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2024 Spring Team Preview: Bishop Guertin (NH)

Bruce Hefflinger
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2024 Spring Team Preview: Bishop Guertin (NH)

NASHUA, N.H. - Four three-year starters return to bring plenty of optimism to the Bishop Guertin baseball team this year.

“We have a deep and talented roster,” explained head coach Scott Painter. “With a total of 10 returning varsity players (15 total with varsity experience) and a promising group of newcomers, we will look to improve on our 11-10 record from 2023.”

Right-hander Jake Boudreau and southpaw Sam Franco will lead the way on the mound after playing major roles as juniors. A Maine commit, Boudreau, the third-rated senior in New Hampshire, was 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 1.01 WHIP before being injured, earning second-team all-state recognition. Franco, a left-hander signed with Merrimack College, was 3-2 with a 2.44 ERA a year ago.

Junior AJ Holmes had a 2.40 ERA in 20 innings on the mound last season and brings more pitching experience with two-way standout Jackson Goldstein another arm being counted on. The 17th-ranked senior right-handed pitcher in New England is an Endicott recruit.

Sophomores Ben Geiger and Nick Wyner bring more promise to the mound this year.

“In order to be successful in Division 1 baseball, we will need to play solid defense and our pitching staff will need to work ahead of hitters,” Painter explained. “If we are able to avoid walks, we feel like we have one of the top pitching staffs in the state.”

There is much more than strong pitching back for the Cardinals in 2024, with Isaac Crivac, a first-team all-state selection a year ago, leading the way. A three-year starter who plays second and third base, Crivac hit .438 with a .538 OBP, driving in 15 runs last season.

Goldstein also had a big stick in 2023 with the senior outfielder carrying a .353 average.

Holmes brings Bishop Guertin a returning center fielder with junior Jordy Delude another starter back at catcher. Senior Ryan Haskell, who can play first and third base, is also a returnee for the Cardinals. 

“Offensively, we need to compete on every pitch and limit strikeouts,” Painter explained. “We have improved on the offensive side of the ball and will be more athletic on the bases, which will allow us to put more pressure on opposing defenses.”

The 13th-year head coach, who has totaled 133 wins in his time in charge of the program, sees more help coming in junior outfielder Ethan Drouin and junior transfer Josh Wilson, a middle infielder. Freshman Gavin Santos is another middle infielder with promise.

Additionally, Geiger and Wyner are being counted on to play roles when not pitching, Geiger at first base and Wyner at second or third.

“These athletes have put themselves in a position to be successful by committing to the weight room and off-season workouts and we are confident that they will compete against every team in the state,” concluded Painter, who points to Londonderry, Pinkerton, Exeter, Dover and Goffstown as teams to beat in Division 1 this year in New Hampshire.

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