Senior shortstop Tom Beaton of West Newbury and junior outfielder Chris Burke of Andover were mainstays on a Bates squad which went 25-11, seven more wins than any other team in the program's history.
Beaton was chosen second-team All-NESCAC after receiving second-team honors in football as well. Winning and success seem to follow the former Bishop Award winner as The Eagle-Tribune Athlete of the Year.
This spring the tri-captain batted .380 with 39 runs, 22 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 25 attempts. Beaton set the team record for hits with 57, and became the team's all-time stolen bases leader with 44.
And who says good guys can't finish first? Beaton, who is now a graduate assistant football coach at Tufts, was selected to the first-team All-NESCAC sportsmanship team for the second year in a row.
Burke repeated as second-team All-NESCAC. Also a tri-captain, he batted .385 with four homers, 38 RBIs, 39 runs scored, 55 hits and a .559 slugging percentage. Burke, who was recruited to play football not baseball, also stole 11 bases on 11 attempts.
Wizards of Wheaton
Fueled by a mother lode of local talent, Wheaton baseball went 34-10 and made the NCAA Tourney.
Sophomore third baseman Dan Haugh of Andover, who was league MVP and second-team All-New England Division 3, batted .380, with 43 runs, 5 homers and 48 RBIs. Senior All-NEWMAC outfielder Paul Malaguti of Andover (.370, 46 runs, 32 RBIs), sophomore outfielder Hal Landers of Salem (.313, 44 runs, 28 RBIs, 26-29 steals, .988 fielding) and junior pitcher Kevin Calabro of Andover (3-4, 4.30 ERA, 31 Ks, 44 innings) also had big seasons.
Yet another Andoverite, freshman Dan Gusovsky, was a reserve catcher for the Lyons.
Malaguti ended his stellar career high on the school's all-time lists in most career statistical categories: second in on-base percentage (.475), third in batting average (.385) and hit-by-pitches (30), tied for third in sac flies (12), fourth in slugging (.536), sixth in sac bunts (14), seventh in walks (67), eighth in runs (131), ninth in hits (194) and tied for ninth in home