As he has done in the past, Chiappone, in his 13th season at the Bellingham helm, was having his players record their individual goals for the 2007 campaign.
"I knew Kyle had the potential to have an outstanding season," said Chiappone, whose 18-2 Blackhawks will play Saturday against today's Sharon-Wareham winner. "But for him to lead the league in just about every category, this is a season we'll remember for a while."
In his fourth varsity season, the left-handed hitting Martinis met his preseason benchmarks with plenty of room to spare. His 39 RBI top all of Eastern Mass. That goes well alongside his league-leading seven home runs and .507 batting average. And let's not forget his 32 runs and 19 extra-base hits.
"I have just had so much confidence in myself that I can hit anything and that we are going to win," Martinis said.
Not to be outdone was Martinis, the right-handed pitcher - 36 innings pitched, a 6-0 record and a 1.36 ERA to his credit. And his strikeouts (55) far outnumber walks allowed (9).
So how does Martinis see this tidy collection of gaudy numbers?
"The numbers mean something, but only in that they have helped the team win," said Martinis, who throws a mixture of fastball, curveball and changeup/splitter. "The stats themselves are not my focus."
But those statistics have the Blackhawks sitting in the cat bird's seat as the top seed in Division 2 South.
Martinis has already seen team success in the form of four straight 18-win seasons by the Blackhawks. As the team's closer early in his career, he was placed in pressure-packed spots. In his sophomore season he shined, throwing in 18 of the team's 25 games and closing every game in a tournament run that ended in a sectional final loss.
"There aren't many situations that he hasn't experienced in his four years, so he'll be ready for anything," Chiappone said of Martinis, who plays first or third base when he isn't on the mound.
This season has been the first since his freshman year that Martinis has been completely healthy. Hampered in the past by a right ankle that broke in both his sophomore and junior years, Martinis had a whole new outlook without injuries to think about.
"I have had so much better energy, and it has helped my confidence to be healthy," he said.
As for balancing pitching dominance and his hitting prowess, Martinis attacks each duty with the same intensity.
"I always keep the same focus at the plate," said the Northeastern-bound senior. "But on the days I am pitching, it is extra gratifying to be able to help myself."
Martinis has not brought the Blackhawks to back-to-back TVL titles by himself. Fellow senior Matt White is 7-0 on the mound with a 1.48 ERA, as well as 33 RBI of his own.
"It's tough to talk about Kyle without Matt," Chiappone said.
Mike Lamothe has also been stellar, hitting behind Martinis in the lineup. While Martinis normally hits third, the cleanup hitter Lamothe has hit .471 this season with 23 RBI.
Now, with regular-season goals achieved, Martinis is ready to meet the new goal the team has set.
"We're hoping to win 24," he said, referring to the number of wins it would take to claim a state title. "We're ready for a big tournament run. I'm just anxious to get it started."