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Pitching Trio Leads Nipmuc Baseball

Nipmuc baseball head coach Steve DellaRovere is certain to be the envy of many a baseball coach as the spring season gets underway this month. He has three pitchers penciled in to the top three spots in the rotation, any one of the trio any would be an ace on most other teams in the area.
"The biggest positive is having all of my pitching back," he said. "It makes life a lot easier going in knowing I have that ready to go."
The three seniors, Tom Sperino, Kyle Nocera, and Izaiah Wadsworth, anchored the Warriors both on the mound and at the plate last year during a 16-5 run that ended in the Division 3 quarterfinals.
"I know there are some teams with great pitching, but I think we are the deepest of anyone in the area," DellaRovere said. "I have faith in those three and in some other guys we have. It's tough to know what everyone else has, but this is one of the better staffs I have ever had and I will take it."
Sperino, a 6'3" power pitcher, has been at the top of the rotation since his freshman year and has established himself as one of the Dual Valley's top arms over the course of his career.
"He knows we should win when he goes out, he embraces that," DellaRovere said. "He gets strikeouts when he has to, but can also throw a lot of ground balls. He is a true ace."
Nocera was the number two pitcher on the staff last season and is coming in off a standout summer in 2015 while playing for the Milford Legion team. DellaRovere pointed out, he brings a different style to the mound. He is focused on hitting his spots, changing speeds, and using the defense behind him. As for Wadsworth, his head coach calls him "the number three pitcher coaches dream of."
"When you get that deep in the rotation, it's great to have someone like him," DellaRovere said. "He is fearless, he goes right at guys. He doesn't throw as hard but he will pound the zone and compete."
While the rotation is set, Nipmuc does have competition to secure spots in the lineup. The pitching trio will all be everyday players when they are not on the mound, and DellaRovere pointed to at least two other players who are going to be counted on to hit. Senior catcher Pete Schiloski is one of those players, and will be tasked with handling the talented pitching staff. Fellow senior Jack Ernst is another player DellaRovere is looking to for contributions. 
"It will be interesting to see how the guys who don't have a ton of experience make the leap, either from the JV or from the bench last season," the coach said when asked who else might see significant playing time. "I don't know if we have that true offensive stud, but we are going to rely on the depth of our pitching rotation."
With three experienced pitchers who helped the Warriors to 16 wins a year ago, it's hard not to look at 2016 as "their year" to make a deep tournament run.
"I think they think it is, and being seniors that's what they want," DellaRovere said. "We have been knocking on the door the past two years and ran into good teams in the tournament. That's the luck of the draw, but the goal is as high as it can be. They want to win the state tournament, and I don't blame them."




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