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Hopkinton makes its move

Hopkinton Hawks

2018 Record: 12-6
2018 Postseason: Lost in Division IV quarterfinals to Littleton 9-8 in nine innings
Head coach: David Chase (23rd season)
Starters Returning: 7

Top Returners:
Senior Caleb Yianakopolos:  (3B) (.354, 17 H’s, 23 R, 19 SB, 20 RBI)
Senior Larsen Burack:  (P/INF) (.304, 14 H’s, 11 R  14 RBI)
Junior Sam Crawford:  (C/P)  (.393  22 H’s, 20 R, 12 RBI)
Junior Colby Marshall: (OF/P)  ( .274  17 H’s, 16 R, 11 RBI)
Junior Kevin Newton: Delgado (OF/P) (.286, 10 H’s, 16 R, 10 RBI)
Junior Mike Baer:  (SS/P)  (.214  9 H’s, 16 R, 3 RBI)
Junior Sam Rawson  (OF/P)  (.209, 9 H, 9 RBI)

Junior Colby Marshall: (RHP) IP 34.0  (W/L 3-1 1.44ERA  48K  22BB)
Senior Larsen Burack: (RHP) IP 24.0  (W/L/S  0-2-4  3.79  11K 8 BB)
Junior Sam Rawson: (RHP)  IP 18.2  (W/L/S  5-0-1  3.00  15K 12BB)
Junior Sam Crawford: (RHP) IP 17.0 (W/L 2-1 1.67  21K  6BB)
Junior Zach Conroy: (RHP)  IP 9.2  (W/L  1-0 5.79  14K  3 BB)

Coaches comment: Hopkinton makes the move back to Division III after being sent down to Division IV the past two years. The 2017 season saw the Hawks win the Division IV state championship while starting four freshman.  Last year, a few injuries caused the Hawks to exit the playoffs in the quarterfinals. With seven returning starters and a few young guys coming up the Hawks hope to be competitive in Division III.  Our schedule seems to be pretty tough as we play eight or nine of the projected top teams including White Mountains at Cooperstown, N.Y., Gilford, Belmont, Campbell, Conant, Laconia, Brady and Monadnock to name a few.  If we indeed hope to compete we will need to put the ball in play, throw strikes and make the routine plays.  I think I can speak for my players when I say we are excited to be back in Division III and look to prove we belong.

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