Family ties have Foxboro’s baseball program headed in the right direction.
Courtesy of senior captains Jack Watts and Tom Marcucella, as well as two-way standout junior captain Sean O’Leary, Foxboro will head into the MIAA State Tournament with a 13-7 record, its first winning regular season since 2009. The trio also All have younger brothers in Tommy Watts, Mike Marcuecella, and Ryan O’Leary who have developed into contributors as freshmen on the varsity team.
Foxboro coach Derek Suess’ excitement surrounding the group is clear.
“The family environment created by having three kids with younger brothers on the team has helped us develop consistency in the way we approach the game,” Suess said, “It’s kind of pushed us over the edge. They enjoy playing for each other. Jack and Tom have stepped up. They spent time with us as freshmen and now their brothers are also, so it is a cool environment. ”
Overall, pitching has powered the Warriors this spring. Sean O’Leary is 4-1 on the mound with 42 strikeouts in 29.2 innings to go with a 1.65 ERA. Freshman Nolan Gordon has been lights out, going a perfect 6-0 with a 1.17 ERA. Gordon has surrendered just 32 hits in 41.2 innings. Overall, the Warriors staff has allowed three runs or fewer in their last seven games.
“Our pitching has carried us,” Suess said. “This has certainly been a nice surprise and story, but with the guys we have here I think the success is somewhat expected.”
Offensively, the Warriors are led by O’Leary, who is batting .423. Along with O’Leary, Ryan LeClair boasts a .381 average with 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored while manning the hot corner. Louis Caraneglo is hitting an impressive .358 with 16 RBIs while Tyler Prescott is at .341. As they prepare for the state tournament, they sit fifth overall in the MIAA Div. 3 power rankings. They hold a key win over fellow Hockomock Davenport foe North Attleboro while also turning in a strong early-season performance against Div. 2 frontrunner Milton.
Franklin coach Zach Brown has been impressed all season with the way Foxboro has played.
“They get the most out of their players every day,” Brown said. “I have so much respect for the way their program operates. Ryan LeClair is a really good, dynamic player. Sean O’Leary is a beast. They have middle of the order bats you have to respect. Overall it’s just a strong team that is well coached. “
Tuesday could not have been much better for Westford softball star Ragini Kannan. Kannan fired a no-hitter as Westford defeated Lincoln-Sudbury 5-0 in the Dual County League semifinals.
Winthrop baseball solidified its spot in the Div. 4 tourney with a victory over Chelsea on Thursday. The win improves the Vikings to 10-10 on the season, the first 10-win season in 14 years for Winthrop.