Boston High School: Riley MacEachern

Locals make Area Code Games squad

June, 27, 2012
The Northeast squad of the Area Code Games, represented by the New York Yankees, have unveiled the roster they will bring to Long Beach in August, and several locals made the cut.

Saugus native and Salisbury Prep (Conn.) junior righthander Riley MacEachern was among the most notables. Joining him are Lynn Classical sophomore catcher Kyle Devin, Hopkinton sophomore outfielder Ryan Sullivan, and Lynn English lefthander Ben Bowden (who last week was named to ESPN Boston's All-State Team).

To see the full roster, CLICK HERE.

Locals impress at Area Code Games tryouts

June, 18, 2012
Ryley MacEachernESPNHSSalisbury Prep's Ryley MacEachern was among the most impressive players at the Area Code Games tryouts at Waltham's Bentley University.
ESPNHS is covering each area tryout for the Area Code Games, which are set for August in Long Beach, Calif. The games' Yankees squad held tryouts over the weekend at Bentley University in Waltham, and several locals put on an impressive display.

To view the entire article, CLICK HERE. Below is Carl Stoeber's account of the Massachusetts area talent:

The Massachusetts stop included more than 100 scouts at the Bentley fields. Practically everyone stopped to watch when pitcher Ryley MacEachern of Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.) stepped on the mound. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior looked comfortable on the mound and showed the form that helped him go 6-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA this spring.

“I don’t like fooling around with an 0-2 count,” he said, “I like to challenge batters with my fastball and make them hit it.”

Along with his fastball (two-seam and four-seam), MacEachern impressed onlookers with a curveball, slider and a change.

Others who caught scouts’ eyes at the first Yankees’ stop were two lefties who showed power in their bats during BP — sophomore catcher Kyle Devin of Lynn Classical (Lynn, Mass.) and Lynn English (Lynn, Mass.) junior pitcher/first baseman Ben Bowden.

Locals selected to Yankees Area Code roster

July, 21, 2011
The rosters for next month's Area Code Baseball Games have been finalized, and there are a handful of locals who will be participating with the New York Yankees squad.

Now in its 25th year of operation, the wood-bat tournament annually pits high school players from different geographical areas against one another, each team corresponding to a particular Major League Baseball team. Eight Major League teams will compete in this year's field, which will be held from August 5 to 10 at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif.

Since its inception in 1987, nine Area Code Games alumni have gone on to become No. 1 overall draft picks, including this year's top pick, Gerritt Cole out of UCLA. In last month's draft, 34 of the top 100 picks had Area Code Games experience. Locally, that included Lawrence Academy's Tyler Beede, who went 21st overall to the Blue Jays.

The Northeast squad, which falls under the Yankees, features seven Bay Staters:

Pat Delano, RHP, Braintree
Riley MacEachern, RHP, Austin Prep
Buck McCarthy, C, Everett
Chris Shaw, 1B, Lexington
Max Tishman, LHP, Lawrence Academy
Matt Tulley, RHP, Lowell
Rhett Wiseman, OF, BB&N

The full roster can be found here.

More information, including the seven other Major League rosters and a schedule of events, can be found here. All four of the games on August 9 will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Cougars not long in tooth, but talented

December, 10, 2010
TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Tim Bennedetto sat in an otherwise empty locker room at the Super Skills hockey complex after practice with his Austin Prep teammates.

The Cougars’ senior captain realizes they are going to look much different than they did last year, when they were Super 8 semifinalists. Gone from that team are the flash of forward Brendan Silk, who was welcomed into the U.S. National Team Development Program last year, and goaltender Brendan Leahy.

Coupled with a handful of other prep/private defections since last March, Austin Prep will take the ice a new look in 2010-11.

Austin Prep
Scott Barboza/ No. 5 Austin Prep was Super 8 semifinalists last year, but several key departures have the Cougars a little short in the teeth. However, they have history on their side, having won six of the last eight Catholic Central titles.

That doesn’t mean you should count out the No. 5 Cougars though.

“I feel confident going into battle with these guys,” said Bennedetto, a resident of Peabody. “I feel we have a good squad here regardless of who stays or leaves. We have a good group of guys.”

After going 18-3-3 last year, the Cougars claimed their sixth Catholic Central League championship in eight years. Austin Prep also has participated in the Super 8 tournament seven times in the last 10 years.

Cougars head coach Louis Finocchiaro is no stranger to deep postseason runs, but for now his team is focused on playing their own brand of hockey.

“Even with the turnover that we’ve had, we still have a good nucleus of guys who’ve been in our program for a while,” Finocchiaro said. “I think once we get to midseason we’ll be very competitive team.”

To remain among the best in the state, the Austin Prep is going to need players to step up. The offseason departures have left Finocchiaro with a team that’s inexperienced in terms of game action. It’s up to players like Bennedetto to fill the roles that have been left open.

“We’re not going to be the finesse team that we were last year,” Bennedetto said. “We’re not going to get a lot of pretty goals this year, we’re going to have to dump the puck in, work, cycle it, forecheck and get all the goals we can get.

“What it all stems back to is defense. We have to play good defense because a good defense translates into good offense.”

The Cougars strength lies on the blue line, where mainstays Riley MacEachern, Shane Hurley and Robby Hardy return. Catholic Central All-Star junior Ryan Quinn will be counted on to lead the attack up front.

“Of course we’d like to get back to the Super 8,” Bennedetto said, “but you really just have to come out and play one game at a time, one period at a time, one shift, and just keep short-term goals in mind and not look down the calendar into tournament time.”

With a crowded house at the top of the Catholic Central, there are a host of clubs clamoring to assume Austin Prep’s perch at the top. Returning Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic, Archbishop Williams and St. Mary’s of Lynn are among the group likely to have a say in who claims the league crown this year.

“It’s anybody’s ball game,” Bennedetto said, “anybody could come out on top.”

18-3-3 (Super 8 semifinalists)
Head Coach: Louis Finocchiaro (98-41-25)
Players to watch: F Ryan Quinn, Jr.; F Steve Caruso, Sr.; D Riley MacEachern, Jr.
Outlook: Finocchiaro is looking for the Cougars to build as the season progresses. “I think we’re going to feel our lumps during the first half of the season, but I have lot of confidence in the guys that are here and I think that as the year goes on, we’ll get better.” He has a healthy core of players who are familiar with the Austin Prep system but who are green in game experience, so what the Cougars achieve in 2010-11 is largely left up to their seniors up front – like the line of Caruso, Bennedetto and Scott Corcoran – being able to score consistently.