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June 18, 2009

Around the Horn baseball column: Team of the Decade: St. John's Prep, Peabody or Swampscott?

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Ultimately, that's why they play the games. The Eagles have four big trophies; Peabody only has one.

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Ipswich's Jimmy Cadogan settled on a college baseball career at Clark University, preferring the more laid-back nature of hardball compared to the 24-hour-a-day commitment most college football programs ask for.

Though he's a solid pitcher, Cadgoan projects as an outfielder because his natural speed and agility can help him get to balls that others simply can't track down.

"He has tools," said Ipswich coach Gardy O'Flynn. "Jimmy's such a raw athlete that with the emphasis they'll put on things at the next level, he's only going to get better."

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No shortage of locals graced the EMass All-Star team, which played the stars of the western part of the state Tuesday afternoon at Fraser Field in Lynn. Chris Carmain of St. John's Prep got the save by sitting down the last six batters as the North toppled the West, 5-2. Masco's Chris Splinter and Beverly's Peter Kallas each drove in runs while North Shore Tech's Ryan Mahan pitched a scoreless inning.

Swampscott star Hunter Gordon started the game on the hill and threw two shutout innings.

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Beverly High drops to Division 2 for baseball next year and, to be honest, it should help the Panthers make deeper runs into the state tournament.

Beverly High was always on the very low end of the enrollment spectrum for Division 1 anyways, and the fact that Division 1 tourney games are contested over nine innings is utterly ridiculous.

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