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May 17, 2013

Fast Pitches: Late, great Fenwick coach Henry remembered in upcoming tourney

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During his 15 year tenure as the Bishop Fenwick softball coach (1983-’97), the late Henry led his teams to seven consecutive Division 1 state titles between 1990 and ‘96. With a total of eight state titles, including a Division 2 championship in 1985, Henry’s Crusader squads won 15 consecutive Catholic Central League crowns.

With a record of 332-26 at Fenwick, Henry left in 1997 and eventually became the head softball coach at Shawsheen and even got his 400th career win there.

“I miss him a ton, especially when I need to pick his brain about softball,” added Newbury “He was a terrific man with an unbelievable talent to coach the game of softball.

“It’s amazing how many lives he touched and how many stories you’ll hear about him over the weekend. It’s a great way to come together as a softball community and celebrate Coach Henry’s life.”

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Former Danvers High player Sam DiBella recently finished up her freshman season at Endicott College. A natural catcher, DiBella played third base for all year long for the Gulls and had a team-high seven home runs, tied for first in RBI with 22 and finished with a .349 batting average.

“Sam had an outstanding season and although her primary position is catcher we needed her at third base,” said Endicott head coach Mark Veilleux. “Not only did she play well there, Sam was the best in the league.”

DiBella was also voted the all-Commonwealth Coast Conference first team and second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-New England Region.

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Speaking of Danvers, the Falcons honored their two senior captains, Chrissy Gikas and Julia Saggese earlier this week and also helped seal head coach Tara Petrocelli’s 150th victory. Petrocelli has led Danvers to the state tounrnament for the past nine seasons and has already earned a spot in this year’s postseason.

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