Two of the best high school hitters in recent memory have resumed their mashing ways for the North Shore Navigators this summer, and they were rewarded for their efforts on Tuesday.
Former Salem News Baseball Players of the Year Andrew Olszak and Tyler MacGregor were among a record seven players from the North Shore nine selected for next week's Futures League all-star game.
MacGregor, a Peabody native and St. John's Prep grad now playing for Columbia, entered Tuesday's action as the Futures League's leading hitter with a .384 batting average. He also ranks second on the squad with 21 RBI.
Danvers native Olszak, an outstanding infielder for the University of Southern Maine, is hitting .328 this summer with his 42 hits being the most of any Futures League player. He's tied for the Navs lead with eight doubles and has one homer and 20 RBI.
Marblehead's Beau Dana, who pitches for Dickinson, garnered an all-star nod for leading the FCBL in saves with 10. His 24 strikeouts in only 15 innings make him one of the better swing-and-miss arms in the league and his ERA is a sterling 1.80.
Also grabbing all-star nods for North Shore were outfielder Sean Lawlor, who leads the club with 24 RBI and ranks third in the FCBL in homers (5); Holy Cross outfielder Ben Malgeri, who has a .333 average with 24 runs and 16 RBI; catcher Colin Wetterau from St. John's University, who's hitting .310 with 16 RBI; and pitcher Cam Seguin, one of the youngest all-stars who just graduated from Austin Prep. A UMass-Lowell commit from Woburn, Seguin had 24 strikeouts in 15 innings over two starts with a 1.76 ERA and one win.
This year's all-star game will be played in Pittsfield next Tuesday at Wahconah Park with the stars divided into two teams in honor of historic former teams that played at the park: The Pittsfield Hillies of the 1920's an the Pittsfield Electrics who played in 1913-14. The Futures League is a wood bat summer league filled with players of college baseball age, most of whom have ties to New England either as hometowns or in their collegiate teams.