Last year’s record: 7-13
Head coach: Jed Beauparlant (Second season, 7-13)
Captains: Bryan Jackson, Sr., C; Tim Andersen, Sr., P/1B.
Key Returnees: J.T. Bisazza, Jr., SS; Jared Farese, Sr., OF; Alec Chongris, Sr., 3B/P; Chris Swiniuch, Sr., P/INF; Andrew Gallione, Jr., 2B/OF.
Strengths: Defense. The Bulldogs have a rock behind the plate in Jackson and are strong up the middle with returning starter Bisazza handling things at short. North Shore also has solid team speed that will lead to good defense and the ability to manufacture runs when needed on offense.
Concerns: Pitching depth. Andersen is a solid No. 1 option but the Bulldogs lost their projected No. 2 to injury, meaning some younger arms that don’t have many varsity innings will be called on to step up. The defense behind them should help build confidence, however.
Coach’s Outlook: “Since we’ve been outside, we’ve hit the ground running. Our captains are both four year varsity players and they bring experience and leadership to the table at important positions. If we can develop a strong No. 2 pitcher, we’re be competitive.”
Last year’s record: 12-8 (Lost in the Division 3 North first round to Rockport)
Head coach: Jody Norton (First season)
Captains: None named as of yet
Key Returnees: Emma Bouchard, Sr., OF; Kaera Wyse, Jr., P; Christine Cafiso, So., OF/IF; Alyssa King, Jr, 3B; Christa Leger, So., C.
Strengths: Work ethic and pitching.
Concerns: Inexperience and strength of schedule.
Coach’s Outlook: “Looking forward to a great season with total teamwork in terms of playing together and caring for each others success. Our young pitching staff is working hard and could be a major strength. The team will benefit from all of the internal competition for playing time.”
Last year’s record: 11-10 (lost to Archbishop Williams, 21-2, in the East Div. 3 preliminary round)
Head coach: Jeff Comeau (5th season)
Captains: Max Sciola, Sr. M; Ian Lefavour, Jr. M.
Key Returnees: Logan Gilliland, Sr, A; Cameron Smallidge, Sr. A; Sean McDonough, Sr. D.
Strengths: Offense. Gilliland and Smallidge are good distributors and Sciola and Lefavour are also capable, experienced scorers for the Bulldogs.
Concerns: Inexperience. Comeau has a lot of young players who have shown potential in practice, but haven’t been tested yet.
Coach’s Outlook: “The players have displayed tremendous attitude, effort and improvement during the preseason, and I expect that to continue moving forward. Although we are inexperienced, there are a number of players that have the potential to contribute on both sides of the ball. Although we might have some growing pains early on, I am very optimistic about this team achieving their goals of making the postseason and competing for a conference title.”