2014 SALEM NEWS BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In a day and age of specialized athletes, few baseball players embody the phrase ‘dual threat’ the way Masconomet’s Joe Klingensmith does.
There wasn’t a slugger or power pitcher that enjoyed a better season than the 2014 Salem News Baseball Player of the Year. Klingensmith was at the top of the heap in both categories while helping his Chieftains win the Division 2 state championship.
At the dish, Klingensmith was a 20-20-20 player with 25 hits, 26 runs scored and 20 RBI. He clobbered four homers and hit .343 while his next level numbers were even more impressive: a .658 slugging percentage and a 1.142 OPS.
The Most Valuable Player of the Cape Ann League was just as strong on the mound. He went 10-0 and earned the victory in each of his 10 starts, including a gem against Dracut in the playoffs. A righty with a deceptively explosive and heavy fastball, Klingensmith 1-hit Hamilton-Wenham and posted an ERA of 0.99 with 84 strikeouts. He allowed just 12 runs and three extra base hits the entire season.
“Joe’s a baseball player in every sense of the word. He’s a competitor and a bulldog,” said Masconomet coach T.J. Baril. “Everything he hits is hard, even the outs. He hits the ball as hard as any player I’ve coached.”
A two-time Salem News all-star, Klingensmith is committed to continue his career at UMass-Amherst alongside Masconomet teammates Will Twiss and Mike Manni next season.
Right-hander with excellent off-speed control and movement threw no-hitter against Lynn Classical ... Northeastern Conference all-star was Peabody’s co-leader in wins with four ... Captain helped Tanners share the NEC Large title ... MVP of the Jim Geanoulis Tournament, throwing gem in the tourney final ... Agganis all-star posted an earned run average of 1.11 ... Committed to pitch at Suffolk University next year.