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Friday, June 28, 2002


Carlisle Middle School spring sports round-up Baseball season summary 2002

Outstanding pitching, a ball-hawking defense, and solid, timely hitting propelled the Carlisle Huskies Middle School baseball team to the Nashoba Valley League Championship this spring. The team finished 13-0, averaging 14 runs a game, while limiting opponents to a total of only 14 runs during the season.

The highlight of the campaign was the team's pitching and defense. Following the example of Red Sox pitcher, Derek Lowe, Carlisle's pitching staff combined for an incredible total of six no-hitters. Jason Forte (3-0) and Justin Desrosiers (5-0) each had two, Greg Martini (3-0) one, and Desrosiers and Kevin Coscia (2-0) collaborated for the final gem.

Bottom row: (left to right) Luke Deary, Robert Dolins, Evan Tierney, Ben Hoffman, Justin Desrosiers, Brendon Hedblom, Keith Lewis, team manager. Top row: coach LaPalme, Marcus Widell, Greg Martini, Jason Forte, Dan Canina, Cory Robart, Thomas Abend, Jeremy Mestancik, Kevin Coscia. Missing from the photo: Jacob Dweck, Taylor Habbe. (Photo by Sarah Bysshe)
The season began with some thunder, as Jeremy Mestancik went 4 for 5 with 10 RBI's in support of Jason Forte's 22-0 no hit performance over Hanscom. Kevin Coscia then notched his first win in a 3-1, rain-shortened contest at Lincoln. Solid victories followed over Parker 10-3 (Martini 4 for 4; Taylor Habbe 3 for 3, 3 RBI's) and St. Margaret's 10-2 (Martini 2 doubles, 4 RBI's).

On May 8 undefeated Notre Dame Academy of Tyngsboro exploded for 4 runs in the first inning at Carlisle. Forced to come from behind, the Husky nine battled back with Dan Canina going 2 for 3, while Evan Tierney knocked in 3 runs with a single and sacrifice fly for a pivotal 9-6 victory.

A string of dominating wins were posted over Clark MS 19-0 (Robert Dolins 3 for 4; Justin Desrosiers 3 for 3, 7 RBI's), St. Jeanne d'Arc 16-0 (Jason Forte no hitter; Marcus Widell 2 for 4, 4 RBI's; Kevin Coscia 2 for 4, 3 RBI's), Hanscom 19-2, Lincoln 12-0 (Ben HOffman 2 for 3, HR; Desrosiers 3 run HR), and Parker 20-0 (Desrosiers no hitter, 14K's HR; Mestancik 3 for 4; Tierney 3-5).

The next game pitted Carlisle against Notre Dame Academy, whose only loss had been against Carlisle earlier in the season. Justin Desrosiers pitched brilliantly, crafting a no-hitter with RBI's from Coscia, Hoffman and Widell for a 4-0 victoy. This game continued a remarkable run of four no hitters in a row to close out the season, as Martini Fired a no hitter vs. St. Margaret's 15-0 and Desrosiers and Coscia combined to blank Diamond MS on no-hits 27-0.

Eighth grade right-handers Justin Desrosiers, Jason Forte, Greg Martini and Kevin Coscia carried the pitching load. Ben Hoffman (.567) was an outstanding catcher and clutch hitter all season.

At first base Corey Robart (.545) and Dan Canina were sure-handed performers. Taylor Habbe missed much of the season with an injured wrist and he's looking forward to playing more next year. Slick-fielding Marcus Widell and Robert Dolins (.350) anchored 2nd base, while hard-hitting Justin Desrosiers (.667, 5 triples, 5 HR, 32 RBI's) and Greg Martini (.476, 5 doubles, 3 triples) produced great middle defense at shortstop. Keven Coscia (.441) provided a strong arm and offensive pop from behind the hot corner.

Carlisle pitchers were blessed to have a fleet of swift outfielders with excellent arms. Jeremy Mestancik (.475, 7 doubles, 26 RBI's) and Jason Forte (.560) roamed center field. Sixth graders Brendon Hedblom (.286) and Luke Deary blanketed left field, while Evan Tierney (.310) platooned with Thomas Abend (.333) and Jacob Dweck, patrolling right field for the Huskies.

Every team needs a good manager. Eighth-grader Keith Lewis did a wonderful job this season. The whole team is extremely grateful and wishes him well at CCHS next year.

All eight graduating eighth graders will be missed next season, especially Kevin Coscia and Greg Martini who have been on the team for three years. This was an extraordinary team that experienced a magical season of baseball, one filled with "glory days" and happy memories for all the players.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito