2013 SALEM NEWS BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
St. John’s Prep Senior
Offense, defense and on the pitcher’s mound: St. John’s Prep senior Brandon Bingel was the rare ballplayer who could help his team in all three phases of the game.
One of the most complete players in recent memory, Bingel earns Salem News Player of the Year honors after being named Catholic Conference MVP for an unprecedented second straight season.
On the hill, the right-hander went 9-0 with an earned run average of just 0.97. With a sharp breaking ball that was devastating for righthanded hitters, Bingel struck out 73 batters over 57 2/3 innings (a rate of 11.3 per nine) while walking just 10 batters all season. The Catholic Conference all-star defeated BC High twice, baffled a 20-win Peabody win team twice, and shut out Malden Catholic to clinch the league title.
At the plate, Bingel drove in 16 runs and scored 16 times; he also hit six doubles and homered twice (including a towering blast in the Eagles’ first win of the year at Peabody High). Defensively, he made just two errors all season while playing shortstop when he wasn’t pitching.
A two-time Salem News all-star from Peabody, Bingel captained the Eagles to a 22-game winning streak and an appearance in the Division 1 North final. He plans to play baseball at Bryant University next year.
Catholic Central League MVP led his team in most significant offensive categories, including hits (32), runs (19), average (.422) and RBI (23) ... One of the better baserunners on the North Shore led the area with 16 swipes ... Excellent defender at the hot corner ... Came up with clutch go-ahead RBI in win over rival Peabody ... Helped Fenwick share the CCL crown and reach the D3 North semifinals ... Excellent leader is a captain-elect for next year and a 3-year captain in football.
St. John’s Prep Senior
Slugger known as ‘Ocho’ was one of the most powerful hitters in a loaded St. John’s lineup ... Led the area with six homers, including two in a win over Bishop Fenwick ... Catholic Conference all-star also hit .391 and racked up 21 RBI ... Helped St. John’s win 22 straight games and the league title ... Stole 15 bases, a team-best ... Versatile defensive player could man first or third base with equal prowess ... Newburyport native will play at St. Anselm College next year.
All-Cape Ann League selection had a breakout season and helped the Chieftains win the Division 2 North title ... Clutch hitter smacked a 2-run single in the last inning of the Div. 2 North final over Danvers ... Had previously tripled to spark a run-scoring inning in semifinal victory ... Was one of the Chieftains’ better basestealers and also patrolled center field with poise and confidence ... Team captain thanks this dad, Tom Budrewicz Jr., and grandpa, Tom Budrewicz Sr., for all their support.
St. John’s Prep Senior
Excellent defensive player with impressive infield range earned Catholic Conference all-star nod while helping St. John’s win 22 straight ... On-base machine led the area with 27 runs scored and also stole 14 bases ... Peabody native also led the Eagles in RBI with 22 while hitting at a .347 clip ... Homered twice in a win over rival Bishop Fenwick ... Captain will play at Division 1 University of Rhode Island next year.
Northeastern Conference Small Most Valuable Player led the Falcons to 21 wins, the league title and the Division 2 North final ... Remarkably athletic big man (6-foot-4) was incredible in the middle infield ... Helped execute a walkoff win over Reading in the tournament ... One of only five area players with 30 hits, batting .370 with 20 runs and 18 RBI ... Two-time Salem News all-star was also an Eastern Mass. all-star ... Helped Danvers win the Division 3 state basketball title ... Hopes to play baseball at UMass-Amherst.
One of the area’s most dangerous hitters clubbed an unthinkable 15 doubles ... Batting average of .487 led the North Shore and was second-highest ever at Danvers ... NEC all-star was MVP of the David Prouty tournament ... Topped the area leaderboard with 38 hits ... Seamlessly moved from right field to first when Danvers needed it ... Scored 24 runs while driving in 20 ... Team captain drew 19 walks and scored four times in come-from-behind tourney win over Reading ... Eastern Mass. all-star will play at Endicott College.
Excellent defensive shortstop anchored Panthers up the middle for two years ... Two-time Salem News all-star ... Northeastern Conference all-star was third in the league with four homers, including one grand slam ... Hit an impressive .414 while leading Beverly with 29 hits ... Patient approach led to an OBP of .598 ... Two-year captain earned an Agganis all-star nod and made the game-saving throw home ... Amassed 17 RBI while leading Beverly to the state tournament ... Plans to play at Salem State University next season.
Three-year starter for the Magicians led the team with a .412 batting average ... Speedy competitor had 27 hits and was also one of Marblehead’s leaders in runs (14) and steals (12) ... Versatile athlete was a Salem News all-star in golf and went to nationals in indoor track ... NEC all-star was also an Agganis All-Star Classic pick ... Scored the winning run in a walkoff in his Seaside Park finale ... Honors student plans to walk on at Division 1 Miami next season.
Winningest pitcher in the area put up a perfect 10-0 record this spring ... Deceptive sidearm delivery baffled opposing hitters to the tune of an earned run average of 1.43 ... Durable and dependable Northeastern Conference all-star threw an area high 73 1/3 innings ... Earned two postseason shutouts (over Tewksbury and Belmont) to help Falcons reach the Division 2 North final ... Displayed excellent control, walking just 10 batters all season ... Owns 18 wins in his varsity career and could go after the Danvers career record in 2014.
Emerged as one of the top power hitters in the area with a breakout campaign that included 19 extra base hits ... Totaled 32 hits while batting .390 and driving in 17 runs ... All-Cape Ann League selection struck out 52 batters, including 11 in a state tourney win over Winchester ... Also beat Danvers in Division 2 North final ... Finished with five wins and two saves ... Homered out of Brockton’s Campanelli Stadium in the Div. 2 state semis ... Led the Chieftains with an ERA of 0.83 over 51 1/3 innings ... Versatile first baseman thanks his dad for all the hours of batting practice.
Master of putting the ball in play had a .443 batting average ... Supremely consistent hitter had 27 hits and hit safely in each of the Highlanders’ first 12 games ... Solid defensive player anchored Pingree up the middle as a three-year starter ... Named All-Eastern Independent League each of the last two seasons ... Captain from Danvers was also Pingree’s co-MVP this season ... Most lasting memory from this season was coming together to play for fallen teammate Tim Chaloux ... Will play at Ursinus College (Penn.).
Bishop Fenwick Senior
Crusaders’ ace possessed one of the best fastballs in the area ... Won five games (primarily against rivals) and struck out 87 batters in 71 1/3 innings ... Threw nine innings in a win over Archbishop Williams while also going 3-for-3 with a homer, helping Fenwick win the CCL Large title ... CCL all-star from Rowley also earned an Agganis all-star nod ... Helped himself at the plate by driving in 13 runs ... Fenwick captain was solid in the outfield when not pitching ... Will throw at Division 2 St. Anselm College while studying criminal justice.
Right-hander with excellent command was one of the top strikeout artists in the area with 46 ... Battled through an extra inning, 10-strikeout performance to beat Watertown for Swampscott’s state tournament win ... Patient hitter batted over .400 for the second straight season ... Scored a run for brief playoff lead over North Reading ... Topped rival Marblehead in a 1-0 shutout ... Northeastern Conference all-star was league MVP as a junior ... Two-time Salem News baseball all-star will prep a year and play at Boston College in 2014.
Versatile leader did it all for the Tanners on the field, in the batter’s box and on the pitcher’s mound ... NEC all-star tied for the area lead with three saves ... Earned the win in relief over Danvers while hitting game-winning inside-the-park homer in extra innings ... Solid contact hitter batted .310 with 23 hits ... Tanners’ co-leader in RBI with 15 also stole 13 bases ... Captained his team to the NEC Large title and a Division 1 North semifinal berth ... Plans to play at Div. 3 College World Series participant Southern Maine next season.
The Northeastern Conference Large MVP carried Beverly in both run production and pitching ... Supremely confident hitter led the North Shore with 31 RBI ... Clobbered five homers while batting .431 ... Had an OBP of .608 as pitchers danced around him ... NEC, Eastern Mass. and Agganis all-star won a team-best six games ... Collected 61 strikeouts over 42 1/3 innings with just eight walks ... Two-time Salem News all-star had an ERA of 1.33 ... Captain will play for Salem State University beginning next spring.
Anchor in the middle of Peabody’s Northeastern Conference Large championship team was a three-year starter at the hot corner ... Peabody’s co-leader with 15 RBI was an NEC all-star ... Had 23 hits ... Stole 11 bases ... Smashed a pair of homers in a win over Saugus ... Captain helped lead the Tanners to their first 20-win season in a decade ... Dependable defender fielded better than 90 percent of his chances ... Committed to play at Division 3 College World Series participant Southern Maine next year..
The catalyst for the Division 2 North champions tied for the area lead with 10 wins on the hill ... Hard-throwing righty struck out North Shore best 99 batters with an ERA of 0.90 ... Cape Ann League MVP had 37 hits and batted .421 ... Drove in 19 runs while scoring 18 and swiping 14 bags, hitting in both the leadoff and No. 3 spots ... Came through in big spots with a 9-strikeout 1-hitter over then-unbeaten North Reading, an 11-strikeout gem in North semis vs. Dracut, and the winning RBI in the Division 2 North final ... Graduated 16th in his class ... Masco captain will play for Tufts University next season.
Beverly: Harry Brown, Sr., OF; Kevin Cuneo, Jr., 1B/3B; Luke McDonald, Sr., OF; Eric Messina, Jr., P; Cam Rogers, Sr., P/2B.
Bishop Fenwick: Brian Burke, Sr., 1B/P; Gianni Esposito, Sr., C; Andrew Lessard, Sr., P; Mike MacKenzie, Sr., SS; Jhon Oliveira, So., OF.
Danvers: Ray Arocho, Sr., P/OF; Raffy Tylus, Jr., 1B/P
Hamilton-Wenham: Austin Michel, So., P; Drew Gallant, So., 2B; Ben MacDonald, Jr., P/3B; Brian Nichol, Sr., SS.
Ipswich: Alex Amoroso, Sr., INF/P; Josh Guertin, Sr., 3B; Sean Whooley, Jr., P.
Marblehead: Brian Daly, Sr., P; John Cavolina, Jr., P.
Masconomet: Greg Dougherty, Jr., OF; Greg Jain, Sr., 3B;
North Shore Tech: Tim Andersen, Sr., 1B/P; Bryan Jackson, Sr., C.
Peabody: David Apostolides, Jr., P; Max Gordon, Sr., 1B; Mike Petrosino, So., 2B/DH, Pat Ruotolo, Sr., P.
Pingree: Nick Antenucci, Sr., 2B; Jeff DePiero, So., P; Hossam Hamdan, Sr., OF; Travis Jacques, Sr., 1B; Cal Perry, Fr., P.
Salem: Austin Connolly, So., C; Ben Kapnis, Sr., OF/P; Cody Mercier, Sr., OF; Greg Speliotis, Sr., OF.
St. John’s Prep: Paul Crehan, Sr., C; Dave Bornstein, Sr., 1B; Dustin Hunt, Sr., P; Keith Leavitt, So., OF; Alex Moore, Sr., OF; Justin Snynder, Jr., P
Swamspcott: Ryan January, So., C; Robert Serino, Sr., OF; Al Wallach, Jr., P.