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August 21, 2013

Fantasy Matchups: A few of Fenwick's finest The 1990 and 1996 softball teams bookended a string of seven straight state titles for the Crusaders

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Sones led the team with a .404 batting average in the regular season with 16 RBI and five extra base hits. Mackey had seven extra base hits and 12 RBI.

“We were a small ball club,” said Lyman. “We had a couple of hitters in the middle, but a lot of us slap bunted. That’s what Mr. Henry was masterful at.”

Fenwick’s amazing title run came to an end in 1997 when the Crusaders, after having won their first two tournament games, lost a 1-0 contest to Woburn High.

What’s interesting in this hypothetical 1990 vs. 1996 matchup is that more often than not, softball games are decided based on coaching ability. While Henry would clearly take down any coach he faced, its entirely possible that the only person that could outcoach Ed Henry — is Ed Henry. He was the one constant through the years and besides the sport itself, the one thing that links all of his former players together.

“Mr. Henry really changed the whole direction of softball,” noted Carter-Donahue. “He had a huge impact on the way teams now play. I just feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to play for him. I was extremely lucky.”

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