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The Clinton 76ers rule the roost.

Byline: Bill Marsh

CLINTON - The Clinton 76ers are off to a fast start this season.

The Sixers, who play in the Central New England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt.  Baseball Association (CNEBA), defeated Shrewsbury 8-1 last Tuesday night at historic Fuller Field.

With the victory, the Sixers, who own the best record in the 10-team league, have a 14-2-1 overall mark.

After taking a 1-0 lead against Shrewsbury in the first inning, Clinton exploded for seven runs in the third frame. Sixers right-handed pitcher Noun 1. right-handed pitcher - (baseball) a pitcher who throws with the right hand
right-hander

baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played
 John Michael Ryan There are many notable people with the name Michael Ryan:
  • Michael Ryan (athlete), New Zealand long distance runner
  • Michael Ryan (baseball), a baseball player
  • Michael Ryan (ice hockey), American ice hockey player
 hurled a two-hitter.

Clinton was led by Steve Scannell and Jeff Kodys, who both had two-RBI singles, while Shawn Frigon banged out an RBI RBI
abbr. Baseball
runs batted in

Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in
 double.

The CNEBA is a wooden bat league Wooden bat leagues are NCAA summer baseball leagues that use wood bats instead of aluminum bats. Wood Bat leagues
  • Central Illinois Collegiate League
  • Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League
  • New York Collegiate Baseball League
 made up primarily of 18 to 24-year-old New England college players. The Sixers have drawn heavily this season from Assumption College, with seven Greyhounds on their 27-man roster. Assumption, which qualified for the NCAA NCAA
abbr.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
 Division 2 tournament this season, led the Northeast 10 in batting.

Clinton finished last year with a 19-12 overall record, and lost in the first round of the playoffs. It has 14 games left in the 2009 season.

"I am very pleased with how we've done so far," said Nashoba Regional High School Nashoba Regional High School (NRHS) is a high school (grades 9-12) that is part of the Nashoba Regional School District. It is located in Bolton, Massachusetts and also serves the towns of Lancaster and Stow. As of 2006, it has some 900 students. The school principal is Mr.  graduate and Sixers manager Adam Trussell, who is in his third year at the helm. "We have a lot of talent. I think we have the top talent in the league.

"We haven't played our best baseball yet," he said. "I'm excited to see what we can do. We have a young team, and the league is young. The level of play in this (CNEBA) league is high."

One of the strengths of the Clinton squad is its pitching staff, which uses a five-man rotation.

Former Clinton High School This disambiguation page lists articles about schools, colleges, or other educational institutions which are associated with the same title.  standout Chris Nanof is having a fine season with a 3-0 record and a 1.10 Earned Run Average earned run average
n. Baseball Abbr. ERA
A measure of a pitcher's performance obtained by dividing the total of earned runs allowed by the total of innings pitched and multiplying by nine.

Noun 1.
 (ERA).

"He (Nanof) has been amazing," Trussell said. "He has plenty of experience, and he pitched a no-hitter against South Central.

"Our pitching has been our strong point," he said. "It has anchored us."

The ace of the Sixers' staff is Neil Hesek, who has a 4-0 record and a 1.10 ERA. Another top pitcher is Wachusett Regional graduate Evan Ray.

"Neil (Hesek) is our top returning guy," Trussell said. "He is a team leader.

"Evan (Ray) has been with us for three years," he said. "He has a 2-1 record, and he is another leader on the team.

Rounding out the rotation are Kevin Cobb American trumpet player Kevin Cobb joined the American Brass Quintet in the fall of 1998 and with that appointment also became a faculty member of The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival. , who has a 2-1 record and struck out 19 batters in the first game of the season, and John Michael Ryan, who sports a 1-1 record and has faced two of the toughest teams in the league, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 Trussell.

The first player out of the bullpen is Nashoba graduate Matt Lane, who went six innings against Ronnies and struck out 15 batters. Also used in a relief role are Joe Latino and Tim Scafidi, who is the lefty specialist.

Catching is a demanding position, and Trussell has four players, including himself, who will see some action behind the plate.

The returning backstop is Jeff Kodys, while Will Comerford and Nashoba graduate Dan Mandell will also do some of the catching chores.

"Jeff (Kodys) is an all-around talent," Trussell said. "He knows the staff and he calls a good game.

"Will (Comerford) is a huge addition to the team," he said. "He has good knowledge of the game."

At first base are Jamie Skagerlind, and Scafidi when he isn't pitching.

The second baseman second baseman
n. Baseball
The infielder who is positioned near and to the first-base side of second base.

Noun 1. second baseman - (baseball) the person who plays second base
second sacker
 is Mike Baillargeon, who had an outstanding season with Assumption, being named the Northeast 10 Player of the Year. Also seeing time at second will be Joe Eramo.

He (Baillargeon) broke many Assumption records," Trussell said. "He is a great all-around player with great power."

"Joe (Eramo) has a great attitude," he added.

Frigon, the shortstop, is batting .342, while Nashoba graduate Joel Mandell is at third base.

"He (Frigon) is the best fielding shortstop in the league," Trussell said. "He has the quickest hands I've ever seen. He leads us in stolen bases.

"Two years ago, Joel (Mandell) was our MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip.  (Most Valuable Player)," he said.

Two key utility players are Andrew Miskinis and Wachusett graduate Frank Bova.

"He (Miskinis) is the ultimate utility player," Trussell said. "Last year he played all nine positions. He's always there to play.

"Frank (Bova) is a skilled infielder and a team player," he said.

The left fielders are Matt Orrico, who is batting .333, and Comerford when he isn't catching.

"He (Orrico) has a great bat," Trussell said. "He has been with us for three years, and he is a solid hitter. He has a way of keeping the team loose."

The center fielder is Steve Scannell, while Jeff Bercume holds down the right field spot.

"Steve (Scannell) is our only real constant," Trussell said. "He has been with us for three years, and he's played in every game. He is consistently on base, and he is a scoring machine. He led the Northeast 10 in hitting.

"He (Bercume) is a contact machine," he said. "He is our leading hitter (at .343) and bats in the three spot."

Other players on the roster are Tyler Sykes, Jon Benoit, and Jeff Scafidi.

Nashoba graduate Daryl Murtha, an assistant manager, is the longest standing 76er. He has been with the team for nine seasons. Murtha, who holds the home run record at Salve Regina University Salve Regina University is a university in Newport, Rhode Island. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, the university is a co-ed, private, non-profit institution chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934. , will be the designated hitter designated hitter
n. Baseball Abbr. DH
A player designated at the start of a game to bat instead of the pitcher in the lineup.

Noun 1.
. He will also be used in the outfield.

The other assistant manager is Richard Trussell, Adam Trussell's dad.

"We use wooden bats, and this is a real crack-of-the-bat league," Adam Trussell said. "We have gotten in a groove as a team. We are coming together and we're on the same page.

"We have excellent chemistry this year, and a great atmosphere." he said.
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