The Salem News
---- — 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.”
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.
Coach’s Outlook: “If we can be patient and grow gradually, I think we’ll be a pretty good team. I think we’ll struggle early on, but I’m expecting towards that middle-end of the season to be pretty good. If we can steal a couple of early games, we’ll be in good shape.”
Last year’s record: 8-9
Head coach: Leo Shidler (4th season)
Captains: Jake Brennan, Sr. G; Troy Reinold, Sr. A; P.J. Usalis, Sr. M.
Key Returnees: Kyle Russel, Jr. A; Ben Kaupp, Jr. D; Tyler Fouhey, Jr. D; Aidan Moulton, So. M; Mark Nalesnik, So. M.
Strengths: A good group of returning players on offense and Brennan. The Crusaders should do fairly well putting the ball in the net and Brennan is an experienced, steady goalie.
Concerns: A revamped defense. Fenwick only has one year of combined long pole experience between the three starters.
Coach’s Outlook: “We have a lot of talent and desire on this team and we’re looking forward to seeing where it takes us. We have the perfect mix of upper and under classmen to make that next big leap as a program and play in the state tournament for the first time in school history.”
Last year’s record: 13-6-1 (lost to Wayland, 13-7, in the Div. 2 North quarterfinals)
Head coach: Karen Guillemette (7th season)
Captains: Grace Celona, Sr. M; Anna Moulton, Sr. M; Katie Hart, Sr. D; Monica Poeske, Sr. D.
Key Returnees: Annette Ruggiero, Jr. M; Natalie Emerson, Jr. M: Jackie Hart, So. D; Nicole Votta, Sr. G.
Strengths: Experience. The Crusaders welcome back five seniors and a bunch of juniors who all saw significant playing time last year. The Crusaders only graduated two players, so opposing teams should expect to see a pretty sound lineup this season.
Concerns: Cohesion. Even with all the pieces in place, Guillemette is most concerned with her team playing as a team, and doing so throughout an entire game. Guillemette is also planning on working in some new strategies that could take some time for the Crusaders to grasp.
Coach’s Outlook: “I think we’re capable of very good things. I have high expectations. We want to win our league and make a good run in the tournament, and I think we can do that as long as we stay healthy, committed and work hard.”
Last year’s record: 2-14
Head coach: Ryan Sasso (1st season)
Captains: Sean Gannon, Sr., singles; Zach Mutti, Sr., singles.
Key Returnees: Rob Oprzedek, Sr., doubles; Joe D’Orazio, Jr.; Josh Nikochuck, Soph.; Nick Onessimo, Sr.; Ryan Trott, Sr.
This season will be successful if: The Crusaders keep improving match by match all season long. Bishop Fenwick had its first contest against a tough Austin Prep team and looked better and better as the match went on.
Last year’s record: 8-1
Head coach: Jay Smith (10th season)
Team captains: Rose Fantozzi, Sr., Sprints/Jumps; Elizabeth Marashi, Sr., Hurdles/Pole Vault; Maggie Lepley, Sr., Throws.
Other key returnees: Arianna Maida, Jr., Distance; Hannah Smith, Sr., Middle Distance/Distance; Carolyn Claveau, Sr., Jumps/Throws; Julia Pierce, Sr., Sprints; Nicole Lizotte, Sr., Sprints; Becky Mercuro, Sr., Sprints/Jumps.
Coach’s outlook: “Our numbers are good and we have a very successful core group coming off a strong winter season. A strong senior class will provide leadership, and if a few more girls develop the added depth should allow us to have a good season.”
Last year’s record: 7-2
Head coach: Jay Smith (10th season)
Team captains: Patrick Corcoran, Sr., Throws; Dan Deschenes, Sr., Middle Distance.
Other key returnees: Bryan Mendes, Sr., Distance; Charlie Maistrellis, Jr., Sprints/Jumps; Andrew Carlin, Sr., Hurdles/Jumps/Throws; Nick Tambini, Jr., Hurdles/Sprints; Myles Connor, Jr., Javelin; Matt O’Brien, Sr., Pole Vault.
Coach’s outlook: “This is a mostly young team, but the leadership is intact from our successful winter season. A lot of opportunities exist for boys to step up and fill holes in the lineup, and we have some solid prospects to do so. If we find some depth and spread the scoring around a little, we should have another successful season.”