Three Hingham High Graduates Playing Elite Baseball
By Greg Lane, July 18, 2020
If you are looking to find some exciting Hingham baseball, the South Shore Diamond Dawgs is your team. Three Hingham baseball standouts are on the roster of this Cranberry Baseball League (CBL) team that calls Memorial Field at Frolio Middle School in Abington home.
After impressive Hingham High School baseball careers, Jack Clougherty (’19), Evan Marwill (’20) and Winston Southworth (’20), now play among the area’s best amateur, collegiate and former professional players. Harbormen Varsity Coach Frank Niles said that he is not surprised to see rhem on a Cranberry League team roster. “This is exciting, and exciting for the community and the Hingham High School program, but most of all exciting for these young athletes," said Niles. "Anyone that got a chance to meet them when they were here knows what kinds of special kids they are."
The Dawgs drafted these players as part of a strategy to build a young core and keep them together for the future. “It’s just so we can keep our kids together and get them as much experience as we can,” said Manager Chris Diver, a Rockland native. “We just feel like if we draft young talented players, then in a couple of years, we’re a better team.”
Diver believes that one thing his roster won’t be short on is talent. With an ERA 0.00 and WHIP of 1.091 for the Dawgs, Clougherty is already one of the top players in the CBL. And, not surprising, Southworth is seeing success at the plate. “He has tremendous power from the left side and battles every at bat,” said Rick Foresteire, Southworth’s, club coach with the Boston Prospects.
The circumstances of the spring season due to COVID may not be what the Clougherty, Marwill or Southworth had anticipated, but that hasn’t stopped them from having fun or winning games. “I'm grateful to be a part of the team and excited to play with such quality players and coaches,” said Marwill.
The Dawgs have traveled around the South Shore so far this season, but it was home cooking on Thursday night. The team eked out a 2-1 victory over the Plymouth Brewers. The win marked the Diamond Dawgs 5th victory, bringing their record to 5-1 and alone in 2nd place. On Sunday, the Dawgs play a double header against the Weymouth Shamrocks on the turf at Libby Field in Jackson Square. Diver expects Clougherty and Marwill will be in the line-up.
This year’s Cranberry League season showcases some of the best future collegiate talent in New England. “With the cancellation of all the other leagues, this is one of the go-to places right now,” noted Diver.
The Cranberry league is a “wooden bat” league and is a member of the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC). The league competes in the "Stan Musial" Division, and this year marks its 61st season.