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.

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/05/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 2 – FinalSan Papakonstantino scored both goals for the Bulldogs in the win.
Mansfield, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalOA senior Chris Romero flicked in Matt Campbell, who netted his first goal of the year for the Tigers in a battle of division leaders.
Sharon, 0 vs. Shepherd Hill Regional, 1 – Final

Taunton, 1 vs. New Bedford, 2 – FinalAustin Botelho scored the lone goal for Taunton on an assist by Derek Pereira. 
Girls Soccer
Canton, 1 @ Attleboro, 2 – FinalChloe Vieira scored the first goal for the Bombardiers off an assist by Breanna Eddy. Paige Medeiros scored the winner with a 20-yard free kick that went in off the post. Madison Brown made 10 saves to get the win.
King Philip, 1 @ Hopedale, 2 – Hopedale scored four minutes into the game, but 11 minutes later Rachel Hogan equalized for KP off and assist by Lauren Hehn. The hosts scored the winner with 90 seconds left. Emma Durant played well in net for the Warriors, according to head coach Gary Pichel.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Mansfield, 0 – FinalRegan Benton and Bethany Dunk split time in goal for the Tigers and Emily Gaumond picked up the clean sheet for the Hornets. 
Sharon, 2 vs. Shepherd Hill Regional 2 – FinalAlly Steinberg scored a pair of goals in the final six minutes of the game to earn a draw for the Eagles. The first goal was a header off a cross by Alex Miller and the second on a low cross to the edge of the 6-yard box by Victoria Zambello with only a few minutes left in the game.
Taunton, 4 @ New Bedford, 0 – FinalAlana Vincent, Mariah O’Gara, Olivia Sweeney, and Mariah Dwyer scored the goals for the Tigers. O’Gara also added an assist as did Amanda Pugh. Kayla Wenworth made three saves for the shutout.
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final The Bulldogs won 25-7, 25-10, 25-11. Elizabeth Hamilton led Canton with 14 kills, Olivia Devoe had 14 digs, and Cassie Loftus and Nicole Poole combined for 31 assists.
North Attleboro, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final
Franklin, 3 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Franklin was able to pick up a 25-18, 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-10 win on the road. Franklin’s Beth Neal had 14 kills, 14 assists and five blocks, Aubrie Kutil added 11 kills, Dayna McCue had 29 digs and eight aces and Sam Campbell added 16 digs, three kills and an ace for the Panthers.

King Philip, 3 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – King Philip picked a 25-13, 25-20, 25-23 sweep on the road. Micaela Murray had seven service points in the first game and finished with 10 digs, Carly Adams had nine service points in game two and Josie Rowean had 13 total kills and eight service points, including three aces, in game three.
Mansfield, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – FinalMansfield won 25-21, 26-24, 25-18. Catherine Heavey had 30 assists and 12 service points for the Hornets. Sarah Mullahy added seven kills and Jess Haradon had five kills, nine service points, and nine digs.
Field Hockey
Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 4 – Final

North Attleboro, 2 @ Foxboro 3 – FinalMolly Manning, Lily Daly, and Meredith Cronin scored the goals for Foxboro. 
Franklin, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Annie Walsh led Panthers with a goal and an assist. Cassi Ronan and Diana Griffin added the other two goals. Samantha Jones and Kate D’Entremont made one save each for the shutout.
King Philip, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Olivia Schlehuber scored the goal for the Black Knights, while Caitlin Donahue had the goal for the Warriors. Abby Campbell made 12 saves for KP and Kara Ploss made seven for Stoughton.

Mansfield, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalNicole Walker tied the game for the Tigers a minute after Mansfield took the lead. Cassie Gavin made 11 saves for OA in the loss.

Taunton @ Sharon, 4:00
Golf
Taunton, 159 @ North Attleboro, 144 – Final – North Attleboro was led by Dylan Kane with a 34. Tyler Sinacola shot a 35 for the Rocketeers, while Robbie Congdon had a 37 and Bryan Harris had a 38. Taunton was led by Justin Proto’s 36. The Tigers also got a 40 from Mike Volkmann, a 41 from Jason Stern and a 42 from Ryan Oberg.
Sharon, 165 @ Milford, 162 – FinalRyan Tomaso shot a three under par 32 to lead the the Hawks. Sharon was led by Max Avratin and Ryan Crooks, who each shot 39s.

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/01/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Canton, 0 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Jake Goloboy opened the scoring for the Eagles off an assist from Shane Brandes in the 15th minute and Sonny Somdah added an unassisted goal 15 minutes later to double the lead. 
Girls Soccer
Sharon, 5 vs. Norwood, 2 – FinalAmanda Klayman, Victoria Zambello, Ally Filipkowski, Ally Steinberg, and Alex Rabb all scored goals for the Eagles in the non-league win. Freshman Lydia Chase made 11 saves in her second varsity appearance.
Volleyball
Canton, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Canton picked up a 25-18, 25-8, 25-13 division sweep. Elizabeth Hamilton led an entire team effort with 13 kills. Head coach Pat Cawley said Kaitlin McCarthy played great two way ball and Maria Mackie, Julia Panico, Kehla Minkin and Erika Lum all played great defense. 
Field Hockey
North Attleboro, 1 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Dimitra Efremidis set up Nicole Walker for Oliver Ames’ lone goal, which came in the first half. Foxboro freshman Lily Daly tied the game off an assist from Meri Cronin late in the second half. 

Franklin,1 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Christina Quinn scored nine minutes into the game and it turned out to be the game-winner for the Panthers. KP goalie Abby Campbell made 14 saves to keep the Warriors in the game in the second half. Franklin goalie Sam Jones made a save with 1:30 left to preserve the win.
Canton @ Sharon, 3:45

Milford, 0 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Courtney Campbell scored with five minutes left in the game off an assist from Mia Russell to lift the Black Knights. Kara Ploss had the shutout in goal for Stoughton while Milford goalie Emily Smith also had a strong game.
Golf
Oliver Ames, 157 @ Stoughton, 185 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Jack Green shot a match-low 37 to lead the Tigers while Steven Tasho, Ryan McGarry and Mark Bissonette each carded a 40. Josh Roos shot a 44 for the Black Knights.
Milford, 6 @ Hopedale, 3 – Final – In a non-league game against rival Hopedale, the Scarlet Hawks picked up a 6-3 win in match play format. Ryan Tomaso led Milford with a 33 while Anthony Arcudi and Zach Tammaro each shot 38. 
Canton, 168 @ Foxboro, 190 – Final

Franklin, 174 @ Taunton, 162 – Final – Taunton’s Mario Wilson carded a match low round of 37 for the Tigers.

King Philip, 161 @ North Attleboro, 166 – Final – Todd Bushway and Sebastian Ladoulis led the way for the Warriors, each shooting 39. Robbie Congdon shot a team-low 39 for the Rocketeers.

Attleboro, 187 @ Sharon, 170 – Final – Ryan Crooks and Max Avratin both carded a 40 on the day, which was the low score for the match.