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April 9, 2014

NORTH SHORE TECH/ESSEX AGGIE HAWKS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWS 2014

BASEBALL

Last Year’s Record: 7-13

Head coach: Jed Beauparlant (third season, 14-26)

Captains: None named.

Other key players: Andrew Gallione, Sr., 2B; J.T. Bisazza, Sr., 3B/SS; Jeff White, Sr., CF/P; Mike Mitchell, So., P/IF; Matt O’Connell, So, C; Aaron Smart, So., P/OF; Leo Smart, So., 1B/P; Paul Gauthier, So., OF; Cole Murphy, So., OF/2B; Josh Zwiercan, So., OF; Ricky Valenzuela, Jr., 1B/P; Michael Theriault, Jr., P; Kyle Foss, So., OF; Rob Craig, Sr., 3B/P; Andrew Moles, Sr., P.

Strengths: Defense up the middle. The Bulldogs feel good about Matt O’Connell taking over behind the plate and they should be strong with senior J,T. Bisazza holding down the left side of the infield. North Shore also has plenty of depth, with 45 candidates in all grades and a large and talented sophomore class.

Concerns: Experience. The Bulldogs graduated their top two pitchers and a very good run-producing catcher. Seeing live pitching and getting some of the young arms varsity innings early will be a big goal, with the hope that the cream will rise to the top.

Coach’s Outlook: “We want to compete in our league and make the tournament and we feel like we have the talent to do it. As a staff, we’re pleased. We look strong up the middle; that’s the biggest part of your defense and our belief is defense can win baseball games.”

SOFTBALL

Last Year’s Record: 10-9 (Lost in the Division 3 North preliminary round to Boston Latin)

Head coach: Jody Norton (2nd season)

Other key players: Kaera Wyse, Sr., P; Erika Welch, Sr., IF; Alyssa King, Sr., 1B; Ashley Blum, Sr., IF; Lexi Cook, Sr., OF; Krystal Dion, Jr., IF; Christine Cafiso, Jr, C/1B; Kasey Harris, Jr. C/3B; Katlyn Guerin, Jr., IF/OF; Sabrina Napoli, Jr., OF; Diana LeBlanc, So., IF; Kaylyn Countie, So., P/OF; Rhiannon Lane, So., P/IF; Courtney Remson, Jr, IF/OF.

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