‘Such a great competitor’
Peabody only lost once inthe regular season (1-0 to Arlington) and was the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 North playoffs. Even when Allison wasn’t pitching the Tanners were 11-1 with Palmieri, Parkinson or Moorer pitching. Palmieri went on to star at Salem State while Parkinson had an outstanding college career pitching at Endicott. Moorer was drafted by the Cubs in the 13th round the following year, when he was Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year. (Instead, he pitched at the University of Maryland and wound up being drafted again, this time by Seattle in the 12th round).
Allison’s finest performance of the season wasn’t a dominant performance on the mound. Instead, it came on a Friday night in the Division 1 North semifinals, a contest in which he gave up nine hits to St. John’s Prep (he’d allowed eight all season prior) and their own future No. 1 draft pick, Peabody native Matt Antonelli. He limited the loaded Eagles to one unearned run, though, and was ,moved to the outfield trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning.
After Peabody scored twice in the eighth inning -- including a controversial steal of home by Allison to put his team ahead -- he returned to the mound in the ninth to close the Prep out, finishing his night with 156 pitches thrown.
“I left everything I had between the white lines,” said Allison. “That was the last start of my high school career, and I had lost to the Prep twice before. It wasn’t going to happen again.”
“It was great fun to be part of the atmosphere surrounding our team because of Allison,” added Chris Judd, a pitcher/infielder on that Tanners’ team. “I was coaching third base when he took off on the steal of home. He was such a great competitor.”