school baseball – Timo Thompson http://timothompson.com/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 06:04:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://timothompson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-60-120x120.png school baseball – Timo Thompson http://timothompson.com/ 32 32 Henderson County’s Top High School Baseball Players https://timothompson.com/henderson-countys-top-high-school-baseball-players/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 10:00:17 +0000 https://timothompson.com/henderson-countys-top-high-school-baseball-players/ High school baseball is back and for the first time in three years, area teams are finally going to have full seasons. This season kicks off Monday with a taste of the old Apple Country Conference that existed decades ago and included all four schools in Henderson County. North Henderson High coach Justin King came […]]]>

High school baseball is back and for the first time in three years, area teams are finally going to have full seasons.

This season kicks off Monday with a taste of the old Apple Country Conference that existed decades ago and included all four schools in Henderson County. North Henderson High coach Justin King came up with the idea of ​​hosting an Apple Country tournament, which will span the entire opening week.

“It will be our four county teams plus Madison and North Buncombe,” he said. “Since North, East and West are in the same conference, we will not be playing against each other. At the end of the games, the winner will be determined by the highest winning percentage.”

The schedule is as follows:

Monday: North Henderson at North Buncombe, 4 p.m., Hendersonville at West Henderson, 5 p.m.

Wednesday: Hendersonville at North Henderson, 4 p.m., Madison at East Henderson, 6 p.m.

Friday: North Buncombe at West Henderson, 6 p.m., Hendersonville at East Henderson, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: Madison at North Henderson, 2:30 p.m.

Before the games start, here’s a look at the best returning players in the region:

North Henderson senior Brayden Corn

Corn was a leader both offensively and defensively and helped lead the Knights to one of their best seasons ever, which made him the 2021 Times Baseball Player of the Year pick- News. He played solid defense at shortstop, and he was the Knights’ closest, with 16 strikeouts in 10 1-3 innings and was a perfect 4-for-4 in save attempts. At plate, he was one of the team leaders to hit with a .404 batting average. He had five doubles, a triple, a home run, 16 runs and 12 RBIs. He was also a terror on the bases with 10 interceptions.

Dylan Blackwell Senior of North Henderson

An all-conference football and baseball pick, Blackwell was one of North’s leading pitchers and led the team in strikeouts with 46 in 41 innings. He also played solid defense at third base and hit .250 with three doubles and six RBIs. He signed to play baseball in the fall at Brevard College.

West Henderson senior Jackson Duchesne

An all-conference selection last year, he pitched 25 1-3 innings and had a 1.93 ERA with 25 strikeouts. He hit .345 with eight RBIs, five doubles and a home run. He signed to play baseball in the fall at Muskingum University in Ohio.

Truitt Manuel, West Henderson sophomore

Already an NC State commitment, Manuel was an all-conference pick last season and had 30 strikeouts in 16 1-3 innings pitched with a 3.00 ERA. He also hit .300 with nine RBIs, two doubles and a home run.

Hendersonville Jr. Sam Wolfe

Drafted in all conferences last year, Wolfe had a .395 batting average with six RBIs and eight stolen bases. He also pitched 26 innings and had 23 strikeouts and a 4.31 ERA.

Brody Parris junior in Hendersonville

A 2021 all-conference pick, Parris had a .429 batting average with 15 hits, 13 RBIs and a .381 on-base percentage.

Brevard Senior Garrett Swicegood

He earned Mountain Six Conference Co-Player of the Year honors last season after hitting .515 with 17 hits, 15 runs and 10 RBIs. He also had a .617 on-base percentage.

Brevard senior Peyton Salter

A 2021 all-conference pick, Salter was second on the team in batting average at .474. He had 18 hits, seven runs, 10 RBIs and a .543 on-base percentage.

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Worcester County baseball players are making an impact at Division 1 colleges https://timothompson.com/worcester-county-baseball-players-are-making-an-impact-at-division-1-colleges/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 10:07:30 +0000 https://timothompson.com/worcester-county-baseball-players-are-making-an-impact-at-division-1-colleges/ The 2022 NCAA Division 1 baseball season kicked off last weekend. Here’s a sampling of the many Central Massachusetts stars playing at the D1 level to watch this spring: Support local journalism: Subscribe to telegram.com today for just $1 for 6 months Coleman Picard, Bryant University (Auburn/Auburn High) Second year, pitcher Picard, who played eight […]]]>

The 2022 NCAA Division 1 baseball season kicked off last weekend. Here’s a sampling of the many Central Massachusetts stars playing at the D1 level to watch this spring:

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Coleman Picard, Bryant University (Auburn/Auburn High)

Second year, pitcher

Picard, who played eight games last season for the University of Hartford, is one of six transfers from Bryant’s pitching squad this year.

In the Bulldogs’ 10-inning win over No. 12 East Carolina last Saturday, Picard, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander, picked up the win after pitching 2-1/3 innings of aimless relief. Bryant won all three games at East Carolina and became the first Northeastern Conference baseball team to sweep a three-game series against a nationally ranked opponent.

Picard, a T&G Super Team selection, helped Auburn win the Division 3 championship as a rookie and finished his high school career 10-2, with a 1.42 ERA and 107 strikeouts. He pitched 12 innings out of the bullpen for Hartford and went 1-3 his first season.

Tyler Mudd, Holy Cross (Shrewsbury/St. John’s High/Deerfield Academy)

Freshman, Pitcher/Outfielder

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound southpaw Mudd made his first college start in Game 1 of the Crusaders’ doubleheader in Troy last Saturday. It was a tough outing for Mudd, who allowed 11 earned runs in 4⅓ innings, and a tough weekend for HC, who gave up all four games at Troy, but Mudd plans to play a key role on the pitching team. of Holy Cross this spring, while also seeing time in the outfield.

In each of HC’s other games this past weekend, Mudd started in center field, hit the first hit and had three hits.

After playing for two years at St. John’s, where he was a reserve on the Pioneers’ Division 1A state title team in 2017 and a starting pitcher and one of the Pioneers’ top sophomore hitters, Mudd has transferred to Deerfield Academy.

At Deerfield, Mudd earned New England Baseball Journal New England Second-Team honors in 2020 and 2021.

John West, Boston College (Shrewsbury/Shrewsbury High

Second year, pitcher

The 6-foot-8, 250-pound West, a right-hander, made his first career start for the Eagles against Austin Peay last weekend. West allowed 6 earned runs on 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 3 in 3⅓ innings and did not consider the call. Austin Peay outlasted the Eagles, 18-17.

As a BC rookie, West made 10 appearances out of the bullpen and went 1-0 with 11 strikeouts in 9⅔ innings of work.

West, who was a T&G Super Team winner in baseball and basketball, led Shrewsbury to his first Division 1 Finals appearance in 19 years as a junior, when he went 3-2 with an 0 ERA, 87 and 45 strikeouts and 15 walks in 32⅓ innings.

He played for the Shrewsbury Post 397 team that made it to the American Legion World Series.

Kevin Skagerlind, UMass (Holden/Wachusett Regional)

Second year, outfielder

Skagerlind, the former Wachusett tri-sport star (baseball, soccer, hockey), had an immediate impact last season for the Minutemen. He saw action in 42 games with 39 starts in center and right field, made no mistakes and led the team with 15 stolen bases. The 6-foot, 195-pound Skagerlind hit .239.

UMass opens the 2022 season on March 4 in Georgetown.

Skagerlind, considered one of the best all-around athletes in Wachusett history, scored more than 100 points in football and hockey, leading those teams to three combined Central Mass titles. as well as a state hockey championship. He helped the Mountaineers qualify for the 2018 Super 8 baseball tournament.

Skagerlind was the home team’s 2020 Male Athlete of the Year.

Jonathan Santucci, Duke (Leominster/Philips Andover)

Freshman, Pitcher/Outfielder

Prior to the season, Duke coach Chris Pollard called Santucci “one of the most talented two-way players in college baseball”.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Santucci, who bats and throws on the left, hit .322 in his career at Philips Andover, made a few pitching appearances, was a 2021 Perfect Game All-American first team and ranked as one of the Top 60 rookies in the nation and second overall from Massachusetts.

In his collegiate debut last weekend, Santucci faced three batters in the seventh inning of the Blue Devils’ 8-7 victory over VMI.

Santucci, who participated in the inaugural MLB Draft Combine last summer, is part of Duke’s newcomer class (freshmen and transfers) that D1Baseball.com ranked 10th nationally.

Matt Shaw, Maryland (Brimfield Academy/Worcester)

Second year, infielder

After earning Freshman All-American honors from Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball in 2021, Shaw started his sophomore season with a sizzling performance in the Terrapins’ three-game sweep against Baylor.

Shaw, Maryland’s starting shortstop and No. 3 batter, hit .538 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs.

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Shaw, who earned Big Ten All-Freshman accolades, started 45 games and led the team and ranked seventh in the Big Ten. with a batting average of .332. He also led the Terrapins with 61 hits and 16 doubles.

Shaw played at Worcester Academy and helped the Hilltoppers reach the semi-finals of the Central New England Prep School baseball tournament in his junior season.

Barry Walsh, Boston College (Sterling/Wachusett Regional)

Junior, outfielder/thrower

Walsh showed his versatility for the Eagles as an outfielder, DH and relief pitcher.

In last weekend’s 2022 home opener at Austin Peay, Walsh started all three games at center, had four hits and drove in a run.

The 6-foot, 195-pound, two-time T&G Super Team winner played 15 games last season with four outfield starts. He batted .200 and had a .385 slugging percentage.

As a freshman in BC, Walsh, a right-hander, made four appearances out of the bullpen.

In his senior season at Wachusett, Walsh went 3-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 31 strikeouts, while batting .364 and on defense.

Cross Jenkins, New Jersey Institute of Technology (Barre/Quabbin Regional)

Second year, pitcher

Jenkins pitched 3⅓ scoreless innings and took the victory in relief as NJIT beat Bellarmine, 9-3, last Saturday.

Last season, Jenkins, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander, tied for the second-most appearances of any NJIT pitcher with 14, all out of the bullpen. Prior to the NCAA Tournament, he did not allow a run in seven straight appearances.

He hit a season-high five batters in a scoreless 3⅔ innings against UMBC. Jenkins finished 2-0 with one save and a 5.33 ERA.

His junior season at Quabbin, Jenkins threw two hits and went 7-1 with a .41 ERA, 76 strikeouts and 14 walks in 56⅓ innings.

Tyler Nielsen, Maine (Grafton/St. John’s High)

Second year, pitcher

As a freshman, Nielsen went 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA. In his best performance of the season, Nielsen pitched six scoreless innings and struck out five to earn a victory over Albany and help the Black Bears earn a berth in the America East tournament.

Nielsen, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound southpaw, has made eight appearances and four starts in 2021, struck out 24 and walked 11 in 28⅔ innings.

Nielsen was a Central Mass star. Conference in St. John’s in 2019.

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Sports Record: Simoes earns a spot in the Mass Baseball Coaching Hall of Fame. https://timothompson.com/sports-record-simoes-earns-a-spot-in-the-mass-baseball-coaching-hall-of-fame/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 15:31:16 +0000 https://timothompson.com/sports-record-simoes-earns-a-spot-in-the-mass-baseball-coaching-hall-of-fame/ Hopkinton High School baseball coach Steve Simoes, who has guided the Hillers to the Division 2 State Championship game for the past two seasons, has been named to the 2022 Hall of Fame class. fame of Massachusetts baseball coaches. … Shawn Mato has been named the HHS Alpine Ski Team Coach for this season. Originally […]]]>


Hopkinton High School baseball coach Steve Simoes, who has guided the Hillers to the Division 2 State Championship game for the past two seasons, has been named to the 2022 Hall of Fame class. fame of Massachusetts baseball coaches. …

Shawn Mato has been named the HHS Alpine Ski Team Coach for this season. Originally from Idaho, Mato went ski racing in high school in New Jersey and then at the University of New Hampshire. A 100-level coach in the United States, Mato has coached various ski teams since 1999 and is currently a coach for the Franconia Ski Club in Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire.

Former Hillers are collegially successful

Lexi Hasbrouck of Hopkinton, a sophomore with the Trinity College women’s soccer team, was named to the New England Small College Athletic Association first team because of her game this fall.

Hasbrouck started all 16 games in the backfield for the Bantams, who finished 7-8-1 overall and 3-6-1 at NESCAC. …

Sydney MacDonald received an honorable mention from the Liberty League after playing 17 games for the Vassar College women’s soccer team. The junior midfielder peaked in the 15-start squad and scored one goal in a 2-1 win over Montclair State on September 8.…

Natalie Shambo was named a Scholastic All American by National Collegiate Rugby for her play on Endicott College’s Spring 7 team last season. Shambo, who graduated with a summa cum laude nursing degree in May, also performed with the 15-year-olds during the four years at the school. She was co-captain as a senior. Shambo now works as a registered nurse for UMass Memorial Hospital in Marlborough.



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Five Wetumpka baseball players sign to play college baseball | Sports https://timothompson.com/five-wetumpka-baseball-players-sign-to-play-college-baseball-sports/ Wed, 10 Nov 2021 21:59:28 +0000 https://timothompson.com/five-wetumpka-baseball-players-sign-to-play-college-baseball-sports/ Wetumpka High School’s baseball program sent five players to the collegiate ranks Wednesday afternoon. Kyle Morrison (Troy), Garrit Terrell (Snead State), Noah Jones (Southern Union State CC), Dawson Fuller (Southern Union State CC) and Douglas Johnson (Southern Union State CC) have each signed national letters of intent to play to the next level on Wednesday. […]]]>

Wetumpka High School’s baseball program sent five players to the collegiate ranks Wednesday afternoon.

Kyle Morrison (Troy), Garrit Terrell (Snead State), Noah Jones (Southern Union State CC), Dawson Fuller (Southern Union State CC) and Douglas Johnson (Southern Union State CC) have each signed national letters of intent to play to the next level on Wednesday.

“Having five guys enrolled in a class is very special for the program, very special for the school, the community, and it’s certainly a reflection of what they’ve been doing since they’ve been in our program,” said said Wetumpka coach Michael Dismukes. “For me, it makes me very proud of how they’ve grown from boys to men in five years and the hard work they’ve put in is incredible. Words cannot describe what each of them means to me.

Playing the hot corner, Morrison proved to be one of Alabama State’s best hitters last year. The senior third baseman hit .442 with four home runs and 36 RBIs while batting both in the middle of the lineup and as the leadoff hitter at times.

He showed his power at the plate with 25 extra hits throughout the year while striking out just 11 times.






Wetumpka third baseman Kyle Morrison signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play college baseball in Troy.


Morrison has been a staple in both Wetumpka’s lineup and at third base since he started as a rookie. He started attracting interest from Troy’s coaching staff just over a year ago and signed up to play for the Trojans in August.

“Troy is just a place where, as soon as I walked onto campus, I felt like this was the place to be,” Morrison said of his decision. “I love the coaching staff. Their field is unlike any other and I really see myself succeeding there.

Terrell also had a pretty impressive junior season for the Indians last year. Wetumpka’s starting catcher finished the year with a .352 batting average, 37 hits, 9 doubles and 18 RBIs.

He was named to the Elmore County team for his efforts and then committed to playing college baseball at Snead State Community College in July. Terrell expects to compete for a starting position as soon as he enters campus, and he hopes to develop his skills to play at the Division I level and possibly get drafted to play pro ball in the future.

Snead State has a reputation for pushing players to the Division I level, and that was one of Terrell’s selling points when he made his decision.







Signature of Garrit Terrell

Wetumpka catcher Garrit Terrell signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday to play college baseball at Snead State Community College.


“The first thing Garrit is going to bring is toughness,” Dismukes said. “He can handle any pitching staff. The durability behind the plate and the energy he plays with every day will take him to the next level. He manages the game very well and he is the same child every day. He brings energy every day, and that’s what makes him special.

Jones quickly made up his mind to commit to Southern Union State after being offered. One day to be exact. Jones, an infielder for the Indians, was offered by SUSCC head coach Aaron Everett on Aug. 17.

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On August 18, he enlisted.

Jones is a huge threat on the base lines and one of the best defenders of any infielder in the region. He finished his junior season with a .300 batting average and 4 doubles, 2 homers, 17 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.







Signature of Noah Jones

On Wednesday, Wetumpka middle infielder Noah Jones signed his national letter of intent to play college baseball at Southern Union State Community College.


“Southern Union has great baseball facilities and a great coach,” Jones said. “They are great people and they have a great tradition for baseball. So why not Southern Union. I love Coach Everett there. It’s amazing and everything I wanted is there. Great facility. Big stadium. The fans come to support us. This is where I want to be.

Fuller was the first of the Wetumpka group to commit to playing at the college level. Fuller, a left-handed pitcher, was offered by Southern Union State CC in March and signed to play for Coach Everett and the Bison in June.







Signature of Dawson Fuller

Wetumpka pitcher Dawson Fuller signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday to play college baseball at Southern Union State Community College.


SUSCC first got interested in Fuller during his junior campaign, and his numbers show why. The left-hander finished his junior season with a 7-4 overall record with a 3.50 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.

His fastball is in the mid-to-high 80s, but his best pitch is a wipeout change.

“I really felt like they were really heavy on me and they really wanted me there,” Fuller said. “I always wanted to go somewhere I was wanted, so it was a pretty easy decision. I already knew the program and what a full program it was, but Coach Everett really runs the program from professional way.

Johnson will also get the chance to pitch for SUSCC and the Bison, but he’s currently committed to playing both ways in college.

Johnson jumped on Coach Everett’s radar this summer with his travel ball team, and he quickly signed on after being offered in August. He pitches for the Wetumpka team, but will get a chance to pitch and play in the outfield in college.

Last year as a junior, Johnson was 7-2 on the mound with a 2.00 ERA and 72 strikeouts. While playing center field, he averaged .300 with 26 hits, 14 RBIs, and scored 21 runs.







Signature of Douglas Johnson

Wetumpka pitcher and outfielder Douglas Johnson signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday to play college baseball at Southern Union State Community College.


“I went there for a tour and really fell in love with this campus,” Johnson said. “Of course, the coach and the team are great. I followed them for a long time, and they have an incredible baseball program. I just fell in love with them. I’m super excited to be a two-way player there. Hopefully I can play both roles big and throw well while still hitting.

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The American Baseball Coaches Association Salutes the Montco Baseball Team https://timothompson.com/the-american-baseball-coaches-association-salutes-the-montco-baseball-team/ Tue, 17 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/the-american-baseball-coaches-association-salutes-the-montco-baseball-team/ Image via The Morning Call. A Montco high school baseball team has earned national recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) with the 2020-2021 ABCA Academic Excellence Awards: Perkiomen School. The players were evaluated against athletes representing nearly 200 ABCA member high schools across the country. The coaches named their teams at the end […]]]>

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A Montco high school baseball team has earned national recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) with the 2020-2021 ABCA Academic Excellence Awards: Perkiomen School.

The players were evaluated against athletes representing nearly 200 ABCA member high schools across the country.

The coaches named their teams at the end of the spring semester.

As the title of the honor makes clear, this sports recognition program, unlike others, has nothing to do with athletics or on-field skills.

The Perkiomen school baseball team achieved a GPA of 3.73 during the 2020-2021 school year.

Players earned their honor based solely on their academics. To be eligible for the ABCA award, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 out of a possible academic record of 4.0.

The ABCA has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes. The ABCA/Rawlings All-America teams are the oldest in the nation, founded in 1949.

The baseball team at nearby Quakertown Community High School, along with CB-West’s baseball team, have received national recognition for academic excellence.

At the college level, 24 Pennsylvania schools earned the grade, in NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III levels. They included Saint Joseph University, Bloomsburg University, Neumann University, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

A complete list of national winners is online at the American Baseball Coaches Association.

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Burns posthumously inducted into Baseball Coaching Hall of Fame | Events / contests https://timothompson.com/burns-posthumously-inducted-into-baseball-coaching-hall-of-fame-events-contests/ Mon, 05 Jul 2021 21:12:56 +0000 https://timothompson.com/burns-posthumously-inducted-into-baseball-coaching-hall-of-fame-events-contests/ CONWAY – Baseball royalty was honored by the Baseball Coaches Association of New Hampshire at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester on June 22 with the induction of the first class of inductees into the Hall of Fame. Among those on the list was the late Bob Burns, who coached Kennett High baseball for […]]]>


CONWAY – Baseball royalty was honored by the Baseball Coaches Association of New Hampshire at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester on June 22 with the induction of the first class of inductees into the Hall of Fame. Among those on the list was the late Bob Burns, who coached Kennett High baseball for 42 years.

His good friends Tom Underwood, Bill Dod and John Cummings as well as Warren Doane join Burns in the first class.

“That’s quite a crew,” said Linda Burns, his wife of almost 38 years until her passing in January 2016. “It’s a huge honor. I know Bob would be proud, and his former players will be happy to see that happen.

Linda Burns, her daughter Staci and her son Brenden were on hand for the ceremony.

The Baseball Coaches Association had planned to hold a dedication banquet last June, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burns, who retired at the end of the 2002 season after 42 years at Kennett High, left the Diamond as the all-time leader in New Hampshire’s high school baseball wins. Burns became the head coach of the varsity baseball team in 1970, and for many, that was when baseball arrived in the Mount Washington Valley. The Eagles quickly became one of the best programs in the state. His teams went 511-312. In addition to being perpetually in the playoffs, the Eagles won two state championships during the Burns era and reached the Final Four eight times.

“It’s the story of this program,” said current KHS varsity baseball coach Josh McAllister, who played for “Burnsy,” as he was affectionately called, in 2015 when Burns pitched the first pitch. ceremony at Robert Burns Sr. Varsity Baseball Field at Kennett High School which opened in 2014. “I know I wouldn’t be here without him. He’s Kennett Baseball.”

In 1994, Burns was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2009, he received the Walter A. Smith Award from the State Interscholastic Athletic Association and was recognized as one of New Hampshire’s most awarded baseball coaches. In 2016, he was third behind good friends Tom Underwood, who retired from Plymouth in 2015, and Bill Dodd, who still ran the Souhegan program. The three were able to reunite in the fall of 2015 for a day of baseball storytelling, something Burns loved to do.

Underwood was humbled by his selection.

“Being a First Class Hall of Fame member means the world to me for so many reasons,” he said. “First to be with my closest friends and fellow coaches Bob Burns and Bill Dod. Over the years we have had many games in regular seasons that have spanned over 40 years.

“The three of us have learned to respect each other in more ways of life. It also rewards the Big Three for all the time we have spent developing young players to become men in all aspects of life to better serve their communities. There is nothing better than this to be a part of the greatest sport in baseball.

Underwood, 70, and a Campton resident, coached the Plymouth Bobcats for 43 years (1972-2015), compiled an unparalleled resume – ranging from 518-256, winning six State Championships, winning seven trophies as a state runner-up and was a regional force in local youth baseball, including Babe Ruth and the American Legion programs.

Underwood has won Coach of the Year six times, was District I (North East) Regional Coach of the Year, was nominated for National Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Temple of fame from the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2014. He is also a past president of the NH High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Dod, 74, of Amherst, coached high school baseball for 50 years before retiring from Souhegan High School in 2018 with 549 wins. He also coached at Bishop Guertin, Sanbornton and Milford during his illustrious career and was also a longtime athletic director for the Sabers.

On May 16, 2016, Dob overtook his good friend Underwood with his 519th victory. He said this milestone would probably mean more to him in the future, because “right now we are in the middle of a great season with a great group of kids and we are looking forward to a successful spring.”

He added, “There is nothing like baseball. It’s a sport that, no matter how small, small, fast or slow, it’s a great game.

Cummings, 83, and a Somersworth resident guided the Somersworth Hilltoppers for 40 years (1961-2000), winning three championships and 445 games, the most in New Hampshire upon retirement. He is now fourth. Cummings taught math at Somersworth.

Doane, who died in 2001, had only one losing season in 29 years as a varsity baseball coach at Concord High School; 15 with American Legion Post 21 and four with the Granite State Big Blue Senior Babe Ruth All-Stars. The Warren H. Doane Diamond at Memorial Field in Concord is named in his honor.

According to the BCANH website, “The service tenure must be at least 10 years as a high school baseball head coach. All years are as a head coach.

Ten to 20 years of high school baseball training means the candidate must have been retired for at least two years.

Over 20 years of high school baseball training means the candidate must be retired for at least a year.

Over 25 is automatically eligible.

The committee also established selection criteria: “1. Impact on New Hampshire baseball. 2. Character. 3. Achievements in coaching. 4. Class size: With the exception of the first class, there will be a maximum size set at five inductees in total per year. “

The procedure for nominations is that they can be completed online or emailed to bcanhinfo@gmail.com.

Nominations can also come directly from the Hall of Fame committee. The committee has two representatives for each division. The president of the BCANH will vote only in the event of a tie. Committee members will rotate at a staggered pace (for example, the first committee will have half of the division representatives for a year and a half for two years to ensure consistency).

“The nomination deadline is August 1 of each year. Each recipient will be notified by letter from the president (or his delegate). This letter will contain the date and place of the banquet, as well as a biographical form which must be returned to the sender no later than the second Saturday in October.


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Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Teams | Sports https://timothompson.com/illinois-high-school-baseball-coaches-association-all-state-teams-sports/ Thu, 01 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/illinois-high-school-baseball-coaches-association-all-state-teams-sports/ BLOOMINGTON (WSIL / IHSA MEDIA RELATIONS) – All-state Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association teams have been announced. Southern Illinois is well represented. In Class 1A Goreville Junior Centerfielder Briley Dunn is our only local representative. Dunn was instrumental with his batting and defensive prowess in guiding the Blackcats to the Super Sectionals, falling to […]]]>


BLOOMINGTON (WSIL / IHSA MEDIA RELATIONS) – All-state Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association teams have been announced.

Southern Illinois is well represented. In Class 1A Goreville Junior Centerfielder Briley Dunn is our only local representative. Dunn was instrumental with his batting and defensive prowess in guiding the Blackcats to the Super Sectionals, falling to eventual state champion South Central Farina.

In Class 2A, Harrisburg second baseman Javie Beal was one of the best hitters in our area, hitting for both average and power. The Bulldogs lost to eventual state champion Freeburg in the Super Sectionals.

Anthony Rolla is another powerful hitter in our viewing area. The senior pitcher and shortstop were one of the main reasons Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher was able to advance to the section semifinals.

Two other players made the list, unfortunately we don’t have a video of them on the field, but we still want to recognize their efforts to be part of the High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State team.

These players are also Class 2A.

Nashville senior center Gavin Baldwin and junior pitcher for Fairfield McGwire Taylor.

Below are the full rosters of all-state Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association teams.

2021 State Team 1A

Logan Antrim P / CF Sr St. Anthony

Theodore Bradshaw C Senior North Shore Country Day

Drew Burkholder P / 3B Sr. Eastland

Peyton Clampitt P / CF Sr. Camp Point Central

Brayden Closs P / 1B Sr. Warrensburg-Latham

Chase Dodson P / SS Sr. South Central

Briley Dunn CF Jr. Goreville

Matthew Gierer SS Sr Father McGivney

Jacob Lansaw CF Sr Greenfield

Drew Martin P / CF Sr Mt. Pulaski

Zach Mevert CF Jr. Steeleville

Logan Petersen P Sr LeRoy

Andrew Pyszka SS So. Putnam County

Coltin Quagliano P / SS Sr Annawan / Wethersfield

Dalton Reibel P / 3B Sr. Newark

Matthew Riedl C Sr Warren-Stockton

Branson Shaw P / 3B / SS Sr. Havana

Ty Stykel P / SS Sr Aquin

Toby Turnquist P / 1B Sr. Monmouth

State Team 2021 2A

Tyler Altenbaumer P / 3B Jr. St. Joseph-Ogden

Sam Antonacci SS / P Sr. Sacred Heart-Griffon

Gavin Baldwin CF Sr Nashville

Javie Beal 2B Sr Harrisburg

Karson Bonaparte 3B Sr. University High (Normal)

Adam Brouwer P Sr Chicago Christian

Colin Brueggemann 1B Sr Freeburg

Jason Buhl P / CF Sr Winnebago

Crayton Burnett P / SS Sr St. Joseph-Ogden

Hayden Christiansen C Jr. Richmond Burton

Lane Funneman P / 1B Sr. Pana

Eli Hoerner SS Jr. Freeburg

Jackson Holmes P / 1B Sr. Columbia

Jakob Johnson P / RF Sr. Harvest Christian Academy

Ben Jones P / SS Sr Timothy Christian

Nick Melvin CF Sr Marquette (Ottawa)

Anthony Rolla P / SS Sr Zeigler-Royalton

Trez Rybarczyk P / SS Sr. Hall

Jude Sullivan P / 1B / RF Sr. Paris

McGwire Taylor P Jr. Fairfield

Luke Trepanier P Sr Manteno

State Team 3A 2021

Trey Butler CF Fr. Simeon

Ethan Clark P / 1B Jr. Lakes

Tyler Conklin P / SS Sr Kaneland

Felipe DeAvila P / SS Sr. Woodstock North

Beau Evans C Jr. Dixon

Dom Ferrari C Sr Alleman

Luke Flesner CF Sr Springfield

Easton Harris P / 2B Jr. Washington

Eddie King CF Sr Marian Catholic

Brayden Knoebel P / 1B Sr Mascoutah

Will Komar RF Sr. Prairie Ridge

Aidan Kress P / 3B Sr Fenton

Kevin McCormick 1B / 2B Sr. Saint-Laurent

Liam McGill SS Sr Bloomington

Donovan McIntyre LF Sr. Marian Catholic

Nate Mieszkowski SS Sr Grayslake Central

Jake Munroe SS Jr. Champaign Central

Owen Murphy P / SS Jr. Riverside-Brookfield

Dylen Petrey P / C / 2B / RF Sr. Hampshire

Jack Ryan C / 2B Sr Ridgewood

Julius Sanchez P Jr. Lasalle Peru

Ryan Smith P / 3B / LF Sr. Nazareth Academy

Rocco Tenuta SS So. Saint Francis

Drew Watts P / 3B Sr. Triad

Team of States 2021 4A

Ryan Anderson P Jr. Hononegah

Bobby Atkinson 1B / OF Sr St. Rita

Ty Batusich C Sr Joliet West

Jackson Brooks UT Sr. Alton

Alex Calarco C Sr. New Trier

Ben Cash P / 1B Sr. Oak Lawn Community

Nick Demarco P / SS Sr St. Charles North

Victor Izquerdo 1B Jr. Lockport

Noah Goddard C Sr Hononegah

Jackson Lake Park Kent P Sr.

George Kromopilas 1B Sr. Glenbrook South

Mike Larson P Jr. Township of O’Fallon

Jayden Lobliner C Jr. St. Charles North

Connor Lockwood P Sr Libertyville

Landen Looper P Sr. Lincoln Way East

Brady Louck P So. Plainfield East

Josh McAlister SS Sr. Homewood-Flossmoor

Ryan Moerman 1B / LF Sr. Lockport

Eric Orloff P Sr Glenbrook North

Dan Pacella 1B Jr. Mundelein

Max Polad 3B Sr. Lincoln Way East

Matt Sconlan DE Sr. Downers Grove South

Brendan Summerhill OF Jr. Whitney M. Young Magnet

Quinn Weber P Sr Edwardsville

Chris Worcester SS Sr. Lake Park


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Four Local Single-A Baseball Players Take All-State Honors https://timothompson.com/four-local-single-a-baseball-players-take-all-state-honors/ Tue, 29 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/four-local-single-a-baseball-players-take-all-state-honors/ CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – This year’s Single-A high school baseball teams were announced Tuesday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Four local players have achieved first or second team status in all states. A pair of South Harrison Hawks were part of the All-State First Team, consisting of wide receiver Tommy Davis and outfielder Logan […]]]>


CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – This year’s Single-A high school baseball teams were announced Tuesday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Four local players have achieved first or second team status in all states.

A pair of South Harrison Hawks were part of the All-State First Team, consisting of wide receiver Tommy Davis and outfielder Logan Ross. Both are seniors.

Doddridge County senior wide receiver Dylan Knight earned a second selection to the team, as did South Harrison second-year pitcher Josh Thomaschek.

The full list of teams from all Single-A states is below.

Class A

First team

P – Jacob Hufford, Catholic of Charleston, Sr.

P – Evan McDade, Greenbrier West, Sr.

P – Andrew Hazlewood, James Monroe, Sr.

P – Ty Walton, Tyler Consolidated,

C – Ethyn Barnitz, Wahama, Jr.

C – Tommy Davis, South Harrison, Sr.

IF – Isaac VanMeter, Moorefield, Sr. (captain)

SI – Josh Jenkins, Sherman, Jr.

IF – JW Armstrong, Catholic of Charleston, Sr.

SI – Caleb Blevins, male, Jr.

SI – Caleb Nutter, Buffalo, Jr.

DE – Chase Hurley, male, father.

DE – Logan Ross, South Harrison, Sr.

DE – Jayden Helmick, Tyler Consolidated, so.

UTIL – Cy Persinger, Midland Trail, Sr.

UTIL – Hayden Baldwin, Moorefield, Sr.

UTIL – Leewood Molessa, Williamstown, Sr.

UTIL – Michael Toepfer, Wheeling Central, Jr.

Second team

P – Josh Thomaschek, South Harrison, So.

P – Jakob Smith, Buffalo, Sr.

P – Karson Reed, Moorefield, Jr.

P – Bryce Zuspan, Wahama, Fr.

C – Alex Miller, East Hardy, Sr.

C – Dylan Knight, Doddridge County, Sr.

IF – Maxwell Molessa, Williamstown, fr.

SI – Holden Allen, Sherman, Jr.

IF – Cameron Kisamore, Pendleton County, Sr.

IF – Evan Sayre, Catholic of Charleston, Sr. (Captain)

SI – Nathan Haeberle, Cameron, Jr.

DE – Silas McKeever, Magnolia, Sr.

DE – Logan Fox, Summers County, Sr.

DE – Logan Roach, Wahama, So.

UTIL – Isaiah Gardner, Pendleton County, Sr.

UTIL – Christian Fluharty, Hundred, Jr.

UTIL – Brady Ankrom, Williamstown, Sr.

UTIL – Noah Boggs, Sherman, Sr.

Honorable mention

Andrew Anglin, Ravenswood; Dustin Bailey, Tolsia; Chase Barkley, Williamstown; Nik Blackburn, Tolsia; Jason Clayton, St. Marys; Seth Cullers, Petersburg; Garrett Cunningham, County Ritchie; Zach Feathers, South Harrison; Caden Hall, South Harrison; Justin Herrod, South Harrison; Gene Hutchinson, Notre-Dame; Levi Jones, Summers County; Gabe Lopez, Notre-Dame; Johnathan Mallow, Petersburg; Cody Moore, James Monroe; Quentin Owens, Ritchie County; Bo Persinger, Midland Trail; Cooper Ridgway, James Monroe; Cameron Taylor, Ravenswood; Chris Vines, Midland Trail; Josh Wilson, Tolsia


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Brownstown Softball Baseball Coaches Resign https://timothompson.com/brownstown-softball-baseball-coaches-resign/ Wed, 23 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/brownstown-softball-baseball-coaches-resign/ Brownstown Central softball coach Monte Ault is retiring after 25 years leading the Braves’ program. Tribune archive photo Brownstown Central High School will have new baseball and softball coaches next spring following the announcement by Brandon Tormoehlen and Monte Ault of their resignation at the end of the 2021 season. For Tormoehlen, spending more time […]]]>


Brownstown Central High School will have new baseball and softball coaches next spring following the announcement by Brandon Tormoehlen and Monte Ault of their resignation at the end of the 2021 season.

For Tormoehlen, spending more time with his family was at the heart of his decision.

Tormoehlen lives in Sellersburg, about 50 minutes south of Brownstown, and he and his wife have just had a daughter who is currently 9 months old.

The former Braves head coach, who has also taught at BCHS, is reportedly leaving for work before his daughter wakes up and comes home from training after her daughter has already gone to bed.

“It was way too much,” Tormoehlen said. “One of the things we are talking about is the development of young men. We try to develop them after high school. One of the things we are talking about is being a productive citizen when you leave the program, and not sooner rather than later, but you become a good husband and father. I just felt like I wasn’t a very good husband and father because of the time I spent there.

Tormoehlen took over the Brownstown schedule in the fall of 2017. He coached four seasons with the Braves – one season was cut in 2020 due to COVID-19.

In 2019, Tormoehlen helped lead the Braves to a 20-8 record. It was only the fourth time in school history that Brownstown had racked up 20 wins in a single season.

Tormoehlen is a former Brave when he played BCHS, and most of his coaching staff is made up of former players as well. One of the things he’s most proud of during his tenure at Brownstown is the improvements to the facilities.

In its first year, they installed the new canoes. The second year, they put the grass around the home plate. They’ve added a new press stand, new washrooms, new seats behind the safety net, new reliever pens – all different things to improve the experience of playing and watching the Braves baseball.

“We definitely had a lot of momentum,” Tormoehlen said. “It’s definitely going in the right direction. “

The Braves went 12-14 last spring with an inexperienced team that suffered key player injuries that limited what they could do in the second half of the season.

One of the mottos Tormoehlen talks about with his players is ‘leave the jersey in a better place’.

“Everywhere I went to train, that was my goal. So whoever takes over for me, they’ve found a program that’s in better shape than it was when I got there, ”Tormoehlen said. “It’s just one of those things where, as a coach, you just want to try to improve it and make it better for the next guy.”

Tormoehlen will teach seventh grade math at Henryville, and he could continue coaching a team next summer with high school students. If he chooses to train next summer, his daughter will be old enough to join him in the dugout, which would be a cool moment for Tormoehlen.

Ault retires after 25 years

Ault graduated from BCHS in 1969, where he ran cross country and played basketball and baseball.

He became the head coach of softball in 1997, and during his 25 years he has won over 300 games, including a 19-11 record this spring.

“We got to the section championship game (this year),” he said. “The future looks bright. Whoever the new coach is, he should have five pitchers. The program is in great shape.

Ault said that in the fall of 1996, he received a phone call from Donal Neal and Harry Rochner about the position of head softball coach.

“They said they wanted someone who would stay here and create a program, and I told them I would be interested in doing that,” Ault said.

He said he has been in softball for 40 years and has also coached a lot of travel balls.

His 2015 Braves team set the school record for wins with 22. He coached the Braves to sectional titles in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2010 and to Mid-Southern Conference titles in 2004 and 2005.

Brownstown has played in the regional championships at Forest Park, New Palestine, Beech Grove and at home, but hasn’t won any of them.

“We got closer several times. We played North Posey on our diamond and were beaten 2-1. We had a few mistakes which made the difference in this match, ”he said.

“I’ve had some really good teams over a 10-year period here,” he said. “I had some really good shots. I have always had a very good receiver. We have had some great softball teams.

Ault became a softball coach because of his eldest daughter, Amanda, whom he coached in Little League.

As a college coach, Monte coached his youngest daughter, Kirsten, who was a host and a BCHS graduate in 2000.

He said to be successful you need to have a pitcher who can locate the pitches and shift gears to get the hitters out.

Ault recalled Jessica Smith, Cheyenne Riley, Jessica Peters and Kourtney Branaman as some of her outstanding pitchers and said several girls continued to play softball in college.


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Blue Devils baseball coaches honored as assistants of the year https://timothompson.com/blue-devils-baseball-coaches-honored-as-assistants-of-the-year/ Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://timothompson.com/blue-devils-baseball-coaches-honored-as-assistants-of-the-year/ The varsity baseball coaching staff at Grosse Pointe South High School has received its fair share of recognition over the years for being among the best in the state. Head Coach Dan Griesbaum is a former MHSBCA Coach of the Year and Hall of Fame inductee; now, two of his assistants are receiving well-deserved honors […]]]>

The varsity baseball coaching staff at Grosse Pointe South High School has received its fair share of recognition over the years for being among the best in the state. Head Coach Dan Griesbaum is a former MHSBCA Coach of the Year and Hall of Fame inductee; now, two of his assistants are receiving well-deserved honors for their efforts this season.

Dan Griesbaum Jr.
Courtesy pictures

Blue Devils coaching staff members Dan Griesbaum Jr. and Matt Reno have both been selected as the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association’s 2021 Assistant Coach of the Year.

“I’m so lucky to have such great people working in our program for so many years,” Griesbaum said of his assistants. “It creates such stability as well as such credibility.”

Griesbaum Jr. has been on the Blue Devils program for as long as he can remember. Being the son of the longtime head coach, Griesbaum Jr. grew up as a batboy for the South team before eventually playing for the Blue Devils during his high school career.

After playing college baseball at Central Michigan University, Griesbaum Jr. officially joined his father’s coaching staff at South in 2005. With over a decade of coaching with the baseball program in which he spent much of his life, Griesbaum Jr. believes this recognition is something all of his fellow coaches should be proud of as well.

“I think it’s truly an honor that should be shared by everyone involved in the program and the whole community,” said Griesbaum Jr. “It’s recognition of the success of the program and my father’s success in as head coach. … It’s an honor for the coaching staff as a whole and we’re very proud of our staff.

Coaching alongside his father over the years, Griesbaum Jr. learned a tremendous amount about the game of baseball and coaching responsibilities. Having spent much of his life around baseball and the Southern program, Griesbaum Jr. found a new appreciation for the legacy of the Blue Devils program.

“I think the No. 1 thing is that the right decision won’t always be the easy decision,” he said. “I think my dad ran the program so he could look in the mirror every day and feel good about what he’s doing. … I think maybe when I was younger I didn’t realize how important it was, but over time I came to appreciate it more and more.

Reno is another longtime member of the Blue Devils coaching staff. After playing for South in high school and at Grand Valley State University in college, Reno first joined the Blue Devils coaching staff in 1986.

After leaving the South staff in the 90s, Reno returned to coach the Blue Devils in 2009. Being part of South’s baseball program for so long, Reno knows what makes the coaching staff special, it’s the longevity and pride of the program.

“As a coaching team, we work very well together, which is obvious, otherwise we wouldn’t be coaching together for so long,” Reno said. “We respect each other and we get along very well and we are good friends off the pitch.

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Knowing each other for so long, you have the opportunity to respect each other, work together and enjoy.

With decades of coaching experience in South and Little League, Reno has learned a lot about what it really means to coach. Being on a team with other great coaches, like head coach Griesbaum, Reno said he’s proud that much of the Blue Devils’ coaching philosophy goes beyond just the baseball field.

“We all talk about life skills – how to be a better ball player and how to be a better young man and be a good teammate and deal with disappointments,” he said. “We really compare baseball quite often to life and how hard you have to work and work as a team.”

Reno and Griesbaum Jr. will be honored at the MHSBCA East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park on Monday, June 28.

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