Boston High School: Tyler Dustin

D2 North Baseball: Masconomet 5, Danvers 2

June, 9, 2013
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LOWELL, Mass. -- With a three-run lead and a hungry Danvers team coming up in the bottom of the seventh, Masco coach T.J. Baril had few words to motivate his team. He hasn’t needed them too often this year.

“I’ll be 100 percent honest. I went into the huddle and said ‘you guys talk about it’, Baril said. “It was all them, it had nothing to do with [the coaches], it was all them the whole time.”

Cape Ann League MVP Speros Varinos came in and picked up the save in the seventh, lifting Masco (19-5) to a Division 2 North championship, 5-2 over Danvers (21-4).

The Chieftains’ starting pitcher, Joe Klingensmith, gave up two runs in six innings pitched, and also got on base three times and tied the game at two in the sixth inning. He discussed the environment in the huddle in the middle of the seventh inning, mentioning that his team knew what needed to be done without saying a word:

“We’ve got a lot of leadership on this team, even though we only have four seniors," Klingensmith said. "We know what to do, we’ve been playing really well all year, and we pulled it together -- we’ve won 13 straight now. Nobody’s too vocal about anything, we have faith in all our guys, we have a very close knit team and we have great team chemistry."

Danvers took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning on runs by Tyler Dustin and Joseph Olszak. Klingensmith had a hit in the next inning to score Varinos and cut the lead in half. Baril said the early deficit never got his team down.

“Nothing surprises us at this point...these guys stayed with it," he said. "A lot of teams would freak out down two runs. We’ve got tons of faith in these guys, they’re not gonna’ quit, they’re not gonna’ give up. [After] 24 games you can’t just sit and wait for something to happen, these guys did it. ”

Klingensmith admitted he wasn’t at full strength, but despite some late-season arm pain as a result of his start on Tuesday.

“I wasn’t feeling 100 percent coming in...I felt pretty good the first few innings, then I really felt significantly weaker," he said. "I knew I had to gut it out but I knew I had a good D behind me. Tuesday I had like 11 K’s and today I only had a handful.

"That says how confident I am in this defense, they’re great, they do everything for me. That gives me so much confidence when I’m out there."

Elaborating further on Klingensmith's toughness, Baril praised his starting pitcher after the game.

“Joe’s tough, we’re not gonna shut out every team in this tournament, and he knew that if we got him a couple runs he’d be fine," Baril said. "We went out there and battled on a hot day.”

Masco struggled early in the game with Danvers starter Rafael Tylus, but stayed patient and picked up some insurance in the seventh inning thanks to a string of hits at the top of the lineup by the Verinos brothers and Greg Dougherty. After Klingensmith was intentionally walked, Tom Budrewicz hit a two-run single to extend the lead to 5-2.

“He’s not your normal five hitter,” Klingensmith said of Budrewicz. “He could hit leadoff, second, third on any team in this league. I really like him hitting behind me.”

In the first year at Masco for him and his staff, Baril said he had high expectations for his team coming into this year. Advancing to the Eastern Mass. championship game was just one of a few goals.

“First year here as a coaching staff. It’s these guys first time being here, and they deserve it, they’ve worked their butts off for quite some time," he said. "You come into every season thinking you’re gonna win as many games as possible. We thought about it, it was our goal. We’re really happy that we accomplished one of our goals.”

Recap: No. 8 SJ Prep 8, No. 17 Danvers 2

May, 26, 2012
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DANVERS, Mass.- Is there a better way to prepare for a state tournament than by ending the regular season playing a cross-town rival?

Danvers and St. John’s Prep squared off Saturday night in a battle of bragging rights and momentum going into the playoffs. It was a tightly-contested game through the first five innings, but Prep scored five runs over the final two innings to come away with the 8-2 victory.

“This game is always big, we always have a bunch of momentum coming out of it,” said the Prep’s Brandon Bingel. “We’re always pumped to play it, so it’s a good game to give us momentum going into the playoffs.”

Prep (15-5) got on the board in the top of the first after a Bingel three-run opposite field home run. Coming off the bat, it did not appear to have enough legs to get over the wall, but it did.

Even Bingel was not convinced it was going to get over the wall.

“It didn’t feel too good coming off the bat,” he said. “As I got down the first base line, I saw the wind carrying it, and it just got over.”

Danvers (14-5) got a run of its own in the bottom of the inning after a throwing error by the third baseman allowed Ray Orocho to come around and score.

The Prep lead was being threatened in the fourth inning when Danvers had two runners on with only one out. After a passed ball and a wild pitch, one run scored. Nick Valles flew out to right field, but Anthony Capuano’s throw was so strong and on the money that Orocho was stuck at third.

Tyler Dustin grounded out two batters later, preserving the Prep lead.

It was the second run-saving play of the game Capuano made again Valles. In the second inning, back-to-back hits by Dan Connors and Orocho put runners at second and third with two outs.

On the 0-2 pitch, Valles hit a fly ball to right and Capuano laid out and caught the ball in a play that most would say was worthy of Sportscenter’s Top Plays.

Danvers was kept off the board for the rest of the game, while Prep added to it’s total, including three runs off Arocho in the seventh.

Bulldog Effort: It was a good week for Bingel. After declaring his verbal commitment to Bryant University earlier this week, the junior went 2-for-4 at the plate tonight with a home run, a double, and 4 RBI.

“Committing to Bryant kind of took a lot off my shoulders,” he said of the Bulldogs. “There’s people here watching and it doesn’t effect me at all, I just go out and play. I’m feeling pretty confident after committing, and it helps when I play.”

Strong Relief: Prep coach Pat Yanchus saw all he needed to see out of his starter, Dustin Hunt after 4.2 innings. He brought in Bingel to relieve the hard-throwing right hander with the count still at 3-1.

It is hard to blame the coach, considering the sequence of events that lead up to it. Hunt started the inning by striking out Joe Strangie. He proceeded to hit Connors, walk Orocho, and allow the two to advance a base because of a passed ball.

After Valles flew out to right, that left runners on second and third with two outs. Yanchus decided to intentionally walk Scott Hovey. Hunt tossed one of his throws over his catcher’s head, which allowed Connors to come home for Danvers’ second run of the game.

Yanchus went to the mound right after that, determined not to let the lead slip away.

“He was struggling, they were hitting him hard,” he said. “He got up to about 70 pitches, he had to work, and he seemed a little tired, and Bingel’s a good pitcher, so we made the change.”

Tourney Time: The two teams now wait in anticipation for the tournament seedings to be announced, which will happen early next week.

With the win, SJP is behind only BC High in the Catholic Conference standings and sets itself up to get a high seed in Division 1 North tournament next week.

Yanchus wanted to get his team into the tournament mindset, starting with Saturday’s game.

“We tried to get them into the mindset that this is the beginning of the tournament,” he said. “Proceeding to win this game is like a tournament game, so let’s treat it like such.”

He feels there are improvements his team still needs to make, even though his team sits at 15-5.

“We’re not hitting like I’d like to be hitting,” he said. “Maybe we can break into hitting a little, maybe this gives us a little confidence.”

New England Roundup: New Hampshire

February, 23, 2011
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Manchester High School West's Valentine's Day victory made basketball coach Nick Moutsioulis wish his wallet could support a team trip to the Magic Kingdom.

"If I could pay for every one of the girls to go, I'd do it in a heartbeat," said Moutsioulis, his reference to Disney World and the visit made by the Super Bowl MVP after winning the biggest of games.

New HampshireYou see, West entered its Feb. 14 girls' hoop contest lugging a 77-game losing streak that dated to the 2007-08 season opener. But after three consecutive winless campaigns, and another 14 straight losses this winter, the Blue Knights stopped the frustration-filled skid with a 38-33 Division II road win at Pelham High.

"I'm still processing it. I don't even know how to react to a win," said 5-foot 8-inch forward Emily Colon, one of three seniors on West's varsity team that features just eight active players.

West's low participation in athletics isn't limited to girls' hoop. The loss of Bedford student-athletes to the opening of Bedford High in 2007 has affected most sports programs at the school.

The exodus that eventually shrunk West's population from 2,000-plus students to roughly 1,100, took place over several years. But West's ability to compete in most sports quickly declined.

Colon and classmate Brooke Brown were freshman call-ups to the varsity in 2007-08, West's first winless campaign. Routinely losing was a foreign feeling to these stars of the streak-snapping win; as ninth-graders they led their freshman team to a 12-4 record.

"We tried not to think about the negative," said Brown, a 5-foot-11 center, noting the team became the punchline to jokes that spread throughout the school.

Over time, however, staying positive proved tough. One winless season grew into two, which reached three last winter.

But worse than the lopsided losses -- and jokes generated by them -- was the sinking feeling caused by looking into the stands during home games.

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