“He’s been the shortstop for almost four years, so that’s one aspect we never have to worry about. You just know he’s going to do the job out there so, as a pitcher, you never have to worry about it,” Bourgeois said in ‘01.
“Just so consistent,” Day added. “He was outstanding defensively and knew the second basemen so well, first Marsh (Brian Marshall) and then McCollough, that they were as good as you’re going to get.”
Woodfork was equally adept in the hole for the Big Blue and went on to have a solid career in the infield for Harvard. He was an executive with the Boston Red Sox under Theo Epstein and now works in baseball operations at Major League Baseball headquarters.
“He was great from the time we were freshmen on,” said Calichman. “We had some great players: Hayes is in the Hall of Fame, Rogers is an All-American, but I wouldn’t be surprised if all those guys said the best they played with was Woody. I know I feel that way.”
Both teams were equally solid behind the plate, the other cornerstone of a good defensive ballclub. Danvers’ Scott Bevan was an energetic, heady player that was making big plays from time he stepped into the lineup as a sophomore.
“Scotty was outstanding,” Day said. “Jeremy was a pretty good catcher and went on to play 3-4 years catching for Fordham in Division 1. That tells you how strong Scott Bevan was.”
The Big Blue had DiPietro, a good defensive backstop with a big bat, who Calichman said was “a huge X-factor for us. He was getting scouted all over the place, was one of the best catchers I’ve ever seen ... and ended up hurting his wrist in football.”
Both teams had fast, solid outfields, and interestingly enough, hockey players manning first base. Ryan Hayes was the man for Danvers and Swampscott’s was J.J. Doherty, a goalie who used his well-trained glove hand to make scoops at the corner. Swampscott also had depth in the outfield, with future Boston College player Brendan Nolan stepping in to start in the state final.