Newburyport Daily News
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A Cape Ann League All-Star, Pat Beaton was an instrumental part of Pentucket’s run to the North Semifinals. As a pitcher, Beaton was 5-1 in the regular season with an ERA of 1.89 and 22 strikeouts to go with 8 walks in 40.2 innings of work. Beaton also played shortstop on his off days, and had an on-base percentage of .352. Beaton participated in the Junior Prospect All-Star game, and after graduation he hopes to continue his baseball career in college.
An All-League selection in the Cape Ann League, Justin Cashman was one of the top pitchers in the league. Cashman had an ERA of 2.35 with 60 strikeouts and 14 walks in 46 innings of work. He said the highlight of the season was beating Amesbury 8-7 on May 3, a game that Triton trailed going into the seventh inning. Cashman hopes to attend Merrimack College after graduation, and he said he looks up to his brother as a role model.
A Cape Ann League All-Star, Adam Chatterton was one of Triton’s top pitchers, leading the team with an ERA of 2.10. Chatterton said the highlight of his season was Triton’s 4-1 win over Newburyport on April 12, a game in which he pitched a complete game while allowing just one run on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Chatterton also came up huge in Triton’s 2-0 win over Pentucket on May 12, when he outdueled Daily News Player of the Year Ryan Kuchar and pitched a three-hit shutout to keep Triton’s postseason hopes alive.
A Cape Ann League All-Star, Nick Hawrylciw was a force at the plate and on the mound for Amesbury this season, batting .315 with an ERA of 1.45. Hawrylciw said the highlight of the season was throwing a three-hitter to beat Ipswich 2-1 on May 8. He also had a GPA of 3.3 with honors all throughout senior year and earned advanced status in the MCAS. Hawrylciw will attend Becker College in the fall and will join the school’s baseball team, and he credited his success to his parents and all of his coaches.
Coming off a serious knee injury, Colby Ingraham returned to the Georgetown lineup this spring looking as good as ever. The Georgetown shortstop earned his second straight All-League selection, and as a team captain he helped lead the Royals back to the Division IV North Finals. In Georgetown’s 5-4 upset of previously unbeaten Masconomet, Ingraham was intentionally walked to load the bases, which set up the walk-off sacrifice fly in the following at bat. Outside of baseball, Ingraham is also a standout student in the classroom. He has a GPA of 4.0, and this coming fall he will attend Northern Essex Community College.
Having earned his second straight All-League selection, the Georgetown right fielder and team captain had another big season, helping lead the Royals back to the Division IV North Finals. Noelk said the highlight of the season was hitting a double off a bunt, and he also came up big in Georgetown’s tournament win over Boston International, going 2-4 with two runs to help lead the Royals to the semifinals victory. Noelk is also a standout performer in both basketball and soccer, and this coming year he will attend Rivier College to continue his soccer career.
A Cape Ann League All-Star, James Nutter had one of the most dominant stretches a pitcher could ever have late in the season when he threw an eight-inning no-hitter against Hamilton-Wenham on May 10 and then came within one out of pitching another one against Pentucket in the Spofford Tournament two weeks later. Overall, Nutter was 5-3 on the season with an ERA of 1.65 and 27 strikeouts in 38.1 innings of work. Though Newburyport did not qualify for the postseason in baseball this season, Nutter will still leave Newburyport having been apart of seven state championship teams between cross-country and indoor track. He will attend Georgetown University in the fall.
An All-League selection in the Cape Ann League, Mac Short was Amesbury’s offensive MVP award recipient, having batted .356 with an OBP of .428. The highlight of the season for Short was Amesbury’s season opener against Lynnfield, when Amesbury and Lynnfield went nine innings before the eventual CAL Baker Division champions beat the Indians 5-4. Short has a GPA of 3.3 and will attend Salem State in the fall.
A Cape Ann League All-Star, Jon Sirios was one of Pentucket’s top hitters, batting .345 on the season with 10 runs and a team-leading 14 RBIs. Sirios was an instrumental part of Pentucket’s state tournament run, notably, he drove in the winning run in the Sachems’ 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Lynnfield on June 2. Sirios also drove in both the tying and winning runs in Pentucket’s 3-2 opening round victory over Stoneham, first driving in the tying run after reaching on an error in the sixth before winning the game in the eighth with a walk-off, bases-loaded hit by pitch.
A Cape Ann League All-Star and team captain, Patrick Slack was Georgetown’s ace this season, pitching the Royals all the way to the Division IV North Finals. One of his best performances came in the North Semifinals, when he pitched 4.2 shutout innings while allowing three hits and one walk to go with six strikeouts. Slack also went 2-3 with three RBIs in Georgetown’s 16-5 win over Ipswich on April 10, and he said the highlight of the season was hitting his first career home run. Slack has a GPA of 3.7, and this fall he will attend Providence College. Slack said he looks up to former teammate and Georgetown standout Ryan Browner as a role model.
A Cape Ann League All-Star and team co-captain, Caleb Stott was Newburyport’s team MVP this year, batting .382 on the season with 19 runs, 12 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Stott also had a knack for coming through in the clutch, as he either scored or drove in four game-winning runs over the course of the season. Stott said the highlight of his year was winning the Spofford Tournament, and he will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
A Cape Ann League All-Star, Scott Webster earned Newburyport’s Most Versatile Player award thanks to his contributions as both a pitcher and catcher. On the mound, Webster had a 0.84 ERA and was 2-2 with 1 save on the year. He also gave up only two earned runs in 24.2 innings of work to go along with 35 strikeouts. At the plate, Webster hit .308 with 20 hits, eight runs, seven RBIs and five stolen bases. The highlight of the season was recording a save in the 10th inning of Newburyport’s 2-1 win over Saugus on May 13. Webster looks up to Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts as a role model; after graduating, Webster said he hopes to play baseball in college.
A Cape Ann League All-Star, James Wood was one of Triton’s most prolific hitters this year, batting .370 on the season, including 17 hits, five runs scored, four RBIs, three doubles, three walks and three stolen bases. Wood said the highlight of his season was Triton’s 8-7 win over Amesbury on May 3, in which Wood hit a double to lead off the seventh to spark a come-from-behind victory for the Vikings. Upon graduating next year, Wood said he hopes to play baseball in college, where he will pursue a major in business.
Though he was usually slotted further down the lineup, Dylan Wright may have been one of the Cape Ann League’s best leadoff hitters this past season. Wright led Pentucket with a .391 batting average in the regular season, and was also a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts. Wright said the highlight of his season was Pentucket’s state tournament; after graduating next spring, he hopes to play baseball in college. Wright has a GPA of 3.3, and he called his parents his mentors and role models.