, complete-game, state tourney win over Boston Latin. He fanned 46 and had an ERA of just 2.17, walking only 14 in 48.1 innings of work.

Comei, who fought through the foot injury and a broken nose to help the Hillie hoopsters to the state tourney as well, will continue his studies and his baseball career at Worcester Poly Tech.

Former Baseball Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2012: Brandon Walsh, North Andover; 2011: Mike Weisman, North Andover; 2009-10: Michael Calzetta, Lawrence; 2008: Sean Hayden, Haverhill; 2006-07: Dan Godefroi, Andover; 2005: Jeff Castillo, Salem; 2003-04: Terry Doyle, Salem; 2002: Tim Bransfield, Masconomet; 2001: Kevin Shepard, Andover;

2000: Steve Palazzolo, North Reading; 1999: Doug Johnson, Pelham; 1998: Ben Crockett, Masconomet; 1997: Brian Tisbert, Andover; 1996: Bryan Welch, Central Catholic; 1994-95: Jay Yennaco, Pinkerton; 1993: Justin Hesenius, Andover; 1992: Jim Hanning, Andover; 1991: David Blank, Andover; 1990: Chris Eggert, Andover

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