Boston High School: Joe Napolitano

Beede does it all, Mullaney flashes glove for LA

May, 6, 2011
GROTON, Mass. -- The major league scouts on hand for Tyler Beede's starts this year at Lawrence Academy -- always in droves -- have been in for an extra treat lately.

Yes, it was another terrific showing on the mound today for the Vanderbilt-bound senior righthander, who struck out 12 and allowed three hits in a complete game, 7-0 shutout of Belmont Hill, to improve to 9-2 overall remain in first place in the ISL at 8-0. But he continues to show his versatility, evidenced by his day at the plate in the leadoff spot, (3 for 3, walk, double, triple, RBI) and on the basepath (two runs, stolen base).

"The reality is, this was a hell of a team we beat, and a hell of a team effort," LA head coach Chris Margraf said. "But yeah, Tyler's a dynamic guy. In the leadoff hole, he gets on for us, he hits home runs for us, so he sets the tone. But this was a good team effort overall."

True, this was another satisfying start for the 6-foot-4 righty, who hit 93 miles per hour on the radar guns today, and worked in his sharp curve both inside and away on pitchers' counts to keep the talented Belmont Hill lineup honest -- including Wake Forest commit Colin Egan, who got rung up for a hat trick. But after so much routine dominance from their ace, the sixth-inning web gem from sophomore shortstop Sean Mullaney got the loudest ovation of the day.

With one out and a man on first, BH's Sean MacPhee slapped a 1-1 pitch straight up the middle, and Mullaney snagged the grounder as he dove backwards, but got the throw over to first in time for the second out of the inning.

"That definitely fires us up," Beede said. "He's a great player, young player, and he's going to be great when he becomes a senior. He's showing the glove, and he's hitting the ball well too."

Said Margraf, "This kid's got great hands, he's real quick. It's plays like that in a game, where all of a sudden, you know, Tyler's not striking 17 or 18 guys out, you don't plan on that. You get your outs when you can get your outs."

That defensive flair was preceded by a four-run third inning, starting with junior Brady Burns' sacrifice fly to right that scored Mullaney. Three at bats later, with two outs and two runners in scoring position, junior catcher Kevin Wnukowski cranked a 2-2 fastball over the short porch in right-center for a three-run shot and 5-0 lead.

Beede gave the Spartans their initial lead in the bottom of the first, notching a double and then stealing third before coming home on a Joe Napolitano grounder into left-center. Dan Giocacchini added an insurance run in the sixth, scoring on a fielders' choice.

Napolitano switches to Wake, Cote to CCU

August, 22, 2010
When Mik Aoki left the head coaching position at Boston College a month ago to take the same position at Notre Dame, it left some of his 2011 commitments at a crossroads.

BB&N's Andrew Chin staunchly stuck by his verbal to BC. But Lawrence Academy righthander Joe Napolitano -- who committed to the Eagles as a sophomore -- talked things over with his family and decided to de-commit and look at his options once more.

Napolitano, a 6-foot-3 senior from Hollis, N.H., took a visit to Wake Forest a week ago. This weekend, he's been down at the World Woodbat Association Baseball Heaven showcase in Yaphank, N.Y.; last night at 9 p.m., while out at dinner with family and close friends in nearby Port Jefferson, N.Y., he decided to make the call to the Deacons staff and make his verbal commitment.

"Wake Forest came along, UConn came along, and those were my top two choices the last few weeks," Napolitano said. "Wake Forest seems like a prestigious school. I was impressed by how well the academics are and how they're meshed into the athletics program. It's a good fit for me, I really like it alot."

Any regrets?

"I guess," Napolitano said. "I had a year to kind of dwell on it, the BC a child growing up in New England, you look at Boston College as the place to go, it's the hometown school. BC and Wake Forest were two dreams schools for me growing up. I guess there's some regret, but I'm in great situation at Wake Forest. It was a turn for the better."

Meanwhile, one of the most dominant pitchers in the state of New Hampshire will be taking his exploits to another big time program in the fall of 2011. Jordan Cote, a 6-foot-4 righthander from Winnisquam (N.H.) Regional, made a verbal commitment to Coastal Carolina University late in the week. He chose the Chanticleers over offers from Vanderbilt, UConn and Central Florida.

"I liked the atmosphere when I went down there," Cote said. "I like where the school's located. It's a really big baseball school, not like the other schools, where football or basketball come first. I liked the coaches, it was a real friendly atmosphere when I was down there."

Cote is known most around the Granite State for delivering the Tilton-based school its first Class M championship in school history with a no-hitter in the state final, a 2-0 win over Somersworth. Cote went 11-0 this year for the Bears, with a 0.66 ERA, 113 strikeouts in 63 innings, and just 17 walks. So far in his career at Winnisquam, he is 25-1 with a 0.96 ERA, 229 strikeouts in 168 innings pitches, and 52 walks. His fastball currently tops out at 93 miles per hour.

He'll be a welcoming addition a Chanticleers squad that was the No. 4 overall seed in this year's NCAA tournament, making it all the way to the Super Regional on their Myrtle Beach, S.C. campus before bowing out to eventual national champion South Carolina.