Published in the August 27, 2015 edition
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
NORTH READING — One member of the North Reading A’s baseball team was recently named to the North Shore Baseball League All–League team. Anthony Capuano was the lone A’s player to make the squad.
The outfielder, who made the team for the first time in his career, led the team in hitting this season at .386. He also led the A’s in walks with 17 and on-base percentage at .527 as he was the team’s lead-off hitter.
“He is a great table-setter for us,” said A’s player manager Joe Dardeno. “He is also one of the best outfielders in the league and has a very accurate arm.”
Anthony Lupi, meanwhile, made the NSBL All-Rookie team. The 19-year old Merrimack College pitcher led the A’s pitching staff in wins going 3-3 with an earned-run average of 3.29. He also had the A’s lone playoff win as well.
“With the way he pitched down the stretch of the year, he earned the respect from the other teams in the league,” said Dardeno.
Matt Divecchia was second on the team in average at .379 while Jon Gravallese was third at .333. Dardeno led the team in runs batted in with 11 while Kevin Rooney was second with 10.
North Reading lost in the first round of the playoffs to the top-seeded North Shore Phillies, two games to one. The Phillies lost to Kingston, four games to three in the finals which wrapped out on Aug. 20.
The A’s went 6-17-1 in the regular season and 7-19-1 overall as they reached the post-season for the first time in four years.
Along with Dardeno, there are five other A’s who are from North Reading, Gravallese (infielder), Divecchia (infielder), Rich Giannatassio (second base), Mike Foley (outfielder) and Colby Maiola (outfielder).