Matt Stone arrived as the varsity baseball coach at Lowell Catholic last season and immediately went to work.
After five seasons at the helm at Pelham (N.H.) High, he inherited a junior-heavy squad.
One of those juniors, shortstop Craig Maxfield, rose up and stood out in a system in which a leadership role was anyone’s to grab.
For starters, Stone does not believe in captains.
“I’ve never named captains; I like to let captains emerge,” said Stone, now 33-12 in two seasons after piloting the Crusaders (19-5) to a thrilling 1-0 walkoff win over Pope John Paul II in the Division 4 state final Wednesday at Campanelli Stadium, the program’s first championship. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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