Boston High School: John Gorman

Our MIAA Baseball All-State Team

June, 29, 2011

All-StateAdam Ravenelle, Sr. RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound fireballer was an integral part of the Warriors' run to the Division 1 state championship this season, going 8-0 with 93 strikeouts in 56 innings -- including a career-high 18 in a win over Arlington. He also batted .481 with 44 RBIs. Earlier this month, the Vanderbilt-bound Ravenelle was drafted in the 44th round by the New York Yankees.

All-StatePat Connaughton, Sr. RHP, St. John’s Prep
The 6-foot-4 Connaughton, who was also a starter on ESPNBoston's inaugural All-State basketball squad, strung together some dominant performances this season, including a no-hitter against his hometown Arlington High. On the mound, he went 2-2 with one save, with 86 strikeouts in 50 innings for an ERA of 1.83. At the plate, he also hit .400 with four home runs, a .547 on-base percentage and .750 slugging percentage. Earlier this month, Connaughton was drafted in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres

All-StateJohn Gorman, Sr. RHP, Catholic Memorial
The Boston College-bound Gorman was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last month, and was also named the Catholic Conference MVP, after a stellar senior season with the Knights. As the No. 1 ace, Gorman went 6-2 with 80 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.24. At the plate, he also hit .354 with 11 RBI, 14 runs scored an a home run. Earlier this month, the Norwood resident was drafted in the 50th round by the Boston Red Sox.

All-StateSteve Moyers, Jr. LHP, East Longmeadow
One of the state's most elusive lefties, Moyers turned in another strong campaign on the mound as the Spartans advanced to the Division 1 West Final. He went 8-1 this season, with 88 strikeouts in 64 innings with an ERA of 0.44. For his career, Moyers is 23-2 and has averaged better than a strikeout per inning. He is receiving various interest from Division 1 schools in the Atlantic-10, Patriot League and Big East conferences.

All-StateGarrison Banas, Sr. LHP, Hopkins Academy
Stats-wise, there isn't another pitcher in the state who can lay claim to the numbers Banas put up this season. He went 9-2 this season for the Golden Hawks, with 173 strikeouts in 87.2 innings for an ERA of 0.48, before bowing out in the Division 3 West final. For his career, Banas was 26-6 with five no-hitters and a perfect game, and is in the state's ever-exclusive 400-strikeout club with 415 career K's. He will pursue a post-graduate season next year at Salisbury School, in Connecticut.


Matt Walsh, Sr. C, Plymouth North
The Franklin Pierce-bound Walsh was one of the more intimidating hitters in the region this season, as he led the Eagles to their second Division 2 state title in four years by hitting over .530 with 36 RBIs. But the most outstanding stat on Walsh has to be the respect he commands behind the plate. Counting the playoffs, only five runners attempted to steal on Walsh, and four were thrown out.

Chris McCarthy, Jr. C, Everett
Equipped with a live arm, the junior backstop was as efficient at the plate as he was at throwing out runners, batting over .585 with 28 RBIs and an on-base percentage close to .700. McCarthy is receiving varied degrees of interest from Division 1 schools in the Big East, Atlantic Coast and Atlantic 10 conferences.

Mike Barry, Sr. C/OF, Lincoln-Sudbury
The 6-foot-2 Barry was one of the most prolific hitters on arguably the state's most dangerous lineup, as the Warriors captured their third state title in seven seasons. For the season, he hit .437 with 38 RBIs and seven home runs,

Matt O'Neil, Jr. SS, East Longmeadow
As one of the premier position players in Western Mass, O'Neil turned in a solid junior season for the Spartans, batting .447 with six home runs and stealing 15 bases. He was also efficient on the mound, going 6-1 and striking out 69 batters in 43 innings. O'Neil is verbally committed to UConn.

Chris Shaw, Jr. 1B, Lexington
As the Middlesex League co-MVP alongside teammate Will Marcal, Shaw put on a clinic at the plate, with the numbers to show. He batted over .490 with eight home runs, and plated 41 runs. Shaw is verbally committed to Boston College.

Ryan Summers, Jr. C, Westfield
The junior got off to an explosive start to the season for the Bombers, with 21 RBIs and six home runs through the first three weeks of the season. He finished the year with 27 RBIs and six home runs.

Jarrod Casey, Jr. OF/LHP, Milford
The latest in a line of Caseys to succeed on the diamond at Milford, the 5-foot-11 junior was one of the premier hitters in Central Mass, hitting .530 while also going 8-1 on the mound. Casey was also the Mid-Wach A Most Valuable Player.

Lorenzo Papa, Sr. 1B, Arlington Catholic
The Stoneham resident led the state in home runs last season with 10, and followed up with another solid campaign in 2011, finishing with eight homers for the Cougars. Papa will continue his career at the University of Rhode Island next year.

Sean Amaru, Sr. 1B, Westwood
Also a star on the gridiron, Amaru was a standout in the Tri-Valley League in 2011, turning in a monster season. He batted .515 with 34 RBIs, and also led the state in home runs with 10.

Will Archibald, Sr. RHP, Milton
Freddy Andujar, Sr. LHP, Holyoke
Dan Dymecki, Sr. RHP, Wellesley
Evan Mackintosh, Sr. LHP, Northbridge
Will Marcal, Sr. LHP, Lexington
Ryan McDonald, Jr. LHP, Acton-Boxborough
Victor Mendez, Sr. RHP, Lawrence
Donny Murray, Sr. RHP, BC High
Matt Tulley, Jr. RHP, Lowell
Brandon Walsh, Jr. RHP, North Andover

Charlie Butler, Jr. IF/RHP, Nashoba
Dan Cellucci, Jr. SS, Lincoln-Sudbury
Aaron Fossas, Sr. SS, Holy Name
Matt Goreham, Sr. 1B, Catholic Memorial
Keith Kelley, Sr. SS, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Dan Light, Sr. 1B, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Bob Melley, Jr. C, BC High
Rory O'Connor, Jr. OF, Lowell
Tyler Sterner, Sr. SS, Doherty
Ramses Vittini, Sr. OF, Peabody
Alex Witkus, Sr. OF, North Attleborough
Paul Yanakopulos, Sr. SS, Malden Catholic

MLB Draft: Weathered expectations on Day 3

June, 8, 2011
John Magliozzi was chilling with friends on Marshfield Beach when he got a call from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Meanwhile, north of the I-95 loop, Pat Connaughton had just completed an NBA combine-like vertical leap test at Woburn's Athletic Evolution, with trainer Erik Kaloyanides, and was on the phone with Notre Dame basketball assistant Rod Balanis to see how his fellow incoming freshmen did. Then a number came up from a Padres scout.

West of the city in Sudbury, Adam Ravenelle had shut off the MLB Draft ticker on his computer and got ready for practice at Lincoln-Sudbury, only to hear his mother screaming joy two rooms over as the Yankees made him their pick.

And in Norwood, John Gorman was babysitting his sister when his father got a call from a Red Sox scout to watch John's name come across the screen.

For the local high school prospects projected to get selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, this third and final day was a pretty relaxing one. Magliozzi, a righthander out of Dexter School, went in the 35th round to the Rays, followed by St. John's Prep's Connaughton in the 38th, Ravenelle in the 44th, and Catholic Memorial's Gorman in the 50th.

From a pure talent perspective, the trio of Magliozzi, Connaughton and Ravenelle were all projected as top 10 round potential. None of the parties were surprised with where they landed, though they all had their own reasons.

Connaughton, a 6-foot-4 fireballer, signed a National Letter of Intent last November to play both basketball and baseball with Notre Dame. His strong commitment to Irish hoops coach Mike Brey made him a difficult sign in the eyes of many Major League scouts, and at the end of day he was just honored hear his name held in such high regard. At various points during the spring, he was ranked among the top 100 high schoolers by both Baseball America and ESPN's Keith Law.

"People had said I could anywhere between the second and fifth rounds, even top 10, so I was happy with the location of where I could have been drafted. I mean yeah, it's unfortunate that I didn't get drafted there, but I don't really care. I'm going to Notre Dame, I'm going to work hard, and we'll see what happens in three years."

Ravenelle had made his inclination to honor his Vanderbilt commitment with scouts, so he wasn't expecting big things in spite of his big-league potential.

"It's kinda what I expected to be, a late round pick if anything," he said. "Most scouts knew I wanted to go to Vanderbilt, but I would keep my options open for the draft. That's what made me slip as far as I did."

"I was really surprised, but going into it I knew that if I told people what I wanted for a number I might drop a little bit," Magliozzi said. "But things ended up working out."

Magliozzi said he is "not necessarily" ready to give the Gators his full attention, saying "As of right now, we'll see what the Rays have to offer and go from there."

Gorman, meanwhile, was all smiles, and struggled to put his emotions into words.

"It was the longest 20 minutes of my life [after the phone call]," Gorman laughed. "I was just in shock. My mom jumped up and grabbed me, hugged me. I really didn’t show much emotion, because I didn’t know what to think at the moment. It's still just settling in right now."

And with that, Gorman was off to practice with Norwood Legion Post 70 in just a few short hours. Just another day.

New Englanders taken in MLB Draft

June, 7, 2011
The third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft has concluded. Here's a rundown of which locals went where:

First Round (Monday)
11. Houston Astros, George Springer, OF, Connecticut (Avon Old Farms), New Britain, Conn.
19. Boston Red Sox, Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut (Bethel H.S.), Bethel, Conn.
21. Toronto Blue Jays, Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Auburn, Mass.

Second Round (Tuesday)
63. Arizona Diamondbacks, Anthony Meo, RHP, Coastal Carolina (Cranston West H.S.), Cranston, R.I.
64. Baltimore Orioles, Jason Esposito, 3B, Vanderbilt (Amity H.S.), Bethany, Conn.
85. Atlanta Braves, Nick Ahmed, SS, Connecticut (East Longmeadow H.S.), East Longmeadow, Mass.

Third Round (Tuesday)
118. New York Yankees, Jordan Cote, RHP, Winnisquam Regional, Sanbornton, N.H.

Fifth Round (Tuesday)
162. New York Mets, Jack Leathersich, LHP, UMass-Lowell (Beverly H.S.), Beverly, Mass.
169. Toronto Blue Jays, Andrew Chin, LHP, BB&N, Newton, Mass.

Sixth Round (Tuesday)
182. Pittsburgh Pirates, Dan Gamache, 3B, Auburn (Bishop Hendricken H.S.), Exeter, R.I.

Tenth Round (Tuesday)
302. Pittsburgh Pirates, Taylor Lewis, CF, Maine (Montville H.S.), Montville, Conn.
303. Seattle Mariners, Dan Paolini, 2B, Siena (Bunnell H.S.) Stratford, Conn.
317. Detroit Tigers, Curt Casali, C, Vanderbilt (New Canaan H.S.) New Canaan, Conn.

Twelfth Round (Tuesday)
363. Seattle Mariners, Mike Dowd, C, Franklin Pierce (Cardinal Spellman H.S.), East Bridgewater, Mass.

Thirteenth Round (Tuesday)
394. Arizona Diamondbacks, John Pedrotty, LHP, Holy Cross (Portsmouth H.S.), Portsmouth, R.I.

Fifteenth Round (Tuesday)
463. Florida Marlins, Jhimoar Veras, RF, Western Oklahoma State Coll. (Methuen H.S.), Methuen, Mass.

Seventeenth Round (Tuesday)
519. Chicago Cubs, John Andreoli Jr., RF, Connecticut (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Shrewsbury, Mass.

Eighteenth Round (Tuesday)
553. Florida Marlins, Greg Nappo, LHP, Connecticut (Daniel Hand H.S.), Madison, Conn.
563. San Diego Padres, Mike Gallic, LF, Marist (Tolland H.S.), Tolland, Conn.

Twentieth Round (Tuesday)
610. Houston Astros, Matt Duffy, 3B, Tennessee (St. Sebastian's), Milton, Mass.
630. Tampa Bay Rays, Garrett Smith, SS, Boston College (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Sterling, Mass.

23rd Round (Tuesday)
700. Houston Astros, Ruben Sosa, 2B, Oklahoma City University (Lawrence H.S.), Lawrence, Mass.
702. New York Mets, Jeff Diehl, C, Cranston West H.S., Cranston, R.I.
715. Cincinnati Reds, Sal Romano, RHP, Southington H.S., Southington, Conn.

24th Round (Tuesday)
747. San Francisco Giants, Keith Bilodeau, RHP, Maine (Bourne H.S.), Bourne, Mass.

25th Round (Tuesday)
763. Florida Marlins, Sean Donatello, RHP, UConn-Avery Point (East Lyme H.S.), Salem, Conn.
780. Tampa Bay Rays, Brooks Belter, RHP, Occidental (The Gunnery Prep), Lakeville, Conn.

28th Round (Tuesday)
862. Boston Red Sox, Brenden Shepherd, RHP, Stonehill (Masconomet Regional) Boxford, Mass.
867. San Francisco Giants, Tyler Mizenko, RHP, Winthrop (Hamden Hall H.S.), Wallingford, Conn.

31st Round (Wednesday)
958. Minnesota Twins, Garrett Jewell, RHP, Southern New Hampshire (Newfound Regional), Alexandria, N.H.

32nd Round (Wednesday)
975. Los Angeles Angels, John Leonard, RHP, Boston College (Hanover H.S.), Hanover, Mass.

35th Round (Wednesday)
1076. Atlanta Braves, Mike Hashem, LHP, Fisher College (North Andover H.S.), North Andover, Mass.
1080. Tampa Bay Rays, John Magliozzi, RHP, Dexter School, Milton, Mass.

38th Round (Wednesday)
1163. San Diego Padres, Pat Connaughton, RHP, St. John's Prep, Arlington, Mass.
1169. New York Yankees, Joe Maher, RHP, Bedford H.S., Bedford, N.H.

39th Round (Wednesday)
1192. Boston Red Sox, Corey Vogt, RHP, Keene State (Suffield H.S.), Suffield, Conn.

40th Round (Wednesday)
1206. Kansas City Royals, Ben Waldrip, 1B, Jacksonville State (Medford H.S.), Medford, Mass.

42nd Round (Wednesday)
1269. Chicago Cubs, Brad Zapenas, SS, Boston College (Nashua North H.S.), Nashua, N.H.
1290. Tampa Bay Rays, Mike Bourdon, C, U. Tampa (Northwest Catholic H.S.), Simsbury, Conn.

43rd Round (Wednesday)
1303. Florida Marlins, Drew Leenhouts, LHP, Northeastern (Franklin H.S.), Franklin, Mass.
1310. St. Louis Cardinals, Chris Costantino, RHP, Walters State CC (Bishop Hendricken H.S.), Lincoln, R.I.

44th Round (Wednesday)
1349. New York Yankees, Adam Ravenelle, RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury H.S., Sudbury, Mass.

45th Round (Wednesday)
1372. Boston Red Sox, Matt Gedman, 2B, UMass (Belmont Hill), Framingham, Mass.
1377. San Francisco Giants, Brian Maloney, LHP, Franklin Pierce (Brockton H.S.), Brockton, Mass.

46th Round (Wednesday)
1389. Chicago Cubs, Scott Weismann, RHP, Clemson (Acton-Boxborough H.S.), Boxborough, Mass.

48th Round (Wednesday)
1443. Seattle Mariners, Max Krakowiak, RHP, Fordham (Staples H.S.), Westport, Conn.
1448. Cleveland Indians, Blaine O'Brien, RHP, Keystone College (Scituate H.S.), Scituate, Mass.

50th Round (Wednesday)
1522. Boston Red Sox, John Gorman, RHP, Catholic Memorial, Norwood, Mass.

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BC High advances with 3rd win over CM

June, 7, 2011

DORCHESTER, Mass. -- It was far from a perfect outing for BC High’s Donny Murray.

But it was hard for the Eagles starter to be much better while hurling a complete-game shutout against No. 5 seed Catholic Memorial in the teams’ Division 1 South quarterfinal Monday at BC High. The Knights banged out 10 hits against Murray, but they were unable to get on the scoreboard in a 3-0 Eagles’ win.

With several superb defensive plays in the field behind Murray and a couple clutch hits from the bottom of BC High’s lineup against CM ace John Gorman, the fourth-seed Eagles (16-6) claimed their third win of the season over their Catholic Conference rivals.

“Goreman’s a good pitcher and we knew it wasn’t going to be a blowout,” BC High center fielder Jack Buckley said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be a slugfest.”

Murray wiggled out of jams in both the first and second innings with a pair of deft double plays started by second baseman Chuckie Connors and shortstop Ryan Tufts.

With two on and one out in the first, Tufts made a diving stop to his left, snaring a hot shot off of Knights third baseman Matt Goreham’s bat. Tufts lunged to tag second base with his foot while firing to first in time to get Goreham and end the inning.

In the top of the second, Murray found himself in the same situation as the first. That’s when Connors started his inning-ending twin-killing by ranging to his right and grabbing a bounding ball off the bat of Paul Fahey. Connors planted off the second base bag and threw across his body to get Fahey in a close play.

“That got me going,” Murray said. “Not coming out here with my best stuff today, it was great to know I had a great defense behind me to help me through it in both innings. Chuckie [Connors] and Ryan [Tufts] made those plays and it was huge for us, huge for the team.”

The 6-foot-1 right-hander hadn’t toed the rubber since his last start, which was on May 24 against Xaverian.

Murray struck out six and walked one while throwing 122 pitches with 86 for strikes in nine innings.

“I think what hurt Donny [Murray] early was the long layoff from his last start,” Eagles head coach Norm Walsh said. “He wasn’t spotting the ball as well then. But in the later innings, he was really hitting his locations and they really weren’t making good contact at all.”

BC High got all the offense it would need in a two-run fifth. The bottom of the Eagles’ lineup came through in a big way with No. 8 hitter Buckley and Chris Casey, from the nine-hole, delivering run-scoring hits.

Buckley drilled Gorman’s 2-1 offering to shortstop. The ball bit the lip of the infield grass and exploded over the head of Knights shortstop Shane O’Leary, who could only look back in disbelief as the ball made its way into the outfield with scoring Bartley Regan from second.

Casey, the Eagles’ first baseman, followed with a resounding double to left-center with Buckley scoring all the way from first.

BC High added an insurance run in the eighth when Casey scored on a balk.

Taking a hard-luck loss, the book closed on Gorman’s illustrious high school career. The CM right-hander who’s headed to Boston College next year allowed two earned runs on four hits in eight innings while striking out seven.

The Knights end their season at 15-7 while the Eagles advance to play Franklin in the semifinals, Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Braintree High School.

MLB Draft Watch: Breaking down the locals

June, 5, 2011
Between the gifted arms of Lawrence Academy's Tyler Beede, St. John's Prep's Pat Connaughton, Lincoln-Sudbury's Adam Ravenelle and Dexter's John Magliozzi, we have an unusually high amount of high school players in the New England region who could see their names getting called in the Major League Baseball Draft, which starts with the first round Monday night.

At the beginning of the high school season, I caught up with an American League scout who projected eight high schoolers that could see their names called. But with BB&N's Andrew Chin on the shelf with Tommy John surgery, and the play of Dexter's Barrett O'Neill and BB&N's Devin Perry dipping a bit, the number of bona fide locks has decreased.

Still, the projections at the top haven't budged, and it starts with Beede, a 6-foot-4 righthander from Auburn who could become the first high schooler from Massachusetts taken in the first round since Peabody High's Jeff Allison in 2003.

"Obviously, the most notable is Beede," said Red Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Amiel Sawdaye, at the club's pre-draft press conference last Wednesday at Fenway Park. "Excellent pitcher, guy we’ve scouted for a long time, we’ve gotten the chance to see him over the summer, seen him this year. Even some of the other guys -- Connaughton, Magliozzi, Ravenelle -- all good athletes signed to good schools, good students, good kids.

"And that’s exciting. To be able to go to the local games and see those guys pitch, it’s exciting for us. You get home games. We normally don’t get those until the Cape [League]."

Traditionally it's been pitchers getting selected out of the local high schools over the years, so it's no surprise that all of the names being thrown around are 90-mile per hour fireballers. And while this year's class has an abundance of players with prototypical pitcher's builds, they also come on the draft market perceivably fresher, what with the limited amount of time playing outdoors.

"We talk about cold weather kids. You know, sometimes they don’t hit their stride until, a lot of times, the summer," Sawday said. "So, you blink and another team takes a player from the Midwest, Northeast, different region where it’s a cold weather region, and the kid’s throwing 94, 95, where in the spring he was throwing 92.

"It gives us an advantage to be able to go watch those kids progress, and I think the other thing is the proximity of being around these guys and being able to see them get better year after year, see how they take off. As a junior, they’re taking off in the summer. As a senior, they’re taking off in the summer. And yeah, I think you can look at it as an advantage."

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein echoed similar comments, noting the desire of northeast kids playing in a smaller period of warm weather, as well as the easier projections.

"Guys around here, their best baseball is yet to come," Epstein said. "They don’t get out on the field until April sometimes, with the snow on the ground, and you can project these guys going forward. I think makeup is good too. You have to go to baseball here. Compared to California, Texas, Florida, where it’s there 365 days of the year, here you’ve got a short window to play, and you’ve got to relish the opportunity and make the most of it. It’s easy to project off these kids in the northeast."

Added Sawdaye, "We were just watching video of a kid throwing in the snow, so that tells you what some of these kids go through."

I revisited with scouts again late last week, for their thoughts on the top prospects in the area. Below are the scouting reports and projections on seven New Englanders you will definitely see coming across the ticker.

Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy
Hometown: Auburn, Mass.
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 205 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Vanderbilt
Scout’s Take: “I’d say Tyler has basically done everything the scouts and pro evaluators have asked him to do, repeating his delivery, a breaking ball that’s consistent with your average major league pitch. He’s shown velocity they’ve been looking for. His last start, he was consistently hitting 93 to 95. All the intangibles are there. I think that’s as good of a prospect we’ve had in a long time in New England."
Projection: Late first round to Sandwich A. (“That’s assuming signability doesn’t get in the way,” said the scout. “He’s going to be a pricey pick, but I think there are teams willing to go that route.)

Pat Connaughton, RHP, St. John’s Prep
Hometown: Arlington, Mass.
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 190 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Notre Dame (baseball and basketball)
Scout’s Take: “He's been one of the most intriguing prospects of the spring. His velocity has been anywhere from 90 to 94 every outing, a real plus fastball at times with late life on it, which you certainly– can’t teach. His arm is as loose as anyone’s. The only question right now if he puts enough time into his delivery where the off-speed catches up to his fastball. The hardest part of signing him is going to be getting him away from his passion for playing basketball. It looks like he wants to compete for a pro team that will allow him to do that as well.”
Projection: First five rounds.

John Magliozzi, RHP, Dexter
Hometown: Milton, Mass.
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 180 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Florida
Scout’s Take: “Johnny’s been a little inconsistent with his velocity, and that’s led people to press questions about whether that frame is going to be durable over the long haul. His velocity has taken a step back, it’s been in the 87-90 range where people might have expected 92 to 94. Whether that’s reasonable or not, that’s what these guys are looking for. He’s shown signs that he’s going to compete for you, but they need to see that prominent velocity from a frame like that.”
Projection: First 10 rounds.

Adam Ravenelle, RHP Lincoln-Sudbury
Hometown: Sudbury, Mass.
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Vanderbilt
Scout’s Take: “Ravenelle may have taken the biggest step forward of anyone this spring. Critics questioned his ability to repeat his delivery, but his fastball consistently comes over the plate with a good angle. People wonder when he would decide on an arm slot, but he’s done a tremendous job on keeping to a low three-quarter slot and remaining on top of the ball. He’s also shown he's able to throw that breaking ball for strikes consistently, which hasn't always been the case. The best part about him is he has matured from a mental standpoint. He attacks the game now as a pitcher and not just a thrower by working efficiently with his pitch counts to get outs early in the game without trying to strike everyone out.”
Projection: First 20 rounds. (“He’s a potential top-five talent, but everyone’s sold on the idea that he’s going to end up at Vanderbilt,” the scout said.)

Jordan Cote, RHP, Winnisquam Regional (N.H.)
Hometown: Sanbornton, N.H.
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Coastal Carolina
Scout’s Take: “He’s the one that’s been climbing the most. I’d say Cote was one that was kind of a sleeper early in the season. People had to wait and see what you get out of him, being in a Northern climate, playing on 35-degree days more so than Mass kids. Early on, he struggled, was hitting 87-88, then over the last two or three weeks, as the weather warmed up he found his groove. He’s really climbed into the upper echelon of high school prospects. You look at that frame, 6-6, 215, and there’s a lot of projectability. You could see him filling out to 240, and see that fastball velocity increase because of the hand speed he demonstrates."
Projection: First five rounds.

John Gorman, RHP/3B, Catholic Memorial
Hometown: Norwood, Mass.
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Boston College
Scout’s Take: “He’s still in the mix, guys mostly look at him as being a college guy. But, he will step in regardless and be one of the best players on the BC squad when he gets there…. He’s an interesting one. He’s one of the guys people talked about earlier in the year being a bulldog, and one of the best high school kids around. He’s obviously lived up to that being named Gatorade Player of the Year in a year full of big names. He’ll likely see time in college as a corner infielder and a pitcher. I think that over the next two or three years, he’s going to have a lot of success at the college level. His fastball velocity can climb into the 91-92 range, and he can throw his off-speed consistently into the strike zone. I’d imagine his name being called on draft day, as he deserves it.”
Projection: First 20 rounds.

Sal Romano, RHP, Southington (Conn.)
Hometown: Southington, Conn.
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 220 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Tennessee
Scout’s Take: "Sal'’s another one of those big body high school kids we’ve been blessed with this year. His delivery has some work to do, but he’s shown great velocity on his fastball, up to 93. The feel for the spin on his breaking ball is advanced for his age. His signability demands may push him down in the draft this year, but he’s definitely one to follow."
Projection: Top 10 rounds.
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced John Gorman of Catholic Memorial School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year. Gorman is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Catholic Memorial School.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior right-handed pitcher has led the Knights to a 13-6 record and a berth in the Division 1 sectional tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Gorman owned a 6-1 record on the mound with a 0.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 51 innings. A two-time returning All-Scholastic honoree, he had tossed four shutouts and surrendered only 17 hits entering the postseason. Also a third baseman, Gorman batted .362 with 13 runs scored, 11 RBI, four doubles and one home run through 19 games. The 2010 Catholic Conference Most Valuable Player, he finished 8-0 as a junior with a 1.18 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 65 innings in addition to posting a .395 batting average with 25 RBI and three homers.

Also a football standout, Gorman has maintained an A-plus average in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. In addition to volunteering on behalf of the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions and his school’s Leadership and Service program, he has helped coordinate Catholic Memorial’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and has donated his time as a youth baseball and basketball instructor.

“He’s been phenomenal this year, especially pitching,” said Catholic Memorial head coach Hal Carey. “He’s been dominant on the mound. He works fast, throws hard and has great control of his fastball, change and curve. As a pitcher, he’s one of the best in the state. Add the hitting, and he’s tremendous. He’s done it for four years, and this is a tough sport to be that consistent. He’s great all-around, probably the best in my seven years here.”

Gorman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Boston College this fall.

Gorman joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Players of the Year Kevin Ziomek (2009-10, Amherst Regional), Kyle McKenzie (2008-09; Thayer Academy), Scott Weismann (2007-08, Acton-Boxborough), and Jack McGeary (2006-07, Roxbury Latin School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

Here are the winners for the five other New England states:


The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior right-handed pitcher led the Blue Knights (15-5) to a berth in the Class LL postseason tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Romano owned an 8-1 record on the mound with a 0.39 ERA, recording 91 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 54 innings pitched. A Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School Senior All-Region First Team selection, he batted .444 with two home runs and 24 RBI through 20 games.

Romano has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of a mentoring program at an elementary school and the Mill Foundation for Kids, which benefits children suffering pediatric illnesses.

Romano has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Tennessee this fall.

Romano joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Players of the Year Colin O'Keefe (2009-10, Waterford), Matt Carasiti (2008-09; Berlin), Jason Esposito (2007-08, Amity), and Matt Harvey (2006-07, Fitch), among the state’s list of former award winners.


The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior right-handed pitcher has led the Bears (13-4) to a berth in the Div. III postseason tournament against Stevens High, scheduled for June 2. Cote owns a 5-1 record on the mound with a 0.73 ERA, recording 72 strikeouts against just six walks in 38.1 innings. A three-time All-State selection, he owns a .480 batting average with three home runs and 24 RBI. Cote was the Class M Player of the Year in 2010 and was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School Senior All-Region First Team honoree.

Cote has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs and an area nursing home.

Cote has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Coastal Carolina University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in this month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Cote joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Players of the Year Mike Montville (2009-10, 2008-09, Portsmouth), Brad Zapenas (2007-08, Nashua North), and Brian White (2006-07, Salem), among the state’s list of former award winners.


The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior shortstop batted .479 along with 36 runs scored, 20 stolen bases, 14 RBI and seven doubles this past season, leading the Rebels (16-8) to a berth in the Division I state tournament. A returning First Team All-State selection, Barlow produced a .630 slugging percentage and .578 on-base percentage. Also a right-handed pitcher, Barlow posted a 1.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts against just one walk in 17.1 innings. The two-time Division I South Player of the Year, he finished with a .500 batting average at the plate in addition to a 1.99 ERA over 25 innings on the mound as a junior.

Barlow has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered as part of the Vacation Bible School on behalf of his church community.

“He’s a great ballplayer,” said South Kingstown head coach James Sauro. “He’s by far the best shortstop and one of the best pitchers in the state. For two years, he’s been the Most Outstanding Player in the league, and three of the final four teams remaining are from Division I South. Harrison’s a stud. We only had one captain this year, and it was him. Whenever things went wrong, he kept guys on task. He’s a great leader.”

Barlow will attend the University of Rhode Island this fall.

Barlow joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Baseball Players of the Year Anthony Aceto (2009-10, North Providence), Ryan Morris (2008-09; North Kingstown), Ryan Westmoreland (2007-08, 2006-07, Portsmouth), among the state’s list of former award winners.


The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior left-handed pitcher led the Blazes to a 14-1 record entering their regular-season finale with Cheverus, scheduled for May 31. At the time of his selection, Heath owned a 5-0 mark on the mound with a 0.00 ERA, recording 41 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. A two-time All-State selection and the 2010 Telegram League MVP, he batted .390 with 18 RBI through 15 games.

Heath has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered as a peer mentor in his school.

Heath has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall.

Heath joins recent Gatorade Maine Baseball Players of the Year Matt Verrier (2009-10, Oxford Hills Comprehensive), Chris Bernard (2008-09; Scarborough), Kyle Stilphen (2007-08, Gardiner Area), and Jarrett Lukas (2006-07, Old Town), among the state’s list of former award winners.


The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior shortstop led the Bobwhites to a 12-3 record and a berth in the Div. I postseason tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Swim owned a .558 batting average with two home runs, 21 runs scored and 21 RBI. He’s a three-time All-Metro selection.

Swim has maintained a 3.45 GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Athletic Leadership Council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs. He also has donated his time by mowing lawns and shoveling snow for elderly residents in his neighborhood.

Swim intends to complete a year of post-graduate study at Maine’s Bridgton Academy, beginning this fall.

Swim joins recent Gatorade Vermont Baseball Players of the Year Adam Picard (2009-10, Essex), Ryan Carter (2008-09; Proctor), Greg Lutton (2007-08, Mt. Abraham Union), and Casey Harman (2006-07, South Burlington), among the state’s list of former award winners.

Gorman & Connaughton duel, CM beats Prep

May, 9, 2011
WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Their teams have met many, many times over the past four years, but Catholic Memorial’s John Gorman and St. John’s Prep’s Pat Connaughton have never gone mano a mano on the mound in a Catholic Conference tilt.

All that changed on Monday afternoon, and for all the fans, scouts and on-lookers it was well worth the wait. Gorman’s Knights got the better of Connaughton’s Eagles (11-3) for the second time this season thanks to a strange 1-0 extra-inning, walk-off win. But for seven innings the two battled pitch for pitch with zeroes piling up on the right field scoreboard at Todesca Field.

“Both guys threw great, obviously,” Knights head coach Hal Carey said. “Both guys are Div. 1 pitchers and they showed it today.”

The BC-bound Gorman eventually picked up the win as he gave up three hits, struck out eight and left two men on third base in back to back innings in the later stages of the game in a complete-game effort.

Connaughton needed 47 pitches to get through the first two innings, but he settled in to strike out 15 hitters in a 116-pitch, seven-inning performance.

“Just settling in,” Connaughton said of his early command issues. “For me sometimes that happens. I come out and I have a rough beginning. But it’s just settling in and getting my mechanics down.”

The soon-to-be Notre Dame freshman struck out the side in the second and third inning, but neither was a clean 1-2-3 inning. The Knights (12-3) only had one man reach third base, and Connaughton held them 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Gorman was sharp on the corners with his fastball in the early innings, but he did have to bear down and make some big pitches in big spots as the afternoon went on. Shortstop Shane O’Leary helped out his pitcher when he stepped on second and finished off a 6-3 double play to end the sixth-inning.

In the top of the seventh, Prep’s Brandon Bingel hit a sharp liner down the first base line that seemed to go over the bag and grab the foul line, but the home plate umpire ruled that the ball was foul. Gorman recouped and went to a gutsy breaking ball on a 3-2 count, to get the hitter looking and get out of the inning.

“He really went with the pitch down and away, so I knew I couldn’t make that pitch again,” said Gorman. “My curveball was really on today. That was my best pitch, so I wanted to go with that.”

Both pitchers did enough to grab a victory, so naturally a defensive play was the difference.

The Knights were happy to see Connaughton exit the game and take over duties at third base in the bottom of the eighth inning. O’Leary raced out of the box after hitting a cue shot into left-center field in front of the fielders, and due to that hustle he found himself diving headfirst into second base safely with a leadoff double.

“I just saw that they were bobbling it out there, went to second and slid in,” said O’Leary.

Nick Barker tried to bunt O’Leary over to third base, but he popped up the bunt and the reliever Bingel sprawled out to make a diving catch. Bingel sprung up and tried to get the overzealous O’Leary trying to get back to the second base bag, and his throw sailed into center field.

When the outfielder tried to charge the ball, he accidentally booted the ball away, allowing O’Leary to alertly trot home for the game-winning run.

“We didn’t do our job getting the bunt down, but it obviously works out well when the guy throws the ball away,” said Carey. “We did a bad job bunting and a bad job of base running, but the throw gets away and we luck out and score. I’d rather be lucky than good today”

It’s hard to miss the presence of the raucous O’Leary when the Knights are up to bat. The senior infielder is the vocal leader of the squad and it’s something that doesn’t go unnoticed by his head coach.

“He’s been big for us all year,” Carey said. “He’s kind of the heart and soul of the team. He’s always loud. He’s always into it. He’s just one of those kind of kids and he’s had a great year for us.”

Murray's resolve, Ohanesian's bat take down No. 1 CM

April, 25, 2011

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- One by one, the radar guns of the half-dozen major league scouts behind the backstop at Catholic Memorial's baseball field clicked with each toss by the Knights' Boston College-bound potential draft pick, senior righthander John Gorman. And when the side had retired, and Boston College High's Don Murray took to the hill, the guns went right back into their bags.

"Their arms probably got tired," cracked the senior righthander.

Their eyes were no doubt satisfied, having seen Gorman two-hit the Eagles through eight innings, fanning 12 and allowing one earned run in nearly 130 pitches, with a fastball touching 85 to 89 miles per hour with regularity. But just as stifling was the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Murray; he silenced the middle of the No. 1 Knights' order, giving way to Jake Ohanesian's heroics in the top of the ninth, as the Eagles downed their Catholic Conference archrivals, 3-1.

BC High improved to 5-1, while CM lost its first game of the season and fell to 6-1.

It was another solid outing for the senior Murray, who has now fanned 20 batters in the last 14 innings. He struck out 12 in an April 11 win over Malden Catholic; in both games, he threw more than 120 pitches.

"Donny throwing an amazing game definitely keeps us in it," Ohanesian said of Murray, who allowed four hits and a run. "Throwing eight innings out there, well over 100 pitches, that kid just stays out there and battles. That definitely...having a great starting pitcher, definitely gives us that boost."

And in the top of the ninth, the 5-foot-8 outfielder made good on that boost with a frozen rope through the far left that just squeaked fair. Paul Fahey came on in relief of Gorman to start the inning, sending the senior to third; his first batter, Bobby Melley, smacked a 1-2 pitch to shallow left that just brisked the webbing of Gorman's webbing.

Two at bats later, with one out, junior Justin Silvestro was the beneficiary of a close call, as he appeared to have come far enough around on his swing for a third strike, but was ruled hit by a pitch. After some protest, Silvestro was awarded first base.

The very next at bat, Ohanesian hit a rocket, turning it into a double and clearing the bases for the 3-1 lead.

"I was hoping it wouldn't go foul, because it landed right on the line," Ohanesian smiled. "I was just praying the ball would bounce and stay fair."

Sophomore Ryan Tufts then came on in the bottom of the ninth in relief of Murray. The Knights put a man on second with a double, but were unable to complete the rally, to give Tufts the win.

And so while another solid Gorman effort came down as a no-decision, there was no shortage of praise all around for the Knights' ace. All afternoon, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Norwood resident kept the Eagles hitters on their toes by mixing in his clever curve with his high-80's fastball, alternately jamming righties and making lefties reach -- and vice-versa.

"That kid just picks corners like it's his job," Ohanesian said of Gorman. "Awesome, awesome knuckle-curve. Outside corners, he's just good at picking there, and umpires these days give you a couple inches but he's spot-on almost every time. The thing with his curveball, that's a hard one you've got to fight off, and you can't give up on it or he'll ring you up easy."

Said CM head coach Hal Carey, "He's just a very good high school pitcher, who's going to be a good college pitcher. He works fast, throws strikes, has command of more than one pitch. That's a good hitting team he faced, and to hold them to three or four hits, whatever they got, and one run off him, is a great job."

Gorman starts conference-opener right for CM

April, 14, 2011

DANVERS, Mass. — The last thing Catholic Memorial head coach Hal Carey wanted to do was drop the league opener with a big break until its next Catholic Conference tilt.

Thanks to John Gorman’s work on the bump and at the plate, Carey doesn’t have to worry about that anymore.

The BC-bound Gorman scattered two hits and overcame five walks in six scoreless innings, and collected three RBI at the plate to give the Knights (3-0) a 5-0 win over host St. John’s Prep (3-1) on Thursday afternoon.

“We didn’t want to be sitting at 0-1 for the next 10 days waiting to try to bounce back," said Carey, whose team won't play another league opponent until May 25. "Last year we started 0-2 and still won the league, but it’s not something we want to make a habit of.”

Gorman has had his struggles at the plate to begin the season, but he broke out with a couple of key at-bats in the late stages of the game. In the top of the fifth, with CM up 2-0, Gorman ripped an opposite-field double to the gap to plate Steve Pike and Nick Barker.

Barker, who hustled all the way from first on the play, made a heads up play to get on base in front of Gorman. With the third baseman playing even with the bag, the left-handed hitting Barker put down a perfect bunt and beat out the throw to force the issue with no outs in the inning.

“He’s a good base-hit bunter,” said Carey. “Worst case it’s sacrifice bunt, best case it’s kind of what happened. He beats it out or a throw gets away and we get first and second with (Gorman) up.”

Barker summed up his job as the Knights’ lead-off hitter: “Anything I can do to basically get on base, run the table and score runs,” he said.

In the top of the sixth, Gorman delivered again with hard-hit ground ball that just got under the third baseman to bring home Pike for the 5-0 cushion.

“He just puts so much pressure on himself,” Carey said of Gorman’s early offensive struggles. “It’s tough in baseball when you are a very good player. Everyone knows you are good and thinks you are going to get hits every time you get up. … He hit two hard hit base-hits, which will get him on track a little bit.”

Getting on track on the mound hasn’t been an issue in the early season for Gorman. His first time out he tossed a no-hitter, and although his command was off a little bit today, he showed that he is able to still dominate a game without his best stuff.

Gorman struck out six, with the biggest one coming in the bottom of the fifth.

After getting two ground ball outs to begin the frame, Gorman gave up a single and issued back-to-back walks to load the bases, but he regrouped and got Dillon Gonzalez looking with a nasty back-door breaking ball to end the threat.

“Me and (Barker) were on the same page on that,” said Gorman. “We both knew what I wanted there. My curveball had been up a little bit, so I really wanted to make a good pitch with that. I knew I needed that pitch and it was a big spot for us.”

An Elite Eight: Mass HS draft prospects to watch

April, 12, 2011
With the high school baseball season always comes that one elite prospect, a kid who eats up the high school competition and is a sure thing to see his name come across the ticker on draft day.

Suffice it to say this season is quite the anomaly. Some major league scouts have mused that we haven't seen a crop of high school senior talent in Massachusetts this deep since the 1980's; one mused that as many as 12 high schoolers form this state could see their name get called in June's amateur draft.

With that in mind, I went over the prospects with an American League scout last week, before the MIAA season officially got underway. Some, like Lawrence Academy's Tyler Beede, Dexter's John Magliozzi and St. John's Prep two-sport superstar Pat Connaughton -- all guys ranked in the top 100 for high school prospects by Baseball America -- are obvious. But overall, he identified eight prospects that could definitely see their name get called two months from now.

Below are the eight, with scouts' comments.

Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 205 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Auburn, Mass.
College: Vanderbilt
2010 stats: 6-1, 87 K, 45.1 IP, 1.08 ERA; .429, 8 HR, 30 RBI, .880 SLG
Scout's Take: "For his age, Tyler Beede has the prototype pitcher's body. Six-four, 205, and an effortless, balanced delivery, with a loose arm. There's alot of talk about his fastball and velocity as being plus, but its his secondary stuff, the refined curveball he's been throwing and the feel for the changeup, that shows he's advanced. You look at how he utilizes and balances his body for a complete delivery, and you look at him as really a potential first-rounder, but top three rounds in particular."

John Magliozzi, RHP, Dexter
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 181 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Milton, Mass.
College: Florida
2010 stats: 7-0, 73 K, 6 BB, 42 IP, 3 SV, 0.95 ERA; .427, 36 RBI, 3 HR, 11 SB
Scout's Take: "Here's a kid that doesn't have a prototypical pitcher's build, but he's a classic go get 'em, gimme the ball and go right after the hitter. He's someone who's a competitor on the mound, who has shown a 92-95 mph fastball. He has a very good curve with a lot of depth, good feel to it. Combine that with a good changeup, and commitment to the hand speed, and you've got a solid three pitch mix. The only question long-term with the scouts is if he will have durability issues. But the kid's proven to be willing to work at it, and take care of his body."

Pat Connaughton, RHP, St. John's Prep
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 190 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Arlington, Mass.
College: Notre Dame
2010 Stats: 4-4, 52.3 IP, 51 K, 34 BB, 52.3 IP, 1 SV, 3.08 ERA
Scout's Take: "Here's another 6-3, 6-4 lean pitcher with a loose frame, pretty clean arm action. Nice loose, low three-quarter delivery, shows he gonna have the ability to throw the ball harder as he gets older. Once he decides on basketball or baseball, the sky's the limit for him. He shows the making of a curve and change that have come along in the last year or so. He's a three-pitch guy with unbelievable athleticism for a pitcher, something any kind of scout will enjoy. Those guys make a quick adjustment at the next level. He's a smart kid willing to work hard, and those kinds of intangibles can put a kid like that into a full-time job as a pitcher."

Adam Ravenelle, RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Sudbury, Mass.
College: Vanderbilt
2010 stats: 5-0, 55 K, 22 BB, 48.2 IP, 1.67 ERA
Scout's Take: "We're kinda blessed with all of the arms this year in Massachusetts. It's uncommon to have this many tall, lean pitchers who run 90-plus on their fastball. As he continues to put weight on, I think you'll see him be able to repeat his delivery more consistently, and that's paramount for his success. He's got a curveball with solid depth and spin for his two-pitch, and as he continues to add that changeup as a third pitch, you're looking at a potential professional starter. As it stands, he could be a power reliever."

Barrett O'Neill, RHP/3B, Dexter
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 205 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Ashland, Mass.
College: Virginia
2010 stats: 6-1, 59 K, 9 BB, 40 IP, 2 SV, 1.30 ERA; .420, 34 RBI, 6 HR, 5 SB
Scout's Take: "He has that classic athletic background, as he played hockey growing up, so he fits the profile of some of these gritty northeast kids. He's obviously smart going to the University of Virginia. He has a hard fastball in the upper 80's, low 90's, and athletically he's pretty well developed. Obviously, he's shown commitment to his craft by taking the winter off from hockey, to straighten out his future on the mound."

John Gorman, RHP/3B, Catholic Memorial
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 215 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Norwood, Mass.
College: Boston College
2010 Stats: 8-0, 113 K, 18 BB, 65 IP, 1.18 ERA; .395, 26 RBI, 3 HR, 7 SB
Scout's Take: "Gorman's another classic northeast kid, just a bulldog on the mound who always wants to win. He's a good two-way guy, so he knows how to attack hitters. He has the feel for being a leader every day; last summer [at showcases with the New England Ruffnecks] he went right at top-100 hitters and took control of the game. He was born to be in the strike zone all day. He's not afraid to dust the best hitters in country. I wouldn’t be surprised if he's at 90, 91 by the spring, with three pitches."

Devin Perry, RHP/IF, BB&N
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 195 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Newton, Mass.
College: Boston College
2010 Stats: 8-0, 85 K, 19 BB, 49 IP, 0.71 ERA; .351, 17 RBI, 3 HR
Scout's Take: "At 6-3 and about 195 pound, he might have the most electric arm of all of them, but he has to make sure to take care of his body, the way he throws slightly across himself in his delivery. If he gets his delivery squared away though, you could see him throwing a 95 mile per hour fastball as he continues to get stronger."

Andrew Chin, LHP, BB&N
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 180 lbs.
Bats: Left
Hometown: Newton, Mass.
College: Boston College
2010 Stats: 7-0, 94 K, 29 BB, 59 IP, 0.59 ERA
Scout's Take: "Chin might be the most complete pitcher at this point. Maybe he's not the same type of thrower or class as these other guys -- he tends to be in the upper 80's with his fastball, good in and out, good with the changeup -- but he understands the craft and is willing to work at it. He's a classic left-hander with good feel for how to set hitters up."

No. 1 CM's bats come alive over No. 2 L-S

April, 9, 2011

SUDBURY, Mass. — Catholic Memorial wasted little time showing off why it is ranked No. 1 in the polls with a big 10-5 road victory over No. 2 Lincoln-Sudbury (0-1) on Saturday afternoon.

The Knights (2-0) collected nine hits and looked to be in midseason form when it comes to seizing an opportunity, as they capitalized off of five errors in the field and four passed balls by the Warriors.

The big club in town might not be one for fast starts in 2011, but Knights’ head coach Hal Carey wanted to see his team get off on the right foot.

“We were really ready for the game,” said Carey. “We wanted to play really despite it being early in the year. It was kind of a motivational thing.”

The Knights held a 2-1 advantage through the first four innings, but broke things open with a 4-run top of the fifth. CM sent eight men to the plate fueled by a two-out, two RBI single from John Mildner.

Steve Pike and Nick Barker both reached base to open the fifth, and with the heart of the Knights lineup ready to come up, it looked like the big inning was inevitable. But David McCullough got John Gorman swinging and got Matt Goreham to fly out to first.

On a 2-2 pitch, Mildner dropped a line drive right in front of the left fielder to grab a 4-1 lead. Mildner stole second, moved over on a passed ball and scored on a RBI double by Paul Fahey.

Fahey would make his way across home plate on two passed balls by Warrior pitching to stretch the lead to 6-1.

“We took advantage of a couple of their errors,” said Carey. “We scored runs with timely hits and played well fundamentally.”

The Knights kept the pressure on in the top of the seventh and took care of more Warriors’ mistakes as the first five batters of the inning reached safely in another 4-run inning.

“We just didn’t catch the ball,” said Warriors head coach Kirk Fredericks. “Everyone took an opportunity to not catch the ball. They capitalized and made our pitchers throw more pitches than they should of. That was the difference between the two teams.”

The Warriors had to go through five pitchers, while the Knights need just two, with Goreham doing most of the work. The big righthander was efficient in his six plus innings of work, striking out five and working his way out of trouble when he needed.

In the bottom of the third inning, Goreham allowed the leadoff man to reach, but got a 4-6-3 double play and a fly out to center to get out of that jam. He started an inning ending 1-6-3 twin killing after walking the first two batters of the fourth, and struck out the last two batters of the sixth inning after loading the bases.

“My off-speed stuff wasn’t there,” said Goreham. “I was sticking with a lot of fastballs and they were able to get on base. My defense really picked me up today. … It’s just one of those things where your teammates pick you up when you are struggling.”

Added Carey: “He’s got such good poise out there that nothing really bothers him. He’s even-keeled.”

A bright spot for the Warriors was Adam Ravenelle, who crushed two homers, a solo shot and a three-run bomb, to dead center.

First baseball poll and preseason All-State

April, 4, 2011
We've released our first state-wide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll this afternoon, which can be found here; and our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches have tapped Catholic Memorial as No. 1 to top the preseason.

Many felt this could be the year the Knights, who have lost in extra innings in the last two Division 1 South finals, get over the hump. And certainly, head coach Hal Carey has the horses in his starting rotation to pull it off, between Division 1 commits Matt Goreham (Northeastern), John Gorman (BC) and John Mildner (UMass).

Overall, the Catholic Conference took four of the top five spots in the poll, with Lincoln-Subury taking the No. 2 spot followed by Malden Catholic, reigning Division 1 North champ St. John's Prep and Division 1 state runner-up Xaverian. Rounding out the top 10 are Lowell (6), Lexington (7), Peabody (8), Wachusett (9) and North Andover (10).

Our panel has also put together a preseason All-State to whet your appetite, listed below:

RHP – Adam Ravenelle, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
LHP – Will Marcal, Sr., Lexington
RHP – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep
RHP – Matt Goreham, Sr., Catholic Memorial
RHP – Pat Delano, Jr., Braintree

C – Matt Walsh, Sr., Plymouth North
1B – Lorenzo Papa, Sr., Arlington Catholic
2B – Zach Apotheker, Sr., Brockton
SS – Aaron Fossas, Sr., Holy Name
3B – John Gorman, Sr., Catholic Memorial
DH – Zach Littman, Sr., Abington
OF – Carl Anderson, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
OF – Connor McDavitt, Sr., Wachusett
OF – James Ricoy, Sr., Lowell

As always, let us know how we're doing in the comments section below, or by emailing editors Brendan Hall at and Scott Barboza at

Depina lifts No. 2 Brockton over No. 23 CM

November, 5, 2010
WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Lucas Depina may well have antifreeze flowing through his veins.

With Brockton’s No. 1 receiver Albert Louis-Jean out with a leg cramp, Depina caught a 41-yard pass from quarterback Paul Mroz on fourth and nine with seven seconds remaining in the game to boost the No. 2 Boxers (8-2) past No. 23 Catholic Memorial, 19-18, evading the upset that might have been.

“[Depina] catches the ball when he really needs to,” Mroz said. “I prayed to God before that play, and God answered those prayers."

Trailing 13-12 with 5:20 left in the game, Catholic Memorial (5-3) got the ball at their own 21 with their sights on a score, going right to the air while field goal kicker Tom Byrne was warming up his leg on the sideline. Two passes from A.J. Doyle to William Earl (4 yards) and John Gorman (21) put CM on their own 45.

A pair of nine-yard runs by Earl and Donovan Henry (8 carries, 86 yards) moved the ball down to the Boxers’ 36. Brandon Hamel dashed twice to the left, picking up 14 yards on each carry, setting up a first and goal from the 8.

Doyle (five carries, 28 yards) rushed for five yards before being wrapped up by Giovanni Hyppolite (four tackles). Henry was stopped at the line of scrimmage by Brockton’s David Hylton and Zach Apotheker (five tackles) for no gain. The successful run game left Brockton vulnerable to a quick hitch from Doyle to Armani Reeves in the left flat, who swept into the end zone to put CM up 18-13.

The dictatorial drive could have knocked Brockton out, but the Boxers refused to bow out without a battle.

“Unbelievable, gutsy, gutsy performance on a rough night,” Boxers head coach Peter Colombo said to his team after the game. “We didn’t play our best, but we won a football game. We showed a lot of heart, I am very proud of everybody.”

On the ensuing kickoff, a seven yard return by Jesse Monteiro put Brockton on their 40. After a Mroz pass went off the hand of Trevon Offley (24 carries, 150 yards), he found Ryan Kelley to his left, who took the ball up the sideline and was pushed out of bounds by Dimitri Claude(fumble recovery, four tackles) at the Knights’ 42-yard line with 36 second left. Mroz rushed for one yard down to the 41 before a failed pass and a rush by Offley, both for no gain, brought up fourth and nine with 16 seconds left.

On the following play, Brockton went in for the win, sending their receivers into the end zone. With their go-to receiver, Albert Louis-Jean, on the sidelines with a leg cramp, Mroz tossed the ball up top to a wide open Depina, who pulled in the ball and fell past the plane, bringing much of the Brockton sideline with him into the end zone for a victory fête.

“He’s got about five catches this year, and three or four of them are for touchdowns,” added Colombo. “For a kid that has had a limited role this year, he’s had a huge impact on the offense. He understands that on a lot of teams, he may be the go-to receiver, but this year he’s got to play his role and he was ready when we called on him. “

One Foot, One Point, Huge Win
Without Depina’s extra point kick in the third quarter, the score with seven seconds remaining would have left the Boxers tied with CM, but his ability to the boot conversion with ease was extremely valuable to the outcome of the game. “Lucas is just a high level athlete,” said Colombo. “He’s a high level volleyball player and a high level soccer player, which is where the kicking comes from.”

No. 2 Brockton 0 0 7 12 -- 19
No. 23 CM 0 0 12 6 -- 18

C - Donovan Henry 60 run (pass failed)
B - Trevon Offley 13 run (Lucas Depina kick)
C - Henry 82 pass from Camren Williams (rush failed)
B - Offley 38 run (rush failed)
C - Amani Reeves 3 pass from A.J. Doyle (rush failed)
B - Depina 41 pass from Paul Mroz (rush failed)

No. 18 Longmeadow stuns No. 7 CM

October, 9, 2010
WEST ROXBURY, Mass. - Western Massachusetts, stand up.

Benjamin "Cool Hand Luke" Sterritt booted a 20-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the game to lead the 17th-ranked Longmeadow Lancers to a fourth-quarter, 10-point comeback win over No. 7 Catholic Memorial, 27-26.

"It's a great win, especially coming down here from Longmeadow," Longmeadow captain Jeffrey Anderson said. "In Western Mass., we're always looked down upon, like 'We don't play anybody'. Coming down here and beating an Eastern Mass. power feels great."

Longmeadow was up 17-14 at halftime, but lost the lead in the third quarter. Up 26-17, going into the fourth, Catholic Memorial was looking to hold onto the lead, but Longmeadow was looking to go back to Western Massachusetts with a win.

Longmeadow was moving down the ball downfield with their sights on the end zone, but Jacob Lazarus fumbled a snap and CM took over with 2:52 left in the game. All Catholic Memorial had to do was hold onto the ball.

Easier said than done.

After a 35-yard run by William Earl, CM had trouble moving the ball, with 4- and 1-yard runs by A.J. Doyle. On third and five, Earl was stopped for a nine yard loss by Longmeadow's Ryan Barry.

On fourth and 14 from the 29, Catholic Memorial went for the end zone with Doyle throwing one up top for Reeves, and he caught it -- out of bounds.

Taking over from the 29, the Lancers went to the air. Passes for 18, 13 and six yards got Longmeadow across the 50 and down to the 34 with 50 seconds remaining in the game. A 5-yard rush by Terry Norris got the Lancers down to the 29 with 44 seconds left and the first down.

After a failed pass, Nathan Elder took a handoff from Lazarus and went left, but stuck the ball in the gut of Sterritt. The play, a crossbuck, had gained them many yards on the night even up to that point.

"We worked on it a whole lot this week," Longmeadow coach Alex Rotsko said . "We haven't run it a whole this year. We had been running it a little bit too slow. It's a play that you've got to hit quick."

With a huge hole waiting for him, Sterritt took the ball down to the four. Longmeadow was now within field goal distance of the win. After a rush for no gain and a failed pass, Norris brought the ball to the middle of the field on third down.

On fourth and goal from the 2, the cool-handed Sterritt sailed a 20-yard field goal through the uprights to give Longmeadow a good reason to have taken the four hour ride into Boston.

"I went in confident," Sterrit said, who missed a 28-yard field goal earlier in the game. "I was surprised when I missed the [early kick]. The second one was just a chip shot."

After losing their 17-14 halftime lead and getting down 26-17, Longmeadow put the ball on the ground and marched 82 yards for a score in 1:58. The drive, led by the hard-nosed running of Terry Norris (3 carries on the drive, 38 yards), and the 3-yard toss left for Nathan Elder, who was escorted to the end zone by Sterritt, Patrick Scott and Nicholas Zwaan, putting the Lancers on the board for the first time in the half. The Sterritt extra point made the game 26-24.

Doyle came out the gate with two quick dashes for first downs. After that series, a run for lost yardage, a failed pass of the receivers hands, the 5-yard run was not enough.

Doyle's punt rolled down to the 2, but the Lancers fought their way out of safety danger area out to the Knights' 39. A Lazarus fumble gave CM another chance to put it into the end zone, but they could not capitalize on the opportunity.

"Whoever wants it more," Lazarus said, "whoever fights harder wins the game."

LM 7 10 0 10 27
CM 0 14 12 0 26

L - Benjamin Sterritt 1 run (Sterritt kick)
L - Terry Norris 1 run (Sterritt kick)

C - Armani Reeves 11 run (Tom Byrne kick)

C - John Gorman 16 pass from Adam Doyle (Byrne kick)
L - Sterritt 30 FG
C - Reeves 11 pass fromDoyle (kick failed)

C - William Earl 42 run (rush failed)
L - Nathan Elder 3 run (Sterritt kick)
L - Sterritt 20 FG

Reeves blazes No. 8 CM past Guertin

October, 2, 2010
WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- A.J. Doyle looked across the line of scrimmage early in the second quarter of tonight's battle with New Hampshire power Bishop Guertin, and saw the outside linebackers creeping up.

"They're coming! They're coming!" screamed an assortment of his Catholic Memorial teammates and coaches from the sidelines. Doyle adjusted accordingly so, shortening up to a three-step drop and slinging a laser to the right slot, right into chest of John Gorman, who then sprinted 59 yards to paydirt and the game's initial lead.

For the No. 8 Knights, it was that kind of stuff all night. The Cardinals threw some aggressive defensive packages, and CM responded with its most valuable export -- speed, and a whole lot of it in the form of junior athlete Armani Reeves. The highly-regarded junior totaled 193 all-purpose yards on returns, receptions and carries, and had three scores to carry the Knights to a 26-14 win, avenging last season's 52-13 beatdown at the hands of the Nashua, N.H. school.

With the win, the Knights (4-0) also ended Guertin's 20-game win streak.

Greeting reporters following the win, CM head coach Alex Campea clutched his hand on the shoulder of Reeves and patted him, with an ear-to-ear grin.

"This guy can make it happen, this guy can make it happen," he beamed. "Listen, we have some good players, and tonight in a big game they shone through -- making big catches, big plays, offensively and defensively. But I'm glad we have him. He competes every snap of every game."

And just what does a win like this do for the much-hyped program's profile?

"It gives us alot of motivation headed into the Catholic Conference and our other schools," said Reeves, who currently holds offers from Penn State, Wake Forest, UConn and UMass. "We wanted to come out and show that we are a caliber team, that we can play with anybody around here. And it was a good motivation for us and ourselves, because alot of people say we're not there yet, we're not close, we can't beat those other teams.

"But we just showed that we can compete with any team out there. It was a good statement for us as a team."

The Cardinals marched all the way to the Knights' five yard line on the game's opening drive, but quarterback Steve Cuipa was tripped up by his own man coming out of the snap, causing a fumble that CM's Dimitri Claude covered up. After CM capitalized with the game's opening score to Gorman, Guertin fired back with another long drive. Aided a by a pass interference call on third and 18 that spotted the ball on the CM five with first and goal, Cuipa scored from three yards out on third down, gliding around the right with ease on an option keeper.

The Knights promptly responded in the form of Reeves. First, he returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards to give the Knights the ball at the Guertin 45. Then, after moving the chains behind draws from Will Earl (13 carries, 93 yards) and a 22-yard Josh Charles catch, Reeves punched it in from five yards out. Taking a Doyle flare pass at the right sideline, he cut up and bulldozed through two defenders, falling over the near pylon to make it 12-7 with 22 seconds to go in the first half.

Reeves picked it up again with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the third, bursting through a seam at the right hashmark and spinning through an armtackle from the punter en route to paydirt.

"I saw my guy push a guy to the outside, and then I saw two linemen and I'm like 'Oh, this is it'," Reeves said. "The punter made a good effort, but it wasn't good enough. I got past him, and it was a good team was alot of blocks that the team made, an extra effort. All-around, that was a pretty good effort."

Ahead 19-14 with 4:30 to go in the game, Doyle called Reeves' number again for a score. On third and 22 from the Cardinals' 25, Doyle scrambled out of an armtackle, rolled left and lobbed it to the near left pylon, where Reeves easily grabbed the jump ball.

Guertin head coach Tony Johnson came away disappointed with the result -- "It upsets us to no end, we did not play very well," he said -- and commended Reeves' speed while shouldering some of the blame.

"He's a very, very good back. He's very elusive," Johnson said. "Quite frankly, I thought we did a very good job containing him -- you need to contain him -- (but) I thought we did a very poor job tackling, and I thought we did a very poor job in third down situations. We just gave them too many third down situations."


BG 0 7 7 0 --- 14
CM 0 12 7 7 --- 26

Second Quarter
C - John Gorman 59 pass from A.J. Doyle (run failed) 10:07
B - Steve Cuipa 3 run (Ryan Card kick) 2:05
C - Armani Reeves 5 pass from Doyle (run failed) 0:22

Third Quarter
C - Reeves 75 punt return (Tom Byrne kick) 5:38
B - Alex Eaton 1 run (Card kick) 2:12

Fourth Quarter
C - Reeves 25 pass from Doyle (Byrne kick) 4:37