As the summer heats up, the Express reflects back on a bevy of collegiate athletes’ performances from the towns of Whitman and Hanson during the spring season. This week, baseball and softball will take center stage.
At Massasoit, a pair of Whitman residents – Tim DeCouto and Ricky Sherlock – finished up their freshman campaigns. On the mound, DeCouto tossed 18.0 innings, appeared in nine games, went 2-3, fanned 17 batters and posted a K/9 of 8.50. The right-hander’s best game came in a March 16, 19-11 win over Westmoreland County Community College, where he hurled 3.2 shutout innings and struck out three to pick up the victory.
Sherlock, a catcher, collected 17 hits, five doubles, drove in 23 runs (tied for third most on the team) and drew 18 walks. The backstop’s top performance came May 7 in a double header against MassBay Community College. In the first tilt, a 13-1 win, Sherlock went 2 for 3 with a home run and four runs batted in. He finished the day with a home run and two runs driven in the final game, a 20-2 victory.
In Connecticut, Hanson native Drew Alexopopoulos appeared in eight games for Eastern Connecticut State. The freshman third baseman drove in two runs and scored one.
At Mass. Maritime, freshman Hanson resident Nick Haley, was on the field for 20 games, collected a home run, drove in six and crossed the plate six times. His long ball came in an August 23, 10-8, triumph over Framingham State.
Sophomore pitcher Gabby DeLeon pitched to the tune of a 2.63 ERA over 21.1 innings at UMass Dartmouth. The Hanson native’s top showing was March 16 when she threw 5.0 shutout frames to lead the Corsairs to a 5-4 win over Centenary (N.J.)
At Framingham State, junior captain and shortstop Megan Downing, hit .279 in 42 games, drove in 23 runs and scored 16 times. In a 10-2 win over MCLA April 8, the Hanson resident went 3 for 4 with three runs batted in.
Sophomore Hanson native Caitlin Hughes put forth a season to remember at Westfield State. The backstop hit .363 (29 for 80) and drove in 13. In an April 27, 11-7 win over MCLA, she went 3 for 4 with three runs batted in. She was also selected for the 2017 ALL-MASCAC Softball Team to conclude a career-year.