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April 10, 2013

Hamilton-Wenham 2013 Spring Sports Previews

BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 5-13

Head coach: Reggie Maidment (Second season, 5-13)

Captains: Brian Nichol, Sr., SS.

Key Returnees: Jack Clay, Jr., P; Pete Duval, Jr., P; Austin Michel, So., C; Nick Tufts, Sr., OF; Drew Gallant, So., 2B; Henry Eagar, Jr., 1B; Ben McDonald, Jr., P/3B.

Strengths: Depth and experience. The Generals return most of their starters from last season and are hoping that experience will help them turn close losses into victories this spring. They’re also very strong up the middle defensively, with Michel moving behind the plate and Nichol smooth at shortstop.

Concerns: Pitching depth. Clay moves to the top spot in the rotation after serving as the No. 2 last year. H-W is hoping for a solid season from Duval and is looking for some arms to fill out the bullpen.

Coach’s Outlook: “These kids are always coming to work. They’ve had a great offseason and they’re all good character kids. Our participation is up, with 35 kids in the program, and we’re hoping to remember the mistakes we made last year and avoid making them again.”

BOYS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 11-9 (lost to Medway, 12-8, in the East Div. 3 first round)

Head coach: Jim LaSelva (12th season)

Captains: Matt Vogus, Sr. D; Stephen Turpin, Sr. M; Grant Thompson, Jr. G.

Key Returnees: Eddie Frick, Sr. A; Christian Ecker, Jr. M; Matt Curran, Jr. M; Brian Shaw, Jr. M; Jimmy Littlefield, So. D; Cameron Macri, So. D.

Strengths: Defense. The Generals are young on defense, but they’re talented and have a good, veteran goalie in Thompson.

Concerns: Preseason field time. Like all the teams without field turf, LaSelva had a hard time getting the Generals onto the field consistently. He’s afraid that could have some lingering effects at the start of the season, but the Generals’ veteran coach is still confident his team can overcome any obstacle that might present.

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