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June 26, 2013

Pitching depth key for Hamilton-Wenham all-stars; Middleton looks to feed off last year

The Hamilton-Wenham Little League Williamsport All-Star team believes it has some advantages going into the District 15 tournament this summer, not the least of which will be depth on the mound.

H-W boasts four more than capable starters in 12-year-olds Adam Parady, Cameron Peach, Jack Cronin and Phillip Durgin while 12-year-olds Paul Horgan, Mark Roselli and 11-year-old Will Jones give the squad a very versatile pitching staff.

“Pitching should be strength of ours especially the depth of our pitching staff,” explained head coach Bill Peach. “The way the tournament unfolds, there’s a lot of games in a short amount of days so you’re going to need that. You can’t just ride one guy, you have to have some depth.”

Peach is well aware the impact strong pitching can have in the District 15 tournament and likewise, what it means for teams without dominant performers on the bump.

“If you don’t have it, you have no shot,” Peach said of strong starting pitching. “It’s probably the most critical thing in the tournament.”

H-W’s depth isn’t limited to its fireballers. This year’s squad is in bulk supply when it comes to powerful hitters capable of leaving the yard on any given swing. Aidan Heney led all H-W Little Leaguers this spring with 10 homers while Peach, Cronin, Parady, Durgin, and Pierson Tocci are all serious longball threats.

That doesn’t mean Hamilton-Wenham will just swing for the fences. The team relies on a lineup that mixes in some small ball with speedy runners like Peach and Nick Glovsky; 11-year-olds Jones and Aidan Cann can both drive the ball too.

Defensively, Hamilton-Wenham is solid at all nine positions but the team’s real strength on the diamond comes from its best players performing at the most crucial positions. Parady and Durgin give H-W two experienced catchers while Peach, Cronin and centerfielder Horgan provide the club with some strength up the middle.

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