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Friday, June 27, 2003


Carlisle Middle School Baseball Team Season Summary 2003

The Carlisle Middle School baseball team finished as champions of the Nashoba Valley League with a record of 10-2 this spring. Husky pitchers Robert Dolins (4-1) and Dan Canina (4-1) were the mainstays of the pitching staff, while Dolins led the team in hitting with a torrid .621 batting average.

The season began with an impressive offensive display from Dan Canina, who went 3 for 3, smashed 2 towering home runs, and drove in 4 runs in a 20-2 win over Parker school from Ayer. Solid victories followed with Notre Dame (12-2) and at St. Margaret's (1 7-4).

Non-league opponent, Diamond Middle School of Lexington, halted Carlisle's baseball winning streak at 30 games, scoring the winning run in the last inning on a wild pitch in a 7-6 heartbreaker.

The Huskies bounced right back, blasting Lincoln 21-4. Catcher Brendon Hedblom's double and two singles plated 3 runs and Jon Levine pounded out 3 hits, including a double and triple. Robert Dolins and 6th grade lefty Grant McCandless then combined on a 3-hitter in the next game, shutting out St. Jeanne d'Arc 11-0.

After a forfeit by Hanscom, Dolins pitched another 2-hit, 8-K gem against Lincoln (13 -2), getting offensive support from seventh-graders David Grean and Jason Mestancik who had 3 hits and drove in 4 runs between them while platooning in left field.

On May 22, lefty Parker Schweer, having recovered from a wrist injury, got his first pitching start against Parker School in Ayer. Despite light rain and drizzle throughout the game the young Carlisle southpaw did a fine job, allowing only 5 hits while striking out 6 batters in a 16-4 victory. Ben Hassara stepped up in the next game, as he drove in 2 runs in a rain-shortened 5-1 win over Hanscom.

Smarting from two previous losses, Lincoln came to Carlisle with a new strategy: Don't swing the bat!! As Carlisle pitchers struggled to fine their control, Lincoln managed to build a 4-run lead on walks, hit batters, and wild pitches. Taylor Habbe and Ben Hassara drove in key runs as the Huskies battled back to tie the game at 4 to 4. Taking a hint from Lincoln's playbook, Grant McCandless coaxed a walk with the bases loaded in the final inning to give Carlisle the 5-4 win and a 10-0 Nashoba Valley League record.

The final game of the season was against non-league foe Clark Middle School of Lexington. Dan Canina pitched a good game against a strong opponent. Tyler Smith had two hits as Carlisle fought back from a 5-1 deficit to get within one run at 5-4. The rally ended with a strikeout with the bases loaded, as Clark held on for the win.

Eighth-grade right-handers Robert Dolins and Dan Canina, along with 7th grader Tyler Smith, lefty Parker Schweer and 6th grader Grant McCandless, carried the pitching load. Brendon Hedblom (.375) was an outstanding defensive catcher and clutch hitter for the team all season.

At first base, Taylor Habbe (.500) and Grant McCandless (.286) were solid, sure-handed performers. Hard-hitting Jacob Dweck (.467) and Jon Levine

(.364) handled second base. Slick-fielding Robert Dolins (.621) and Tyler Smith

(.269) provided great middle defense at shortstop. Dan Canina (.292) and Ben Hassara (.389) provided offensive pop and strong arms from the hot corner.

Two players who could really cover some ground anchored center field for Carlisle. Rifle arm Evan Tierney and Devon Dray (.375) were a pitcher's best friend. David Grean (.357) and Jason Mestancik (.300) blanketed left field while the trio of Dan Fidler, Wells Mattson and Parker Schweer patrolled right field for the Huskies.

Every team needs a good manager. Eighth-grader Ted Day-Frato did a wonderful job this season. The whole team is extremely grateful to Ted and his mother who provided the team with fruit drinks for every game. We wish Ted the best at CCHS next year.

All eight graduating eighth graders will be missed next season, especially Dan Canina who has been on the team as a manager and player for three years. I am looking forward to working with the eight returning veterans and next years' new players, teaching, competing and having fun playing baseball.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito