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April 10, 2013

Swampscott 2013 Spring Sports Previews

BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 15-7 (Lost in Division 3 North second round)

Head coach: Jason Calichman (First season)

Captains: None named.

Key Returnees: Bob Serino, Sr., OF; Corey Carmody, Sr., OF; Nunzio Morretti, Jr., 2B; Brenden McDonald, Jr. IF/P; Al Wallach, Jr. P; Michael Lan, Sr., OF/P; Ryan January, So., IF/OF; Greg Collier, Jr., IF.

Strengths: Work ethic and hustle. The squad has embraced an aggressive but not careless approach at the plate and has been practicing full speed. It’s been a competitive preseason with players working hard to fill open jobs and carry momentum into the regular season.

Concerns: Experience. The Big Blue graduated the majority of last season’s lineup and rotation, and on top of that the late snow has limited outdoor practice for all the area’s teams this spring. It’ll be trial by fire for many of Swampscott’s new varsity contributors.

Coach’s Outlook: “It’s a dream scenario for the staff; we’ve had a blast every day at the park with these kids. We all grew up Big Blue baseball players and we want to transfer what we learned to these kids: going about things the right way and competing.”

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record: 14-8 (Lost in the Div. 2 North quarterfinals to Newburyport)

Head coach: Frank Kowalski (4th season)

Captains: Stephanie Collins, Sr., IF/OF; Bridget Generversa Wong, Sr., 1B; Tori Thistle, Jr., 3B.

Key Returnees: Tessa Bean, Jr., OF/C; Danielle Mayblyum, Jr. RF/P; Sam Rizzo, So., LF.

Strengths: Attitude. “As of right now it’s difficult to know our identity because essentially many girls will be competing for positions. We will have new pitching and a new catcher,” said Kowalski.

Concerns: The youth. The Big Blue need the young girls to step up and take a leadership role.

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