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May 9, 2013

Gloucester baseball paces others at season's midpoint

There are very few things quite like high school baseball.

The sun's out, the grass is green and every season's unique lack of predictability makes each spring a roller coaster.

This year's been no different. And while the three local baseball squads have had different seasons and appear on different trajectories, each of the three have provided us with some fireworks.

Gloucester

Entering the season, the Fishermen looked primed for a big season. With a deep pitching staff and an explosive, veteran lineup, they haven't disappointed.

The Fishermen entered yesterday's game against Winthrop at 8-4 and in second place in the NEC South and are looking like a serious contender in Division 2 North.

:SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: There's been no shortage of entertaining games for the Fishermen this year. Unfortunately for them, two of the best games they've played in — a shootout against Bishop Fenwick and a nine-inning marathon with Lynn English — have ended in losses.

The biggest win of the year, though, is pretty clear. Last week, the Fishermen welcomed a strong Beverly squad to Nate Ross Field and proceeded to blast them out of the park.

Their veteran lineup exploded for a six-run fifth inning to put the Fishermen in the driver's seat and pitcher Lenny Taormina kept the Panthers' bats at bay to give Gloucester a key 9-6 win.

A close second for the first-half highlight came just days before that win over Beverly when the Fishermen absolutely thrashed Marblehead to the tune of 17-0, in a mercy-rule-shortened, five-inning victory.

:OUTLOOK: The Fishermen look like they've got it all going for them as we head into the home stretch of the season. They've got eight games remaining, during which they'll look to clinch a tournament berth early and then fight for seeding.

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