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April 9, 2014

MASCONOMET CHIEFTAINS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWS 2014

BASEBALL

Last Year’s Record: 19-6 (Division 2 North champions, fell in state semifinals)

Head coach: T.J. Baril (2nd season, 19-6)

Captains: Joe Klingensmith, Sr., 1B/P; Mike Manni, Sr., C; Tommy Budrewicz, Sr., OF.

Other key players: Will Twiss, Sr., 2B/P; Elias Varinos, IF; Greg Dougherty, Jr., OF; Dan Dempsey, Sr., IF; Ethan Dyer, Sr., P.

Strengths: Hitting and experience. Though Masconomet graduated CAL MVP Spiros Varinos, the Chieftains have plenty of talent and returning starters back. Joe Klingensmith is one of the top two-way players in the area, and Tommy Budrewicz and Greg Dougherty both enjoyed a monster state tournament at the dish during the Chieftains run to the D2 North crown last spring. With all that and more back, there are few easy outs in the Masco lineup.

Concerns: Pitching depth and consistency on defense. The Chieftains don’t have many dedicated throwers, as most of their hurlers also play positions in the field. That means there will be changes to Masco’s defense depending on who’s on the hill. While that’s not an obstacle per se, it’s one of the few concerns for a team that looks primed to challenge for the Cape Ann League crown.

Coach’s Outlook: “We’re looking to get better. All the guys agree that last year was great, but it won’t win any games for us now. Every team is 0-0, and they’re trying to beat us the same as we’re trying to beat them. We want to try to get better every single day, and we’ll use that approach every inning.”

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record:10-10 (Lost in Division 1 North preliminary round to Everett)

Head coach: Mike Gibeley (3rd season)

Captains: Maddie Kelly, Sr., 3B/SS; Julianna Kostas, Sr., OF; Alex Mendelsohn, Sr., C.

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