Spartans ready for 2014 season
Spartans ready for 2014 season
SCITUATE - In his first year at the helm of the Scituate High School varsity baseball team, Dave Hanson led his team to the most wins in Scituate history as well as a semifinal appearance, but this year the focus right now is just to get outdoors.
"We had a very successful season," Hanson said. "It was a disappointing ending in the semifinals but it was a tremendous year. It took a lot of hard work to get there and I couldn't be happier."
The Spartans graduated four seniors after their playoff run last year including the Cabral brothers, Ryan and Evan. Ryan was a starting pitcher while Evan was the starting center fielder and they were the heart of the lineup.
"The keys for us is trying to replace the Cabral brothers in the lineup," Hanson said. "Ryan Dulieu swings the bat and looks early on to be a middle of the order guy. Dulieu having a good, solid year is very key to balance the order."
Dulieu is one of the three seniors the Spartans have this year. The other two are Scott Lynch, the captain, and Sam Jackvony. In all they have 24 players. Lynch is the captain of the Spartans but he has four juniors to help him out, who will move up to more of a leadership role next year. They are Nick Pietrantozzi, Jimmy Gianquitti, Tyler Farias and Jack Owens.
Owens will play first base when he is not pitching and sophomore Greg Houghton will also get some time at first base. Farias will stay behind the plate guiding the pitching. Gianquitti, who played second base last year, will move over to shortstop replacing graduated senior Scott Iacobucci. Freshman Sam Owens most likely will try his hand at second while Lynch stays at third when he is not on the mound and Pietrantozzi will start in center.
Other outfielders in the mix, Hanson said, are Dulieu, Sam Jackvony, Christian Ferrucci and Tom Card.
Hanson has three returning pitchers, Jack Owens, Lynch and Pietrantozzi. Owens pitched the most last year, starting games while the other two were relievers.
"If they throw strikes we will be fine," Hanson said. "Our main focus is to get something out of them. The lack of pitching depth and inexperience concerns me."
The Spartans are in the same boat as most of their opponents in Division II-North, not being able to hold practices outside on a baseball diamond. Hanson said they are working hard and getting a lot done inside but will try get outside before their season starts.
They were scheduled to open on Tuesday, April 1 at home against Mount St. Charles Academy.
"Mount is probably one of the stronger teams in our league," Hanson said. "We are capable of being a good team and we will see how we stack up against them (Mount) and see what we need to work on."
Hanson added that Division II-North is a balanced league and there really is no easy game.
Joining Hanson this year as the assistant is Joe Braganca after Rick Cabral stepped down after last season. Braganca was with Hanson when Hanson coached at Seekonk and Davies and also coached at Shea. Hanson is excited to have him aboard.