The New England Collegiate Baseball League kicked off its 19th season of play on the heels of having 85 alumni chosen in the 2012 MLB entry draft. Two weeks into the season and the action is heating up, so let’s use this Summer School session to take a look around the NECBL, “The New England League.”
The Newport Gulls have jumped out to a 9-3 record, good enough for first place in the Eastern Division, thanks to the stick of Yale Rosen and arm of Daniel Wright. Rosen, an outfielder from Washington State, is batting .372 (fifth best in league) with 5 home runs (first), 14 RBIs (third), 12 runs (sixth) and 5 doubles (third). Wright, a right-hander out of Arkansas State, is tied for the league lead in wins (3) and has struck out 21 batters in 20 innings of work.
The New Bedford Bay Sox are second in the Eastern Division, a game behind the Gulls after a 10-6 start to the season. Former Boston Globe All-Scholastic pitcher Donald Murray (Holy Cross) has allowed only one run over 15 innings of work and has gone 5 innings in each of his three starts. The Walpole native and B.C. High grad has a 0.60 ERA, second best in the league.
In the Western Division the defending champion Keene Swamp Bats, 10-4, have used a balanced attack to gain a foothold on first place. They have scored 90 runs, fourth most in the league, while allowing only 64, third fewest in the league. Jared Walsh (Georgia) is batting .351 (eighth in the league) with a .442 on-base percentage and 1.064 OPS. He has also made two relief appearances, striking out five batters over 2 1/3 innings.
The second place North Adams SteepleCats started the season with a 6-1 run out of the gate, but have stumbled a bit as of late and currently sit a game behind Keene with a 10-6 mark. Jeff Roy (URI) and Charlie Law (Rutgers-Brunswick) have seven doubles apiece to lead the league. Roy has a team-high .368 batting average and leads the league with 17 stolen bases, while Law, who pitches and plays first base, is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in three starts.
Laconia Muskrats starter Matthew Aldrich leads the league with 27 strikeouts in three starts, 12 of which came at Newport on June 18th. However, the righty from Darton College has a 9.64 ERA after allowing 15 earned runs over 14 innings.
Vermont Mountaineers lefty Alex Haines (Seton Hill) leads the league with a 0.48 ERA and has allowed only two walks over 18 2/3 innings. A pair of Vermont outfielders have been shredding up the base paths. Aaron Barbosa (Northeastern) is 14 for 14 on stolen base attempt and John Mishu (Princeton) is 11 for 12.
Mystic’s Jeramy Matos (Central Florida) took home Player of the Week honors for the period ending on June 23rd. The Schooners right-fielder/DH batted .412 for the week, with five home runs and eight RBIs.
Pitcher of the Week honors were shared by the Keene trio of Kevin McAvoy (Bryant), Tyler Gauthier (Southern N.H) and Ryan Horstman (St. John’s) who combined for a no-hitter against the Danbury Westerners on June 19th. The three hurlers struck out 12 batters with and McAvoy went 6 2/3 for the win.
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