As crazy as it sounds, the regular high school spring sports season is fast approaching halfway through.
Which begs the question, where are our local teams at?
Well, today we’re going to focus strictly on baseball. Other sports will get their updates in the near future, but for now we are keeping it locked to diamond.
So if you haven’t been paying attention to CAL baseball and are looking for a quick catch-up, here’s everything you need to know about what’s going on with our local Daily News teams.
Fehlner and Forrest pace Port’s pitching
Returning Daily News MVP Jack Fehlner is having another dominant spring.
The Newburyport senior co-captain is hitting .542 (13 for 24) with 7 runs scored, 8 RBIs and a homer, while sporting a 3-0 record on the mound with a .79 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. spear. Thanks to his efforts, the Clippers (6-2, 2-1 CAL) are currently on a five-game winning streak and are second in the CAL Kinney heading into Thursday’s game at Hamilton-Wenham.
Connor Stick (.400, 6 RBI), Lucas Stallard (.393, 8 RBI), Tyler Cowles (.389) and Max Puleo (.368) are all hitting well for the Clippers, who earned a fine 8-5 win over CAL Baker-leading Amesbury on Tuesday.
But on the pitch side, the team found a nice n°2 in Charlie Forrest.
The junior has become a rising star and is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched. With just a 25-pitch limit on Tuesday, he hit five huge outs between the fifth and sixth innings to pick up the win.
Amesbury has a strong attack
Opposing pitchers must navigate the Amesbury formation with caution.
Led by powerhouse cleanup man Trevor Kimball, Amesbury (6-2, 4-0 CAL) currently leads the CAL Baker Division heading into Thursday’s game against Lynnfield with an offense averaging 7.3 points per game. A junior star and returning Daily News star, Kimball is batting .385 with 8 runs scored, an RBI of 16 and four homers.
From the start of the lineup, Amesbury can hurt you.
Leading player Jake Harring is batting .393 with 8 RBI, and Shea Cucinotta (.467, 8 RBI, 7 RBI), Drew Scialdone (.450, 13 RBI) and Will Arsenault (.417, 1 HR) are batting all well above .400. The team had won four in a row before losing to Newburyport 8-5 on Tuesday.
Amesbury unfortunately suffered a blow with senior ace Drew MacDonald, who suffered a shoulder injury and will be out until the playoffs. But in his absence, Aiden Donovan stepped up. The second is 2-0 on the mound after his first two college starts, and he has a 1.75 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12.0 innings pitched.
Egan, and the pitch, propelling the Vikings
New Triton coach Chris Lamothe would be the first to tell you that his team was in trouble early on. The Vikings lost their first three games of the season, and in all of them they had late leads before costly mistakes and mental errors resulted in heartbreakers.
But since then, the team has found its way.
Heading into Thursday night’s game at Rockport, the Vikings (4-3, 3-1 CAL) have won four straight and currently sit in first place in the CAL Kinney Division. In Monday’s final game against Hamilton-Wenham, senior captain Dylan Watson threw a complete gem with four strikeouts in an 8-4 win. But while stalwart leaders like Watson, Joe Abt (.400), Cole Daniels (.357) and Griffin Dupuis (2.44 ERA, 13 Ks) played well, the team received some major boosts from a couple new arrivals.
Most notably, junior Tyler Egan stepped in and made a major impact with his bat and his arm. He leads the team in hitting (.429) and RBI (7), and on the mound he’s 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched.
Georgetown Girouard won’t stop punching
You can argue that the “hardest in CAL” live in Georgetown.
Senior tri-captain Ty Girouard hit ball coverage and, heading into Thursday’s game with the Pentucket, he leads the Daily News area with a .546 batting average (12 for 22) and 12 RBI, the top of the team. Carter Lucido made a huge leap as a sophomore and is batting .429 with 10 RBIs while also holding a 2-0 record with a best 0.75 ERA on the mound. Elsewhere, Jack Lucido (.391) and Ethan Lee (.364, 10 RBI) hit well, and Zach Gilmore has a solid 1.75 ERA.
The Royals (3-4, 0-4 CAL) currently bring up the rear in the Baker Division, but have chances to string together a few wins against Hamilton-Wenham and Manchester-Essex.
Rolling Pentucket Offense
In its last two games, Pentucket has scored a total of 29 points in wins over Masconomet and Rockport.
Ethan Hunt, Chase Dwight, Max Ligols, Bryce Winter, Kyle Ventola and Trevor Kamuda led the offensive charge for Pentucket (3-3, 2-1 CAL), which traveled to Georgetown on Thursday.
It will be a big Tuesday, however, when Pentucket hosts Newburyport at 4 p.m.
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CAL BASEBALL RANKING
Total Team League
Newburyport 3-1 7-2
Pentucket 3-1 4-3
Newts 3-1 4-3
Reading North 2-3 4-4
Lynnfield 1-3 2-6
Total Team League
Amesbury 4-1 6-3
Hamilton-Wenham 3-2 4-3
Manchester-Essex 2-2 4-3
Ipswich 2-2 2-5
Rockport 1-3 3-3
Georgetown 0-5 3-5