They were the best around and pretty much nothing
kept them down. The Stoneham High School 1995 baseball team redefined
excellence during a magical spring that saw perhaps the most talented
hardball squad in school history cruise to a 10-0 start before finishing
with a record of 19 wins and one loss in the Middlesex League
The Spartans then won six straight games by an
aggregate score of 37-4 to capture the Division II State Championship,
Stoneham’s first undisputed State Championship under the tutelage of
this year’s Hall of Fame inductee Coach Bill Seabury and assistant
coaches Paul Cerrone and Tom Anderson.
The team was led by the outstanding pitching of Peter
Fisher (10-1), Dave Mattatall (7-0), Darren Svendsen (6-0) and Mike
Lindstrom (2-0). The pitching was balanced with powerful hitting
including Chris Johnson who led the Middlesex League in batting average
until dislocating his knee cap mid-way through the season. Johnson made
a heroic return, however, knocking in the tying run with two outs in the
bottom of the seventh to pave the way for a 5-2 win that awarded
Stoneham the Division II North title.
The Spartans also got key contributions from infielders
Steve Padovani, Jim DellaGatta, Joe Meahl, Greg DelGreco, Barry Cossette
and outfielders Jeff Covelluzzi, Steven Conti, Mike Granata, Chris
Jackson, Jeremy Sylvest and Matt Leeman. Handling the Spartan pitching
staff was catcher Jon O’Donnell.
For their efforts, Fisher, Padovani, DellaGatta,
Meahl and Covelluzzi were named to the All-Middlesex League team and
O’Donnell and Mattatall were selected as league All-Stars.
Fisher, a Boston Globe and Herald All Scholastic,
went 3-0 down the post-season stretch with a 0.56 ERA and 37 strikeouts
in 25 innings and later was drafted by the Minnesota Twins before opting
to go on to play at Alabama.