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May 21, 2014

Around the Horn: Hovey, January help Salisbury achieve national success

Scott Hovey wasn’t the ace of his pitching staff at the Salisbury School. When you’re in a rotation that includes two pitchers bound for Clemson and one going to UConn, that’s going to happen.

A righty from Danvers playing at UMass-Amherst next year, Hovey was one of Salisbury’s captains this year as the Connecticut prep school had one its best seasons ever. They didn’t lose after coming home from a spring training trip to Florida, going 21-0 and winning their second straight Western New England Prep School title.

Salisbury was ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation by Perfect Game in their most recent poll.

“It was a first for me,”said Hovey, who will graduate next week after two years at Salisbury. “To see us in Baseball America and Perfect Game was pretty incredible, but if you look at our pitching staff it’s a little crazy. (Ex-Xaverian stud) Austin DeCarr could be a top-3 round draft pick, Paul Campbell from Revere is also going to Clemson and we have a 6-foot-5 lefty who will be back next year plus another pitcher going to UConn. All those guys are throwing 90.”

Hovey was fifth in the Salisbury rotation and won his share of games. He also found a home at first base and was a factor at the plate while driving in runs in each of his team’s WNEPBL playoff victories.

“I had a slightly shortened offseason coming off an injury and I didn’t start hitting until two weeks before the season,” said Hovey. “That actually helped me because I was thinking about batting. My mental game was much better. I got into a groove and that carried over.”

Swampscott native Ryan January was also in a groove at the dish for Salisbury. A catcher, he hit a half-dozen homers and clubbed two in the team’s 30-3 win over rival Hotchkiss in their season finale. His bat was so strong that he started in the outfield for most of Salisbury’s game, and actually caught Hovey’s starts when the club’s regular catcher moved to take Hovey’s place at first.

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