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Stoughton senior pitcher and outfielder Justin Hutchinson has been named the 2017 HockomockSports.com Baseball Player of the Year. Hutchinson played a vital role in leading the Black Knights to their second straight Hockomock League Davenport division title. Hutchinson was also voted a Hockomock League All Star for the second consecutive season.
“Justin was a true difference maker on the mound the last couple of seasons for the Black Knights,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “Any time he had the ball in his hand, you knew you were going to see a top pitching performance. When he wasn’t on the mound, he was a very good left fielder and had some solid at-bats throughout the year.”
In 12 appearances this season, Hutchinson was 8-2 overall (a league high in wins) in 56 innings of work. The senior right hander posted a 1.50 ERA (just 12 earned runs allowed all season) while striking out 67 batters. He struck out 59 of those batters in the regular season, which was second most in the league.
Even more impressive, Hutchinson limited opponents to a 0.176 batting average and allowed just four extra base hits – three doubles, one triple – all season long against 227 batters.
“Justin was instrumental in the Black Knights winning the Davenport title the past two seasons,” said Stoughton head coach Mike Armour. “Hutch loves the game of baseball, is a great teammate, and led by example every time he set foot on the field.”
Offensively, Hutchinson was a key piece in Stoughton’s lineup. He batted 0.279 (19 hits) with a pair of doubles and a triple. He scored 10 runs and knocked in 11 runs. He had multi-RBI games against Attleboro, Mansfield, Foxboro and Canton.
“He’s just an athlete and a competitor who consistently got the job done for his team when they needed him, whether it was on the mound or at the plate,” said Mansfield head coach Joe Breen. “He was dominant from start to finish. That’s what MVP type players do.”
Hutchinson, who will be playing at Westfield State next season, is the first ever Stoughton athlete – male or female – to win Player of the Year honors. Taunton’s Luke Figueira (2015), Oliver Ames’ Brendan Welch (2015), Attleboro’s Max Lancaster (2014) and David MacKinnon (2013) are previous winners of the Baseball Player of the Year award.
Honorable Mention: Jake Noviello (Franklin), Will Weir (King Philip), Aidan Wilde (Milford).
HockomockSports.com First Team
Zach DeMattio – North Attleboro – Catcher
North Attleboro junior Zach DeMattio had a standout season behind the plate for the Rocketeers. DeMattio was a rock behind the dish defensively, handling a young pitching staff while being one of the best at fielding bunts and throwing out would-be base stealers. He was also one of the top hitters in the league, posting a 0.333 batting average, three home runs and 15 RBI. “Zach’s greatest contribution was probably on defense,” said NAHS coach Paul Tobin. “Zach handled our inexperienced pitching staff expertly, calling the pitches and guiding them to a team ERA of 2.33.”
Ruben Gonzalez – Stoughton – Infield
Stoughton junior Ruben Gonzalez made a big impact in his first year starting at shortstop. Gonzalez was big reason why Stoughton captured its second straight Davenport title, batting 0.382 (tied for a league-high 28 hits in the regular season), and led Stoughton in runs scored (19), RBI (16) and stolen bases (13). “Ruben made a seamless transition to shortstop this season,” said SHS coach Mike Armour. “He stood out as a special player and has the potential to be one of the best players in the Hockomock next season.”
Nick Sinacola – North Attleboro – Infield
North Attleboro junior Nick Sinacola had a breakout year for the Rocketeers. Not only did Sinacola emerge as one of the top offensive weapons in the league this year, he also got it done on the mound. He was third in the league with a 0.415 batting average and led Big Red with 15 runs. He was fourth in the league with 49 strikeouts in 48.2 innings of work, posting a 2.01 ERA. “Nick was voted team MVP, the first time that a junior has won this award in memory and elected 2018 captain by his teammates,” said North Attleboro head coach Paul Tobin.
Aidan Wilde – Milford – Infield
Another year, another impressive campaign for Milford junior Aidan Wilde. In his third year starting on varsity, Wilde played in the infield, behind the plate at catcher and also pitched. During the regular season, Wilde batted 0.429 (second in the league) with 15 runs scored and 14 RBI. He also went 3-1 with 38 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of work. “He continues to be one of the best all around players in the league,” said Milford coach Paul Pellegrini. “He’s a special player that we will get to enjoy for another year.”
Will Weir – King Philip – Infield
King Philip senior Will Weir had a terrific final season patrolling the infield for the Warriors. Weir’s strong season at the plate and in the field earned him Hockomock League MVP honors. He led the league with a 0.438 batting average, with 28 hits, 15 runs scored and seven RBI. “Every bit of what makes him a special baseball player, he is equally as special as a person,” said KP coach Pat Weir. “His entire career at KP he always put the team above all else, he was a positive influence and role model for all within the baseball program as well as the entire school.”
Kyle Gagliardi – Oliver Ames – Outfield
Oliver Ames senior Kyle Gagliardi finished his high school athletic career with a stellar season for the Tigers. While handling center field duties, Gagliardi was one of the top defensive players in the league. At the plate, Gagliardi led OA with a 0.477 batting average with a team-best 29 hits. He knocked in 13 runs and crossed the plate 15 times with three stolen bases. “Kyle was our team’s MVP this year,” said Oliver Ames head coach Joe Abarr. “He led the team in virtually every offensive category and did an outstanding job in center field.”
Ryan Hodgkins – Franklin – Outfield
Franklin senior Ryan Hodgkins was a big reason that Franklin won its first division title in four years. Hodgkins batted 0.368 (28 hits), knocked in a team-high 12 runs and scored 13 runs. He also had 10 stolen bases on the season. “Ryan has been a very steady and consistent performer for us over the last two seasons,” said FHS coach Zach Brown. “Ryan is a very aggressive outfielder with a strong arm, he has really good at bats, hits for a high average and is a really instinctual baserunner. Ryan is a complete baseball player and will be greatly missed next season.”
Ryan Sullivan – Stoughton – Outfield
Senior Ryan Sullivan capped his tremendous career at Stoughton with a memorable final baseball season. A three sport captain, he led Stoughton’s offense with a team-high 0.406 average (26 hits) and added 18 runs, 11 RBI and nine stolen bases. On the mound, he went 3-2 with a 1.58 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 44.1 innings. “Ryan is a humble and coachable young man with an incredible amount of athletic talent,” said SHS coach Mike Armour. “He also excels in the classroom, and is the best all-around student-athlete I have encountered in my 14 years at SHS.”
Jack Connelly – Stoughton – Utility
Jack Connelly had another stellar season manning first base for the Davenport division winning Black Knights. A senior, Connelly played a key role in helping Stoughton clinch its second straight division title, hitting 0.394 (26 hits, including 7 extra base hits) with 15 runs, 14 RBI and tied for a league-high three home runs. “Jack was a force to be reckoned with at the plate for opposing teams, as well as playing stellar defense at first base all season (one error in 159 total chances),” said SHS coach Mike Armour. “The bigger the moment, the better Jack was.”
Nolan Dousa – Mansfield – Pitcher
Mansfield senior Nolan Dousa capped his career with the Hornets with an impressive 2017 campaign. After missing his junior season to injury, Dousa stepped back in as one of the league’s top pitchers. During the regular season, Dousa had five wins, registering 42 strikeouts in 48.2 innings of work with a 2.16 ERA. “Nolan is our ace and gets the ball in every big game we have because he demands it,” said Mansfield coach Joe Breen. “Our team has a different sense of confidence when Nolan is on the mound. He gave us a chance to win in every single outing.”
Justin Hutchinson – Stoughton – Pitcher
Stoughton senior Justin Hutchinson had yet another great season, earning HockomockSports.com Player of the Year honors. He was 8-2 on the season, striking out 67 batters in 56 innings of work. He registered seven or more strikeouts in six appearances this season. He also had 19 hits at the plate, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. “He was very dedicated to the program and he just loves the game of baseball,” said SHS coach Mike Armour. “I have full confidence he will excel at the next level. There won’t be another Hutch.”
Jake Noviello – Franklin – Pitcher
Franklin junior Jake Noviello had an outstanding season for the Kelley-Rex champion Panthers. The right-handed pitcher was one of the most dominant hurlers in the league, with 55.1 innings pitched (second most) and 61 strikeouts (first) in the regular season. He posted a 6-2 record with a 1.65 ERA and also won Franklin’s first playoff game. “Jake was our workhorse this season, every time he had the ball in his hand we felt great about our chances to win on that day,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown. “We are extremely excited to have him back next season for his senior year.”
HockomockSports.com Second Team
Cullin Anastasia – Mansfield – Catcher
Mansfield junior Cullin Anastasia had a strong season behind the plate, helping the Hornets get back to the postseason after a year off. During the regular season, he collected 19 hits (0.328) with 10 RBI and 10 runs scored. “This past offseason he set himself out to be our starting catcher and earned the job,” said Mansfield coach Joe Breen. “While his defense was stellar, he really set himself apart from the pack with his bat. He was the dark horse of our team this year and looks to be one of the top all around players in the league next season.”
Matt Callahan – Attleboro – Infield
Attleboro senior Matt Callahan was a bright spot for the Bombardiers during the 2017 campaign. Starting all 20 games at shortstop, he led the Bombardiers with 21 hits, scored a team-high 12 runs and finished with six RBI. He had two home runs against North Attleboro at Community Field, helping Attleboro to a 2-1 win over Big Red. “Matt was all-around our most productive player and was easily our best and most consistent bat in our lineup,” said AHS coach Matt Bosh. “He played tremendous at shortstop and really solidified that key position in our defense this year.”
Jacob Crawford – Taunton – Infield
Taunton junior Jacob Crawford picked up where he left off a year ago, but this year shifting over to shortstop. Arguably one of the best defensive players in the area, Crawford made a big leap on the offensive side of the ball too. He led the Tigers with a 0.350 batting average during the regular season, scoring 15 runs on 21 hits. “Jake was the most consistent offensive and defensive player for us all year,” said Taunton coach Blair Bourque. “He is one of the best high school shortstops I’ve seen. He made some incredible plays this year that helped keep us in games.”
Matt Farragher – Mansfield – Infield
Mansfield senior Matt Farragher capped his high school athletic career with an impressive season at second base. He finished the season with 26 hits for a 0.347 average. He also led the Hornets with 16 runs scored. “Matty was the catalyst of our offense leading the team in almost every category,” said Mansfield coach Joe Breen. “He had a number of timely hits throughout the course of the season and in my opinion is the best defensive second baseman in the Hockomock League, making him one of the top all around players in the area.”
Zack Tamagni – Milford – Infield
Milford senior Zack Tamagni had an impressive season for the Scarlet Hawks, who returned to the postseason after a year off. Not only was his defense among the best in the league, Tamagni emerged as a top offensive threat as well. He was in the top 10 in the regular season with a 0.393 batting average on 24 hits. He also led the league with 17 RBI and added 14 runs scored. “Zack is the kind of kid that you only have to say something to him once and he just gets it,” said MHS coach Paul Pellegrini. “He is a great leader on the field and just a tremendous teammate.”
Danny Hartnett – Canton – Outfield
Canton senior Danny Hartnett had a great final season for the Bulldogs. A three sport athlete, Hartnett had his best baseball season during his senior year. He was fourth in the Hockomock League with a 0.397 batting average (23 hits including six doubles) while adding 13 runs scored and eight RBI for the Bulldogs. “Dan led the offense the entire year,” said CHS coach Greg Digirolamo. “He’s not the prototypical lead off guy, with no walks on the season but he got so many hits I had to keep leading him off. He finished the season leading all offensive categories.”
Jake Lyons – Franklin – Outfield
Franklin senior Jake Lyons played a vital role in helping the Panthers clinch their first division title in four years. Lyons was one of the top defensive players in the league while patrolling center field for the Panthers. Offensively, Lyons posted a 0.333 average on 26 hits. He knocked in eight runs and scored a team-high 19 runs. “Jake has played a very steady center field for us over the last two seasons and has consistent quality at-bats,” said FHS coach Zach Brown. “Jake will be greatly missed both offensively and defensively next year.”
Matt Machado – Taunton – Outfield
Taunton senior Matt Machado had yet another strong year for the Tigers. Machado was once again one of, if not the best, defensive outfielder in the Hockomock this season. At the plate, Machado was one of Taunton’s top hitters, batting 0.324 with 14 runs scored. “Matt is an outstanding leader and his work ethic is second to none. His experience really helped us reach the playoffs,” said THS coach Blair Bourque. “Matt played a terrific outfield, he covered a ton of ground out in center field and took away a lot of extra base hits.”
Tyler Medeiros – Taunton – Utility
Taunton junior Tyler Medeiros emerged as one of the top players in the Hockomock League in 2017. After being limited during his sophomore season because of injury, Medeiros earned four wins and was one of the league leaders in strikeouts. He fanned 68 batters with just eight walks in 56.1 innings of work, posting a 1.98 ERA. He also chipped in with 16 RBI at the plate while batting just under 0.300. “Tyler really step up big for us both on the mound and at the plate for us this year, he led the team in wins and strikeouts,” said Taunton head coach Blair Bourque.
Sam Burr – Oliver Ames – Pitcher
Oliver Ames senior Sam Burr had a tremendous final season with the Tigers. As the team’s ace, Burr had some dominant performances throughout the 2017 season. He posted a 1.63 ERA in 53.1 innings of work, earning a 6-1 record for his senior season. He also struck out 29 batters while allowing just seven walks all season long. He added 13 hits and seven runs scored on offense. “Sam was our team’s ace and a captain that went above and beyond expectations on the mound,” said OA coach Joe Abarr. “He always put our offense in a great position to come out on top.”
Max Tarlin – Sharon – Pitcher
Sharon junior Max Tarlin continued his stellar play from his sophomore campaign into 2017. Tarlin was the ace of the Eagles’ staff this year, allowing just nine earned runs in 56.2 innings of work (1.11 ERA) while striking out 46 batters. He posted a 5-4 record on the season. In those nine games in which he got a decision, Sharon scored just 22 runs. “He was working with a total of 2.5 average runs of support a game and more often than not, that was enough,” said Sharon coach Kee Arguimbau. “I can’t wait to see the level of play Max will deliver next year.”
Jason Ulrickson – Franklin – Pitcher
Junior Jason Ulrickson gave Franklin a second ace this season which is a big reason why the Panthers clinched their first division title in four seasons. The left handed pitcher posted a 7-1 record over the season, striking out 38 batters in 46.2 innings of work. He walked just 10 batters, tossed four complete games and allowed just seven earned runs (1.05 ERA). “Jason is a crafty lefty that attacks the strikes zone with movement and by changing speeds,” said FHS coach Zach Brown. “We are excited to have Jason back again competing at the top of our rotation again next season.”
Attleboro sophomore Eoin Kelleher has been named the fifth annual HockomockSports.com Baseball Underclassman of the Year after having a breakout campaign in his first year on varsity.
Kelleher made a big splash in his first season on varsity, emerging as a reliable starting pitching option for the Bombardiers. He posted a 4-1 record this season, including tossing a no-hitter under the lights at Community Field against rival North Attleboro. He struck out 17 batters and posted a 1.00 ERA in 35 innings of work.
“In his first year pitching at the varsity level, Eoin surpassed all expectations on the mound,” said Attleboro head coach Matt Bosh. “He was the team leader in almost every important statistical pitching category.”
In his lone loss of the season, Kelleher allowed just one run in eight innings of work. In a no decision effort, he allowed just two runs on four hits in a complete game effort against Sharon.
“Eoin really impressed during his sophomore season for Attleboro,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan said. “He had a lot of gutsy performances on the mound and his no-hitter against North Attleboro is a performance that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.”
Kelleher is the third sophomore to win this award, joining Oliver Ames’ Matt Muir (2016) and Taunton’s Luke Figueira (2014). Other previous winners include Milford freshman Aidan Wilde (2015) and Franklin freshman Nick Santucci (2013).
Honorable Mention: Alex Coady (Milford), Alex Haba (Franklin), Anthony Mollica (Foxboro).
Coach of the Year – Zach Brown, Franklin
Franklin head coach Zach Brown has been selected as the 2017 HockomockSports.com Baseball Coach of the Year. It’s the first time Brown has won the award.
Brown helped the Panthers orchestrate an impressive season, resulting in a Kelley-Rex division title – the program’s first title since 2012. Franklin posted a league best 13-3 record in league play and an 18-6 overall record.
Franklin’s 17-5 regular season record put the Panthers in the Super 8 conversation and earned the top seed in the D1 South tournament. The Panthers also won the Pedroli Classic tournament at the end of the regular season.
“Coach Brown did a great job getting the best out of his team this season,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “Not only did he manage his pitching staff perfectly, he helped the Panthers overcome a slow start offensively and become the league’s top team by the end of the season.”
Brown is the fifth winner of the award, joining Stoughton’s Mike Armour (2016), Mansfield’s Joe Breen (2015), Oliver Ames’ Leo Duggan (2014) and Taunton’s Jeff Sylvia (2013).
Honorable Mention: Joe Abarr (Oliver Ames), Mike Armour (Stoughton), Paul Pellegrini (Milford).