Andrew McLaughlin loved being the starting shortstop at Peabody High. On Tuesday afternoon, McLaughlin was on the mound against Gloucester as his replacement at short, sophomore Ryan Collins, helped close out a 5-1 win with a spectacular bobbling catch.
After the Tanners were ousted in the Division 1 North tournament last season by Lynn English, coach Mark Bettencourt was determined to build more depth in his pitching staff behind ace Pat Ruotolo. So he asked three of his starting infielders to make the transition.
McLaughlin, along with second baseman David Apostolides, first baseman Derek DeMild, and catcher Brandon Butcher, all said yes.
The result: Peabody is off to an 11-1 start and prepping for a long run in the tourney. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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