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September 11, 2013

Masco's Twiss to play baseball at UMass

One of Will Twiss’ favorite pitches is the cut fastball. So, it only made sense that when it came to deciding where to throw in college, he decided to cut to the chase.

Twiss, a senior at Masconomet, recently gave a verbal commitment to throw at the University of Massachusetts. The Minutemen were impressed with his work this summer throwing for one of The Show Baseball Academy’s showcase teams.

“I had great interest in the school since last winter. I threw a bullpen for them and talked to them and they followed up in the summer by watching me pitch a few times,” said Twiss. “I got a call from them a few weekends ago and it was really exciting.

“I like everything about the school: The campus, the academics, the atmosphere, even without baseball it’s a school I would’ve loved to go to.”

Twiss was the regular starter at second base for the Chieftains last spring and helped Masco win the Division 2 North title and finish with a record of 19-6. Behind senior stud Speros Varinos (the Cape Ann League MVP), Twiss threw 31 innings last season; he was valuable in a variety of roles, picking up three wins and a pair of saves.

“Will kind of flew under the radar for us last year,” said Cheiftains coach T.J. Baril. “We are very excited for him. He had a great summer and is working hard this fall. We expect to look to him to be a leader in the spring.”

Twiss is the youngest of three boys and is following each of his older brothers to the college baseball ranks.

“My brothers played at St. Lawrence and Roger Williams. There’s a big age difference between us, 8-10 years, so even when I was really young they were teaching me stuff and I was picking their brains,” said Twiss. “Ive been spotting that ball since I was I don’t know how old. Basically my whole life.”

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