The Hockomock League Championships were held at King Philip High this past weekend. Below are the team results and the top eight finishers for each event.
Boys Team Results
1. Mansfield – 108
2. North Attleboro – 99
3. Oliver Ames – 79
4. Stoughton – 71
5. King Philip – 68
6. Attleboro – 59
7. Milford – 55
8. Franklin – 50
9. Taunton – 38
10. Foxboro – 21
11. Canton – 10
12. Sharon – 5
1. Favor Ugah, Canton – 11.13
2. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 11.16
3. Kaiden Murray, Attleboro – 11.34
4. GJ Mualis, Taunton – 11.45
5. Chamberlain Guthrie, Jr., Mansfield – 11.52
6. William Klawson, Franklin – 11.54
7. Andrew Jean-Louis, Taunton – 11.64
8. Myles Brown, Mansfield – 11.65
1. Dmitrius Shearrion, Taunton – 22.44
2. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – 22.82
3. William Klawson, Franklin – 23.03
4. Nate Kablik, Mansfield – 23.31
5. Nathan Gebhard, King Philip – 23.68
6. Aris Giatrakos, Stoughton – 23.78
7. Zyeem Charles, Attleboro – 23.88
8. Abraham Guir, North Attleboro – 23.96
1. Tyler Powderly, Franklin – 51.80
2. Sam Bush, North Attleboro – 51.92
3. Nathan Gebhard, King Philip – 52.06
4. Ben Parson, Milford – 53.05
5. Angel St. Marc, Taunton – 53.54
6. Michael Simonian, North Attleboro – 54.46
7. Stephen Haney, Foxboro – 54.51
8. Jake Vaccarezza, Franklin – 54.65
1. Noah Hurd, King Philip – 1:59.50
2. Aidan Dupill, Oliver Ames – 2:01.10
3. Talon Johnson, Mansfield – 2:06.12
4. Connor Kucich, Franklin – 2:07.10
5. Mark Butters, Milford – 2:09.05
6. Troy Penney, Mansfield – 2:09.82
7. Colin Mahoney, King Philip – 2:10.21
8. Michael Jennison, Attleboro – 2:10.22
1. Ryan Sarney, Oliver Ames – 4:24.29
2. Brendan Thomas, Oliver Ames – 4:30.79
3. Chris Leonard, Mansfield – 4:39.26
4. John Blouin, Attleboro – 4:41.42
5. Nick Olson, Foxboro – 4:43.69
6. Connor Peterson, North Attleboro – 4:48.86
7. Tyler Apicella, Franklin – 4:53.49
8. Riley Tremblay, Mansfield – 4:53.72
1. Owen McMorrow, Oliver Ames – 9:44.06
2. James Comisky, Milford – 9:54.67
3. Ethan Sylvia, Attleboro – 9:55.62
4. Alexander Pierce, Oliver Ames – 10:13.25
5. Sam Denis, Taunton – 10:23.38
6. Nathan Sylven, King Philip – 10:25.64
7. Ryan Andrews, King Philip – 10:43.10
8. Lee Casstevens, Attleboro – 10:45.66
1. William Tinkham, Stoughton – 15.28
2. Dylan Buchanan, Mansfield – 15.65
3. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 16.36
4. Alexander Gong, Sharon – 16.48
5. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 16.55
6. Kevin Smith, King Philip – 16.84
7. Dana Jonhnson, Mansfield – 16.88
8. Andrew Nobrega, North Attleboro – 18.71
1. Evan Rawlings, Mansfield – 57.68
2. Samuel Borst, Milford – 58.63
3. Jacob Blazek, Attleboro – 1:01.41
4. Aiden Castillo, Stoughton – 1:01.65
5. Brendan O’Leary, Franklin – 1:01.93
6. Andrew Nobrega, North Attleboro – 1:02.17
7. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 1:03.73
8. Jacob Nipoti, Oliver Ames – 1:04.18
1. Taunton (Jonathan Trinh, Andrew Jean-Louis, GJ Mualis, Dmitrius Shearrion) – 43.84
2. Mansfield (Myles Brown, Isaiah Kinds, Chamberlain Guthrie Jr., Nate Kablik) – 44.07
3. North Attleboro (Sam Bush, Michael Simonian, Jovany Rivera, Nathan Shultz) – 45.43
4. Franklin (Joshua Ribeiro, William Klawson, Luke Trinanes, William Kryzak) – 45.60
5. Foxboro (Derek Axon, Burnie Legette, Daniel O’Malley, Tjamael Sillah) – 45.87
6. Stoughton (Jalen Castillo, Aris Giatrakos, Tyler Noel, Jaylan Vaughn) – 45.92
7. Milford (Patrick Delaney, Taylor Feliciano, Shawn Pierece, Jarrett Brown) – 46.35
8. Attleboro (Zyeem Charles, Owens Raymond, Joshua Codella, Frans Estime) – 46.40
1. King Philip (Nathan Gebhard, Luca Giardini, Noah Hurd, Colin Mahoney) – 3:34.21
2. Stoughton (Cashmere Mathurin, Alex Huynh, Tommy Brennan, Michael Varnum) – 3:38.40
3. Mansfield (Thomas Guidicianni, Dylan Buchanan, Talon Johnson, Evan Rawlings) – 3:38.42
4. Franklin (Jake Vaccarezza, Fraser Baird, Connor Kucich, Tyler Powderly) – 3:41.04
5. Milford (Samuel Borst, Liam Delaney, Nick Simas, Ben Parson) – 3:45.88
6. Taunton (Az-Anael St. Marc, Jack Pawlowski, Seth Huber, Aiden Zamora) – 3:47.44
7. Attleboro (Billy Badger, Austin Bowie, Jacob Blazek, Ryan DiLisio) – 3:51.21
8. Oliver Ames (Christopher Gaskill, Kevin Droney, Alex Callanan, Jacob Nipoti) – 3:52.20
1. Oliver Ames (Owen McMorrow, Aidan Dupill, Brendan Thomas, Ryan Sarney) – 8:28.02
2. Mansfield (Marco Geminiani, Chris Leonard, Riley Tremblay, Collin Stevens) – 8:47.13
3. Stoughton (Tommy Brennan, Jack Barbato, Colin Ozturk, Aiden Castillo) – 8:52.38
4. King Philip (Nathan Sylven, Jeff Bourque, Eliot Davis, Peter Cataldo) – 8:54.83
5. Attleboro (Ethan Sylvia, John Blouin, John Pazimino, Sean Kaswale) – 8:56.30
6. North Attleboro (Evan Tino, Jason Drinan, Connor Peterson, Griffin Gouck) – 8:57.79
7. Franklin (Will Boozang, Tyler Apicella, Aidan Nisbett, Aidan Orr) – 9:02.11
8. Foxboro (Nicolas Olson, Brooks Stone, Marco Pacini, Jared Ciora) – 9:16.35
1. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 51-02.00
2. Marco Monterio, Milford – 48-03.50
3. Joseph Beckett, North Attleboro – 46-09.00
4. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 46-06.00
5. Ryan O’Connor, Milford – 44-04.00
6. Sebastian Zerpa, Foxboro – 41-06.50
7. Isaiah Traore, Attleboro – 40.03.00
8. Thomas Laz, Stoughton – 39.07.00
1. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 142-01
2. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 128-08
3. Michael Gillespie, Franklin – 125-00
4. Joseph Beckett, North Attleboro – 122-06
5. Marco Monteiro, Milford – 121-05
6. Isaiah Traore, Attleboro – 116-09
7. Charles Newcomb, Mansfield – 112-00
8. John Carey, Oliver Ames – 110-04
1. Ethan Gattoni, Attleboro – 162-02
2. Joe Caplan, Milford – 145-10
3. Mason Briggs, North Attleboro – 140-10
4. Stephen Doyon, North Attleboro – 134-04
5. Ryan Gleason, Attleboro – 131-00
6. Harrison Keen, Foxboro – 129-03
7. Tyler Duffin, Mansfield – 126-08
8. Andrew Jolie, Franklin – 126-01
1. Matt Singletary, Stoughton – 6-00.00
2. Dylan Woods, King Philip – 5-10.00
3. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – J5-10.00
4. Dana Johnson, Mansfield – 5-08.00
5. Tito Nwosu, Stoughton – J5-08.00
T6. Degen Granese, King Philip – J5-08.00
T6. Keagan Fletcher, King Philip – J5-08.00
8. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 5-06.00
1. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 24-06.00
2. Cashmere Mathurin, Stoughton – 22-11.00
3. Collin Williamson, Oliver Ames – 22-07.00
4. Chamerblain Guthrie, Jr., Mansfield – 21-08.25
5. Kaiden Murray, Attleboro – 21-06.50
6. Alex Huynh, Stoughton – 20-11.50
7. Adrian Rivera, Attleboro – 20-10.25
8. Degen Granese, King Philip – 20-02.50
1. Cashmere Mathurin, Stoughton – 44-10.50
2. Collin Williamson, Oliver Ames – 43-04.00
3. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 43-01.00
4. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 41-05.00
5. Daniel O’Malley, Foxboro – 41-01.00
6. Dana Johnson, Mansfield – 40-09.50
7. Aaron Levesque, North Attleboro – 40-05.50
8. Degen Granese, King Philip – 40-02.50
Girls Team Results
1. Franklin – 131
2. Mansfield – 123
3. Oliver Ames – 82
4. Milford – 48
T5. King Philip – 46
T5. Sharon – 46
7. Canton – 44
8. Stoughton – 39.50
9. North Attleboro – 38
10. Taunton – 37
11. Attleboro – 18
12. Foxboro – 10.50
1. Kiyanni Simas, Milford – 12.34
2. Talya DeGraw, Canton – 12.78
3. Shayla Ford, Stoughton – 12.83
4. Chloe Guthrie, Mansfield – 12.86
5. Abigail Scott, Mansfield – 12.86
6. Amelia Andre, Oliver Ames – 13.16
7. Camryn Collins, Foxboro – 13.23
8. Meagan Dowd, North Attleboro – 13.41
1. Shayla Ford, Stoughton – 26.05
2. Anna Darlington, Mansfield – 26.12
3. Chloe Guthrie, Mansfield – 26.72
4. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 26.84
5. Kiley Hanlon, Canton – 27.09
6. Syriah McCruse, Canton – 27.31
7. Meghan Driscoll, Mansfield – 27.384
8. Camryn Collins, Foxboro – 27.39
1. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 58.74
2. Anna Darlington, Mansfield – 58.88
3. Julia Maclaine, Oliver Ames – 1:02.36
4. Isla Thompson, Attleboro – 1:02.58
5. Sophia Cuneo, Franklin – 1:02.99
6. Maren Halpin, Milford – 1:03.09
7. Gabby Peniche, Milford – 1:03.12
8. Julie Richardson, Milford – 1:03.68
1. Caelen O’Leary, Taunton – 2:22.85
2. Jenna Gilman, Oliver Ames – 2:22.91
3. Katie Miller, Mansfield – 2:25.64
4. Taegen Hodges, Oliver Ames – 2:30.53
5. Molly Capece, Oliver Ames – 2:31.54
6. Alex Alvarado, Franklin – 2:31.97
7. Elaine McCarty, Stoughton – 2:32.73
8. Katie Barrow, Franklin – 2:36.06
1. Katie Sobieraj, Oliver Ames – 5:07.48
2. Emersyn DePonte, Taunton – 5:26.08
3. Charlene Peng, Franklin – 5:26.45
4. Emilia Smith, Attleboro – 5:29.11
5. Norah Puleo, Mansfield – 5:30.07
6. Dani Lomuscio, King Philip – 5:30.91
7. Hannah Dupill, Oliver Ames – 5:33.03
8. Meghan Johnson, Mansfield – 5:33.92
1. Daphen Theiler, Sharon – 11:32.11
2. Johanna Holmes, Oliver Ames – 11:37.78
3. Anna Moore, Mansfield – 11:53.15
4. Alexandra Batla, Franklin – 11:55.45
5. Katelyn Buban, King Philip – 12:33.95
6. Annie Reilly, Oliver Ames – 12:50.71
7. Madeline Stewart, Oliver Ames – 12:51.19
8. Emily Matteson, Franklin – 13:00.84
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 15.47
2. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 16.54
3. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 16.66
4. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 16.87
5. Emma Tran, Stoughton – 17.29
6. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 17.60
7. Julia Pike, Mansfield – 17.65
8. Barra Pfluke, Franklin – 18.29
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 1:06.43
2. Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield – 1:08.95
3. Riley Fitzpatrick, Franklin – 1:12.00
4. Sydney O’Connor, North Attleboro – 1:13.27
5. Ella Chandaria, Franklin – 1:13.46
6. Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames – 1:14.42
7. Frankie Smith, Mansfield – 1:15.08
8. Olivia Nau, Sharon – 1:15.68
1. Canton (Syriah McCruse, Talya Degraw, Katherine Oliver, Kiley Hanlon) – 49.94
2. Mansfield (Abigail Scott, Meghan Driscoll, Danni Cuzzi, Chloe Guthrie) – 50.29
3. Oliver Ames (Grace Okocha, Julia Maclaine, Ella McDonough, Amelia Andre) – 50.96
4. North Attleboro (Chidera Agbanari, Marissa Daley, Meagan Dowd, Kadence Peri) – 52.65
5. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Jillian Finerty, Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff) – 52.70
6. Foxboro (Delia Fitzgerald, Chloe Davies, Erin Foley, Camryn Collins) – 53.13
7. King Philip (Hannah Doherty, Madeline Hill, Sarah Glaser, Heidi Lawrence) – 54.74
8. Milford (Jenna Mastroianni, Caleigh Wilson, Abby Annantunio, Brooke Ferreira) – 55.31
1. Mansfield (Brooke Penney, Noah Puleo, Caitlin Dumouchel, Anna Darlington) – 4:15.84
2. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Jillian Fenerty, Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff) – 4:16.26
3. Taunton (Nia Mainer-Smith, Phylicia Dias, Ava Uhl, Caelen O’Leary) – 4:16.96
4. Stoughton (Elaine McCarty, Katherine Giroux, Crystal Sarblah, Julie Richardson) – 4:27.12
5. Oliver Ames (Bridget Hughes, Molly Capece, Sarah Hilliard, Jamie Weeks) – 4:31.73
6. Canton (Thalia Weaver, Caira McKinney, Brianna Rosebrugh, Lianna Camille) – 4:34.85
7. Milford (Kay Wheelock, Aubrey Korpi, Gabby Peniche, Maren Halpin) – 4:39.76
8. North Attleboro (Haley Carr, Sydney O’Connor, Kadence Peri, Julia Puccio) – 4:41.98
1. Oliver Ames (Emily Meyers, Johanna Holmes, Katie Sobieraj, Jenna Gilman) – 9:56.42
2. Franklin (Meghan Griffith, Lainey Costa, Ella McLaughlin, Allison Powderly) – 10:10.78
3. Sharon (Daphne Theiler, Sierra Robison, Eva Olszewski, Samantha Connors) – 10:50.29
4. Mansfield (Katherine Miller, Anna Moore, Meghan Johnston, Carmella Simonelli) – 10:50.89
5. North Attleboro (Marta Botelho, Katie Galgoczy, Marianna Lameiras, Harper Sweeney) – 10:59.19
6. Taunton (Emersyn DePonte, Falynn Faria, Colby Dunham, Quinlan Kelly) – 11:09.78
7. Canton (Tema Mazonson, Sarah Dempster, Rose Giglio, Corinne Campbell) – 11:33.01
8. King Philip (Kate Buban, Maya Evans, Bridget Swezey, Samantha D’Avignon) – 11:35.93
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 34-11.00
2. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 33-01.00
3. Katherine O’Neil, King Philip – 32-11.00
4. Caitlin Garrahy, Mansfield – 32-06.50
5. Hannah Crocker, King Philip – 31-07.00
6. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 30-04.50
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 29-04.50
8. Emma Massih, Canton – 28-07.50
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 112-02
2. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 91-05
3. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 90-08
4. Carmela Brown, Stoughton – 89-06
5. Emma Massih, Canton – 88-02
6. Megan Burns, North Attleboro – 87-10
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 83-02
8. Laure Lorenzen, Sharon – 79-10
1. Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield – 134-05
2. Elayna Marinelli, Attleboro – 115-03
3. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 111-11
4. Abby Camelio, North Attleboro – 109-09
5. Evalysse Pierce, Milford – 98-02
T6. Grace Preston, Foxboro – 96-05
T6. Maya Ashu, Stoughton – 96-05
8. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 96-02
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 4-10.00
T2. Jill Fenerty, Franklin – 4-08.00
T2. Marta Botelho, North Attleboro – 4-08.00
T4. Julia Maclaine, Oliver Ames – J4-08.00
T4. Kyra McSweeney, Franklin – J4-08.00
T4. Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames – J4-08.00
7. Addie Ruter, Foxboro – J4-08.00
1. Kiyanni Simas, Milford – 17-11.75
2. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 17-08.50
3. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 17-04.00
4. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 16-10.25
5. Ashley Kirley, Mansfield – 16-06.75
6. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 16-04.75
7. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 16-03.50
8. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 15-08.75
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 37-02.00
2. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 34-10.50
3. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 35-01.75
4. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 34-06.50
5. Maya Ashu, Stoughton – 33-08.25
6. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 33-07.00
7. Marissa Daley, North Attleboro – 33-00.50
8. Anna Cliff, Franklin – 32-03.00
MANSFIELD, Mass. – It took a while for the Stoughton offense to kick into gear on Wednesday afternoon at the East St. Field, but the Black Knights scored three times in each of the sixth and seventh innings to open up a four-run lead with three outs to go.
Even with that lead, it was anything but easy to close it out.
Mansfield rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run in scoring position with one out, but Kerry Driscoll got a fly ball to left for the second out and sealed the 6-5 victory with her only strikeout of the day.
“We always do,” Stoughton coach Deb Parker said with a laugh when it was mentioned that the Black Knights made it interesting at the end. “Kerry does a nice job to keep us in every game and we know that we need to play defense behind her and we need to give her the run support. So far that’s what the plan has been and it’s been kind of falling into place.”
Mansfield coach Lori Letendre saw her team lose for the third time in three games this season, but all three have been close games against some of the top teams in the Hock. She sees a lot of positives from the way the Hornets continued to battle despite trailing in their final at-bat.
“Both games we played this season we left some runners on, today though we got some in. It’s an improvement over what we’ve been doing,” she explained. “They battled in that seventh inning and that’s all you can hope for. I’m very proud of their effort today. We came so close, it would’ve been sweet to pull that one out.”
There were runners on base in all but two innings, but early on neither team was able to come up with the clutch hit it needed to break the deadlock.
Sydney Menz led off the game by being hit by a pitch and stole second. Camryn Whitman bunted her to third, but Menz was too aggressive with her turn and Casey Moussette threw a strike across the diamond to Olivia DeTrolio for the second out. It proved extra costly because the next hitter, Alyssa Edwards (4-for-4, two doubles, two runs scored) lined a single to left.
In the bottom of the first, Callie Lake drew a lead-off walk and got to second, but Edwards made a nice play charging a grounder from Moussette to get the final out.
Stoughton ran into another out in the third. Edwards ripped a double to right center, but a good throw from right fielder Olivia Bovey caught her in a rundown between second and third. Shortstop Liv Madeira put the tag on her to end the threat.
“We ran ourselves out of a couple of runs,” Parker admitted. “That’s what we talked about after the game. We were a little too aggressive or a little too careless against a team that is very good and you can’t take your eyes off of them.”
Madeira made all three put-outs in that inning, also making a nice running stab of a liner in the hole, snaring a hard-hit liner that was right at her. In the fourth, the Black Knights threatened again. Melody Casna (3-for-3, two RBI) was hit by a pitch in the dirt and Driscoll (2-for-4, two RBI) singled to left. Madeira was able to get the lead runner at third and then second baseman Molly Kucharski caught a soft liner and doubled up the runner at first.
“Defense has been solid this year and that’s really what’s kept us in games,” Letendre said. “They know that they need to make these plays, so everything they go all out for.”
The Hornets took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Alanna Conley (1-for-3) reached on an infield single off Driscoll’s glove. Moussette (3-for-4, two RBI) followed with a single to center. A groundout moved both runners up and Kucharski singled in the game’s first run. Amanda Schwarz followed with her first clean inning, including her third strikeout of the game.
Stoughton has scored in double digits in two of its three wins, so it felt like a matter of time before the Black Knights were able to string together a few hits. Edwards got it started in the sixth with a double down the left field line, advancing to third when the ball got away for a second from the left fielder. Casna ripped a liner to center to tie the game.
Driscoll helped her own cause with a single and Maddie Hinds was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Julie Powers (1-for-2, two RBI) drew a walk to force in Casna with the go-ahead run. Leila Alaoui then singled to right to extend the lead to 3-1.
Mansfield quickly cut the lead in half. Kucharski reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs. Conley drew a walk and pinch hitter Cat Kipp singled to center. Kucharski was waived home and Menz made a perfect throw to the plate to seemingly prevent, but there was contact between Kucharski and Edwards as she rounded third, so the run counted.
It looked like the Black Knights had put the game away in the top of the seventh. Menz singled to left, got to second when Mansfield failed to get the force out, and reached third on a scorching single by Edwards that loaded the bases. Casna came through again with a single to bring in one. Driscoll hit a slow roller and Whitman was able to beat the throw to the plate.
After a fly ball to right for the first out, Powers singled to left to make it 6-2. Schwarz kept her cool, getting her fourth strikeout and a liner to center that Lake tracked down to end the inning.
“Amanda has pitched her heart out for us this season,” Letendre said. “No matter what happens, all she cares about is the next pitch. Sometimes it’s tough to face lineups like we’ve been facing, but there is no fear in that girl and she does a great job for us.”
The Hornets kept it interesting. Lake reached on an error to lead things off, Madeira walked, and Conley was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs and bring the potential tying run to the plate. Moussette came through again, driving a single to center that again halved the deficit. Jill Koppy hit a bloop just beyond the circle that Casna nearly snagged with a diving grab. Driscoll reacted quickly to get the force at second, while Conley scampered home to make it a one-run game.
With the potential winning run on base and just one out, Driscoll made the pitches she needed to so Stoughton could head home with the win.
“A couple of kids stepped up pretty big today and produced multiple hits and drove in some runs and that’s just what you want to have happen,” Parker said. “Definitely happy. Our plan is to maintain that the rest of the way and see where we come out at the end.”
Stoughton (4-2) will be back on the road on Thursday to face Brockton in a rematch of the season opener, which the Black Knights won. Mansfield (0-3) will get a quick turnaround as well, with a trip to Foxboro on Thursday, both teams looking for their first wins of the season.
Below is a release from Stoughton Public Schools:
Dear SPS Families and Staff:
I am pleased to announce that Mr. Christopher Carbone has accepted the position of Athletic Director for the Stoughton Public Schools effective July 1, 2022.
Please join me in thanking Mr. Ryan Donahue for his many years of service to the athletes of Stoughton. After 13 years as Athletic Director, Mr. Donahue is stepping down from his current position to be more available for his growing family. We are excited that he will continue working here at SPS, taking on the role of physical education and health teacher at the O’Donnell Middle School. We are grateful that Mr. Donahue will be available to Mr. Carbone to assist with his transition to Stoughton.
Mr. Carbone is currently the Athletic Director for the Uxbridge, MA Public Schools, where he has served in that role for the past four years, managing a large high school and middle school interscholastic athletic program. Previously, Mr. Carbone was an Athletic Department Assistant at Milton Academy where he also served as the strength and conditioning coach and the head track and field and cross country coach. Mr. Carbone has his Master’s of Education from Endicott College, majoring in Athletic Administration and is a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA).
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Carbone! We look forward to Mr. Carbone bringing his knowledge and experience to Stoughton.
Dr. Thomas R. Raab
Superintendent of Schools
By HockomockSports.com Staff
2022 Hockomock League Softball Preview
2021 Record: 9-7
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round
Coach: Mark Homer
Last spring, Attleboro was an inning away from upsetting crosstown rival Bishop Feehan and reaching the Div. 1 South quarterfinal. The Bombardiers were also the only team to score on state champ Taunton. That is a good foundation to build on coming into a new season, as Attleboro brings back a strong core of players looking to challenge the top two in the Kelley-Rex and make another state tournament push.
Senior Lindsey Perry, who can also play second base, will be in the circle for the Bombardiers to start the season and will be throwing to sophomore Rylie Camacho, who had an impressive debut campaign at the plate and in the field. Senior Hailey Perry is coming back from a knee injury but should be at shortstop early in the season. Attleboro added pitching depth this season with junior Lily Routhier transferring in from Wheelock School (R.I.). Routhier will also play center field when she’s not pitching.
Sophomore Kayla Goldrick is another player coming off a standout rookie season and she will be at third and in the middle of the order. Junior Lauren Eby will return at the other corner and junior Sarah Maher gives Attleboro versatility by being able to play multiple positions. The Bombardiers have a balanced lineup and will be able to incorporate new faces to the program and players pulled up from JV to find the right combinations.
“The team’s goal is to stay competitive for every practice and game, and qualify for states,” said Attleboro coach Mark Homer. “We must be consistent in every aspect of the game. It’s always a tall order, but this team has the potential and determination to make it happen. We’re gonna have fun doing it.”
2021 Record: 5-11
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South First Round
Coach: Sandy Lombardi
Canton returns seven players from last year’s team, which went on the road to beat Cardinal Spellman in the first round of the state tournament. After Dave Bohane stepped down, Sharon girls basketball coach and former Duxbury softball coach Sandy Lombardi has taken over the Bulldogs hoping to take the mix of experience and new talent on another trip to the postseason.
The Bulldogs will have depth in the circle this season with seniors Gillian Gordon and Sophia Santos bringing experience to the position and sophomore Jess Wright adding another option. Senior Taylor Reynolds brings a strong bat to the top of the order and will play in left field. Senior Emily Ciampa will return at second base, with Wright playing mostly at first, and junior Olivia Mackwell behind the plate. Sophomore Laura Valkanas will be at shortstop.
Freshman Chloe Guerschuny is a new face at third base and classmate Klara Redquest will take over from Liz Bickett in center. Senior Jessica Vo, junior Sam Vrabel, and sophomore Anna Lehan are all newcomers on varsity who will give Canton additional options in the outfield and in the lineup.
Lombardi said, “We have a good mix of upper and underclassmen. The girls are working hard and we are looking forward to competing in a tough Hockomock League.”
2021 Record: 11-6
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Mark Maguire
With two eighth graders in the starting lineup, including one in the circle, no one was quite sure how good Foxboro could be last spring. As it turned out, the Warriors were good enough to make a run all the way to the Div. 2 South quarterfinal. With additional pitching depth and critical varsity experience, Foxboro will try to build on that momentum and make another deep tournament run.
Senior Peyton Feldman was one of the top hitters in the league last season and she will be moving to shortstop while continuing to lead off. Senior Allie Willis will add leadership from the catcher position, as she is in her third year behind the plate. Her experience is critical when working with Foxboro’s young pitching staff. Freshman Emma Callahan had a breakout season as the starter last year and she will get the chance to play some second and third base as well to make sure her bat stays in the lineup. Freshman Vittoria Cuscia and sophomore lefty Angelina Rifai will give Foxboro more options in the circle.
Foxboro will have plenty of speed in the lineup this season. Freshman Jillian Slattery and Natalia Leach are athletic outfielders and will add production from the bottom half of the order. Freshman Ava Hill is back to start at first base after a solid eighth grade season and Fiona Dunn will get the start in right field.
“We are a young team that is looking to compete for the Davenport division,” said Foxboro coach Mark Maguire. “We have some very good athletes that look to take their softball skills to the next level. They are a group of kids who are a pleasure to coach.”
2021 Record: 6-9
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Katie Holbrook
Last season, Franklin showed that it could score runs in bunches, hitting double digits in five of its 15 games, but the Panthers could also allow runs in bunches with teams reaching double digits six times. With seven returning players, second-year coach Katie Holbrook is hoping that experience and depth will carry the Panthers back up the standings and into the postseason.
Franklin will have depth in the circle this season with senior Aislinn Lavery taking the bulk of the innings and junior Kiera Kotwicki able to step in when needed. Both will mix pitches and keep teams off-balance. Junior Hailey Fales will be back behind the plate, adding another layer of experience to the pitching staff. Senior Julia White battled an injury all spring in 2021 but she is back healthy and back in the middle of the infield and the order. Junior Georgia Harvey is a versatile player who can fill in at multiple positions and batted 0.426 as a sophomore.
Sophomore Carly Johnson-Pellegri had an impressive rookie season and will be moving from second to short and senior Hannah Cacciapaglia is back at first, and in the middle of the order, after recovering from an injury that kept her out all of last spring. The outfield looks strong for the Panthers this season. Senior Kelly Moussa has a strong arm in right and juniors Reece Allen and Dana Stott are two newcomers that could play big roles for the team this season.
“We have a lot of different players who can jump in and be the spark at any given moment,” Holbrook said. “There are a lot of new players in the mix, but they are already showing signs of coming together as a team and leadership is not lacking in this group. If they can remain poised and confident and play their game, we should do well this season.”
2021 Record: 14-3
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Semifinal
Coach: Kate Fallon-Comeau
King Philip lost only three games last season and all of those were to league and state champion Taunton. The Warriors bring back a lot of players from last season and that has put high expectations on one of the state’s perennial powers to get back on top not only in the Kelley-Rex division but also once the tournament kicks off.
A year of varsity experience might be most beneficial in the circle where senior Emma Sheehan and sophomore Jordan Bennett give the Warriors a lot of depth for a long season. Both saw plenty of action last year, including in the playoffs and they should be ready for the challenge of the new season. Junior Sarah Cullen will also be back behind the plate for the Warriors after an impressive debut season in which she batted nearly .500.
Infield defense was a strength for the Warriors, even after an injury to junior shortstop Libby Walsh. Senior Mia Bennett returns at second base and sophomore Maddie Paschke will be back at third base, after an impressive playoff run at the hot corner. Senior Meg Sherwood will add leadership in the outfield, while juniors Charlotte Raymond and Ava Lanza provide a spark in the lineup.
KP coach Kate Fallon-Comeau said, “We’re hoping to have a solid season, make the tournament, and see where it goes from there!”
2021 Record: 9-8
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Lori Letendre
Mansfield made a surprising run to the quarterfinal of the South sectional last spring, winning at Needham and at No. 2 seed Natick before falling to perennial power Silver Lake. With seven starters returning, the Hornets will be aiming at another tournament run this year and building the confidence that they can challenge the top teams in the Kelley-Rex.
Pitching will be a question mark for Mansfield this year after graduating last year’s starter Ashlyn Conley. Senior Julia Kelly, better known for her exploits on the volleyball court, will join the team for the first time in her career and will get the chance in the circle. Junior Amanda Schwarz will also be given time in the circle, as she makes the jump up from JV.
The lineup was young and inexperienced last season, but still proved to be dynamic and most of the players who came through with big at-bats have returned. Seniors Alanna Conley, Olivia DeTrolio, and Casey Moussette are all back along with sophomores Molly Kucharski, Callie Lake, Jill Koppy, and Liv Madeira, who all had impressive rookie seasons.
“It’s been fun to get back on the field and start working with a great group of girls and we are looking forward to the season!” said Mansfield coach Lori Letendre.
2021 Record: 0-14
2021 Finish: Missed postseason
Coach: Steve DiVitto
The Kelley-Rex division is loaded every year and a young Milford roster is hungry to move past a couple of tough seasons to be more competitive in a difficult league schedule. While the Hawks went winless in 2021, they lost twice to Mansfield by a combined five runs and lost by only two runs to Franklin and Sharon, so the Hawks had opportunities to come out on top. Now, with a year that is closer to normal, Milford hopes to take the next step and turn those close defeats into victories.
While the roster is almost all underclassmen, Milford does return seven players from last year. Only two of the returners are upperclassmen, senior pitcher and outfielder Olivia Morelli and senior third baseman Gianna Cacciola. Both captains are entering their third seasons on varsity and going to be expected to provide leadership for the rest of the lineup, which is almost all freshmen and sophomores.
Also returning this year are sophomores Maddie Burns (catcher and first base), Camille Bonina (first base and outfield), Grace Bonina (middle infield), Maeve Driscoll (pitcher, shortstop, and outfield), and Sarah Wengel (outfield and first base). Each player gained valuable experience as freshmen and provide a lot of versatility in how the team will line up. The Hawks will also look to a trio of freshmen for instant impact as starters or off the bench, including pitcher Cae Pellegrini, outfielder Jianna Fernandes, and shortstop Olivia Baglione.
“With such a young crew, we will rely on our two seniors, our captains, who have four years of experience to help lead the way,” said Milford coach Steve DiVitto. “We pride ourselves on keeping strong team chemistry; something that will be an important part of this season. We’re hungry to get back on the field!”
2021 Record: 12-4
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round
Coach: Bill Wallace
North Attleboro has won back-to-back league titles for the first time in program history and would love to make it a three-peat before moving to the Kelley-Rex division next season. The Rocketeers graduated four starters, so there will be opportunities for underclassmen to step in and contribute right away, but North also has a strong core, particularly with two strong starting pitchers, to make a run in the Div. 2 tournament.
Juniors Zoey McDonough and Kelly Colleran are back and give North an impressive one-two punch in the circle. Both players were all-stars in their debut seasons, and both are Div. I college recruits. Since they’re also important to the lineup, McDonough will play first and Colleran will play short when they’re not pitching. Senior Mandi Hanewich is battling a hand injury at the start of the season, but the four-year varsity player will add leadership in center, while senior Ally Levine will be behind the plate working with North’s staff. Junior Grace Simmons is the fifth returning starter and the right fielder will also get the chance to produce at the plate as well.
Senior Shaelyn Burns will take over at third after being the DP for most of last season, while freshman Maryellen Charette gets the nod at short or at first, depending on who the starting pitcher will be. Junior Emma Hanwell and senior Grace Barry will both get chances in the outfield, while juniors Maddie Bailey and Julia Forman will play second and be the DP. Freshman Aryanna McDavitt provides much-needed versatility, as she can play anywhere in the infield and pitch when called on.
“Our goals don’t change – what does change is the approach to get there,” said North coach Bill Wallace. “We’re working at it, let’s see if we retain it. The girls are focused – they know what’s in front of them!”
2021 Record: 4-10
2021 Finish: Missed Postseason
Coach: Lindsey Allison
Despite having no seniors on the roster this season, Oliver Ames has set a goal of getting back into the state tournament picture and moving up the standings in the Davenport division. The Tigers return five players from last year’s team but there is excitement about the underclassmen who will be stepping into the lineup this year and the energy that they’re bringing to the team.
Junior Maddie Homer is the team’s top returning hitter and was also an all-star at shortstop last spring. She will provide leadership in the infield. Junior Katie Melendy has a year of varsity experience in the circle and will look to build on her four wins as a sophomore. Lexi Galsband will be at first base and fellow junior Caitlin Miller returns in center, while sophomore Katherine Farley is stepping in behind the plate.
The underclassmen will give OA important versatility to find the right spots for everyone in the lineup. Sophomores Madison Monteiro, Paige Taylor, Sammy Johnson, and freshmen Emily Martin and Devon Morris will fill out the roster this season. Although young, there is a lot of club experience that they will add to the Tigers.
“Overall, I am impressed with the attitudes, hard work, and teamwork that I have seen so far this season and I am looking forward to watching them grow together as a team,” said OA coach Lindsey Allison. “We expect to be competitive in the Hockomock League and get back to the culture of making tournament an expectation.”
2021 Record: 2-12
2021 Finish: Missed Postseason
Coach: Heather Poliferno
For Sharon to move up the Davenport division standings, the Eagles are going to need to produce more runs this season. Sharon was last in the league with 31 runs scored in 14 games last year, but there is optimism around the team this spring that the combination of returning players and talented new faces is making good contact, being aggressive on the base paths, and look ready to create more opportunities to manufacture runs.
Senior Trinity Payne will be a second-year captain for the Eagles, and she will need to produce in the circle (60 strikeouts last year) and at the plate (0.343 average in 2021). Senior catcher Ciara McAuliffe can hit for power and is an experienced battery mate for Payne, which will be a key to Sharon limiting the opposition’s base runners. Senior Savannah Gray is another power hitter in the middle of the Sharon order and a leader at first base.
Junior Ally Foulsham gives Sharon important versatility, being able to play solid defense at several positions and even jump in the circle to give Payne a breather. Foulsham, who will start at third base this spring, played third, short, and pitched last year and had a fielding percentage over 90 percent. Sophomore Maddie Hu will be the new shortstop this season and junior Natalie Kessler will start in the outfield but could see time at a few positions, including catcher.
“Our players have worked incredibly hard the last couple of weeks,” Sharon coach Heather Poliferno, “and we are all eager for them to get out on the field and show everyone what Sharon High softball is capable of.”
2021 Record: 8-7
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round
Coach: Deb Parker
After a year off, Stoughton got to experience the postseason in 2021, and a playoff win, and now the Black Knights will enter a normal spring with confidence that they can build on that foundation to make another run for a state tournament spot. With depth and talent throughout the lineup, Stoughton will be hoping to be back in the mix in the Davenport division standings as well.
Senior Sydney Menz will be the anchor for the team in center and as one of the top hitters in the middle of the order. She will be joined in the outfield by classmate Kate Bulger and freshman Angie Berry, who is going to get the chance to step right into the lineup this spring. Pitching is always critical and junior Kerry Driscoll will get the nod as the starter after getting a taste of facing varsity lineups last season.
The infield will be led by senior shortstop Melody Casna. Surrounded by underclassmen, Casna will give a dash of experience and is a vocal leader. Sophomore Alyssa Edwards is back at the corners, primarily at third, after a freshman season that saw her lead the team with a 0.417 batting average.
“I have so much confidence in this team and I expect big things from them this year,” said Stoughton coach Deb Parker. “They have come together really quickly and have chemistry that I have not seen in a long time. I am excited to see what this team will accomplish together this season, they have talent, depth, and personality, and they are willing to work. They are really fun to coach!”
2021 Record: Won Div. 1 State Title
Coach: Carrie Consalvi
Not every team rebuilds in the same way. After graduating five starters from last year’s state championship-winning team, including in the circle and the heart of the order, Taunton will have plenty of new faces stepping into big roles this spring, yet the expectations remain high for the Tigers to challenge for a third straight league title and make another tournament run.
Senior Kylie Thorpe will be the anchor in the middle of the infield and add strong leadership at the top of the order. Freshman Brooke Aldrich will take over for her sister Hanna at shortstop and has already shown off a strong arm and a strong bat. Junior Kaysie Demoura will give the Tigers vocal leadership from behind the plate and looks set for a breakout season at the plate, while senior Angie Lynch was one of the stars of Taunton’s playoff run as a leadoff hitter and center fielder.
Junior Ava Venturelli is back in the fold this spring and the University of Louisville-commit will bring her big bat to left field, having hit a pair of homers during the preseason jamboree at the PAL fields. It won’t be easy to fill the shoes of Kelsey White in the circle, but senior Olyvia Mendonca will get that assignment and has had a strong preseason.
“We have a great crew this year, very different team from last year,” said second-year coach Carrie Consalvi, noting her team will have plenty of personality and rely on key leaders this year.
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2022 Hockomock League Baseball Preview
2021 Record: 5-11
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round
Coach: Steve Dunlea
With a good mix of new faces and experienced veterans, Attleboro is aiming to be in the mix of a loaded Kelley-Rex division. For the Bombardiers, it will lean heavily on a deep pitching staff.
It starts with seniors Billy Saltmarsh, who is committed to UMass Dartmouth, and Cian Kelleher, who is committed to Stonehill. They’ll be joined in the rotation by junior lefty Danny Johnson while senior Jamie Bloch and junior Sean O’Hara lend strength to the relief corps. Sophomore Matt Harvie, sophomore Johnny Pagano, and freshman Tyler Dunlea will also be in the mix to see innings on the mound.
Senior captain Owen Taber (UMass Dartmouth) will be an anchor of the Bombardier defense at second base while juniors Peter DelPozzo and Cooper Johnson, along with Pagano, look to fill in at shortstop as senior captain Evan Houle works his way back from an injury from basketball season. Johnson, DelPozzo, and Dunlea are in the mix for the starting job at third while Bloch (committed to UMaine Farmington) and Christian Dame provide depth at first base.
In the outfield, senior Nate George will cover a lot of ground from his spot in centerfield, and the Bombardiers will rotate between Parket Sacket, Hayden Hagerty, Ben Hochwarter, Danny Johnson, Brody McKenna, and Harvie for the other two outfielder spots. Junior Aidan Hochwarter provides a steady presence both at the dish and behind the plate at catcher.
“The strength of this team is its chemistry,” said Attleboro head coach Steve Dunlea. “We have a great group of returning players who have really worked hard to build a team bond through the pandemic. I give a lot of credit to the captains from last year and this year. Despite the challenges they faced with COVID, they were able to rebuild the chemistry of the Attleboro baseball program that was lost when the 2020 season was canceled.”
2021 Record: 8-7
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South First Round
Coach: Ben Shuffain
Canton got off to a great start to the 2021 campaign, winning six of their first seven games but ended up with a first-round exit in the playoffs. With a strong core of returning players plus a couple of promising young players, the Bulldogs are aiming to get back to the postseason again this season.
The Bulldogs certainly have some holes to fill with the loss of a talented senior class and the departure of ace Andrew Middleton. Fourth-year head coach Ben Shuffain will lean on captains Andy Butler and Matt Chafin to lead the charge this season, along with three-year players Nico Bonanno, Matt Quan, and Zach Peters. Chafin was one of the best offensive players in the league last year, finishing second with a 0.442 average.
Shuffain has a lot of options for pitching, with at least a dozen choices to fill out the rotation and relief corps. Jay Kelleher, Hayden Rose, and Owen Lane will all be in the mix for innings on the mound. Matty Lesser, James Young, Jack Digirolomo, and freshman Kyle Redquest will work the infield while the catching duties will fall to Sean Sullivan and Matt Hart.
“We are a very experienced team with a lot of guys with a lot of innings pitched from last season and wins under their belt,” Shuffain said. “With a few of last year’s backups moving into starting roles and the addition of a few younger guys and the experienced upperclassmen this team should have a good season as they will continue to work hard on the field and in the weight room.”
2021 Record: 5-10
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 3 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Derek Suess
Foxboro has some of the top returning talents in the league but will look for some of its younger players to provide the depth needed to compete for a division title this season.
Junior captain Sean O’Leary is one of the top arms in the league and has a lot of varsity experience under his belt already. He will be the ace of the staff that will also feature junior Mathieu Sullivan, who made his varsity debut last season, and freshman Nolan Gordon, who has impressed during the preseason. Pitching depth will come from seniors Andrew Peterson, Tom Marcucella, Liam Mulkern, and junior Alex Stern.
Senior captain Tom Marcucella is one of the most experienced players in the league and his versatility gives head coach Derek Suess a lot of options in the infield. Marcucella can play at any of the four infield spots but will spend the majority of his time at first base. Junior Ryan LeClair is back in the mix at shortstop after a breakout season a year ago, sophomore Tyler Prescott is back for his second year with the squad, and freshman Ryan O’Leary offers a solid bat and glove. Senior Kyle Smith and junior Josh Connolly provide solid depth in the infield.
Senior captain and three-sport star Jack Watts will patrol center field for the Warriors and will be flanked by juniors Kenny Mello and Louis Carangelo, all three looking to make an impact with their bats this season. When not pitching, Gordon will also be in the mix for some innings in the outfield and sophomore Shane Henri gives Suess another solid option. Mulkern is the starting catcher with freshmen Ben Angelini and Mike Marcucella in the mix as well.
“We have great leadership from our captains and upperclassmen which has set the tone for the rest of our guys,” Suess said. “The underclassmen have bought in and can contribute right away. We must embrace the daunting challenge of playing in the Hock, and compete with confidence to give ourselves the best chance to reach our goals.”
2021 Record: 16-2
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Final
Coach: Zach Brown
Franklin graduated some of the best players in the league after last season, but the Panthers still have a loaded lineup and a deep and talented pitching staff that could result in a very deep playoff run.
Not many teams could lose one of the best hitters in the league (Nate Cooke, 0.429) and one of the best catchers in the league (Jake Fitzgibbons, 0.353) and still boast one of the best lineups in the league but that’s how deep the Panthers are. Jack Marino, Ben Jarosz, and Chris Goode were all among the league leaders offensively a season ago, and Franklin also has sophomore Henry Digiorgio and junior Eisig Chin back after picking up a year of varsity experience. Junior Ryan Gerety, a Northeastern commit, is one of the best fielders in the region and is very dangerous at the plate.
And after surrendering a league-low 40 runs last season, Franklin returns its entire rotation. Jacob Jette had a great junior season and will be one of the best pitchers in the Hock while junior Alfred Mucciarone will look to build upon a solid sophomore campaign. Relievers James Kuczmiec and Ethan Voellmicke dominated last season, coming in time after time and shutting opponents down.
2021 Record: 8-8
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round
Coach: Jeff Plympton, Jr.
It was a good start for head coach Jeff Plympton as the Warriors won eight games last season and went to the playoffs, bowing out to eventual state champions Xaverian.
King Philip has the majority of its lineup back and will be looking to make some noise in a very competitive Kelley-Rex division. After averaging almost five runs a game last year, the Warriors have some key bats back in the lineup this year. Senior Shawn Legere is a returning league all star that starts at shortstop and is coming off a season in which he hit 0.386 and scored a league-best 16 runs. Rudy Gately had a breakout sophomore season and will be a key bat in the lineup again this year.
Gately will also be a go-to option on the mound for Plympton after going 4-0 last season, striking out 33 in 34.1 innings of work with an impressive 1.03 ERA. Tommy Martorano also gained a lot of experience last year as a sophomore and will give the Warriors a solid 1-2 punch for its starting rotation.
“We have a lot of arms to roll out if we need them which is great,” Plympton said. “Shawn Legere provides great leadership to the team and demands hard work at practice and games. Our fielding should be strong this year but I’m looking forward to watching our offense. Last year we struggled at the plate but this year looks promising. Last season we notched our first playoff win in over a decade and we look to keep those strides moving forward this year.”
2021 Record: 8-8
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round
Coach: Chris Hall
With a talented and experienced pitching staff and a list of players eager to make a name for themselves at the dish, Mansfield enters the season with the goal of challenging for the Kelley-Rex division title.
The Hornets were young last spring, and a lot of players earned their first varsity starts on the mound and at-bats. Mansfield has the majority of its team back and will be looking to turn that valuable experience into a successful 2022 campaign. They certainly aren’t shying away from testing that talent with defending state champions Xaverian, Maryland powerhouse Archbishop Spalding, and other top teams on its schedule along with a loaded Hock schedule.
Seniors Anthony Sacchetti, Aaron Blinn, Jimmy Gilleran, and Colby Geddis highlight a deep and talented pitching staff for the Hornets. All of those arms got their feet wet during last year’s season and now give head coach Chris Hall a lot of flexibility with his rotation. There won’t be a drop off as the games go on with four solid options.
The big challenge for the Hornets a season ago was offense, scoring a division low 57 runs. With a strong offseason under their belts, there are a lot of names eager to step up and improve that number. Sacchetti, Gilleran, Geddis, and classmates Andrew Slaney and Jared Fraone will try to lead the way while juniors Conner Zukowski, Sam Martin, Caden Colby, Aidan Jones, and Rocco Scarpellini are all in the mix. Sophomores Connor Curtis and Jake Maydak both played varsity last year and could be impact players right away. Behind the dish, Aidan Jones and Wyatt Bolduc are battling for the starting spot at catcher after the Hornets lost senior Liam Anastasia to an injury.
“The keys to success this season rely heavily on every player doing their job,” Hall said. “The Hornets bring a well-rounded roster to the table and expect to compete all season long. Pitching and defense continue to be a strength for the Hornets. Offensively, the Hornets look to use a variety of talent to score runs and win baseball games.”
2021 Record: 5-9
2021 Finish: Missed Postseason
Coach: Alex Dion
There were some growing pains for the Hawks a season ago with a young squad, but with just five players graduated from a year ago, the Hawks are hoping to be a contender in a deep Kelley-Rex division.
Head coach Alex Dion plans to get contributions from all four classes this season, starting with a strong group of seniors that cover the field. Tyler Lane and Grant Scudo will see time in the outfield, Justin Luchini mans first base, Alex McColl can play in a number of spots in the infield, Cole Forrest is a versatile weapon, and John Denegris is an option on the mound.
The rotation will be anchored by junior Evan Cornelius, junior Tyler Caldon, and sophomore Anthony LaPierre. Cornelius started every game for the Hawks last season and will play at first when he’s not on the mound. Caldon and LaPierre, both right-handed pitchers, are up from the JV squad and have impressed in the early going.
Offensively, sophomore Keith Lee picked up valuable experience after starting nine games as a freshman last season. He will start behind the dish and be one of the most important bats in the lineup. Sophomores Damien Carter and Sean McGee also started last season and will make up Milford’s middle infield.
“I am excited about the potential that this group has,” Dion said. “With strong senior leadership and varsity players in all four grades we have an opportunity to compete this year and for years to come. This is a great league and I have a lot of respect for the other teams in it. It starts on the mound and if we can get quality pitching out of the arms that we have here we have a chance to compete. We will have to win games in a variety of ways and I believe that we have the athletes to do that.”
2021 Record: 12-5
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South Semifinal
Coach: Mike Hart
After splitting the division title a season ago, the Rocketeers enter the 2022 campaign with a chance at winning back-to-back division titles for the first time in 30 years.
Replacing ace Dennis Colleran won’t be easy but North Attleboro has some solid arms on the mound including senior Danny Curran and senior David Floyd, who missed last season. Curran went 2-0 last year and struck out 22 in 23 innings of work with a 3.65 ERA. Head coach Mike Hart also has pitching options in senior Anthony Wescott, and juniors Jordan Paradis, Derek Maceda, and Ayden Delaney.
One of the big reasons the Rocketeers had such success last season was their offense, which scored a Davenport division 110 runs. Maceda was one of the best bats in the league and will patrol the outfield for the Big Red along with Curran, Paradis, and senior Christian Bates. In the infield, Floyd will be joined by classmates Brody Rosenberg, Gavin Wells, and Nik Kojoian, and senior Tyler Bannon will patrol shortstop. Junior Aidan Conrad had a breakout season starting behind the dish a year ago.
“We’re going to look to put a lot of pressure on other teams offensively,” Hart said. “We have many capable pitchers who can provide quality innings. We feel our defense will limit mistakes and not give many runs away. If we want to have a successful season we will need contributions from everybody on the roster on a daily basis. We will rely on our senior leadership and experience to guide us through the season. We need guys to excel in their role and focus on the job at hand.”
2021 Record: 9-6
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South First Round
Coach: Joe Abarr
After earning a share of the Davenport title last season, the Tigers have the pieces in place to make another run at the division crown this year.
A combination of veterans and new faces eager to make an impression gives head coach Joe Abarr a nice mix to work with. Offensively, the Tigers will look for their senior captains to lead the way. Jake Waxman will play first base and potentially some outfield and is one of the best bats in the Hockomock League while Joe Cicchetti could also see time at first as well as the outfield, and is a strong two-way player. Patrick Finnerty is back in the mix after a strong junior season.
On the mound, OA has a pair of lefties at the top of the rotation. Nick Clark (3-0, 2.78, 32K) and Jack Richardson (2-2, 2.07, 21K) are both coming off great junior seasons and will give the Tigers a solid 1-2 punch on the mound this year. Richardson will also see time in the outfield and will be a key piece of the lineup offensively.
“We have a good mix of returners and young talented players looking for opportunities to help our team win,” Abarr said. “We are excited for a full ‘normal’ season back in the Hock.”
2021 Record: 3-12
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Andrew Poliferno
Sharon enters the season with a roster eager to compete among the Hockomock League’s top teams, but the Eagles will have to do so all on the road this season. With the construction of the new high school currently underway where Sharon’s field was, it will be all road trips for the Eagles this season.
It will start with the 10 seniors on the team, including captains Dan Okstein and Dylan Labbe. Okstein is back after an injury limited his time a year ago and will be a key piece in the lineup offensively. He will be the anchor of the outfield, playing mostly in left but could also see time in center. Labbe has a ton of varsity experience and will be the ace of the pitching staff this year. Also on the mound returns sophomore Luke Meixel, one of the league’s breakout players last year as a freshman. junior Alex Coughlin, Ryan Baker, Zach Loomis, Jack Broughton, and Okstein will also be in the mix for innings on the mound.
Offensively, Nate Yaffe is back after a great year at the dish a year ago and will take over at shortstop. Not only is Yaffe consistent with the bat, but he’s also very dangerous on the base paths. Another speedy option at the dish will be Palash Raina and the Eagles are hoping to get key contributions at the plate from Okstein and varsity newcomer Connor Blaney. Liam Conway takes over behind the dish and Will Hippler, Owen Kevorkian, Eli Greenfield, Josh Tolentino, and Jake Loomis are all in the mix for spots in the lineup as well.
2022 Hockomock League Baseball Preview
“As a second-year varsity coach, I couldn’t be prouder to see how ready our players are to play their 2022 season,” said Sharon head coach Andrew Poliferno. “It is evident our players worked hard during the off-season to prepare to compete in the Hockomock. Our players are gritty, determined, and not afraid to put in the hard work that it takes to improve. In addition to their drive to succeed, the team vibe is positive and players go out of their way to encourage one another. I believe we have the makings of a very talented and passionate group of players ready to make noise for their 2022 season.”
2021 Record: 4-10
2021 Finish: Missed Postseason
Coach: Kevin Carty
There will be a lot of new faces in the Stoughton lineup this season, and that goes for the dugout too as Kevin Carty takes over for Mike Armour, who was the longest-tenured coach in the Hockomock League.
Carty is going to lean heavily on his seniors, who make up over half of the Knights’ roster. There is a lot of versatility among the senior class as well with players like Joe McNulty and Jonah Ly, who could see time in the outfield, the infield, on the mound, and in McNulty’s case, even behind the dish. Brad Franey, Anthony Girolamo, Anthony Tilton, James Price, and Owen Wiesnberger are all seniors that are in the mix for infield spots.
Girolamo, Ly, and Price will be joined by sophomore Will Worsley, junior Jeriel Cuello, junior Sean Farley, junior Joe Rush, and sophomore Hunter Malkin as options on the mound for Carty.
“We have a deep group of seniors that will carry us this year,” Carty said. “These seniors are very athletic and can play anywhere on the field. They have the ability to be great leaders for the younger players. We will go as far as they carry us.”
2021 Record: 13-5
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Semifinal
Coach: Blair Bourque
Replacing a league MVP is never an easy task as the Tigers have to do with Danny MacDougall, but Taunton has a lot of depth and a lot of new faces looking to make a name for themselves as they help Taunton challenge for the Kelley-Rex title.
The strength of the 2022 Tigers will be offense and defense. Taunton has already lost some pitchers to injury so it will be a group effort on the mound this season. Coming off a season in which they scored 119 runs (nearly 7 runs a game), the offense will once again be a key component. Dawson Bryce had a breakout year after hitting 0.341 and driving in 12 runs a season ago, and junior Ryan MacDougall is one of the best power hitters in the league.
Seniors Evan Cali, Colby DeCouta, Colin Botelho, and junior Braden Sullivan are all very experienced at the varsity level and head coach Blair Bourque will lean on their leadership this season.
“Unlike in years past, we don’t have any true pitchers; our pitching staff consists of position players who will need to step up and give us an opportunity to compete,” Bourque said.”Offensively, we’ll look to have productive at-bats, be patient, and take advantage of mistakes. We should have one of the more productive offenses Taunton has had in some time. Although we’ll continue to play fundamental baseball, we hope to be able to capitalize when opportunity presents itself.”
But going into Friday night’s clash on the road in Stoughton, Ferguson said the Eagles needed to be selfish.
Not on the court, of course, but rather in terms of the Davenport division title race. Sharon clinched a share of the title on Tuesday, but if the Eagles didn’t grab a win on Friday, there was a chance of sharing the Davenport with potentially Foxboro and/or Oliver Ames.
Fittingly, it was an unselfish performance that resulted in five players scoring in double figures and the Eagles outlasted the Black Knights, emerging with a hard-fought 65-61 to claim sole possession of the Davenport, the program’s first league title since 2014.
“We have been very lucky with some of the results around the league in the games that we have lost, so we didn’t want to leave it up to anyone else tonight, we wanted to take care of it ourselves,” Ferguson said. “And then to do it bouncing back after those first eight minutes, I’m so unbelievably proud of this group. The Davenport beats itself into mediocrity, we are just so evenly matched every night. So to be able to claim ourselves as division champions, it’s got a good ring to it.
“Our fourth quarter, they just didn’t give up. And it was both teams too, neither team gave up. We talked about grinding every single possession, and that’s what that was for the last eight minutes.”
Sophomore Jacob McLoughlin had a team-high 15 points and four assists, sophomore Nate Katznelson added 13 points and four boards, senior Ryan Zunenshine had 12 points and 11 rebounds, senior Donyae Pierre finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, and junior Matt Baur (nine rebounds) scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Foxboro and Oliver Ames both did win their games, leaving the chance for a three-way tie as the Eagles and Black Knights ended up as the last game to finish in the league.
After falling behind 16-4 through one quarter of action, the Eagles battled back to make it a one-point game at halftime (26-25) and the two squads were level (38-38) going into the fourth.
The fourth, though it had its share of whistles like the first three quarters, saw the best back-and-forth of the game. There were five lead changes or ties in the opening minutes, and although Sharon led for the final five minutes, the advantage never grew past two possessions and was at one basket for the majority of the frame.
Maybe the biggest swing came just before the three minute mark. After McLoughlin dropped in a runner to make it 51-47, the Eagles nearly had a stop on the other end. Konrad Rogers was able to pounce on the loose ball for Stoughton, got it in the hands of Rayan Sablon (16 points, nine rebounds, four assists), and he found Cashmere Mathurin (10 points, eight rebounds) on a big alley-oop that brought the crowd to their feet.
The home side’s momentum was short-lived. The Knights were caught sinking too far in their 2-3 zone and Katznelson found Baur alone in the corner for a wide-open three.
Rogers answered with two free throws for Stoughton but McLoughlin found some space, got by his man, and finished his shot plus the foul to make it 57-51 with two minutes to go.
Stoughton took advantage of an offense rebound and Sablon kicked it to freshman Matt Greenspoon for a three to cut the deficit in half at 57-54. Out of a timeout, the Eagles got the ball to Zunenshine and he burst past his defender for a layup.
“They played a box-and-one [on Baur] against us last time, we knew they’d want to take him away so we had to have other guys step up, and we have all the confidence in the world in them to do it,” Ferguson said. “Jacob and Nate aren’t playing like sophomores anymore, Ryan stepped up huge for us…every game that came in contributed for us.”
Sharon got a stop and extended the lead to 60-54 on a free throw from McLoughlin. Connor Andrews answered with a tough two, plus the foul, to make it a one-possession game as the clock ticked under a minute to go.
The Eagles missed a pair from the line but Stoughton couldn’t cut into the deficit any further, off on a three and then off on a putback attempt.
Baur made four free throws down the stretch and McLoughlin added another to ice the win.
It was a slow start for both teams, with Sharon holding a meager 2-1 lead through four minutes of action. Stoughton’s offense erupted through and finished with a 15-0 run over the final 3:22. Andrews lone triple of the game helped spark the run, Liam Pearl had a steal and a layup, Sablon added some free throws, and then Pearl beat the buzzer with a putback for a 16-4 lead.
“I thought we missed a few easy baskets earlier in the game that we usually hit, and some late too,” said Stoughton head coach Evan Taylor. The Black Knights made just a trio of threes on 21 attempts. “I think it probably had to do with nerves and the excitement of the game, it was a great atmosphere in the gym tonight. But this one felt like it got away from us.”
After Katznelson and Greenspoon traded baskets to start the second, the Eagles’ aggressiveness resulted in a lot of whistles and trips to the line. McLoughlin, Zunenshine, and Pierre cut into the Stoughton lead with free throws and alter in the period, Katznelson drained a three to halve the lead. Katznelson then finished off a steal, Mathurin answered for Stoughton but McLoughlin added a late bucket on a pass from John Baez to make it 26-25 at the half.
“Our second quarter was really good because the first quarter we played poorly and didn’t shoot the ball well,” Ferguson said. “And that bled a little bit into our defense but the second quarter we came back and I thought we played awesome.”
Sharon boys basketball (9-7 Hockomock, 11-7 overall) will close out the regular season with a pair of home games in the Dudley Davenport Tournament, hosting Ashland on Sunday. Stoughton (6-10, 7-10) is on the road for its final three games. The Black Knights are on the edge of the postseason based on the latest ratings but could clinch a spot if they win their final three games, starting with a trip to North Andover on Sunday.