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April 30, 2014

Around the Horn: Maturity, talent have Hamilton-Wenham off to best start in 10 years

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Harring, who plays goalie for the Salem High hockey team in the winter co-op, has been a force at the top of the order. He’s batting .380 with an on-base percentage of over .400, and has been clutch with a walk-off double earlier in the year. Gallant has been hitting in the No. 2 spot and comes in around .300, and with Michel third the Generals sport one of the most dangerous 1-2-3 combinations in the CAL.

Hamilton-Wenham is back in action Saturday when they face Manchester Essex. The Generals’ lone loss was to defending Division 2 North champion Masconomet, but the rest of their wins against the CAL Kinney Division (Large) were all decided by four runs or fewer.

The Generals have already tied for the most wins by an H-W team since 2003 with eight, and while they plan on winning more contests they know it won’t be easy the second time through the league.

“If you look at some of those close games, we could’ve been 1-4 coming out of the Large portion instead of 4-1, so we can’t rest of what we’ve already done,” said Maidment. “We have to gear up for the second half and have to finish strong.”

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The annual meeting between Northeastern Conference powers Peabody and Danvers is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Bezemes Diamond at Peabody High. The Tanners won in 11 innings last year and have won the last two games in the series, which is tied 3-3 dating back to the Peabody’s entry into the league in the 2007-08 school year.

Each of the meetings between Danvers and Peabody has been decided by two runs or fewer: Danvers won 4-3 in 2008, Peabody 8-6 in ‘09, Danvers 4-3 in ‘10, Danvers 2-0 in ‘11 and Peabody by identical 3-2 scores in both ‘12 and ‘13.

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Looking at the NEC standings, Monday’s loss to Gloucester didn’t cost the Tanners a game in the overall scheme of things since Marblehead upset Lynn English; Peabody is 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the league while Beverly, English and Lynn Classical are all two games back at 5-3 in the North. Down South, Gloucester leads the pack at 6-1 in league action and Danvers (7-3 overall) is next closest at 5-2.

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