Lancers Baseball Back With Versatile Lineup
The Lancers' baseball team is back and looking to once again challenge the Tri-Valley League.
The only thing for sure is that nothing is for sure when it comes to the Norton High baseball team’s lineup. With a team that is able to adjust and move players around based on need, head coach Ted Currle has the advantage of adjusting the lineup with more ease than most teams.
“There’s only really one kid who’s locking into one position, and that’s Brian Loud, our catcher,” Currle said. “Everyone one else is pretty versatile and that’s a good thing.”
While senior captain Loud is set at catcher, the Lancers have a basic idea on who to expect around the field.
Senior captains Christian Delano and Colin Feeney are back to lead the team in the outfield. Delano is expected to take center field while Feeney, who Currle noted has the strongest arm on the team, will be in right field.
Questions still remain who will take over left field for the Lancers. It's a three way battle between Anthony Hallgren, Zach Buttner and Levi Kahn. While Kahn and Hallgren are the favorites to take over left field, there will be some switching around, depending on who is pitching.
Anthony O’Leary is expected to play shortstop when he is not pitching. The junior who was able to make the team last year as a sophomore is looking to have his breakout year for the Lancers.
“I think he’s improved as much as anyone. We’re looking for good things from him on the mound, offensively and defensively,” Currle said.
At second base, senior Nick Stanley and junior Russell Boudreau are expected to share the position with Stanley getting the early starts.
“It will probably be Nick who’s got the experience, but he’s going to get pushed by Russell all year,” Currle said.
Dan Kehoe, who started a third to half of the games at first base last season returns there for the 2012 campaign. Corey Marsden is penciled in at third base for now.
With seven pitchers that Currle has described as “pretty much similar,” there will be decisions to be made by the first game. With the Lancers going with a three man rotation, four pitchers are going to find themselves in the bullpen with relief duty and three starters.
While everyone has their natural position, the Lancers’ lineup may look different as the season goes on, depending on who’s hot and team needs.
“It (the lineup) might look different every game because of who’s pitching,” Currle said. “I’ve always been one to say 'if you’re hitting, we’ll find a place for you in the infield or the outfield.'”
The Lancers have already played a pair of scrimmages against Attleboro and Martha’s Vineyard, but they will start the season 3:45 p.m. April 5 at Medfield. The defending Tri-Valley League champions knocked the Lancers out of the Division 3 South tournament last season.
“Its a big game to start the year off,” noted Currle.