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
Landers already is fifth in steals (43) and Haugh is 10th in assists (171).
Hooray for Hudson
Guy Hudson of Methuen had a fine junior season at Memphis, capped off with a season best 1:53.98 for seventh in the 800 at the Conference-USA meet. He also was on the third-place 4x400 team, which ran a 3:13.51. Hudson ran a career best 1:53.56 800 in 2009. ... Guilford (N.C.) freshman Nick Mann from Central Catholic, a 5-8, 145-pound attack, scored five goals and an assist in 16 games.
Vanderbilt freshman Mike Yastrzemski of Andover starred in the NCAA Super Regionals (Sweet 16). In the three-game series vs. Florida State, his father's alma mater, Yastrzemski went 6 for 11 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a homer. FSU won the series 2-1.
He also had three hits in the win that punched the Commodores' ticket to their second ever Super Regional appearance. He had a hit in the 10th vs. Louisville to keep the winning rally alive.
For the season he batted .260 with 18 runs, 18 RBIs and three homers and was rock steady in the outfield, handling all 69 chances flawlessly.
Yastrzemski also made the cut for the ultra-competitive Cape Cod League. In 14 appearances with the Cotuit Kettleers he's hitting .227 with six runs and three RBIs.
Merrimack midfielder Jenn Pino of North Andover was chosen to the seven-player All-NE-10 freshman lacrosse team. She had 11 goals and five assists for the 12-3 Warriors. Another talented NE-10 frosh was attack Heather Sullivan of Andover, who had 38 goals and eight assists for 13-4 Stonehill. ... Freshman midfielder Catherine Gross of Andover played in 16 games and started two at UConn. Gross totalled six goals, 12 ground balls and five draw controls.
Keene State senior Peter Najem of Derry earned Division 3 All-American honors in the 800 (7th, 1:53.95) and 1,500 (8th, 3:52.54). The tough double was done in a 90-minute span.
He was the only runner who did that double.
Najem leaves Keene with three indoor school records (1:50.08, 800; 1:21.97, 600; 4x400) and one outdoor (1:50.79, 800). He also was a three-time All-American, twice this spring and in 2009 when he placed fourth at the Indoor NCAAs.
That's quite a career for someone who was never even an Eagle-Tribune All-Star at Pinkerton Academy.
Keene senior Jared Samuel of Londonderry finished third in the 5K with a time of 15:06.42 at the Oneonta State May Meet.
Turning to baseball, sophomore Greg Bates of Salem (.235, 15 runs, 13 RBIs), sophomore Larry Longo of Londonderry (.235) and freshman Eric Perrault of Salem (10 pitching appearances) played for the Owls.
America East scholars
A large group of area athletes made the America East winter/spring scholar-athlete team. To qualify, athletes needed a 3.0 GPA. To make the Commissioner's List, the cutoff was a 3.5 GPA.
Here is the list (* denotes Commissioner's List):
Albany's *Freddie Wills of Londonderry (indoor/outdoor track), BU's *Tunde Agboola of Methuen (basketball) and Craig MacPherson of Derry (indoor/outdoor track), Maine's Alexis Souhlaris of Derry (softball), UVM lacrosse players Taylor Hadcock of Londonderry and Lindsay Hegarty of Andover, UNH tracksters *Courtney Hamer of Andover, *Kaitlin Kwiecien of Hampstead, *Jeff Kaste of Atkinson, *Keely Maguire of Georgetown, *Camille Quarles of Derry and *Jennifer Racine of Haverhill.
Lehigh freshman Melissa Knapp of Andover won the 200 in 26.04 at the Lehigh Games. Senior Colleen Law of Londonderry placed 10th out of 28 runners with a 4:55.75 in the 1,500. Freshman Brendan Crawford of Andover also ran for the Mountain Hawks this spring. ... Freshman Theo Lederfine Paskal of Andover played club lacrosse for Michigan, which won the national title. The Phillips grad was a reserve defender.
Leif has landed
Haverhill's Leif Sorenson, who left UVM when it disbanded the program, ended up at UMass Amherst. The Catamounts' demise was good news for the Minutemen.
The sophomore righthander went 2-1 and led the staff in ERA (3.94), appearances (19) and saves (5). He fanned 14 and walked eight in 29.2 innings.
Freshman pitcher Dennis Torres of Lawrence surprisingly made the team at UMass. He never played varsity ball at Central.
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