Both state titles came during remarkable three-year runs. Danvers went 73-3 from 1999-2001 and needed the 2001 state title as the final jewel to make the era complete. Swampscott, on the other hand, won at the start of a 68-5 run from 1993-95. The title was a bit of validation for DeFelice, who had taken his teams to North sectional finals in 1986, ‘87, ‘89 and ‘90 without winning.
The Big Blue dominated in the 90s and were the bar for Day as he built his program, “That’s what we strove to be. Year in year out, they were so good and so confident,” admitted Day. “We certainly looked to emulate that, no doubt about it.
“I’d say from the 1970s to now, the number of Division 1 baseball players from Swampscott, for a town that size, it might be more than any town in the country. It’s been an amazing run of baseball for 30 years.”
Who wins? It’s hard to say. At Twi-Field or down at Champions Pub, the answer is going to be Danvers. On King’s Beach or Barstool Sports, the Big Blue are a mortal lock.
That’s part of what makes this kind of exercise fun. The only thing we know for sure, given the competitiveness and baseball grind mentality of both teams, is that it would come down to the last pitch.