2016 Massachusetts Spring Team Preview: Walpole HS

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By Dylan Hefflinger, Dennis Healy, Trevor Brown and PBR Staff
Editor in Chief / Co-Director of Scouting

With the 2016 spring season right around the corner, PBR New England is eagerly anticipating bringing the New England states the best high school coverage throughout the region.

Starting February 1st, we began releasing team previews for teams across the state, leading into the Preseason All-State Teams as well as the Preseason State Rankings.

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2016 Massachusetts Spring Team Preview: Walpole HS

Team Name: Walpole
Head Coach: Chris Costello
Division: 1
2015 Record: 14-9
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 5/1

Overall Thoughts: We have a solid nucleus returning with a lot of talented but unproven young players, with a new coach for first time in 30+ years we will look to continue a strong tradition

2016 Team Strengths:

  • Tradition and work ethic
  • Middle infield and overall infield defense should be a plus
  • Top to bottom lineup is athletic and will run bases well

 2016 Team Weaknesses:

  • Although talented they are unproven pitchers so experience would be our area to work towards improving

Top Returning Players:

  • Ian Fair, SS, 6'4" 195, 4 yr starter, Captain, Northeastern commit
  • Nate Porrack, 3B, 6'3" 205, 3 yr starter, Captain, UMass Boston commit
  • Liam Mcabe, OF, 5'11" 180, 2 yr starter, Captain
  • Charlie Auditore, 2B, 5'10" 170
  • Joe Smith, RHP, 6'2" 175, 2 yr starter

Top Underclassmen:

  • Charlie Auditore, 5'10" 170 
  • Brian Gaughan, RHP, 6'1" 185
  • Bryan Kraus, RHP, 6'4" 230

Notable Alumni:

  • Sean McDermott -Virginia Tech
  • Cam Hanley- Northeastern
  • Johnny Adams- Boston College
  • Mike Gaughan - Rollins
  • Matt Lavanchy- Wheaton
  • Mike Baryski- Wheaton 
  • Matt Bender Southern Maine