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April 5, 2014

Pentucket to take season one pitch at a time

WEST NEWBURY – The Pentucket Sachems look to simplify the season down to a series of consecutive pitches as they fight to earn post season baseball this year.

“We just want to take it pitch-by-pitch and win each pitch we face,” said senior captain Ryan Kuchar. “We want to make the state tournament and take it as far as we can. That’s our goal.”

Because of the weather and the impact it has had on the playing fields, Pentucket hasn’t been able to have much practice time outdoors. While they have been kept to batting cages and inside gyms, the team has felt good about how they have looked so early.

“We are hitting the ball well,” Kuchar continued. “We haven’t been able to get outside on a field so that’s a weakness but when we have gotten out there, we have looked pretty good. This summer we went down to Play Ball in Salisbury and had organized hitting every Sunday. We always had a good crowd every week which is why our swings are looking so good now.”

Pentucket graduated five seniors last year, and are relatively young this season. While Jake Greaney, Connor McGuirk, Josh Creamer, John Cleary and Gerry Scutt have left for college, Kuchar is returning for his senior season as are senior captains Bobby Barry and Bobby Hallowell.

Creamer led his team in offensive production last season, with 22 hits in 69 at bats, good for a .314 batting average. He also scored 12 runs for the Sachems last year.

Kuchar’s offensive production was not far behind, though. He finished the year with a .304 batting average with 17 hits in 56 plate appearances.

“We have been competing every day in practice,” Kuchar said. “We have some young kids but we hopefully will do well this year.”

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