Mashpee Baseball Fields Young Team This Spring
By: Rich Maclone, March 28, 2014
Don’t feel bad if you head over to a Mashpee High School baseball game this year and don’t recognize very many players. Coach Dan Patenaude’s team is much different from the one that he had a year ago.
The Falcons, who have made the state tournament in eight of the last nine years, don’t exactly have many players from last year’s team. In fact, just two varsity starters are back from last year, Kris Carpenter and Tyler Towsey. “We’re lacking experience,” Patenaude said.
Carpenter played as a utility man a season ago for the Falcons. He is expected to be behind the plate for MHS and also to DH. He hit in the middle of the order a year ago and should be back in one of those spots this season.
Towsey is a great glove man for MHS. The senior returns to start in center field, where he patrols a lot of ground and seems to get to everything hit in the air. “He tracks the ball as well as anyone in the outfield,” the coach said.
Dan Crowley, a junior, does have some varsity experience and will be called upon to pitch some big innings for the Falcons this year. Crowley showed some great flashes a year ago and the right-hander will be near the top of the rotation this season for the Falcons. With a good curveball, Crowley does a nice job of keeping hitters off-balance and can pick his spots across the dish.
John Giatrellis is another player that saw some varsity time a year ago and will be full time this year. Giatrellis, a sophomore, is in the mix to be one of the team’s regular pitchers and also will be in the infield. With good speed, Giatrellis should be near the top of the batting order. On the hill, he can collect his share of strikeouts with a good fastball.
Freshman Nick Carpenter will get a look on the pitcher’s mound for Mashpee. Junior Riley LaCroix pitched a bit last year and has a chance to make an impact. Lefties Towsey and Jason Demers, a sophomore, both also should be in the mix of pitchers for the squad.
Behind the plate, along with Kris Carpenter, two freshmen are fighting for spots. Jordan Pinhack and Shay Souza are both quality players that have bright futures in the program.
At first base, senior Curtis Bridge should see some time on the field and in the batting order for the club. Crowley can also play some over at first.
The rest of the infield is a mixture of players that are fighting it out for starting spots. Coach Patenaude said that he isn’t sure who will win the jobs, but that Giatrellis, Nick Carpenter, LaCroix and Brian Morry, a freshman, all have good potential and will see time at second, third and shortstop between them.
In the outfield, four players are fighting it out for the corner spots in left and right field. Seniors Tom Cameron and Owen Bolduc, along with junior James Murphy and freshman Ari Purdy all are in consideration to be starters for the club. “We need to see how it all plays out during the preseason,” Patenaude said. “They have to come to play.”