Acton-Boxborough’s Noah Zavolas was just enjoying some lunch and a nice walk in Cambridge last August when his life would change. It was just a coincidence that he was in the home city of Harvard University when Crimson baseball coach Bill Decker gave him a call, offering him a spot on his team.
The pitcher said yes without hesitation.
Now a senior, Zavolas has been met with the utmost of appreciation by his teachers, coaches, trainers, and friends. Acton-Boxborough held an event for the signing of his letter-of-intent last Tuesday.
“Playing baseball at a Division 1 program, at Harvard, I’ll be looking forward to it every single day,” Zavolas said.
Zavolas said he never expected to take the mound for the Crimson. While his grades were far from poor -- last year he was a member of the National Honor Society -- he didn’t think they were up to the caliber of an Ivy League school.
“I can’t even really say it’s a dream come true,” Zavolas said. “I never really considered Harvard an option.”
The pitcher is coming off a junior year to remember. He had a 5-1 record with a 0.78 ERA, good enough to be team MVP and a Dual County League All-Star. His velocity -- 86 m.p.h. -- also turned heads at the Head First Baseball Showcase in Long Island in early August.
It was that showcase that led to Harvard assistant coach Mike Zandler inviting him to the Crimson’s summer camp later in the month.
"That was the last hurrah for the summer,” Zavolas said. “This is it. My last shot to do something people will remember.”
He certainly made an impression, throwing 88 m.p.h. in three strong innings during the summer camp.
Right now, all he feels is anticipation and excitement, not only about putting on the Crimson uniform but about closing out his senior year at Action-Boxborough in fine fashion.
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