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April 10, 2013

Beverly 2013 High Spring Sports Previews

BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 17-7 (Lost in Division 2 North final)

Head coach: Dave Wilbur (12th season, 134-103)

Captains: Anthony DiOrio, Sr., SS; Cam Rogers, Sr., 2B/P; Harry Brown, Sr., OF; Alex Toomey, Sr., P/2B.

Key Returnees: Kevin Cuneo, Jr., 1B/P; Eric Messina, Jr., P; Tristan Fasheh, Jr., C; Luke McDonald, Sr., OF; Jay Richardson, Sr., P/OF; Sean Munzing, Jr., P/1B.

Strengths: Pitching and leadership. The Panthers return 10 mound wins from a year ago among their captains alone in seasoned veterans Rogers and Toomey. DiOrio is a two-year captain and smooth operator at short, and Brown rounds out an excellent group of leaders.

Concerns: Power hitting; Cuneo returns after hitting .347 a year ago and Brown checked in at .306. Beverly hit well in the clutch last year, but ideally would like to see more consistent production throughout the batting order.

Coach’s Outlook: “We’re in a very good division and hoping that makes us tournament tough. We have a very good senior class, and we want to build some chemistry, hope to compete for the (NEC) title, become a tournament team and be on our way. It’s a long season and we plan to improve day by day.”

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record: 5-15

Head coach: Megan Sudak (6th season)

Captains: Rachel Kenney, Sr.; Aimee McKenna, Sr.; Natalie Shea, Sr.

Key Returnees: Eleven players return, all of whom Sudak says will play pivotal roles.

Strengths: Leadership, team chemistry and desire. The Panthers have a large number of girls returning and will pick up right where they left off.

Concerns: Weather, as it always does in the spring, plays a huge role in Beverly’s preparation. The Panthers open up April 10 and are looking to get outside to practice beforehand.

Coach’s Outlook: “We’re concentrating on improving one percent more every day. The girls are working very hard, given some tough situations with weather hindering practice time. We have a tough non-conference schedule, which will only make us better in the long run. Every day will be a battle, but I know my team is willing to go to war for each other.”

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