Players of the Year
Super 8: Michael Vasil, BC High
The 6-foot-4 junior righthander turned in a .505 ERA and a spotless 9-0 record. The University of Virginia commit struck out 71 batters in 69⅓ innings and was named Catholic Conference MVP, leading the Eagles to the Super 8.
Division 1: Henry Funaro, Lowell
Not only did opponents struggle to score against Funaro, they had a hard time making contact. In 64⅔ innings, he struck out 106 batters and had a 0.76 ERA. The MVC All-Conference ace hit .394 and will play at UMass-Lowell.
Division 2: Tylor Arruda, Greater New Bedford
The righthander went 10-0 on the mound this season for the Bears, including a complete-game gem in the Division 2 state championship. Arruda also hit .458 earning him South Coast Conference MVP. He will play at UMass-Boston.
Division 3: Ryan Sliwinski, Dover-Sherborn
Dover-Sherborn won its first Division 3 South sectional title this season, partly thanks to Sliwinski’s contributions. Sliwinski struck out 55 over 69⅓ innings with a 1.72 ERA, and hit .307. He’ll play at Keene State.
Division 4: Casey Earle, Archbishop Williams
Earle captained a Bishops team that advanced to the Division 4 state final. The senior catcher hit .446 with three HRs and 29 RBIs. Earle is a four-year starter and a two-time Catholic Central League All-Star. He will attend Stonehill.
Charlie Auditore, Walpole, senior
The Rebels second baseman used his bat to propel Walpole to the Bay State Herget title while earning the Herget MVP for himself. Auditore hit .394 with two homers and 21 RBIs, and will play ball at Bentley University next season.
Brendan Barry, Austin Prep, senior
The MVP of the Catholic Central, the rightfielder was the engine that pushed the prolific Cougars offense. He hit .398 and slugged .590, tallying 26 RBIs and 28 runs. He’ll attend St. Joseph’s College in Maine and study criminal justice.
Daniel Chapski, Xaverian, senior
Chapski again earned a spot on the Catholic Conference All-Star team as the backbone of a Xaverian squad that made it to the Super 8. The senior righty had a 1.05 ERA. Chapski, who also played basketball, will attend Bowdoin.
Frank DiOrio, St. John’s Prep, senior
DiOrio helped lead yet another potent Eagles’ offensive showcase to the Super 8 title game, hitting .363 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs. He also had five defensive assists from right field. DiOrio will play baseball at UMass Amherst.
James Dolan, Whitman-Hanson, junior
Not only was Dolan nearly untouchable on the mound, he hit well when called upon, too. The junior pitched and played first base, posting a 0.34 ERA and batting .389 en route to being named the Patriot League MVP.
Nate Espelin, Belmont, junior
The 5-foot-10 lefty was dominant in his junior campaign, racking up 92 strikeouts over 63 innings with a 1.33 ERA. Espelin helped earn Belmont a spot in the Super 8, making it just the second Division 2 team to reach the tournament.
Sal Frelick, Lexington, junior
Frelick hit .408 this season, but his most impressive accomplishment might be that he never struck out. The junior shortstop was named a Middlesex League All-Star, was an All-Scholastic in football, and is headed to BC.
John Grady, Newton North, junior
Grady served as a backbone for the Tigers’ staff, going 6-1 with a 1.20 ERA in the regular season, helping the Tigers get back to the Super 8 for the fourth straight year. Grady was also a Bay State All-Star in football.
Steve Hajjar, Central Catholic, junior
The 6-foot-4 junior lefty dazzled on the mound in the regular season, allowing five earned runs in 38⅓ innings while striking out 67. He hit .333 with 2 HRs, 17 RBIs, and 13 runs, to earn MVP of the Merrimack Valley Conference.
Alex Kennedy, Braintree, senior
The hero of last year’s Super 8, Kennedy helped the Wamps return to the tournament for the fourth straight season. Despite switching from the outfield to behind the plate, Kennedy led the offense, batting .429 with 16 RBIs.
Brendan O’Shea, Methuen, senior
O’Shea had a 0.70 ERA and a 7-1 record, helping achieve a 19-6 season that ended in the Division 1 North semifinals. The 6-foot-3 senior earned all-conference honors in the MVC. He’ll attend UMass-Dartmouth for civil engineering.
Henry Weycker, Wellesley, sophomore
The deceptive leftyt helped carry the 13th-seeded Raiders to the Division 1 state title game. He went 6-3 with 70 strikeouts in 61⅓ innings, and also hit .346 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs. He is committed to Virginia Tech.
Coaches of the year
Super 8: Dan Letarte, St. John’s Prep
For the third consecutive year, Letarte led his Eagles to the Super 8 Tournament and the championship game. Touting a 78-25 record over four years including 19-7 this season, Letarte is a 1986 graduate of Prep. He played at Salem State.
Division 1: Rob Kane, Wellesley
Kane led the Raiders on a magical ride through the tournament en route to the state final. ‘‘The players performed to the highest level when it mattered most,’’ said Kane, who has a career mark of 140-104.
Division 2: Rick Avila, Greater New Bedford
The nine-year head coach led the program to its first ever state championship with an emotional, 6-2, victory over Danvers. Avila and the Bears finished the season 19-7, and he is 142-52 in his career at the helm.
Division 3: Stephen Ryan, Dover-Sherborn
In his 22nd year of coaching, Ryan took the Raiders to their first South sectional championship and state title appearance. An alum of Natick and Babson College where he played baseball, he guided D-S to a 17-9 record.
Division 4: Jimmy Dolan, Archbishop Williams
In only his second year, Dolan guided the Bishops to the South sectional championship. A graduate of Bridgewater State, Dolan went 20-6 this season and has a 34-15 record overall. He is also the assistant boys’ soccer coach.
Atlantic Coast — Dennis-Yarmouth: Charles McCaffrey. Falmouth: Drew Boli, Nick Couhig, Gates Kelliher. Marshfield: Sam Crawford, Josh Eastman. Nauset: Mac LaBarge. Sandwich: Dylan DeBettencourt, Nick Heyer, Noah Holland, Tyler Wudyka.
Bay State — Braintree: Jack Andrews (MVP), Alex Kennedy, Kevin O’Brien. Brookline: Ryan Leung. Framingham: Jared Brockway, Jarrod Marifiote, Sam Phipps. Milton: Sam Jacobsek. Natick: Sean Harney. Needham: Kevin Mackenzie. Newton North: John Grady, Dante Taylor, Cole Whitehouse. Norwood: Patrick Forrest, Mike James. Walpole: Charlie Auditore (MVP), Brian Gaughan, Ryan Murphy. Wellesley: Michael Kenney, Henry Weycker. Weymouth: Kevin O’Brien.
Big Three — Brockton: Frank Aten, Ian Nadeau, Justin Silva. Durfee: Jose Martinez, Matt Saunders, Lucas Sousa, Zakary Souza (MVP). New Bedford: Justin Baker, Xavier Dominguez, Omar Rojas.
Boston City — Boston English: Rey Alcantara, Allen Mejia, Cedrick Pena. Boston International: Jeuri Arias, Hernhy Lara Florenti, Reymond Lara Mejia. Brighton: Jason Diaz, Jamie Roldan, Alinson Sanquintin-Le. Burke: Rey Fernandez, Federico Melo. Charlestown: Caesar Martinez, Raynerth Montero, Kevin Valenzuela. East Boston: Joshua Baez, Darrick Tolbert Jr., Israel Vega. Fenway: Wilfred Martinez, Enyel Santana, Jeaden Suazo. Latin Academy: Shane Lake, John Teehan, Conor Walsh. Madison Park: Reinaldo Pimental, Randy Ramirez. New Mission: Stephen Andujar, Angel Angramonte, Christian Lorenzo. O’Bryant: Yeralson Baez, Jesus Moscat, Matthew Ruiz. Snowden: Anthony Chevere, Joel Lara. South Boston: Christian Badgett, Vincent Dang, Alex Troncoso. Tech Boston: Javon Bozeman, Kevin Melo. West Roxbury: Eduary Baez, Angel Gonzalez, Jose Pena.
Cape & Islands — Cape Cod Academy: Matt Moring. Cape Cod Tech: Owen Amato, Justin Lukas. Nantucket: Charlie Howard. Rising Tide Charter: Christian Burzycki, Joesph Green, Kurtis Grey. St. John Paul II: Cole Campbell, Keith Campbell, Dylan Halvorsen, Trevor Millikin, Anthony Oriola, Shay Souza (MVP). Sturgis East: Joe Colesano, Seref McDowell, Andrew Pinard, Andrew William. Sturgis West: Jonathan Cloutier, Max O’Hare.
Cape Ann — Georgetown: Jack Walsh. Hamilton-Wenham: Adam Parady. Lynnfield: Nick Aslnanian, Bryant Dana, Kyle Hawes, Justin Juliano (MVP), Mike Stellato. Manchester Essex: Harry Painter, Robbie Sarmanian. Masconomet: David Hunter. Newburyport: Brian Hadden. North Reading: Dan Madden, Jeff Mejia. Pentucket: Jacob Deziel. Rockport: Danny Ryan (MVP). Triton: Dylan Copeland.
Catholic Central — Archbishop Williams: Timmy Chase, Will Cournan, James Dolan, Casey Earle, Jack Grafton, Matt McDonald, Ben Murphy. Arlington Catholic: Matt Laurendeau, Kieran Mullen. Austin Prep: Brendan Barry (MVP). Matignon: Tim Connors. St. Mary’s: Bobby Alcock, Lee Pacheco, Ryan Turenne, Lou Vidal.
Catholic Conference — BC High: Dave Driscoll, Marty McCormack, Luke Murphy, Matt Sullivan, Michael Vasil (MVP). Catholic Memorial: Pat Manning, Colin McGrath, James Moccio, Josh Petrucci. Malden Catholic: Kellen Field, Jake Horrigan, Nick Iannuzzi, Ian Libby, Joe Ward. St. John’s Prep: Zach Begin, Casey Bussone, Frank DiOrio, Dan Frey, Tyler McGregor. Xaverian: Jake Cassidy, Daniel Chapski, Owen Langan, Aidan McLaughlin, Vicente Mendoza.
Commonwealth — Chelsea: Luis Jimenez, Manny Ortiz. Essex Tech: Dylan Christianson, Jackson Leete. Greater Lawrence: Leyton Barr, Cam Donahue. Greater Lowell: Dylan Bogacz, Nick Kacavas. Lynn Tech: Mike Brown, Richard Mateo, Kenny Moore, Jhona Ortega. Minuteman: Mike Brennan, William Hardy, Adam Merta. Mystic Valley: Tommy Callanan, Andrew Hogan, Matt Hogan, Hunter Kreis, Danny Riley (MVP). Northeast: Dawson Gaudet, Steven Wesley, Tyler Woloski. Shawsheen: James Alagna, Chris Galinos, Craig Rich, C.J. Zemetres. Whittier: Cam Camasso (MVP), Will Carpenter, John Moody, Stephen Moody, Scott Neenan.
Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Ben Membrino, Will Otero, Brian Quantrille, Cal Sullivan. Bedford: Robbie Meehan, Derek Tremblay. Boston Latin: Mike Doyle (MVP), Asher Kaplan, Owen Mahoney. Cambridge: Raphael Goldstein, David Kearns, Zeke Taylor, Ryan Telingator. Concord-Carlisle: Matt Marowitz. Lincoln-Sudbury: Rory Bordiuk, Jack Carlson, Will Fletcher, Deven Pathak. Newton South: Ben Alexander, Nathan Elbaum, T.J. Goldblatt, Brandon Lee. Waltham: Darren Battista, Mike Divito, Troy Saulnier, Ryan Williams. Wayland: Christian Boschetto, Blase Cormier (MVP). Westford: Andy Catchcart, James McNamara, Max Silverman (MVP). Weston: Max Barsamian, Preston Grundy, Sajian May, Peter Messervy.
Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Kyle Browne, Jack Callahan, Ryan McGaghern, Rhett Warner. Bishop Stang: Zac Genovezos, Tyler Sefrino. Coyle & Cassidy: Pat Arter, Matt Braga, Evan Ferris, Christian Schulz. Martha’s Vineyard: Elias Fhagen-Smith, Jonas Lukowitz, Chris Mayhew, James Sashin. Somerset Berkley: Cam Dupre, Jarred Dutka.
Hockomock — Attleboro: Matt Callahan. Foxborough: Colin Thoener. Franklin: Alex Haba, Ryan Hodgkins, Jake Noviello, Jason Ulrickson. King Philip: Will Weir (MVP). Mansfield: Nolan Dousa, Matt Farragher. Milford: Zach Tamagni, Aidan Wilde. North Attleborough: Zach DeMattio, Nick Sinacola. Oliver Ames: Sam Burr, Kyle Gagliardi. Sharon: Max Tarlin. Stoughton: Jack Connelly, Ruben Gonzalez, Justin Hutchinson, Ryan Sullivan.
Mayflower — Avon: Christian Alcantara (MVP). Bishop Connolly: Harold Beckford, Cam Swainamer. Blue Hills: Dylan Barkas, Andrew Bryant (MVP), Mike Nosky. Bristol Aggie: Mitchell Holmes. Bristol-Plymouth: Colby Maderios, Matt Swanson, Zach Wensley. Diman: Brandon Affonso, Brendan Berube, Daniel Perron. Holbrook: Seamus Galgary. Norfolk Aggie: Michael Dix, Kevin Kalig. Old Colony: Mason Ashburn, Jared Gammell, Wyatt Major (MVP), Paul Soucy, Drew Sullivan. Sacred Heart: Jack Murry. South Shore Voc-Tech: Kevin Donnellan. Southeastern: Mark Sessa. Tri-County: Ian McSweeney. Upper Cape: David Coakley, Nick Gagner, Jason Shell, Eric Singleton. West Bridgewater: Craig Dunn, Jonathan Fongeallaz, Justin Lavoie, Matthew Lawler. Westport: Nick Collins, Colby Hawes, Dan Shea (MVP).
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Josh Gruenberg, John Marrotta. Billerica: Alex Cruwys. Central Catholic: Steve Hajjar (MVP), Dominic Keegan, Noah Lucier. Chelmsford: Josh Roberge, Shea Ryan. Lowell: Henry Funaro, Keith Lynch. Methuen: Brendan O’Shea, Jacob Thibault. North Andover: Sebastian Keane, Mitch McQuate (MVP).
Middlesex — Arlington: Adam Bowler, Jack Kelly. Belmont: Cal Christofori, Nate Espelin, Bryan Goodwin. Burlington: Coleman Began, Justin Hurley, Justin Miksenas, Patrick O’Halloran. Lexington: Nico Frelick, Sal Frelick, Jack Palowski. Melrose: Nick Cordeau, Mike Mascarella. Reading: Joe Bradley, Will McFadden, Mike Rainone. Stoneham: Brendan Dudman. Wakefield: Brett Maloney. Watertown: Eli Krieger. Wilmington: Jared Aucoin, Chris Grecco, Matt Rideout, Graham Smith, Tom Worob. Winchester: Hunter Weissman. Woburn: Dan Haverty.
Northeastern — Gloucester: Marc Phinney. Lynn Classical: David Barnard, A.J. Luciano, Tyler Way. Peabody: Chris Gillen, Jake Gustin (MVP), Jacob Zeuli. Swampscott: Louis Oliveri. Winthrop: Jack Wallace.
Old Colony — Barnstable: Bryce Conroy, Chris Holcomb, Jack Kennedy, Alex Novacon, Ryan Proto. Bridgewater-Raynham: Mike DiBari, Bobby Long, Carter Peterson, Chris Phieffer (MVP), John Stork, Colin Trahon. Dartmouth: Jake Cruz, Colin McCabe, Ben Paine, Hunter Pimental, Ethan Sherman.
Patriot — Duxbury: Dan Graceffa, Patrick Melampy, Harry Moody. Hanover: Liam Flynn, Aidan Henderson, Steven Simon. Hingham: Matt Hatfield, John Maffei. North Quincy: Shawn Kelly, Kevin McDonald. Pembroke: Nick Forney, Connor Pijanowski (MVP), Justin Pijanowski, Zach Simpson. Plymouth North: Curtis Bennett, Don Cohoon, Connor Sullivan. Plymouth South: Bradley Collins, Chris Elliot. Quincy: Curtis Frazier. Scituate: Colin May, Andrew Ross. Silver Lake: Dan Collins, Trever Dennett, Josh Harvey. Whitman-Hanson: Mike Cook, James Dolan (MVP), Ryan Schwede, Liam Tamulevich.
South Coast — Bourne: Jacob Ashworth, Dylan Kehoe, Kylar Macarotti. Case: Tim Silva. Dighton-Rehoboth: Arthur Correira, Dallas Nunes, Tom Roache, Jacob Rogers. Fairhaven: Patrick Dillon. Greater New Bedford: Tylor Arruda (MVP), Noah Rivera. Old Rochester: Sam Henrie, Will Hopkins. Seekonk: Tanner Emond, Matt Gallup, Luke Robitaille.
South Shore — Abington: Dylan McCann. Carver: Andrew Bumpus, Tyler Halunen. Cohasset: Michael Cohen, Liam O’Connell, Xander Schubert. East Bridgewater: Jason Bean (MVP), Brandon Jenkins, Mike Khoury (MVP), Liam LeVangie, Alex Rose. Hull: Dylan Iorio, JD O’Donnell. Mashpee: Nicholas Carpenter (MVP), Michael Fraser, Zach Landry, Kyle Puchol, Ari Purdy. Middleborough: Jason Bean (MVP), Evan Gwozdz, Harrison LaPierre, Shawn McCarthy. Monomoy: Nathan Amaker, Owen Cottle. Randolph: Ray Mateo. Rockland: Sam Gray, Chris McHugh, Mike McPeck.
Tri-Valley — Ashland: Lucas Gustavson, Eric Vinacco. Bellingham: Sean Williamson. Dover-Sherborn: Jake Scurrah, Ryan Sliwinski. Holliston: Jake Obid. Hopkinton: Ben McKenzie, Alex Reynolds (MVP). Medfield: Jarrett Lee, Chris McGrory. Medway: T.J. Nelson. Millis: Andrew Brooks. Norton: Matt Bingel, Brian Holmes, David Skiendiel, Jack Veglas. Westwood: Anthony Fabiano, Aidan Fitzgibbon, Ben Shields.
Text by James Duffy and Karl Capen.