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Lowell Catholic caps thrilling run with Division 4 state title

Lowell Catholic’s James Sullivan completes a double play, as Pope John Paul II’s Brady Jones is too late on the slide.
Lowell Catholic’s James Sullivan completes a double play, as Pope John Paul II’s Brady Jones is too late on the slide.George Rizer for The Boston Globe

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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.

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