When you saw the name Savastano on the roster, you knew they had to be good.
PLYMOUTH – When you saw the name Savastano on the roster, you knew they had to be good.
The oldest brother, Mike, had a great baseball and football career at Coyle and Cassidy High School.
The middle child, Jocelyn, used her track star speed to give opponents nightmares on the soccer and softball fields at Plymouth North and then St. Anselm College.
The youngest of the three Savastano kids, Scott, was a three-sport star for the Blue Eagles (football, hockey and baseball). He was chosen in the MLB draft three different times and made it all the way to AAA in the Seattle Mariners organization before retiring after a seven-year pro baseball career in 2014.
As with every family tree, the Savastano’s strength comes from their roots.
“I think we all got our athletic ability from our parents, Stephen and Debbie,” said Jocelyn Savastano-Aguilar. “I remember as kids we were always doing something active outdoors and I think that helped us develop our athletic ability at a young age.”
Somewhere along the line it also developed a competitive edge that still simmers inside Jocelyn.
“Oh yeah, I still got it,” said Savastano, now 35 and the mother of three. “I still play in a women’s indoor soccer league and that’s really where my competitive nature comes out.”
But, just like back in her high school days, even if someone on the soccer pitch was mad at her it would be nearly impossible to catch up with Jocelyn’s because of her foot speed.
“I think my speed is what helped separate me from other players,” Jocelyn said. “Even as a kid I could always run fast and I tried to exploit that advantage as much as I could.”
Her quickness usually translated into points on the scoreboard. She ranks first at Plymouth North in career points (141), first in career goals (99) and third in career assists (42). Jocelyn also holds the top three spots in single-season goals (31, 25 and 24).
She was a three-time league all-star, making the Eastern Massachusetts and All-State team twice. Her senior year she was named an All-American and chosen as the top girls soccer player in the state. She was also a four-year player at second base for the softball squad.
“Jocelyn is one of the top girls soccer players to come through the Plymouth High Schools,” Plymouth North Head Coach Eric Foley said. “During her four-year varsity career she appeared in the South Semifinals twice and the Sectional Finals once. Her senior year we scored 12 goals in the tournament games and she had a part in all of them with five goals and seven assists.
“Jocelyn was one of the most competitive athletes I have ever coached,” Foley said. “She had the will to win and made everyone around her better because of her drive and leadership.”
Her success continued at St. Anselm College, where she was named an All-American again and even made the “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated as a sophomore when she scored seven times in an 8-0 win over New England College. Her name covers the Hawks women’s soccer record book, including the top career mark for goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and shots on goal among other accolades.
And, as a senior, she gave softball one final whirl and had a great year on the diamond.
“It would have been tough to play two sports and go to classes, so when soccer was done I played my senior year as a walk-on with the softball team and had a great time,” Jocelyn said.
Following the path of accolades won by his older sister was a tough task, but Scott more than held his own at North, Franklin Pierce and then on the minor league baseball scene.
Scott transitioned effectively from the soccer pitch to the football field during high school. He was a force on the ice during hockey season and then made a huge impact as a four-year starter with the Blue Eagles baseball team before graduating in 2005.
“I actually thought I was going to be a hockey player,” said Scott, who has three children with his wife, Josie. ”Then I went to some camps and played against guys my own size and decided baseball was the sport for me.”
That’s exactly what Plymouth North Baseball Head Coach Dwayne Follette had been telling Scott all along.
“Scott is the best hitter I’ve ever coached. Period,” Follette said. “He had power at the plate but the thing that set him apart from the rest was his impeccable pitch selection. Scott had the ability to work a pitcher to get the pitch he wanted.”
Scott hit .340 as a sophomore when the state went to wooden bats for a year. They switched back to aluminum bats the next year, hitting .660 as a junior and then .550 as a senior “despite the fact that no pitcher wanted to pitch to him,” said Follette.
Scott and good friend Doug Balboni represented Plymouth North at Fenway Park in the state all-star game as seniors, setting the stage for one of his favorite high school baseball memories.
“I remember the at-bat like it was yesterday,” Scott said. “It was a 2-2 count and I took a fastball right down the middle but the umpire called it a ball. Now the count is 3-and-2 and the pitcher comes back with a change-up that I sat back on and hit it over the Green Monster.”
He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox after his senior year of high school but chose to stick with Franklin Pierce. Baltimore drafted him after his junior year of college but he was coming off an injury and wanted to make one more run at an NCAA DII title. Those dreams fell short as a senior and then Scott was drafted a final time, this time by Seattle, and he signed his first professional contract.
Scott spent six years with the Mariners organization, reaching as high as Triple A Tacoma for two seasons. He was released by Seattle in January, 2014 and joined up with the Baltimore organization a day later. He was released during spring training and called it a career in order to start his family.
“I got a couple calls from teams who wanted me, but at that time Josie was about to give birth to twins and it was time to start real life,” Scott said. “No regrets. I had a good run with baseball.”
Jocelyn and Scott still live in Plymouth with their families. Scott is a correctional officer for Plymouth County and runs the Savastano Hitting business in town. Jocelyn recently opened her own business, the Big Leaps Preschool and Daycare.
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