Friday, June 23, 2000
Carlisle Middle School Baseball
After finishing in second place the last two years the Carlisle Middle School baseball team is once again on top in the Nashoba Valley League. They will share the championship with Shirley; each team compiling 12-1 records, while splitting their home and away series. This title is the 7th for the Huskies in the last nine years with a combined record for those nine seasons a remarkable 102 wins and 11 loses.
Carlisle was led by strong pitching from Dan Hoffman (6- 1), Steven Bodnar (4-0), Jon Kyle (2-0) and the superb clutch hitting of Dan Hoffman who led the team in most offensive categories. Solid victories over Lincoln (16-1), and Hanscom (I 6-0) were followed by a tense 9-6 win at home against Shirley. With Carlisle trailing 6-3 Lucas Bennett and Adam Piantedosi ripped two hits apiece, driving in five runs, sparking Carlisle's comeback.
Carlisle continued its winning ways with a series of dominating performances. Wins at Parker (22- 1) and Hanscom (I 2-2) were followed by two combined no- hit pitching gems. Dan Hoffman (10 K) and Jason Fidler (6 K) blanked Lincoln on no-hits, 14-0. The next day Steven Bodnar (4 K) paired with Jon Kyle (5 K) to no-hit Notre Dame Academy 17-0. The streak reached eight in a row when Ryan Duff, Adam Piantedosi, Tyler Davis and Mark Hassey each drove in two runs in a 16-3 win over Parker.
Shirley ended Carlisle's 8-game winning streak on May 24, as their catcher had an outstanding day, throwing out 5 Carlisle base runners in an 8-2 loss at Shirley. Carlisle trailed 4-0 in the next game against Notre Dame Academy until the Huskies exploded for 10 runs in an II -7 victory. Justin Negrin and Jason Fidler had key hits, each delivering bases- loaded doubles.
In perhaps the best-played game of the season by both teams, Dan Hoffman posted 8 strikeouts in a 6-2 win at Hanscom. With Carlisle already losing 1-0 Hanscom had runners on second and third base with no outs. Crafty veteran Hoffman fired to third base, picking off the startled runner for one out. The ball was then thrown to second base, where the other Hanscom base runner was caught off-base as well. That key defensive play served to revive the Huskies, who took the lead for good in the next inning, on a two-run double, by Tyler Davis.
After topping Lincoln 14-3 Carlisle completed the season at Parker and got quite a scare. Parker built a 5-3 lead against Carlisle's ace, Dan Hoffman, entering the sixth inning. A quick "team meeting" with a resulting chant for "HITS"! led to the season's biggest inning. The Huskies mustered 6 hits, 4 walks, and a hit batsman, while taking advantage of a Parker error, to score 11 runs and secure the league championship. Greg Martini had 2 hits in the inning. Fidler and Bennett each had 2 RBI's and Greg Coscia hit a bases loaded double.
Eighth-grade right-handers, Dan Hoffman and Jon Kyle, along with seventh-grader Steven Bodnar, carried the pitching load. Ryan Duff (.323) and Jason Fidler (.400) did an outstanding job sharing the catching duties.
At first base Greg Coscia (.333) and Jon Kyle (.318) were steady, sure-handed performers. Hard-hitting Adam Piantedosi (.400) anchored second base, platooning with sixth-graders Greg Martini (.500) and Kevin Coscia. Dan Hoffman (.463) and Steven Bodnar (.364) provided great middle defense at shortstop. Jason Fidler also played a lot at third base, displaying sharp reflexes and a strong arm.
Two players who could really cover some ground anchored Carlisle's outfield. Tyler Davis (.462) and Sean De Bruzzi were a pitcher's best friend. Lucas Bennett (.333) and Bobby Hailer (.308) blanketed left field while the trio of Mark Hassey (.409), Justin Negrin (.389) and Jon Pan patrolled right field for the Huskies.
No team would be complete without a good manager. Eighth-grader Chris Rice did a fine job this season. The whole team greatly appreciated his effort
Assistant coach David Negrin was a fine batting practice pitcher and kept the players on their toes with his spirited infield/outfield drills.
I am looking forward to working with the ten returning veterans and next year's new players.
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