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Callery offers unexpected spark for Lowell Legion Post 87

Conor Callery of the Lowell Post 87 Legion baseball team is primarily a position player (shown here at first base), but he has also excelled as a relief pitcher.
Conor Callery of the Lowell Post 87 Legion baseball team is primarily a position player (shown here at first base), but he has also excelled as a relief pitcher.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Seeking a spot in the Massachusetts American Legion State Tournament, Lowell Post 87 of District 5 had been hanging by a thread. Holding that thread in place was Conor Callery.

Sporting a team-high .404 batting average and striking out just four times in more than 50 plate appearances as of Tuesday, the Lowell High rising junior has carried an inconsistent offense throughout the season.

The offensive production has not been a complete surprise, but his pitching has turned heads in the dugout, as he has earned the team’s closing role.

“I didn’t really pitch him in the beginning of the year,” said head coach Michael McLeod. “We got low on arms, so I brought him in and he started blowing guys away.”

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