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May 1, 2013

Around the Horn: Navs welcome Salem's Halle to the dugout

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Team Impact has helped connect a number of area teams with kids, including the Salem State hockey team and the Endicott baseball team. The North Shore baseball club and Halle seem like a perfect match.

“He’ll experience why we all love being around the ballpark. He’ll have all the same privleges as our players,” said Terlecky. “It’s great to be able to help him get back where he wants to be, and there’s no lack of things to do at the park that’s for sure.”

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Few players have been as strong in the seventh inning as Bishop Fenwick senior Brian Burke, who is getting it done late with both his bat and his pitching arm. Besides soem go-ahead hits adn homers, Burke has been saving games for the Crusaders, who are 8-2 and an impressive 4-0 in games decided by two runs or fewer.

“The way its worked out, Brian has settled into our closer role and that’s been great because it was between him and Gianni Esposito, our catcher,” said Fenwick coach Kevin Canty. “Its funny because a lot of the damage Brian is doing is helped by Gianni hitting in front of him and getting on base.“Brian is very good handling the bat. He does a great job controlling the head of that bat and he has rare power to the opposite field.”

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Swampscott began the season 1-5 but has opened some eyes by winning three of their last four, all in Northeastern Conference play where the Big Blue are 4-4. They’ve beaten some solid competition with wins over Lynn English and Marblehead, though they’ll have to play well to keep it going with games against the likes of Peabody and Lynn Classical upcoming.

“We’re in a much better place than when we started,” said first-year coach Jason Calichman. “We’re starting to do things the right way and we’re starting to compete. These guys all want to do well and they want to compete.”

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