Whittier Wildcats Baseball '10

Whittier seniors close out historic year

CARL RUSSO/Staff photo. Whittier Technical High School in Haverhill was defeated by Norton High School 21-4 in the State Semifinal baseball game held at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton. One of five Whittier pitchers to enter the game, Andrew Wells, (#12) pats catcher, Colby Starner (right) on the back as the team tries to get organized. Whittier allowed Norton to score 10 runs in the 4th. inning. 6/15/2010. 9 Photos

BROCKTON — A blowout loss in the Division 3 baseball state semifinals wasn’t the way any of the Wildcats wanted to finish an unprecedented school year at Whittier Regional High School, but leave it to an administrator to put perspective on the matter.

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Baseball, 06/15/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Dillon carries Whittier past Amesbury

LOWELL — Dillon Ryan should have been tired. Battling the elements — the rain made for a tough grip and a sloppy surface on the mound — and the Amesbury Indians, Ryan took the mound in the seventh inning with a swagger and some necessary confidence. What followed was nothing short of impressive. Rearing back with nearly all he had, Ryan steamrolled through the bottom of the Amesbury order, striking out the side on 13 pitches to clinch a 6-0 victory and a Division 3 North championship for the Wildcats, their first in school history. “I knew I had the bottom of the order coming up and I knew that I needed to power through them,” said Ryan, who was masterful in an 11-strikeout, four-hit shutout. “Getting a big lead was really the key,” added Ryan, whose teammates spotted him six runs in the first two innings. “After that, I could just focus on getting outs. It’s a big relief; it really takes the pressure off.” Ryan was economical with his pitches, not walking a single Indian. He used his powerful fastball, mixed with a changeup breaking pitch that he called his slurve, a mixture of a slider and curveball. “(Amesbury) has some really good hitters,” he said. “You have to keep them off balance to make outs and that’s what I was trying to do. I use that slurve, it changes speeds and breaks so It can keep hitters off balance — that’s my strategy.” Ryan has been immense all season. With yesterday’s win, he moved to 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 53 innings including 18 punchouts in his last two starts. “He was unbelievable,” said Whittier head coach Joe Boland. “Newburyport, after his last start, told me that they thought he was the best pitcher in the state. That’s something I think we’ve known for a while. We always knew he was a great pitcher and you know, throughout the season, I would go through our numbers and I really don’t think I pitched him enough.” But not pitching him enough, Boland feels, might be the reason Ryan has been as brilliant as he has been this late into the season. “Maybe it saved his arm,” he said. “He went out there in the seventh inning and was still throwing heat. His stuff still had plenty of life on it after pitching six innings, mostly in the rain.” Whittier struck for two runs in the first inning before exploding for four more in the second. Andrew Wells and Colby Starner led off the inning with a pair of walks and Jordan Britton followed with an infield single to load the bases. Nate Frongillo drove in the inning’s first run with a single to left and Billy Lafferty drove in two more with a single to right before Nate Allen closed the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Frongillo, who advanced to third on Lafferty’s single. Whittier batters didn’t strike out the entire game. “We just needed to get the bat on the ball,” Boland said. “We were concentrating on making contact and making good things happen. I’m sure getting out to that early lead made it a little easier for Dillon on the mound, too.” The early lead, and Ryan’s infield — made up of Lafferty, Frongillo, Britton and Wells — made the last five innings relatively easy for Ryan. “They’re the best infield in the state,” Ryan said. “Having them behind me gives me a lot of confidence throwing strikes. As a pitcher, you worry less about balls being hit when those guys are behind you.” Whittier will travel south for the Division 3 semifinals against Norton. A date (most likely Tuesday), time and location have yet to be determined by the MIAA. Whittier 6, Amesbury 0 Division 3 North Final Amesbury (0): Joseph Mejia ss 3-0-0, Chester Conant cf 2-0-1, John Collette C 2-0-1, James Parady 1b 3-0-0, Tyler Lay 2b 3-0-0, Jeffrey Marston p 3-0-0, Tyler Smith lf 3-0-1, Sean Ward 3b 3-0-0, Jesse Burrell 3-0-1. Totals 25-0-4 Whittier (6): Steve Surrette cf 4-1-0, Nate Frongillo 2b 3-2-2, Billy Lafferty ss 3-1-1, Nate Allen rf 2-0-1, Dillon Ryan p 1-0-0, Brandon Martinez lf 3-0-0, Andrew Wells 3b 2-0-0, Colby Starner c 1-1-0, Jordan Britton 1b 2-1-1. Totals 21-6-5 RBI: W — Allen 3, Lafferty 2, Frongillo WP: Dillon Ryan (7IP, 0ER, 11K); LP: Jeffrey Marston (6IP, 6ER, 0K) Amesbury:    0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 Whittier:    2 4 0 0 0 0 — 6

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Baseball, 06/12/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Whittier storms into North finals

LOWELL — Not even a rain storm could dampen the Whittier baseball team’s unprecedented run.

In a Division 3 North match up between Commonwealth Conference opponents both of which were playing in the semifinals for the first time in school history, the second-seeded Wildcats defeated Greater Lowell at Alumni Field in a game called in the bottom of the fifth because of rain. The victory sends Whittier (19-4) into Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game against eighth-seeded Amesbury (16-7) at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.

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Baseball, 06/10/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Whittier baseball continues making history

Carl Russo/Staff photo. Newburyport High School was defeated 6-0 in Division 3 baseball North quarterfinal action by Whittier Tech. High School (Haverhill) tuesday afternoon. Newburyport's (# 19) John Isabel is out as he slides hard into second base while Whittier's, Bill Lafferty makes the throw to first base for the double play. 6/8/2010. 11 Photos

HAVERHILL — After winning only one postseason game in the previous 23 years, it’s taken the Whittier baseball team only four days to double that total. And the Wildcats just keep advancing into unknown territory.

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Baseball, 06/08/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Whittier breaks through, nips Swampscott

HAVERHILL - The pieces were meticulously stacked, ready for yet another colossal Whittier Tech June disappointment.

The Wildcats have been brutalized for at least 23 years, probably more, with a 1-15 state tourney mark and no trip further than the first round over that span.

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Baseball, 06/04/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Leather and lumber

Shortstop Billy Lafferty made a backhand stab of a bad-hop grounder and turned it into a double play, then contributed two hits and an RBI offensively in Whittier's 7-0 win over Pentucket. Freshman Nathan Frongillo added a double and two singles, driving in runs with each hit for the Wildcats. Sophomore Corey McNamara had two hits for the Sachems.

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Baseball, 05/28/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ryan zeroes in

Dillon Ryan registered his first career no-hitter as Whittier slammed Minuteman, 12-0 in six innings. Only two errors stood in the way of a perfect game for the senior who struck out 10. "He was on with everything," said Wildcat head coach Joe Boland. "He was throwing smoke, had a good breaking ball and stayed ahead of hitters all day."

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Baseball, 05/20/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Wildcats claw to top


With its back to the wall, Whittier Tech delivered in style, grabbing a share of the Commonwealth Conference lead with a 9-6 win over Shawsheen Tech. Dillon Ryan picked up the win, striking out five in 2.2 scoreless innings of relief work. Nate Allen paced the Wildcats attack with three hits and a pair of RBIs. Steve Surette and standout frosh Nathan Frongillo each had two hits and drove in two. The Cats can lock up at least a piece of the title with Shawsheen and Greater Lowell by knocking off Minuteman in the league finale.

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Baseball, 05/18/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Bats on fire

Nate Allen cracked a double to the wall in center field, driving in two of his team-best four RBIs as Whittier pounded O'Bryant 13-5. Freshman Nathan Frongillo was 4 for 4 with three runs and an RBI for the winners.

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Baseball, 05/17/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Homer happy

Brandon Martinez and Dillon Ryan each homered to lead Whittier baseball to a 10-6 victory over Mystic Valley. Meanwhille, Nate Allen just missed hitting for the cycle as he had a single, double and triple. 

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Baseball, 05/13/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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