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April 9, 2014

IPSWICH TIGERS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWS 2014

BASEBALL

Last Year’s Record: 5-13

Head coach: Gardy O’Flynn (12th season)

Key players: Sean Whooley, Sr., P/IF; Austin Rubino, Sr., OF; Erik Gongas, Sr., C; Ryan Silva, Sr., P/OF; Mike Savoie, JR., SS.

Strengths: Frontline pitching and leadership. Whooley went 3-1 with a 1.73 earned run average last year; his lone loss was against Division 2 North champ Masco. He’ll has a chance to emerge as one of the most efficient hurlers on the North Shore. The Tigers also have strong leadership in seniors like Whooley, Austin Rubino, Erik Gongas and Ryan Silva.

Concerns: Power hitting. The Tigers batted just .238 as a team last year, but the return of Silva from injury and another year of experience for Rubino should help them hit with more authority in 2014. Still, Ipswich will have to make things happen on the basepaths to score runs, and they won’t want to give away outs.

Coach’s Outlook: “Overall, it’s an extremely coachable and hard working group. The returning seniors will be major contributors, and Savoie has excellent hands and started every game as a sophomore. We have some question marks, and we’ll be looking to manufacture some runs to be competitive.”

SOFTBALL

Last years record: 3-15

Head coach: James Hounam (1st season)

Captains: Meredith Kercher, Jr., CF; Jill Lombard, Sr., 1B; Carolyn Lynch, Sr., SS.

Key returnees: Carly Coughlin, So., OF; Gabby D’Agostino, So., IF; Skylar Hambley, So., C; Kaysee Lemonsky Jr. 3B; Amy Neenan, Jr., OF; Alyssa Romano, Jr., OF; Abby Sadoway, So., IF.

Strengths: Ipswich has many returnees that have some varsity experience under their belts. The Tigers are very supportive of one another, and they are looking to have that translate onto the field as well.

Concerns: The lack of experience pitching at the varsity level. The Tigers also start the season under a new head coach after Doug Woodworth stepped down last year. The girls will have to get used to a new coaching style, but Hounam seems to be a great fit for Ipswich.

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