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June 11, 2013

TWO STEPS AWAY: Masconomet baseball faces Hingham in state semifinals tonight

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Catcher Mike Manni, who has been doing an excellent job controlling opposing running games, has been part of that. Dan Dempsey, who plays shortstop when Varinos pitches, and Eddie Thayer, who plays first when Joe Klingensmith pitches, have been great in the field as well.

At the plate, Varinos and his younger brother Elias, a freshman leadoff hitter, have been hitting. Budrewicz and Klingensmith are always run production threats in the middle of the lineup. Jain has come up with clutch RBI in the tourney. Chris Rich and Greg Dougherty have hit in the postseason as well.

“We’re not relying on 3-4 guys, and guys in different classes are stepping up in different spots,” said Baril. “We’re not saying what’s a certain guy going to do today or how is a senior going to carry us. It’s what’s somebody going to do. It could be anyone.”

Sam Hamburger, who can pitch as well, pinch-ran and scored a big run against Danvers Sunday. That’s just one example of the fact that anyone on Masco’s roster can help win a game.

“We’ve preached all year that we need 1-through-9 — and it’s really more than nine. That’s proven true,” said Baril. “We’re into our 25th game and the guys know they have to do.”

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