“Our defense was great and they deserve a ton of credit for the Monday no-hitter, considering we only had three strikeouts,” said Beal. “The defense has been on a roll.”
DePiero, a junior co-captain from Beverly, has emerged as a potential ace for Pingree. At 6-foot-3, he has natural power on the mound and he has an incredible grip on the ball, which has helped him develop an outstanding secondary pitch.
“He has gigantic hands and a splitter to go along with how hard he throws — that’s going to make it very challenging for batters going forward,” said Pingree coach Chris Powers, who has led the Highlanders to four New England titles. “He doesn’t walk anybody and he pounds the strike zone. He’s been getting stronger and stronger, and guys like playing behind him because, like most of our staff, he works quickly.”
Van Tuyl has a different approach, as a classic left-hander with all kinds of movement. Powers said the senior possess an excellent 12-to-6 slow curve in addition to a harder, more biting breaking ball. He keeps hitters off balance, and in Friday’s instance served as an excellent change of pace.
“My favorite is easily the curveball. There’s nothing better than knowing when it leaves your hand that it’s going to cut out of the strike zone and, hopefully, you can watch the batter whiff trying to get it,” said Van Tuyl, who like the rest of the pitchers in the area has been looking to find his groove between rainouts and busy schedules the last few weeks.
“Pitching in a game is definitely different than just pitching in a bullpen, so sometimes I haven’t been as sharp as I’d like. When I’m on, the fastball, curve and change are all finding the strike zone every time.”