Turns out Peter Kallas, Matt Lanza and Frank Messina weren’t just alive the last time Beverly won an NEC baseball title. They were eighth-graders and just months away from setting foot in the hallowed halls on Sohier Road.
It’s come to our attention that in 2005, the Panthers were NEC South co-champs. That year Beverly was 9-11 and won a state tourney game before bowing out against Reading in a 10-9 nail-biter. Seems we were confused by the NEC split in those days, as we had Danvers (19-3) as the sole NEC champs in our records.