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April 10, 2013

Bishop Fenwick 2013 Spring Sports Previews

BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 12-12 (Lost in Division 3 North semifinals)

Head coach: Kevin Canty (Second season, 12-12)

Captains: Joe Levasseur, Sr., P/OF; Gianni Esposito, Sr., C; Mike McKenzie, Sr., SS; Brian Burke, Sr., P.

Key Returnees: Andrew Lessard, Sr., P; Tommy Parsons, Jr., P; Nick Bona, Jr., 3B; Eric Razney, Jr., OF; Nick Fanjoy, Jr., 2B; Mike Campatelli, So., C/INF; Robbie Carrillo, So., OF; John Oliveira, So., OF.

Strengths: Team defense and team speed. The Crusaders have what is shaping up to be one of the best running outfields in the area as Razney shifts to center. Three-year started Gianni Esposito will be a rock behind the plate.

Concerns: Power hitting. Fenwick has decent pitching depth and enough speed to manufacture runs, but one or two experienced bats breaking out could make the different between just making the playoffs and winning the CCL.

Coach’s Outlook: “Almost every year, you see it come to a point in May where all of a sudden there are five games in six days, and we feel like we have good depth and quality starting pitching we can rely on for those tests. Our schedule is designed to challenged us and we have some solid returning players leading the way.”

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record: 9-11

Head coach: Paul Lyman (12th season)

Captains: None named

Key Returnees: Gianna Pizzano, Jr., 3B; Jen Crovo, Jr., CF; Chandler Wilder, Jr., RF; Dimitria Yennakopoulos, Sr., LF; Lauren Donnelly, Sr., 1B; Bridget Corcoran, Jr., SS; Charlotte Powers, Jr., C/DH; Gabby Hart, So., DH/C; Natalie Moore, Jr., P.

Strengths: The Crusaders bring back three core players from last year’s team in Pizzano, Crovo and Wilder. The trio will play a huge part this season both offensively and defensively as well as providing strong leadership.

Concerns: Lack of experience. While Fenwick has all of its positions pretty much covered, most of those girls played on junior varsity last season and will need to make the adjustment to the varsity level.

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