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Friday, July 4, 2008

 

CCHS boys baseball spring round-up

The Mosquito thanks Georgia Guttadauro for stepping up to the plate and covering boys baseball at the last minute.

 

Although their record didn’t accurately reflect it, the CCHS Boys Varsity Baseball team had a very beneficial and valuable 2008 season. The team fell short of expectations this season

Pitcher Grant McCandless (left) and catcher Brenden Hedblom made significant contributions to the team’s successful season. (Courtesy photo)

mainly due to field issues and various injuries, but still managed to finish the regular season strong with a record of 10-10. The perseverance of the team earned them not only the title of co-champions of the Dual County League (DCL) Small, but also the 16th seed in the Division II North State Tournament.

A large part of the team’s success is attributable to their coach, John Kelly. The team widely accepted his coaching system, which focused on improving their hitting and conditioning, while also working to eliminate unnecessary errors in the field.

Impressive base-stealing

The team’s hard work paid off, allowing them to steal an impressive 60 bases during the season and beat powerhouse Acton-Boxborough and state-ranked Tyngsboro. In the state tournament, CCHS easily defeated their first opponent, East Boston, 25-0, advancing to play Winchester, the number-one seed in the North Division. The team took the lead early and continued the fight throughout the game, but Winchester ultimately defeated CCHS, 8-4. Coach Kelly was proud of the team’s ability to “battle back and show heart against a number-one seed.”

Captain Brenden Hedblom, senior from Carlisle, significantly contributed to the team’s success as the starting catcher who played in every inning of the season. Hedblom’s talent behind the plate and up at bat earned him the honor of team MVP. Working with Hedblom were Carlisle pitchers Grant McCandless and Parker Schweer. Junior McCandless, a starting pitcher, was named a DCL Small League All-Star for his solid year of pitching, including the no-hitter he pitched against Bedford. Senior Schweer surprised many people this season with his talent as a pitcher, both starting and closing essential games.

Tom Robbins, a senior from Concord, reflectsed on the season: “I speak for everyone when I say we were all very proud of each and every member of the 2008 team. Underachievement aside, it will be hard to find another team with the amount of talent we had, and much of the credit is due to the three Carlisle players we rostered this season.”∆


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