A few things to consider as the Massachusetts high school baseball season quickly approaches….
Here at ITHMA we may have overlooked the Barnstable Red Raiders in our preseason baseball poll as they have welcomed back Chris Holcomb who is a hard throwing LHP committed to the University of Alabama. Holcomb previously pitched for Nauset Regional High School down on the Cape but came back to Barnstable for his senior season. He will join catcher Ryan Proto (a UMass Lowell commit) and three year starters in third baseman CJ McCabe and first baseman Jack Kennedy (a Bentley football commit) on a very solid squad that plays their first scrimmage against Peabody today.
The MIAA recently made some minor baseball rule changes including where a team can notify the umpire that they intend to intentionally walk a batter and the pitcher does not have to throw any pitches as the batter will be awarded first base. This change will reduce pitch counts a bit but from a traditional point of view it removes another nuance from the sport that makes it so unique.
Billerica native and Northeastern Head Baseball Coach Mike Glavine has a 2017 roster loaded with Massachusetts talent. We count an impressive eighteen players that call Massachusetts home including five freshmen in catcher Colin Casey from Boxford, infielder Ian Fair from Walpole, LHP Sean Mellen from Norwood, outfielder Kyle Peterson from Brockton (Thayer Academy) and infielder Scott Holzwasser who played at Lincoln-Sudbury. This will continue next year as well with Jeff Costello of BB&N and Sam Jacobsak of Milton High School already committed to Northeastern.
Just for comparison sake Boston College currently has ten players on their baseball roster who call Massachusetts home. These include five freshmen in pitcher Joey Walsh from Plymouth North, catcher Jake Goodreau from Southwick, C/OF Jacob Yish from St. John’s Prep and outfielder Nick Latham from Phillips Andover. The Eagles will add Nick Couhig of Falmouth High School in their class for next year.
Speaking of Boston College baseball it is interesting to note the presence of heavy equipment vehicles on the fields in Brighton where the new baseball stadium complex is going to be built. Not sure if they are aiming to have it completed for next season or the year after but it appears work has begun and this really can’t come soon enough as they have had to travel to other fields to play their home games this season.
The Catholic Conference – Bay State Conference Baseball Challenge to ALS will be held at BC High on April 22nd. At 11:00 AM Catholic Memorial will play against Newton North, at 1:30 PM St. John’s Prep will play against Walpole, at 4:30 PM Xaverian Brothers will play against Norwood and at 7:00 PM BC High will play against Braintree. Should be a great day of baseball with some of the top teams and players in all of Massachusetts.
Looking forward to a great season!