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Meet the 2022 T&G Hometeam high school baseball Super Team – Worcester Telegram

Whether shutting down opposing bats, clearing the bases or cheering on his teammates, Zhang did it all while leading the Crusaders to a 13-6 and the Division 3 state tournament. And for that, and so much more, he has been honored as the Hometeam Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound lefthander dominated on the mound, going 6-1 with a 1.16 earned run average with 86 strikeouts against 11 walks in 61-1/3 innings. Zhang proved to be a tough out at the plate, hitting a robust .582 with three home runs, 30 RBIs, 27 runs, and, whew, 20 stolen bases. His discipline at the plate was exemplified by the fact he struck out just four times in 55 at bats. A T&G all-star as a junior, Zhang considers the grand slam he hit in a win over AMSA in a CMADA Class B quarterfinal and his three-run homer in a win over Westborough on Senior Night to be his most memorable moments of the season. Zhang will major in computer engineering and continue his baseball career at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the son of Liang Luo and Yu-He Zhang.
Arsenault captained the Blue Devils to a 13-8 record and the quarterfinals of the Division 2 state tournament one year after helping them reach the D1 state final. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound righthander went 4-1 with a 1.80 earned run average and batted .484 with a 1.162 OPS. Arsenault displayed both power and speed, as evidenced by his two home runs and 17 stolen bases in as many attempts. A T&G all-star as a junior, Arsenault considers his most memorable moments of the season to be hitting two homers in the same game _ both three-run shots in a 7-3 win over Wachusett _ and the daily routine of practicing with his teammates. Arsenault will attend Cushing Academy as a postgraduate, where he will continue his baseball career. He is the son of Brenda and John Arsenault of Leominster.
Ayotte capped a terrific senior season in which the three-sport captain led the football, basketball and, finally, baseball teams to winning records. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound catcher batted .411 with a .475 on base percentage while driving in 15 runs and scoring 20 times as the Woolies went 12-9 and advanced to the Division 4 state tournament. Ayotte considers his most memorable moments of the season to be wins over Bay Path and Oxford, which came on the heels of a basketball season in which he helped coach Jim Donnelly earn his first playoff victory at Millbury. Ayotte, a two-year starter and record-setting quarterback who was a T&G all-star as a senior, will continue his football career and study business at Worcester State University. He is the son of Shelley and Bob Ayotte of Millbury.
This two-way standout was perfect on the basepaths and flawless in the field to help the Mountaineers post a 13-8 record and advance to the Division 1 state tournament. The 5-foot-7, 140-pound speedster batted .275 with a .449 on base percentage and five runs batted in. Benoit was off and running once he reached base with 20 steals in 20 attempts. That included five steals in one game, the last a theft of home to score the winning run in the eighth inning against Doherty. Benoit considers that to be his most memorable moment of the season. Defensively, he committed no errors and made 30 putouts in right field. Benoit play a Dean College and study business management with the career goals of owning his own business and becoming a fireman. He is the son of Christa and Matthew Benoit of Holden.
Brindisi displayed power on the mound and at the plate as the Pirates went 13-10 record and advanced to the second round of the Division 5 state tournament. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound righthander recorded 41 strikeouts against 12 walks in 31 innings while going 4-1 with a 2.03 earned run average. Offensively, he batted a Central Mass.-leading .614 with 8 doubles, 8 triples and 4 home runs while driving in 24 runs and scoring 30 times. This two-year captain and T&G all-star as a junior considers his most memorable moment of the season to be the Pirates’ extra-innings upset of Division 2 Malden Catholic, a game in which he came on in relief and pitched five strong frames. Brindisi will continue his baseball career and study business at Johnson & Wales University. He is the son of Melissa and Pete Brindisi of Oxford.
It was a breakout season for Cross, who led the Highlanders to a 10-9 record and a berth in the Division 1 state tournament. The 5-foot-11, 152-pound righthander was a workhorse, throwing 52 innings while going 5-3 with a 1.73 earned run average and piling up 70 strikeouts against 14 walks. Cross considers the complete-game efforts he had in a 10-strikeout shutout of Grafton at Polar Park and a 2-1 victory over St. John’s _ the program’s first win against the Pioneers in eight years _ to be among his many memorable moments of the season. Cross, who enjoys umpiring games when not playing in them, aspires to continue his baseball career at the Division 1 level and major in engineering in college. He is the son of Hannah and Keith Cross of Worcester.
Whether deployed as a starter or a reliever, the Colonials knew they had an ace in hand in Griffith as they went 21-4 and advanced to the semifinals of the Division 1 state tournament. The 6-foot, 165-pound righthander was 5-1 with a 2.01 earned run average and 66 strikeouts in 48 innings. Griffith also recorded two saves, in tournament wins over Lincoln-Sudbury and Boston College High. The Mid-Wach A MVP considers his most memorable moment of the season to be the Colonials’ 7-2 win over St. John’s, a game in which he went the distance and came a day after a tough loss to league rival Wachusett. Griffith is committed to continuing his baseball career at the Division 1 level for Binghamton University, where he plans to study business. He is the son of Teresa and Glenn Griffith of Shrewsbury.
Naff anchored a stellar staff and ranked among the top hitters in the Southern Worcester County League while leading the Gators to a 15-7 record, including a postseason victory, and the first round of the Division 2 state tournament. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound lefthander went 5-3 with a 2.55 earned run average and 67 strikeouts against 11 walks in 49-1/3 innings. Offensively, Naff batted .364 and drew 19 walks while driving in 19 runs and scoring 16 times. This team captain considers his complete-game victory over Doherty in which he racked up 10 strikeouts and allowed two runs to be his most memorable moment of the season. Naff will major in professional flight at Auburn University with the career goal of becoming a commercial pilot. He is the son of Fe and James Naff of Grafton.
Parker, the latest big-time player to emerge from the small community of Hopedale’s powerhouse program, led the Blue Raiders to an 18-8 record and the Division 5 state final. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound righthander went 5-5, including two tournament wins and a no-hitter in the state final, with a 1.78 earned run average and 114 strikeouts against 20 walks in 63 innings. Offensively, Parker led Central Mass. in home runs (6) and RBIs (34) while finishing third in batting (.573) while being named the Dual Valley Conference MVP. A T&G all-star as a junior, he considers his most memorable moments of the season to be taking batting practice at Hopedale’s cozy home field. Parker will continue his baseball career at the United States Military Academy. He is the son of Amy and Chris Parker of Hopedale.
Puglisi was a steadying presence in the rotation and the batter’s box as the Pioneers went 12-9 and advanced to the Division 1 state tournament. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound righthander went 5-2 with a 2.60 earned run average and 36 strikeouts over 37-1/3 innings. Offensively, he led the Pioneers with a .404 average and drove in 14 runs. A first-team Catholic Conference all-star, Puglisi considers the Pioneers bouncing back from a close loss to Catholic Memorial in a superbly played game and beating Boston College High on the road on its Senior Night to be his most memorable moments of the season. Puglisi will spend a year at Williston Northampton as a postgraduate, the next step toward studying law and playing baseball in college. He is the son of Meaghan and Dan Puglisi of Paxton.
Stuart had one of the finest all-around seasons in program history as the Hawks went 18-5 and advanced to the second round of the Division 3 state tournament. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound righthander posted a 7-1 record and a 1.77 earned run average while amassing 104 strikeouts against 27 walks in 59-1/3 innings. That’s the most Ks in a season by a Hawks hurler in 14 years. Stuart, a T&G all-star as a junior, hit .447 with a .491 on base percentage and a slugging percentage of .681 while collecting eight extra-base hits, 11 RBIs, 14 runs, and 12 stolen bases. He considers his most memorable of the season to be the complete-game shutout he threw against Nipmuc in the CMADA Class B final. Stuart will major in sports management and continue his baseball career at Endicott College. He is the son of Sandra and Tom Stuart of Hudson.
Walton was unbeatable while leading the Stags to a 16-3 record and the second round of the Division 5 state tournament. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound righthander went 9-0 with an 0.88 earned run average and a whopping 113 strikeouts against just eight walks in 64 innings. Offensively, he hit .481 with 13 doubles and 19 runs batted in. Walton, a T&G all-star as a junior, considers his most memorable moments of the season to be the 17-strikeout no-hitter he threw in the first round of the state tournament and the two-hit shutout he tossed against Hopedale in the CMADA Class D final. Walton will major in exercise science and continue his baseball career at Endicott College with the career goal of becoming a physical therapist for an MLB team. He is the son of Jill and Jim Walton of Boylston.
Noah Basgaard, St. John’s
James Clark, Algonquin
Cameron Early, Doherty
A.J. Hamm, Shrewsbury
Jake LeFrancois, St. Paul
Alex Martin, Shrewsbury
Jimmy Mitchell, St. John’s
Enger Paulino, St. Paul
David Siciliano, Shrewsbury
Mike Simes, Wachusett
Carter Bentley, Westborough
James Borsari, Nashoba
Nolan Bush, Nashoba
T.J. Cahill, Grafton
Nick Garcia, Leominster
Dan Mooney, Nashoba
Jaden Naff, Grafton
Kevin Rauktis, Grafton
Eric Sanderson, Shepherd Hill
Joseph Acker, Nipmuc
Caleb Allen, Oakmont
Michael Archambault, North Middlesex
Jarrett Arsenault, Groton-Dunstable
Albert Ascenio, Fitchburg
Henry Blake, Tantasqua
Jack Bruno, Nipmuc
Henry Bruun, Fitchburg
Nate Bushnell, Groton-Dunstable
Sam Curtis, Oakmont
Colby Gouldrup, Oakmont
Jason Jakobsons, Hudson
Devin Krochmalnyckyj, Tantasqua
Watson Mexico, Oakmont
Colm McGrath, Tantasqua
Max Person, Hudson
Anthony Ruggiero, Nipmuc
Caden Birtz, Leicester
Ryan Boyce, Northbridge
Charlie Criscola, Uxbridge
Tristan Dance, Lunenburg
Zack Feeney, Uxbridge
Zack Fritze, Bay Path
Shea Gendron, Lunenburg
Brandon Gour, Clinton
Ryan Graf, Littleton
Corey Magill, Valley Tech
Chris McDonald, Assabet
Mike Mero, Leicester
Blake Samuelson, Millbury
John Schramm, Bay Path
Evan Scully, AMSA
Cal Thompson, AMSA
Matt Visbeek, Northbridge
Ryan Bonin, Douglas
Griffin Berard, Douglas
Andrew Capps, Narragansett
Leo Colena, Sutton
Nolan Currier, Maynard
John Difonzo, Tahanto
Chase Donahue, Bromfield
Brian Holmes, Ayer-Shirley
Pat Kostiw, Sutton
Cam Marshall, Ayer-Shirley
Cole Patterson, Murdock
Oliver Radcliffe, Hopedale
Evan Remington, Oxford
Angel Rodriguez, Maynard
Jon Sawyer, Tahanto

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