Friday, June 25, 1999
Middle School baseball finishes winning season
The Carlisle Middle School baseball team finished the season with a record of 11-3 thanks to the fine pitching of Eric Moseley (5 - 1), Dan Hoffman (5-1), Matt Kilfoyle (1-1) and the superb hitting of Peter Hantzis, who batted .674 for the season. Carlisle's record secured second place in the Nashoba Valley Middle School League, as Stow finished a perfect 14-0.
The season began upbeat as Peter Hantzis smashed two doubles and knocked in four runs in a 9-7 win over Hanscom. Solid victories followed with Lincoln (18-2) and Parker (Ayer) (15-2). Shirley halted Carlisle's winning streak at three, scoring seven unearned runs. The 10-9 loss was succeeded by a football-score 17-14 pounding by Stow.
The Huskies bounced back with a tense 8-6 win at Hanscom. Trailing 5-1, Carlisle battled back, taking a 7-5 lead. Hanscom rallied, scoring one run, making the score 7-6 and loading the bases with no outs. That set the stage for the defensive play of the season. Pitcher Dan Hoffman caught a low liner at his ankles for the first out. He threw to third-baseman Aaron Widell, catching the runner off base for out number two. Aaron alertly fired to Andy Mancini for the same result at second base, completing the Triple Play, and effectively sealing the victory.
After easily handling Lincoln (12-4), Lancaster (11-5), and Parker (11-1), Carlisle suffered its toughest loss of the season 1-0 at Stow. Eric Moseley pitched his heart out, allowing only a single run in the sixth inning, but Stow's pitching held the Carlisle nine to just four hits in the defensive gem.
Eric's fine pitching was rewarded in the next game as he struck out 11 batters in an 8-4 win vs. Shirley. Matt Kilfoyle then held Lancaster to three hits, getting home run support from Dan Hoffman and Peter Hantzis for a 14-0 win.
On the final day of the season Carlisle played Bolton and once again had to struggle from a deficit. After being down 5-1, Carlisle rode the hitting of Andy Mancini (2 hits) and Peter Hantzis (HR, triple, single) to tie the game.
In the top of the seventh, Bolton's number ten hitter singled to lead the frame and Carlisle pitcher Dan Hoffman faced the top of the order. A fly ball to right field sent Carlisle right-fielder Stephen Gordon on the move. He caught the ball and threw a strike to Red Davis to double up the Bolton base runner. The Bolton threat was over. In the bottom of the seventh, Zane Schweer led off with a walk and scampered to second base when ball four went all the way to the backstop. Following a walk to Dan Hoffman and an infield hit by Matt Kilfoyle loading the bases, Peter Hantzis completed his dream season with a game-winning single to left field.
Eighth-grade right-handers Eric Moseley, Matt Kilfoyle and seventh-grader Dan Hoffman carried the pitching load. Rookie Ryan Duff (.500) and Mike Mancini (.357) shared the catching duties, with Mike also working at base with Jared Davis (.333) and rookie Greg Coscia.
At second base, Zane Schweer and Andy Mancini (.370) teamed with Dan Hoffman (.364) and Matt Kilfoyle, (.357) at shortstop, providing outstanding middle infield defense. At the hot corner Dan Chapman (.437) and Aaron Widell displayed sharp reflexes and strong throwing arms.
Carlisle's outfield was anchored by three-year veteran center-fielder Peter Hantzis (.674). Eric Moseley, John Pauler (.261) and Tyler Davis blanketed left field while strong-armed speedster, Stephen Gordon and smooth-fielding Lucas Bennett patrolled right field for the Huskies.
Every team needs a good manager. Eighth-grader Andrew Mostello did a wonderful job this season. The whole team is extremely grateful to Andrew and we wish him the best at CCHS next year.
All eleven graduating eighth-graders will be missed next season. The returning fiveseventh-graders Lucas Bennett, Tyler Davis, Dan Hoffman and sixth-graders Greg Coscia and Ryan Duffform a good nucleus for next year's squad.
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