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May 1, 2014

Endicott, Salem State dominate awards

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Hyjek emerged as an ace for the Vikings, leading the MASCAC in wins with six while posting a 2.10 ERA with 41 strikeouts, five complete games and four shutouts.

Gloucester’s Brett Cahill earned his second straight All-MASCAC nod at designated hitter after batting .408 and leading the league ith 32 RBI. Beverly native Ethan Trowt was All-MASCAC in the outfield and his fellow Garden City product Mike Lamothe (who graduated from Pingree) was the All-MASCAC second team catcher. Matt Burgess was also a second-team honoree at first base.

Among the CCC All-Conference honorees, Gold, Branch, catcher E.J. Martinez, second baseman Harry Oringer and third baseman Matt Paolo were all named to the first-team. Earning second-team honors were Farnham and first baseman Brett Holmgren

Elsewhere in the MASCAC, Bishop Fenwick graduate David Ruggiero of Peabody was named to the first team in his junior season at Worcester State. The Salem News baseball Player of the Year in 2011, Ruggiero hit .395 and drove in 21 runs while helped Worcester State snare a share of the MASCAC regular season crown.

Endicott (26-12 overall) is the top-seed in the upcoming CCC baseball tournament and is looking to win their second straight title, and sixth overall NCAA tournament appearance. They host Wentworth in their first postseason game on Friday.

Salem State, which is 26-14 overall, opens the MASCAC tournament Friday when the host the winner of today’s Bridgewater State/Framingham State matchup. The Vikings, coached by Mike Ward, are looking for their second straight conference title and fifth overall NCAA tournament berth.

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