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Friday, June 22, 2001

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Carlisle Middle School baseball team Season summary 2001

With sixteen talented players, including ten eighth graders, the Carlisle Middle School baseball team dominated the Nashoba Valley League this spring. The team finished 10-0, averaging 17 runs a game, while limiting their opponents to a total of only 8 runs during the season.

Carlisle was led by outstanding pitching from Steven Bodnar (4-0), Matt French (4-0), Adam Piantedosi (2-0) and the talented hitting of Bodnar and Ryan Duff, who led the team in most offensive categories.

The season began upbeat as Duff hit a grand slam home run in support of Matt French's one hitter in a 16-1 win over Hanscom. Solid victories followed over Lincoln 21-0 (Duff, Piantedosi and Justin Negrin three hits each), St. Margaret's 25-0 (Duff triple, HR, 6 RBIs), Notre Dame Academy 14-2 and Parker 21-0 (Steven Bodnar 5 for 5).
UNDEFEATED! The sixteen players on the Carlisle Middle School's boys baseball team are (front row, left to right): Coach Phil LaPalme, Jeremy Mestancik, Connor Smith, Kevin Coscia, Jason Forte, Greg Martini, team manager Daniel Canina. (Middle row, left to right): Sean DeBruzzi, Mark Hassey, Adam Piantedosi, Matt French, Ben Hoffman. (Back row, left to right): Justin Negrin, Jason Fidler, Greg Coscia, Ryan Duff, Kevin Tarca. (missing): Steven Bodnar. (Photo by Paula Ewers)

On May 10th Carlisle traveled to Shirley, hoping to avenge their only loss last season. This time the Huskies were explosive. Bodnar tossed a one hitter and went 4 for 5 with a HR. Jason Fidler slammed one of the longest home runs of the season, a ball that rolled and hit the school some 390 feet away, highlighting a 22-0 win.

The next game pitted Carlisle against undefeated St. Jeanne d'Arc (5-0) in a battle for the league lead. Matt French pitched brilliantly, supported by home runs from Bodnar and Ben Hoffman and Greg Coscia's 3 for 3 effort in a convincing 18-2 victory.

Carlisle cruised in, beating Notre Dame Academy 15-1 and Parker 18-0, setting up a showdown game with St. Jeanne d'Arc (JD) who since had compiled a record of 11-1.

In a game played at a picturesque ballpark in Lowell, the Carlisle nine used two singles, a sacrifice fly, wild pitch and a JD error to plate three runs in the first inning. JD chipped away, making things tight, with two runs in the forth inning. The game went to the 6th inning with Carlisle clinging to a one-run lead. Adam Piantedosi helped his own cause with a clutch two-out, two-run single, followed by a long RBI double over the center fielder's head by Jason Fidler. Carlisle used hits by Justin Negrin and Sean DeBruzzi to pad their lead in the top of the seventh, providing cushion for Piantedosi who punctuated his four- hitter by striking out the final batter.

Eighth grade right handers Steven Bodnar, Matt French and Adam Piantedosi, along with seventh grader Jason Forte, carried the pitching load. Ryan Duff (.606, 30 RBIs) was an outstanding catcher and clutch hitter all season.

At first base Greg Coscia (.476) and Kevin Tarca (.417) were sure-handed performers and constant power threats at the plate. Hard-hitting Adam Piantedosi (.379, 4 triples) anchored second base, platooning with slick fielding Connor Smith (.455) and Greg Martini (.261). "Mr. Automatic," Steven Bodnar (.727, highest season average in 20 years at Carlisle), and Matt French (.343) provided great middle defense at shortstop. Jason Fidler (.522) and Kevin Coscia (.333) displayed their strong arms from the hot corner.

Carlisle pitchers were blessed to have a fleet of swift outfielders with excellent arms. Sean DeBruzzi (.308) and Jason Forte (.500) roamed center field. Ben Hoffman (.600) and Mark Hassey blanketed left field while Justin Negrin (.348) and Jason Mestancik patrolled right field for the Huskies.

Every team needs a good manager. Sixth grader Daniel Canina did a wonderful job this season. The whole team is extremely grateful and wishes him well in his quest to make the team next year.

All ten graduating eighth graders will be missed next season, especially Ryan Duff and Greg Coscia who have been on the team for three years. The returning six; seventh graders Kevin Coscia, Jason Forte, Greg Martini, Jason Mestancik, Connor Smith and sixth grader Ben Hoffman form a good nucleus for next year's squad.


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