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As a youngster, hitting Wiffleballs in his backyard, Joe Coyne dreamed of being a walk-off hero.
Fantasy became reality for the former baseball captain at Duxbury High in the winner-take-all championship game of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament in late April.
A sophomore catcher at St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Coyne stepped to the plate in the 10th inning of a 6-6 deadlock against Suffolk University, with a runner at second and two outs at Holman Stadium in Nashua.
A two-time all-GNAC selection, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Coyne was batting .319 through 41 games and second on the team with 32 RBIs, 13 doubles and 29 runs. As a freshman, he batted .346 and led the Monks in hits.