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Sports Special

April 10, 2013

St. John's Prep 2013 Spring Sports Previews

BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 16-6 (Lost in Division 1 North second round)

Head coach: Pat Yanchus (33rd season, 460-245)

Captains: Brandon Bingel, Sr., SS/P; Tommy Bounopane, Sr., SS/2B; Tyler Noe, Sr., 3B.

Key Returnees: Nick Bragole, Sr., 1B; Keith Leavitt, So., OF; Alex Moore, Sr., OF; Dave Bornstein, Sr., DH/1B; Paul Crehan, Sr., C; Dustin Hunt, Sr., P; Mike Driscoll, Sr., OP; Jack Krasovec, Sr., P; Jack Burke, Sr., P; Matt Cabral, Sr., OF; Zack Rice, Sr., OF; Nick Latham, So., OF.

Strengths: Starting pitching. The Eagles have three Division 1 arms on the staff in Bingel (Bryant) and Northeastern commits Hunt and Driscoll. That rotation, and a Division 1 recruit in the infield in Buonopane (URI), will help them navigate one of the toughest schedules in the state.

Concerns: Run production. The Eagles were held to three runs or fewer in five of their six losses last season; stronger at-bats with men in scoring position could put a team looking for its first state title in 13 years over the top.

Coach’s Outlook: “The players have come back in good shape, they worked hard in the winter and they’ve been enthusiastic. Last year we pitched well and played good defense but didn’t score a lot of runs. We’re hoping if everybody that’s back does a little bit better, then we’ll do better.”

LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 10-10 (lost to Lincoln-Sudbury, 12-6, in the East Div. 1 first round)

Head coach: John Roy (19th season)

Captains: Tucker Mathers, Sr. D; Jack Sharrio, Sr. A; Derek Osbahr, Sr. M.

Key Returnees: Drew O’Connell, Jr. M; Ben Anthony, Jr. M; Sam Frick, Jr. M; Andrew Gallahue, Jr. A; Joey Cavallaro, Jr. A; Lucas Bavaro, Sr. LSM; Brian Uva, Sr. LSM; Eamon O’Leary, Jr. LSM; Chris Casey, Jr. LSM; Tom Casale, Sr. G.

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