Friday, June 23, 2006
Middle school baseball and softball teams have undefeated season Middle school baseball team is 10-0 for the season
As is often said in baseball, "Good pitching and defense win games." That was certainly true of this year's Carlisle Middle School baseball team. Husky players allowed a total of only 12 runs for the season, posting six shutouts, while compiling a 10-0 record.
Sixth-graders Jon Juneau, Brendon Canavan and Gibson Holland all contributed hits and multiple walks in bolstering a 12-hit, 15-run outburst against Lexington's Diamond JV squad. Alex Japko then joined the hit parade in support of Evan Scarlett's 11-0 two-hitter over Lincoln. The final game of the season was scoreless into the last of the fourth inning, when Carlisle batters finally got to Parker's pitching ace for four runs on five singles. Speedy lead-off batter Scarlett was three for four, scoring three runs and second baseman John Gillies lined an RBI single to plate the final tally for an undefeated season.
Pitching mainstays Scarlett and Griffin Creighton both finished the season 4-0. They were fortunate to be throwing to two outstanding defensive catchers, Peter George and Canavan. George also led the team in hitting, with a .652 batting average. Koski and Chris Desrosiers proved to be excellent glove men at first base. At second base veteran Alex Japko and John Gillies showed great baseball instincts; Kevin Clarke and Jackson Forelli handled the third-base "hot corner" with no fear and great arms. Shortstop was anchored by Creighton and Scarlett, who led off, batted .613, and scored 27 runs in just ten games.
Outfield defense was air-tight. Justin Harris hit cleanup and patrolled left field with talented sixth-grader Gibson Holland. Spacious center field was blanketed by strong-armed David Reed and sixth-grade speedster, Jon Juneau. In right field dependable veteran Alex Daniels teamed with Steven Charnley to complete a pitcher's dream outfield.
No successful baseball team is complete without a reliable manager. Nick "The Torpedo" Stoico did an outstanding job all season, and the whole team is extremely grateful for his dedicated service.
Good players make coaches look good. I feel very fortunate to have had this wonderfully talented team of boys for my last year of teaching and coaching at Carlisle. Over the 18 years I have had the privilege to coach the Carlisle Baseball Team, the players have compiled a combined record of 189-19-5. I want to thank this year's team and all the players of past seasons for baseball memories I will always cherish. My best wishes, young men, and good luck to all of you.
Softball has a great year
The Carlisle Middle School softball team had a great year with an undefeated season. The team had eight returning players and welcomed nine new players. We played the Hanscom, Lincoln, Lexington (Diamond and Clarke), and Parker (Devens) middle schools.
Our strong pitching was led by returning eighth-grader Caroline Deignan, who was intimidating on the mound. Rounding out our pitching was seventh-grader Michelle Solomon and sixth-grader Lindsey Verrill. Both pitchers gained a lot of experience this year and we look forward to having them back on the mound next year.
Our returning eighth-grade catcher, Abby Ostrom, was an awesome presence. Backing her up was seventh-grader Monica Diercks. We look forward to her taking over the catching duties. Eighth graders leading the infield consisted of Alisha Deary at first, Kenzie Dray and Nikki Howard at second, Erica Pernice and Kerrie Bourque at shortstop. These players provided strong leadership.
Returning players for next year include seventh-graders Morgan Evans, Julia Lesses, Sloane Brazina, Christine Learned, Makayla Barton, and Melissa Mariano, as well as sixth-grader Allison Lin. All players contributed to our undefeated season.
Despite the many rainouts, the team was able to keep their spirits up. Best of luck to all our eighth graders; they will be missed, and we look forward to a sunnier season next year.
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