Newton’s Jack St. Clair emerges as an impact player on Holy Cross diamond

Sixth-graders Anjoli Mathew  and Whitney Janes
Sixth-graders Anjoli Mathew and Whitney Janes

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No one worked harder at improving himself on the field and at the plate on the 2011 Belmont Hill School baseball team than senior third baseman Jack St. Clair.

“Jack would spend hours breaking down tape and in the batting cage and he could flat-out hit,’’ recalled head coach Mike Grant, “and he’d always ask me to hit extra fungos. He made himself into a better all-around player.’’

Grant told the same thing to his good friend and former colleague, Holy Cross head coach Greg DiCenzo, who has watched St. Clair blossom from a utility player his first two college seasons into the Crusaders’ leading hitter this spring.

Through 19 games, the Newton resident was hitting .375 (27 for 72) with a team-high seven doubles.

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