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June 26, 2013

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

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“Right now, we have a bunch of kids who can drive the ball, but we have a good mix of small ball and power hitters. I think our hitting will be strong but it’s hard to gauge because you’re going to run up against the best of the best in other towns,” said Peach. “Adam and Phil will be our primary catchers. Other than pitcher, it’s one of the other key positions you lean on. If you a have weak catcher, teams take advantage. Cam is our primary shortstop, Jack plays second base and Paul Horgan is our anchor in the outfield. It makes us pretty strong up the middle.”

The tournament often comes down to baseball IQ and decision making in the field. If Hamilton-Wenham is going to make it out of district play, the Generals will have to be as smart as they are adept in the field and at the dish.

“That (IQ) will come into play somewhere down the line. Either we’ll steal a game or lose a game based on baseball IQ,” said Peach. “These kids need to make quite an adjustment from the regular season where they’re all the best players in the league. They’ll be asked to do different things in the All Stars and a lot of them will end up playing a different position that they may not be 100 percent comfortable with, so their ability to adapt to different situations and new situations will make a difference.”

While H-W will look to thrive off of its depth, the Middleton Williamsport All Star team will look to build off of its experience.

Harrison Brickett, Patrick Costigan, Dylan Cristianson and Athan Reppas all return from last year’s team that advanced out of the pool-play round before falling in double-elimination.

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