GREATER LAWRENCE TECH

2014 Season: 13-6, Division 3 North First round

Returning Starters (2): Yoel Batista, Sr., OF/P; Sebastian Pereyra, Jr., 2B/SS

Returning Lettermen: Michael Blanco, Sr., OF; Yonelvis Sanchez, Sr., P; Argeny Villa, Sr., C

Promising Newcomers: Julio Moya, Sr., INF; Jeremy Torres, Sr., INF/P; Patrick Cancey, Sr., INF; Brendan Hamel, Jr., OF; Edwin Colon, Jr., P; Cameron Donahue, Soph., INF/P; Joalbert Guillermo, Soph., SS/2B; Rene Mota, Soph., CF/P; Kevin Tatis, Soph., INF/C/P

Candidates: 60

Captains: Not named yet

Returning Leaders: Yoel Batista, .327 avg.; Sebastian Pereyra, .262, 12 RBIs; Yonelvis Sanchez, .254, 14 RBIs

Returning Honorees: None

Odds and Ends: Yonelvis Sanchez could really help on the mound, but he begins the year on the injured list. … The Reggies graduated a whopping 12 seniors last spring.

Assistants: John Delaney (Varsity Assistant); Dan Loughlin (JV); Devin Cronin (Freshmen)

Coach Kevin Maloney (9th year, 70-76): “With only two returning starters, this is definitely a building year. We’re too inexperienced and young especially at pitcher. It will probably take some time to develop. But it’s a hard-working and talented crew.”

WHITTIER TECH

2014 Season: 12-9, Division 3 North first round

Returning Starters (8): Josh Barton, Sr., C; Connor Bradley, Sr., RF; Brandon Thibault, Sr., SS/2B; Ralph Francesconi, Sr., 3B; Jorge Martinez, Sr., 1B; David Pappalardo, Sr., 3B/DH; Austin Toohey, Sr., P/SS/LF; Stefano Zarro, Jr., CF

Returning Lettermen: Craig Delorey, Sr., 2B/P; Mike Napolitano, Sr., P/OF; Kyle Flanagan, Sr., P; Jon Lech, Sr., C; Hunter McKinnon, Jr., LF; Scott Neenan, Soph., 1B/P/3B

Promising Newcomers: Justin Niziak, Jr., OF; Trevor Finn, Jr., 2B/OF; Corey Greaney, Soph., 2B; Patrick O’Regan, Soph., OF; Brett Delorey, Soph., OF/P

Candidates: 60

Captains: Seniors

Returning Leaders: Ralph Francesconi, .403, 30 RBIs; Connor Bradley, .328, 12 runs; David Pappalardo, .314; Jorge Martinez, .308, 14 RBIs; Jake Barton, .300, 20 runs; Austin Toohey, .284; Stefano Zarro, .278, 17 runs; Mike Napolitano, 3-0; Brandon Thibault, 3-1; Craig Delorey, 3-4; Kyle Flanagan, 2-0

Returning Honorees: Ralph Francesconi, Eagle-Tribune Honorable Mention

Odds and Ends: Ralph Francesconi’s 30 RBIs led the region last season. He has 51 RBIs total in the last two years. … Kyle Flanagan has won four games over the last two years.

Assistants: Justin Morelli (Freshmen); Bill Yameen (JV)

Coach Joe Boland (21st year, 254-166): “We have some pretty good bats among a lot of returners from a team that had a pretty good year. Toohey, Delorey, Flanagan and Thibault will lead the pitching staff, and it’s nice to see the leadership out of our seniors.”

GEORGETOWN

2014 Season: 15-8, Division 4 North finals

Returning Starters (4): Kyle Nelson, Sr., 2B/P/C; Alex Bornholdt, Sr., LF/P; Mike Goddu, Jr., CF; Ryan Slack, Jr., SS

Returning Lettermen: Brett Mastrangelo, Sr., 2B; Richie Gray, Jr., 3B/P; Pete Bovio, Jr., 1B; Nick Boyd, Jr., RF

Promising Newcomers: Alex Quinn, Sr., OF; Jake Irons, Jr., 3B/OF; Ryan Christopher, Jr., OF; Cam Buttrick, Jr., INF; Sean Swanton, Soph., OF; Jack Walsh, Soph., 1B/P; Kyle Greenler, Frosh., 3B/P; Tom Long, Frosh., C

Candidates: 30

Captains: Kyle Nelson, Brett Mastrangelo, Mike Goddu

Returning Leaders: Kyle Nelson, .383, 20 RBIs, 14 runs; Ryan Slack, .311; Mike Goddu, .295, 22 runs

Returning Honorees: None

Odds and Ends: Georgetown is off to a 1-0 start after a 17-8 win vs. Ipswich. The Royals broke in the new artificial turf, playing under the lights in that one. ... They will play the bulk on their games on their usual baseball field, though. ... This is the last year of baseball coaching for Justin Spurr. He’s looking to spend more time watching his son, Aiden, who is now 11 and active in the Legends AAU program. ... Some kids just have no luck. Mike Goddu, who took a nasty bean ball back as a freshman, was hit by a ball in the preseason and suffered a mild concussion. He missed the opener but is expected back this week some time. ... Spurr on Ryan Slack: “He can be better than his brother (Pat).” ... Both freshmen, Kyle Greenler and Tom Long, are expected to see a big chunk of innings.

Assistants: Phil Desilets, Varsity Assistant; Chris McKenna (JV)

Coach Justin Spurr (4th year, 43-27): “We’re going to be very good, once they become comfortable and realize they’re as good as they are. There’s a ton of talent with a huge upside.”

 

PENTUCKET

2014 Season: 15-9, Division 3 North semis

Returning Starters (6): Pat Beaton, Sr.,SS/2B/P; Dan Beaton, Sr., 1B; Dave Brindamour, Sr., 3B; Dylan Wright, Sr., OF; Sean Keegan, Sr., P/OF; Kiernan Haley, Jr., SS/2B

Returning Lettermen: Charlie Campbell, Sr., OF; Ian Davis, Sr., P/OF; Mike Kutcher, Sr., P/OF; Ryan DePaolo, Jr., 2B/3B; Jackson McKean, Jr., C

Promising Newcomers: Travis Bounsey, Jr., OF; Sam Castle, Jr., OF; Mike D’Orsi, Jr., P/OF; Brennan McGuirk, Jr., OF; Nathan Melone, Jr., C; Mitch Murray, Jr., P/1B; Kyle Sedler, Jr., SS/2B; Cam Wolbach, Jr., 3B/C; Jim Cleary, Soph., P/INF; Conor O’Neil, Soph., P/INF; Liam O’Neil, Soph., C

Candidates: 50

Captains: Dylan Wright, Tom Beaton

Returning Leaders: Pat Beaton, 6-1, 1.71 ERA, .280 avg., 16 runs, 13 RBIs; Dan Beaton, .306, 12 runs, 7 RBIs; Dylan Wright, .364, 12 runs, 6 RBIs

Returning Honorees: Pat Beaton, CAL all-Star

Odds and Ends: In the past 11 years Pentucket has produced 21 players in college, including three last year. Ryan Kuchar is pitching at Union, Jon Sirois and Bobby Barry are playing at NECC. … Five current players were on the North sectional championship hoop team this winter. … Methuen’s David Wendt has joined the staff after playing pro ball in the Tampa Bay system, reaching Double-A ball. … Tom Flaherty is the former Milton Academy baseball coach and is coaching his grandson Patrick Beaton.

Assistants: David Wendt (Varsity Assistant); Tom Flaherty (Varsity Assistant); Mike Sloban (Varsity Assistant); Vern Laws (Varsity Assistant); Mike Wendt (JV); Kyle Roback (Freshmen)

Coach Tom L’Italien (12th year, 116-113): “We have a lot of depth at multiple positions. We are carrying a big roster, because we feel like everyone has something to bring to our team. Making the tournament is an expectation for our program.”

NORTH READING

2014 Season: 20-5, Division 3 North champs

Returning Starters: None

Returning Lettermen: Derek Hogan, Sr., P; Greg Johnson, Jr., P; Pat Driscoll, Jr., 3B; Michael Driscoll, Jr., OF; Jeff Mejia, Soph., OF

Promising Newcomers: Anthony Eldredge, Soph., CF/SS; Greg Johnson, Jr., P; Shawn DiVecchia, Jr., 2B

Candidates: 54 

Captains: Tyler Stansbury, Brendan Tilton, Pat Driscoll, Michael Driscoll

Returning Leaders: None

Returning Honorees: None

Odds and Ends: North Reading not only lost a legend in coach Frank Carey, but ex-freshmen coach Eric Archambault inherits a program that lost 11 seniors, including every starter, to graduation last spring. … Derek Hogan picked up some valuable varsity leadership on the hoop court this winter. … Jeff Mejia might be the most experienced Hornet, having been a regular pinch-runner and defensive sub late in games as a freshman last year. His dad, Jeff, coaches at Northern Essex, where former Hornets Ryley Warnock, Ryan McAuliffe and Colby Maiola are on the roster.

Assistants: Tristan Irish (JV); Evan Noce (Freshmen)

Coach Eric Archambault (First year): “While we have a young team this year, with zero returning starters, we are excited at the potential we have. We have a great group of kids that work hard every day and live in the moment. I have already seen leaders emerge from this group and am excited to get outside and see what we are capable of.”

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