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April 10, 2013

Peabody 2013 Spring Sports Previews

BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 16-7 (NEC Large champions, lost in Division 1 North first round)

Head coach: Mark Bettencourt (9th season, 130-53)

Captains: Matt McIsaac, Sr., SS/2B; George Tsonis, Sr., 3B; Frank Lowry, Sr., 1B; Steve Leavitt, Sr., MI/OF

Key Returnees: Pat Ruotolo, Sr., P; Brandon Poglione, Sr., C; Andrew McLaughlin, Jr., P; David Apostolitis, Jr., P, Brandon Butcher, Jr., P; Derek Demild, Jr., P; Maynard Wheeler, Sr., OF; Robbie Crovo, Sr., OF; Sean McGrath, So., OF; Matt Correale, So., OF; Matt Gonick, So., IF/OF; Tanner Moquin, So., OF; Ryan Collins, So., IF; Christian Morales, So., OF; Mike Petrosino, So., MI.

Strengths: Frontline pitching. Routolo won eight games, fanned 130 men and had three no-hitters last season. Besides that, he ate up innings, with 76 frames pitched and nine complete games. The Tanners have the most reliable starter in the area to pencil in at least once a week.

Concerns: Defensive experience. Peabody will have new starters at catcher, shortstop and in center field. The candidates are athletic and capable, but replacing those crucial “up the middle” defensive spots at once may not come without growing pains.

Coach’s Outlook: “There’s been a lot of competition in a different kind of preseason. A lot of things haven’t panned out yet because our scrimmages were limited, but we have a lot of good athletes that can play multiple positions and we’ll put out the best lineup we can. We’ll work our tails off and follow our philosophy of discipline, dedication and work ethic.”

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record: 11-10 (Lost in the Div. 1 first round to North Andover)

Head coach: Butch Melanaphy (7th season)

Captains: Olivia Brothers, Sr., C; Jess Raymond, Sr., CF; Holly Smith, Sr., 3B.

Key Returnees: Shelby Wilson, Soph., P; Alex Romano, Sr., LF; Shannon Pires, Jr., OF/P; Mikayla Wallace, Sr., 1B; Kaylee Brazell, Sr., OF; Katie French, Sr., OF/IF.

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