You have to figure the emotions to be riding high this afternoon (1 p.m.) when Haverhill High travels up to Whittier Tech for an intra-city showdown.
You will not see a better pitching matchup in the region than Sean Wrenn (4-1) for the Hillies and veteran Andrew Wells (6-0) for the Hillies.
But in the game within the game, there is the war between two of the region’s top middle infielders, gamers and close friends, Whittier’s Nate Frongillo and the Hillies’ Nick Comei.
“It’s been like this since we were nine,” says Haverhill’s Nick Comei. “Play against each other in the spring and then with him in the summer.”
Comei and Frongillo have long since developed a friendship based in baseball. Up until this year, where Frongillo has moved to center field out of necessity, they played middle infield spots. The Haverhill Legion folks will again be counting on these two for strength up the middle, as long as they can tell the two dirt dogs apart.
“We play a similar game, hustling and stuff,” said Frongillo, who after going 8 for 8 on college acceptances has decided to play at Colby-Sawyer. “We both want to play hard.”
Comei, who will head off to WPI in the fall, concurs.
“We’re both always getting dirty out there, doing anything we can for hits, whatever it takes,” he said.
Victory in this one is again huge.
“Being this is the last time, and we’ve gone 1-2 against them, we need this,” said Frongillo.
The host Cats, to be blunt, aren’t just playing for their own honor. They carry the Commonwealth Conference’s reputation with them.
Think about this. The CAC large champs have sealed up the title with an 11-0 mark in the conference, outscoring league foes, 82-17. Outside the CAC, it’s a humbling 1-4 (outscored 12-38) with the lone win coming against Lowell Catholic, 4-3.