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May 22, 2014

Gloucester's Clark, Lafata earn NEC baseball honors; Peabody places five on All-Conference team

Gloucester’s Peter Clark and first-year head coach Bryan Lafata took the major awards in the Northeastern Conference as voted on by the league’s baseball coaches Tuesday night.

The Fisherman infielder and pitcher was named NEC Most Valuable Player while his coach was honored as Coach of the Year as Gloucester (17-2 overall) finished conference play 13-1 and won the NEC South division title outright for the first time since 2009.

NEC North co-champion Peabody, which won a league title for the ninth straight season, had the most representatives on the prestigious NEC All-Conference team. Junior outfielder Matt Correale, junior infielders Ryan Collins and Mike Petrosino and senior pitchers Andrew McLaughlin and David Apostolides were the five Tanners selected among the league’s top 12.

Danvers’ all-time wins leader Brandon Hyde was an All-Conference choice at pitcher and sophomore shortstop Andrew Olszak also earned All-Conference distinction.

The other All-Conference choices, in addition to Clark, were Gloucester’s Jordan Pallazola at catcher, Lynn English’s Kyle O’Connor and Classical’s Brad Scuzzarella in the outfield and Revere’s Dillon Kalloch as designated hitter.

The following players were chosen as Northeastern Conference all-stars as well:

Peabody: Senior outfielders Sean McGrath and Matt Gonick; senior second baseman Christian Morales; junior third baseman Bobby Tramondozzi

Beverly: Senior infielders Jon Berchoff and Kevin Cuneo; senior outfielders Craig Hall and Matt Hamor

Salem: Senior catcher Austin Connolly; senior infielder Josh McRae

Danvers: Senior outfielder Ryan Kelleher

Marblehead: Senior first baseman Tom Koopman; Senior pitcher Jordan Chmara; Senior outfielder Trey Blackmer

Swampscott: Freshman pitcher Gavin Sullivan

Gloucester: Senior pitchers Drew Shairs and Conor Harris; Senior outfielder Curtis Quinn; Junior DH Bart Margiotta

Lynn Classical: Junior infielder Damiam Earp; Senior pitcher Justin Avery

Lynn English: Junior outfielder Lucas Harris

Revere: Sophomore outfielder Dan Murphy; Senior first baseman Chris Charido

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