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May 10, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Davis ready to help Bates baseball achieve championship dreams

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“I’m expecting very one-run games in the tournament. We didn’t face Wesleyan (their first opponent) this year, but had two close games with them a year ago. They’ve got most of their squad back.”

Davis is glad finals are over so he can concentrate on baseball and prepare for graduation May 25.

Another former Prep player, sophomore pitcher Rob DiFranco, has also been clutch for the Bobcats in relief. He has appeared in 14 games, pitched 20 innings, and struck out 27. His record is 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA.

“We’re all pretty excited about the playoffs,” said DiFranco. “We know every team there is going to be tough, but we’re ready. It would have been great to host, but we didn’t sweep Tufts so we’re on the road.”

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Another former St. John’s Prep athlete is starring in field events for the Bobcats’ track team. Junior Sean Enos received All-NESCAC honors in the hammer throw, discus and shot put to bring his total to eight in his college career.

Enos, who was named Bobcat of the Week, won the hammer throw and shot put while taking second in the discus at the Division 3 New England’s at Springfield College earlier this month. He scored 28 out of a possible 30 points to help his team finish second behind MIT.

Enos had a personal best in the hammer (189 feet 4 inches) to move into ninth place on the college’s all-time list. He moved up from fifth to second, passing former Prep star Chris Murtagh, who graduated in 2011, in the shot put. His throw of 56-2 1/2 beat his nearest competitor by almost six feet.

He is finally healthy again after battling an injury and ready for the big meets ahead, culminating with NCAA Nationals May 22-24 in Delaware, Ohio, where he hopes to add to his All-American status.

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Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com.

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