Dalton Dazzles With One-Hitter To Lift Mansfield

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Mansfield sophomore Tyler Dalton allowed just one hit on Friday afternoon. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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SHARON, Mass. – In a battle between two sophomore pitchers, Mansfield’s Tyler Dalton emerged victorious, throwing a one-hit complete game shutout to give the Hornets a 3-0 over Sharon on Friday afternoon.

Dalton and Sharon’s Max Tarlin, who was making his varsity debut, both went the distance. Dalton’s one hit came in the fifth inning, a single down the right field line by Jordan Chabot. Only one other Sharon runner reached – Jake Teven – on an error in the sixth inning while Dalton finished with eight strikeouts. Tarlin scattered seven hits, issuing just one walk and two earned runs in his debut.

“Tyler’s performance, it was exactly what we needed,” Mansfield head coach Joe Breen said after his squad improved to 4-7 on the season. “Our seniors have been great leaders all year and a couple guys are struggling a little bit so we’ve needed the younger guys to pick it up and try and set the tone a little bit until the seniors get back on track. Tyler was certainly the guy for us today.”

Both Dalton and Tarlin had three strikeouts apiece through two innings of play. Mansfield was able to cash in first in the top of the third inning behind a one out triple from Zack Peterson. Peterson ripped a shot to right center field and was singled in by Aidan Cahill on the first pitch he saw. Tarlin recovered with a pop up and a strike out to end the inning.

The Hornets were back at it in the fourth inning. Two straight throwing errors that drew the first baseman off the bag put Dan Saraceno and Jake Tryder on base with no outs. Sharon’s Mark Botaish made a nice running grab in foul territory for the first out and a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners with two outs. Max Boen, hitting in the nine spot, drove a base hit up the middle to plate Saraceno to make it 2-0.

Mansfield scored a run for the third straight inning in the top of the fifth. Aidan Cahill’s hit eluded the sliding attempt of Sharon centerfielder Andrew Filipkowski, turning a single into a runner on second with no outs situation. Mike Arnold’s single moved Cahill to third and Tyrone Pascual’s sacrifice fly – which was turned into a double play at first – brought Cahill in as final run of the game in from third.

“It’s been the story of the season for us so far, we’re getting guys on just not scoring,” Breen said after his Hornets had a runner on base in all innings except two. “We’ve had games where we get guys on six out of the seven innings and haven’t scored. We haven’t gotten those one or two big hits to break a game open. We still didn’t get those hits today but we got enough.”

Sharon finally was able to reach base in the bottom of the fifth inning when Chabot ripped a two out shot into right field. The Eagles tried to build the momentum by sending Chabot to try and steal second but Mansfield catcher Mike Arnold’s throw and Boen’s tag was in time to end the inning.

“It’s a combination of Tyler on the mound, kind of growing up a little bit in the last couple of weeks, being able to get over a hit like that because he knew what he had lost, I could see it in his eyes. And then getting some help from a senior captain, throwing the guy out at second to kill any of their momentum, it was a big one,” Breen said.

Although Tarlin was dealt the loss, he was impressive in his first ever varsity start. He struck out seven in seven innings of work.

“His performance is the main thing I’m taking away from this game,” Sharon first year coach Kee Arguimbau said. “That and the fact that the Mansfield pitcher was just as good, maybe a little better. A little better in the sense that he was pitching ahead but overall I couldn’t be any happier with Max Tarlin’s performance today. As far as the game, you just have to tip your cap to the other pitcher, he threw the lights out. We couldn’t get around on him, and when you don’t get any hits or score any runs, you’re not going to win games.”

Mansfield baseball (3-6, 4-7) will look to make it two in a row when they travel to the Kelley-Rex leading Warriors of King Philip on Monday. Sharon (1-8, 1-10) will try to bounce back when they host Milford the same day.

“At the halfway mark, we were 3-7,” Breen said. “We needed to go 7-3 the rest of the way but the message has been, and the guys did it today, we need to go 1-0 each game. We have to worry about each day individually, we can’t go 7-3 in one game so we have to take it one game at a time.”

Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Baseball: Davenport Division Preview 2016

Stoughton junior Ryan Sullivan will look to try and lead the Black Knights to the playoffs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Stoughton junior Ryan Sullivan will look to try and lead the Black Knights to the playoffs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2015 Record: 11-11
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: JP Scott

The Bulldogs graduated a handful of key pieces from last year’s team that reached the playoffs but they also return plenty of experienced players and hope to reach the playoffs again.

“The expectation for us is to have a successful season and make a run for a small Hock title,” Canton head coach JP Scott said. “But our main goal of the season will be to make it back to the state tournament like we did in 2015.”

Canton has 11 seniors on the roster this season led by captains Griffin Jerrier and Joe Peccia. Jerrier has plenty of experience on the bump while Peccia was second on the team last year with a .393 batting average. The Bulldogs also have their top batter back in Kevin Powers, who batted over .400 last year and drove in 15 runs in the season. Powers was also one of Canton’s top pitchers after logging over 40 innings in 2015.

Scott also brings back Jim Jenkins, Mike McMahon, Sean Doyle and Joe Bires, all which have starting experience. Junior Jackson Maffeo, fresh off a tremendous season on the ice, is expected to contribute in his first season on varsity.

FOXBORO

2015 Record: 4-16
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Chris Sullivan

After just four wins last year, the Warriors look poised to improve on that this year. Foxboro graduated just two seniors year last and have seven starters back for 2016.

“This is the hardest working and most dedicated group that has come through the school since I graduated in 2002,” head coach Chris Sullivan said. “We have a ton of guys who worked hard in the weight room, in the cages, and by playing competitive summer baseball this past offseason.”

Justin Garcia will lead a strong group of experienced pitchers. Garcia had a 1.54 ERA last season, striking out nearly 50 batters to rank near the top of the league. Colin Thoener, Darren Kelly and Aaron Wentling will also all see time on the mound this season.

Chad Bearce will likely handle first base while Garcia is on the mound while Darren Kelly and John Cronin will see time up the middle. Thoener will show off his defensive prowess at third and senior Nick Wright will return for his third season patrolling centerfield for Foxboro. AJ Cavossa, AJ Bubencik and Cam Feldman will all split the other outfield time and Jesse Galanti is back behind the plate for the third consecutive season.

MILFORD

2015 Record: 11-10
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Paul Pellegrini

After just getting into the postseason last year, Milford has key pieces back in key positions to try and keep their playoff streak alive.

“This team is a very athletic team with lots of versatility,” head coach Paul Pellegrini said. “If we put everything together, which I believe we will, we should be fun to watch. We will definitely be very competitive and strong team all around.”

One big reason that Milford has a shot at getting back there is sophomore Aidan Wilde, who led the league as a freshman in batting last year. He hit had 36 hits and hit .537 with 21 RBI and was selected as the HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. Junior Blake Hill has batted .360 over the past two years and will also be a key part of the Scarlet Hawks pitching staff.

Junior Alex Macek will be one of the more experienced pitchers in the Davenport and will be relied upon as Milford tries to replace Griffin Lynch and Alex Croteau. Brian Ireland, who also is the starting third baseman, will also get innings for Milford this season.

OLIVER AMES

2016 Record: 15-7
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Leo Duggan

Losing arguably the two top players in the league will be tough for Oliver Ames but the Tigers have been the class of the league in recent years and have reloaded year after year.

Oliver Ames has won six straight league titles but this season might be the biggest challenge. Hockomock MVP and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Brendan Welch is off at SNHU now and Mike Ferrara, who set the single season hit record for the Tigers, is out at Worcester State.

However, Leo Duggan has infielder Chris Romero back to lead OA after batting .474 last year, good for fourth in the league. Romero gets it done at the plate, in the field and on the bases – stealing 18 bases last year. Romero will be joined by Josh Minuskin, who saw time all over the field last year and will settle in behind the plate in 2016.

Ryan Adams will be another key piece, playing in 18 games last year and batting .404 with 10 RBI. Sophomore Matt Muir also returns after a standout freshman year. Sam Burr, Kevin Geary, Mitchell Goulet and Nick Zwerle should all see some innings on the mound this season.

Sharon

2015 Record: 6-14
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Kee Arguimbau

For the first time in nearly a half a century, there will be a new head coach for the Sharon Eagles baseball team. After 44 years at the helm, Joel Peckham retired after last season and assistant Kee Arguimbau has taken the reigns.

Senior Isaac Miley will be a leader that Arguimbau will rely on all over the place. He’s been on varsity since his sophomore year and is returns as the starting shortstop this season and will be one of the program’s top pitchers.

Senior Mark Botaish will also see a lot of time on the mound and will man third base when he’s not pitching. Arguimbau noted Botaish’s strong junior season and is hoping that will be built on this year. Andrew Filipkowski is back in the outfield for his third season and will be relied upon to get the offense started from the leadoff spot.

Junior Jake Marglous is back at catcher again this season and classmate Aiden Arnold is back to man first base. Arnold was also one of the Eagles’ top hitters last season and will help pace the offense this year. Arguimbau also expect contributions from Rob Bayha, Mike Dumont, Jordan Chabot, Ryan Crooks and Spencer Singer.

Stoughton

2015 Record: 9-11
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mike Armour

The Black Knights came up just short of the postseason last year but return a strong core and are poised to punch their ticket to the playoffs in 2016.

“With a mix of experience and youth, we are looking to field a competitive team this season that should be able to compete with anybody,” head coach Mike Armour said.

Jake Gibbs has been one of the top players in the league the last two seasons and will look to do the same during his senior year behind the plate. Junior Ryan Sullivan showed a lot on the mound last season and will see a lot of innings along with juniors Justin Hutchinson and Nico Parmeggiani and senior Barry Cooke.

Armour is looking for Doug Seaman to take on an expanded role during his senior season after being limited to just hitting last season. Junior Jack Connelly will man first base for the Black Knights while Joe Piana will see time at third base. Expect Chris McNulty, Nick Quattrucci, Matt Gallagher, Luke Johnson, Michael Batte to all see time in the field while Jared Maher will log some innings on the mound.