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L-S' Cellucci commits to Bryant

August, 23, 2011
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Lincoln-Sudbury senior infielder Dan Cellucci has verbally committed to Bryant University for the 2012-13 school year, head coach Kirk Fredericks announced tonight.

Cellucci batted .540 this season for the Warriors, who captured their third state title in seven seasons this spring with a convincing win over Minnechaug in the Division 1 title game. He was also named to ESPNBoston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team. Cellucci will join L-S teammate and incoming Bulldogs freshman Carl Anderson, the state's home run leader in 2010.

L-S hammers its way back to D1 state final

June, 16, 2011
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LOWELL, Mass. -- The clock has finally struck midnight on Franklin's magical, even Cinderella-ish run through the Division 1 tournament.

Lincoln-Sudbury's bats struck often and early, to the tune of 20 total hits, as they cruised to a 16-2 win over the Panthers (16-9) at Alumni Field to make their third state final appearance in seven seasons.

The Warriors (23-4) will face Western Mass champion Minnechaug -- themselves a surprise contender, entering the postseason a No. 10 seed at 10-10 but winning five straight -- Saturday at Lynn's Fraser Field for the state title.

"We hit the ball very well," L-S head coach Kirk Fredericks said. "We took advantage of and used a lot of the things we practice all the time, to get up on them and work some things in, which is great."

L-S wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, with senior catcher Mike Barry (2 for 4, four RBI) driving in Carl Anderson with a sacrifice fly to left field out of the cleanup spot. Keith Anderson (3 for 4, three RBI) and Ricky Antonellis (2 for 4) each drove in a run in the next two at bats to make it 3-0.

Then in the fourth, already ahead 5-0, the Warriors exploded for five more to blow this thing wide open, with Keith Anderson, Ryan Bassinger and Barry all driving in runs. Barry then made it 12-0 in the fifth, blasting an 0-2 curveball over left.

"I thought they were going to throw me a curveball, and I guess I got a good piece of it," Barry said.

Said Fredericks of Barry, "Michael's been struggling a little bit when we've been taking batting practice, I was concerned that his technique was a little off. But in games, he brings it right home." Asked to elaborate on what techniques, Fredericks simply said, "That's between Michael and myself."

The Warriors beat Worcester Tech for the Division 2 title in 2005, and Algonquin two seasons later for the D1 crown. Based on a snapshot of tonight, one has to like their chances for a third title.

Like the Panthers one day earlier in their walkoff win over Xaverian for the South crown, L-S demonstrated mature plate instincts, balance patience and aggression at the right times. Adam Ravenelle, Dan Cellucci and Brian Carroll (two RBI) also drove in runs to help the effort.

All of it made the job for its starter, Bryant-bound senior lefty Carl Anderson, that much more comfortable. In five innings of work, he Anderson struck out four batters, allowed four hits and gave up one earned run. Five pitchers combined for the final four innings of relief.

"I don't think Carl will tell you, but I'm sure he's sore," Fredericks said. "He had to pitch on three days' rest during the tournament, through five innings...And I'd betcha if we're in the state championship and we need another inning or two, he'd come on too. So, Carl has been an awesome player at Lincoln-Sudbury, and he'll continue to be until the end."

After such a dramatic win less than 24 hours earlier, Franklin head coach Dave Niro's fears of a day-after letdown came true.

"It's tough to get up two days in a row," Niro said. "We're coming off a big emotional win yesterday. I could tell on the bus ride up that we're gonna come out flat. The guys usually have a lot of energy coming to games, they're usually pretty loose. But today [it] was real quiet on the bus ride up, and I kinda thought we didn't have much energy left."

Surely, the Panthers were without key arms used in yesterday's win, leaving junior lefty Tyler Buck with the start after throwing 166 pitches in his start in last week's D1 South quarterfinals against BC High, a 17-6 win. Buck was knocked out of the game with one out in the third, with the score already well in hand at 8-0.

"I don't know if they [the team] knew that, but I knew that," Fredericks said when asked about Buck's 166-pitch start. "And as the rain kept coming and moving games back, it worked to our disadvantage, because it gives him more rest.

"But I talked to BC High, who played them, and got a pretty good scouting report on what he had, and what to do against him. Our kids executed, and did a great job."


L-S shuts out A-B to take D1 North title

June, 13, 2011
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LOWELL, Mass. -- Shutouts are far from rare in high school baseball. To shutout a team twice in one season? Possible.

But to shutout a team three times in one season? Especially when that team beat Lowell, previously-undefeated Lexington, and Lawrence to get to the sectional final? That is very difficult.

Lincoln-Sudbury did it Monday, however, with a 7-0 victory over Dual County League foe Acton-Boxborough at Alumni Field. L-S outscored A-B 30-0 over the three games they have played this season.

Of course, it is easier when you have Adam Ravenelle, the hard-throwing New York Yankee draftee, on the mound. The right-hander, who pitched in the previous two shut-outs for L-S, pitched six innings of one-hit baseball, striking out eight and surrendering three walks.

“I felt good today, it’s been a while since I’ve felt good with both my fastball and my curveball,” Ravenelle said. “It’s definitely a good time for that to come out.”

“Usually my strikeout pitch is my curveball, but today it was the fastball. I set it up with the curveball, and I guess they were still looking for it and I just kind of froze them with the fastball.”

With the win, L-S (22-2) moves on to play the winner of the D1 South Final, either Xaverian or Franklin, on Wednesday for the right to play for the Division 1 State Championship.

L-S knows that game will be a challenge, regardless of who they play.

“We have two teams left that we’ve played,” L-S coach Kirk Fredericks said. “Xaverian we played and lost 4-0. They’re a good, scrappy team, very well-coached. Franklin we played in the MetroWest Classic Championship game. They hit the ball well and have five or six pitchers that throw the ball as good as any of our guys. We fully expect it to be a war on Wednesday.”



Even though he didn’t let a runner past second base in his six innings of work, it was predetermined that Ravenelle would exit the game when he did. An A-B (18-6) runner did not make it past second base the entire game.

“We decided that we’d probably throw him about five innings today, regardless of the score,” said Fredericks. “He said he wanted to go one more, so we left him out there for one more.”

A-B’s Tyler Dickinson was moving along smoothly on the mound until the third inning when he surrendered back-to-back singles to Matt Cahill and Brian Carroll. Then he walked Dan Cellucci to load the bases. He struck out Carl Anderson for the second out of the inning, but gave up back-to-back singles to Ravenelle and Michael Berry that scored all three runners.

L-S struck again in the fifth with four runs on three hits in a walk, which included a two-run triple by Anderson that was made possible when the A-B leftfielder dove to try to catch the ball, but he missed, which allowed it to roll all the way to the wall.

“That’s baseball,” said A-B coach Patrick Grucela. “That was two phenomenal teams playing a game. We’ve talked all season that big innings are the curse and they got one three-run inning and one four-run inning when things didn’t quite go our way and that was the difference in the game.”

L-S got great production from Cahill and Carroll, their No. 8 and 9 hitters, who each went 3-for-4 in the game. It will need that if it hopes to advance to the State Championship game.

“Everyone takes their turn, and when we can put it together we’re a tough team,” Fredericks said.

Draftee Ravenelle leads L-S into D1 North Final

June, 9, 2011
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LOWELL, Mass. -- It would be very difficult to find a baseball player in Massachusetts that had a better day than Adam Ravenelle Wednesday.

Mere hours after the Lincoln-Sudbury senior was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 44th Round of the Major League Baseball entry draft, he went out and hit for the cycle in a Division 1 North quarterfinal game against Chelmsford, helping propel his team to an 8-1 victory at Alumni Stadium.

The Warriors will play the winner of Thursday night's matchup between Lawrence and Acton-Boxborough, at Alumni Stadium, for the Division 1 North Championship Saturday at LeLacheur Park.

“I would definitely say this is a pretty good day for me,” he said after the game. “There was a lot of anxiety all day, leading up to the final moment I did get drafted, but once I did get drafted, the weight was lifted off my shoulders and I kind of got to relax a little bit and play a game that I love. So it was a good day.”

The Vanderbilt commit had no problem focusing on the task at hand, even with it being such a momentous day. He went 4 for 4 at the plate with a walk.

“If anything, it made me have more of a positive attitude because I was up and I was excited so I came in here excited and we got the job done,” he said.

On the field, L-S (21-4) was able to overcome a tough fielding day for the position players with exceptional offense and pitching. Carl Anderson pitched five scoreless innings, and was able to get himself out of trouble when in difficult spots in the game. In the fourth inning, with runners on second and third with one out, he struck out one hitter and got the next to fly to center to get out of the jam.

“He gave us fits,” Chelmsford head coach Mike O’Keefe said. “We got a little bit out of our comfort zone and tried to do things that we’re not really capable of doing and got a little bit away from the plan that we had. You tip your hat to the kid.”

The lefty exited the game with six strikeouts, while giving up only three hits and two walks.

“He did that on four days rest,” L-S head coach Kirk Fredericks said of Anderson. “We were looking for five innings, but didn’t know if we’d get two, didn’t know if we’d get seven, but we were looking for five. He did a great job and gave us a chance to win the game.”

A walk, fielding error, and single gave Chelmsford (16-8) the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, but L-S caught a break to keep the game scoreless. Dom Zaher, Chelmsford’s No. 3 hitter, hit a scorching ground ball at second baseman Ryan Bassinger, who was unable to handle it.

The ball ricocheted off Bassinger’s body, however, right into Dan Cellucci’s waiting glove at second base. He tagged the bag and threw to first to finish the double play and keep the Lions off the board.

Those breaks in the game and the scoreboard helped mask the five errors the defense made, which was uncharacteristic for a team like Lincoln-Sudbury.

“We were gross today, absolutely awful,” Fredericks said. “We hit the ball a little bit but we were awful. Defensively, mentally, we’re a very tired team. We’re terrible defensively and we’re struggling to be able to get bunts down, base running, etc. etc. So we’re not playing well right now.”

The Chelmsford bats did not come through until the eighth inning when back-to-back hits by Matt Rabbito and Kevin Driscoll plated the only Lion run of the game. Even then, the L-S bats answered back in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back triples by Ravenelle and Michael Barry and a single by Keith Anderson to put two more runs on the board.

Mullen's extra-inning GS lifts Xaverian over L-S

April, 14, 2011
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WESTWOOD, Mass. -- John Mullen was hoping the 1-1, bases-loaded, two-out curve he'd just cranked off of Lincoln-Sudbury's Carl Anderson would at least hit the fence, sending somebody home. His Xaverian teammate, Derek Reddy, had happier thoughts.

"As soon as he hit it, I knew it was gone," said Reddy, who pitched six scoreless innings before giving way to reliever Mike Uradnik, as Mullen's walk-off grand slam gave the No. 4 Hawks (3-1) a 4-0 win over No. 6 L-S (1-2) in the eighth inning.

"I knew he could get the job done if anybody could. Once I saw it come off the bat, I knew it wasn't staying in the yard."

Neither Reddy nor Anderson surrendered much over the course of their starts, combining for just seven hits allowed headed into the final frame of the afternoon at Xaverian High. the right-handed Reddy struck out three, walked three and allowed four hits in five innings of work before Uradnik finished the game out; meanwhile, Anderson struck out four and at one point retired 13 batters in a row before giving way in the eighth.

Try as they might, Hawks head coach Gerry Lambert admitted they were never able to adjust to the Bryant-bound, left-handed Anderson's tricky off-speed stuff, which carried good movement with it today in painting each side of the plate. But in the bottom of the eighth, they were able to string together a few good hits to set up Mullen's grand slam.

First, senior centerfielder Mike Muir reached first with two outs on an error by the second baseman. That was followed up by a single from junior second baseman Chris Hoyt, and a walk from Reddy. Mullen swung foul on his first cut, and two swings later sent everyone home.

"Carl's a very good pitcher, got me out three times in a row [prior to the at bat]," Mullen said. "I was just sitting on curveball. I was just trying to get a good pitch, and put a good swing on it."

Said Lambert, "He [Anderson] was dropping those off-speed pitches over the plate. That's not easy to do early in the year, so a ton of credit to him. I thought we matched them pitch for pitch, Derek Reddy was great and Mike Uradnik in relief was tremendous. And obviously, John finally clocked one out at the end."

Uradnik surrendered no hits and struck out one in three innings of relief, to pick up the win.

Anderson, who led the state in home runs a season ago, went 0 for 4 at the plate, and threw 88 pitches in the loss. But head coach Kirk Fredericks praised the senior's mettle at the plate.

"He's one of the better pitchers around," Fredericks said. "He may not throw 95, but he's heart."


First baseball poll and preseason All-State

April, 4, 2011
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We've released our first state-wide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll this afternoon, which can be found here; and our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches have tapped Catholic Memorial as No. 1 to top the preseason.

Many felt this could be the year the Knights, who have lost in extra innings in the last two Division 1 South finals, get over the hump. And certainly, head coach Hal Carey has the horses in his starting rotation to pull it off, between Division 1 commits Matt Goreham (Northeastern), John Gorman (BC) and John Mildner (UMass).

Overall, the Catholic Conference took four of the top five spots in the poll, with Lincoln-Subury taking the No. 2 spot followed by Malden Catholic, reigning Division 1 North champ St. John's Prep and Division 1 state runner-up Xaverian. Rounding out the top 10 are Lowell (6), Lexington (7), Peabody (8), Wachusett (9) and North Andover (10).

Our panel has also put together a preseason All-State to whet your appetite, listed below:



RHP – Adam Ravenelle, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
LHP – Will Marcal, Sr., Lexington
RHP – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep
RHP – Matt Goreham, Sr., Catholic Memorial
RHP – Pat Delano, Jr., Braintree

C – Matt Walsh, Sr., Plymouth North
1B – Lorenzo Papa, Sr., Arlington Catholic
2B – Zach Apotheker, Sr., Brockton
SS – Aaron Fossas, Sr., Holy Name
3B – John Gorman, Sr., Catholic Memorial
DH – Zach Littman, Sr., Abington
OF – Carl Anderson, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
OF – Connor McDavitt, Sr., Wachusett
OF – James Ricoy, Sr., Lowell




As always, let us know how we're doing in the comments section below, or by emailing editors Brendan Hall at bhall@espnboston.com and Scott Barboza at sbarboza@espnboston.com.

L-S's Anderson commits to Bryant

August, 30, 2010
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Lincoln-Sudbury outfielder/pitcher Carl Anderson considered his summer recruiting campaign nerve-wracking at times -- "The whole process I felt like there was a weight on my back," the 17-year-old said. "It took alot of time, there was alot of stress, alot of thinking."

Now, two days before the start of his senior year at L-S, he's put that all to rest. This morning, he called up new Bryant University head coach Steve Owens and gave him a verbal commitment for the fall of 2011. Anderson chose the Bulldogs and their rising new coach over scholarship offers from Binghamton, Marist and Northeastern. This commitment comes after an unofficial visit to the Smithfield, R.I. campus this past weekend.

"I wanted to find a good program to develop as a baseball player," Anderson said this evening. "The main thing was, I wanted go to a team that was going to win and a coach who was going to win. He just came from Le Moyne and was a really successful coach there (two-time MAAC Coach of the Year), now he's going to do big things at Bryant. I want to go somewhere where I'm going to win."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound lefty attracted many college coaches with his powerful swing -- he led the state in home runs (10), and led the Dual County League in runs batted in (37) -- but he's also shown a knack for battling on the mound. With a low to mid-80's fastball and a sharp 11-to-5 curve, he turned in an impressive junior season on the hill (6-1, 1.21 ERA, 56 strikeouts in 46.1 IP).

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