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April 9, 2014

PEABODY TANNERS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWS 2014

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Last Year’s Record: 20-5 (NEC North champs, lost in Division 1 North semifinals)

Head coach: Mark Bettencourt (10th season, 150-58)

Captains: Sean McGrath, Sr., OF; Andrew McLaughlin, Sr., P; David Apostolides, Sr., P

Other key players: Ryan Collins, Jr., SS; Mike Petrosino, Jr., 1B; Matt Correale, Jr., OF/P; C.J. Alimonte, Sr., OF; Christian Morales, Jr., 2B; Bobby Tramondozzi, Jr., 3B; Matt Gonick, Sr., OF; Tanner Moquin, Jr., OF; David Hoar, Jr., OF/P; Derek Demile, Sr., P; Mike Raymond, Jr., P; Joe Maguire, Jr., P; Matt Moorer, Jr., P; Brandon Butcher, Sr., C; Daniel Kohn, Jr., C.

Strengths: Pitching. Andrew McLaughlin was a revelation on the hill last year and returns as Peabody’s ace with the graduation of Pat Ruotolo. David Apostolides pitched very well last season, and behind them, the Tanners have as many as five or six arms that they’ll rely on at various points of the season. Almost all of them are upperclassmen, so they’re ready for the challenge.

Concerns: Defensive experience. Shortstop Ryan Collins is the Tanners’ only full-time position player back from last season, although senior Sean McGrath started the majority of games as sophomore before getting hurt last year. With new faces at the corner infield spots and catcher, coupled with limited outdoor practice, Peabody will be on its toes in the field.

Coach’s Outlook: “On paper, we lost seven or eight starters. We may not have a ton of experience, but we’re very happy with the talent pool that we have coming back. We have guys that played well in platoons or had good jayvee season last year, and now it’s their turn to see what they can do. You hope the machine works and they’re ready, because we want to reload, not rebuild.”

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