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Pitching Leading Nipmuc Baseball into the Post Season

The Nipmuc baseball team has already qualified for the postseason and is averaging fewer runs allowed than almost any team in Central Massachusetts so far this season, and head coach Steve Dellarovere said the pitching is what has allowed the Warriors to jump out to their 11-2 start.
"It all starts with the pitching," Dellarovere said. "We had a stretch were we allowed one or zero runs and were were able to get a lead. It's not to get on a little bit of a roll and with the way we have been pitching, it allows us to play a little more aggressively and steal bases, things like that."
Jack Tempesta, a junior, and J.P. Lucier, a senior, have consistently started at the top of the Nipmuc rotation.
"Jack has been pitching in our biggest games, our league games, and he has been keeping contact to a minimum and getting a bunch of strikeouts," Dellarovere said. "J.P. has been in the same boat. He has been keeping us in games early on and letting our bats do the damage."
Nipmuc ran through a run of five games — wins over Hopedale, Sutton, Holy Name, and two over Blackstone- Millville — in which no opponent managed to score as many as two runs against Warrior pitching. The offense has done its part, including in a 10-7 slugfest win over Oxford last week.
Senior Cole Alibozek leads off for the Warriors and fellow senior Kyle Downing has been a presence in the middle of the lineup.
"Cole is a standout hitter, some of our biggest hits, our clutch hits, they are coming from him," his coach said. "Kyle has solidified the middle of the order. It's been nice to have those two guys when you roll over to the top of the order because you know you have a shot at driving in some runs. If we can turn over the lineup three or four times in a game, it makes us tough to beat."
Junior catcher Jacob Beder has helped turn the lineup over as a strong number nine hitter. Owen Lukas has also provided some big hits for Nipmuc in the middle of the order.
Dellarovere feels good about his team's chances at putting together a deep postseason run, but is also quick to point out that anything can happen in the playoffs.
"You get to the tournament and all bets are off," he said. "You run into a hot pitcher or make a couple of errors and that could be it. Do I think we can compete with anybody? Absolutely. Our pitching is going to keep us in games."




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