Boston High School: Scarborough (Maine)

Scarborough's Greenberg commits to Fordham

June, 25, 2013
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Ben Greenberg's decision to play Division I baseball at Fordham University was a lot like a scene from The Godfather: The Rams made Greenberg a decision he couldn't refuse.

According to Greenberg, Fordham coaches came to see him play twice last month. The Rams made him a scholarship offer after watching him pitch for Scarborough High School in the Western Maine Class A playoffs, and then increased that offer after seeing him pitch in an AAU game later in the month.

“They upped their offer to a point where I couldn't say no,” said Greenberg, a junior who committed Saturday night.

Greenberg, who was named Maine's Gatorade Player of the Year, also has scholarship offers from Northeastern, Bryant, Rhode Island and Maine. He said Holy Cross and Dartmouth – schools that do not offer baseball scholarships – also showed significant interest.
Greenberg said it was tough to pass up the opportunity to play at the University of Maine.

“I definitely thought about it, but one of my initial goals was to play out of state,” he explained. “Baseball-wise Fordham is competitive, and there are not many schools that beat a Fordham education, especially in the business field, which is what I'm interested in.”

It probably didn't hurt that Bobby Agger, Greenberg's longtime pitching coach, pitched at Fordham.

“There was no outside influence from me,” Agger said. “I think a lot of arrows pointed in that direction. I think the coaching staff there makes it a place where you want to send your kid to for four years when they leave the nest.”

Greenberg made a name for himself when he tossed a no-hitter at the varsity level as a freshman. He completed his junior season with a 6-1 record and a 0.54 ERA. Opponents hit .163 against him. He struck out 46 and walked five in 39 innings.

Greenberg, who plays third base when he's not on the mound, also hit .415. He's 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, and will move from receiver to quarterback for the Scarborough football team this fall.

"He has great control of a fastball, curve and slider,” Kennebunk coach Brian Dill said. “He's one of the top pitchers we've faced, and he might be the best hitter.''

Greenberg throws 86-88 m.p.h., and has good movement on his offspeed pitches.

“My curveball is my go-to pitch,” said Greenberg, who is playing for the Legends Baseball AAU program this summer. “It's my strikeout pitch.”

Agger said Greenberg's poise on the mound and work ethic are among his strengths.

“I'll share this story with you,” Agger said. “I sent him a video in the winter where a guy was doing these workout drills in the sand. The next day I drive by the beach and I see his car there. He's out there doing those drills. I can't say enough about his character.

“I think Fordham's first offer was a good one, but the second one helped him make his decision and took a weight off his shoulders.”

New England Roundup: Maine

January, 27, 2011
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Scarborough High School graduate and defenseman Jake Rutt will play hockey at the University of Maine next season on full scholarship. Rutt, who played at St. Dominic his freshman and sophomore years, is currently playing for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs in Hooksett, N.H. to gain a year of experience before college. He recently consented to an interview.

Q: What have you gained from your year with the Monarchs?

MaineA: "This is my second year, and first PG year with the Monarchs, and I am very glad I did it. I've learned a lot not just about the sport but also outside the hockey rink. I have an apartment with three others on the team and learned life away from home. For next year, I feel like I will be able to jump right into Maine's lineup and be an impact player. The PG year gave me time to develop including strength, speed and my decision making on and off the ice."

Q: Did the Maine coaches think you needed another year of work? Did you?

A: "When I first committed, they told me I needed a year to develop and I understood as much as I wanted to go up to Orono and play instantly. I needed to be patient and Coach Sean Tremblay and Coach Matt Dennehy (of the Monarchs) worked on my areas of improvement to make me a more solid player."

Q: Are you taking any classes in the area, or is it strictly hockey?

A: "I will be taking a class this summer but during the season I did not. It is mostly hockey and it’s a great lifestyle. If you treat it like a job then that’s when you find you will improve the most. I also have a job near the rink at a pizza place called the Pizza Man. I am a delivery boy. So between delivering and hockey, that mostly fills up my week."

Q: What area do you think you needed to improve in the most?

A: "There's always something I can improve on because no one's game is perfect but if i had to choose one area it would probably be my decision making and this will take time. Studying other defensemen with the same attributes as me will help. The extra year with the Monarchs has helped tremendously."

Q: Why did you decide to attend Maine? Were there many other offers?

A: "I didn't hesitate when Maine offered me. Playing youth hockey in Maine, the Black Bears were always a topic of discussion around the local youth rinks and it was a dream of mine to play for my home state. At the time of my commitment, a lot of D1 schools were asking about me through Coach Tremblay, including a handful in Hockey East, but I had my mind set on Maine."

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New England Roundup: Maine

November, 4, 2010
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One upset and another near-upset marked the opening round of the Class A football playoffs last week.

MaineIn the Southern Maine Activities Association (SMAA) quarterfinals, top-seeded Cheverus needed to rally for a pair of second-half touchdowns to defeat defending state champion Windham 34-27. The Stags trailed 27-14 before putting three touchdowns on the board, the first a 21 yard pass from Peter Gwilym to Louie DiStasio.

Evan Jendrasko evened the score with a 1-yard run and Gwilym completed the comeback with a scoring pass to Jack Bushey. Gwilym completed a 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns.

In other SMAA quarterfinal games, fifth-seeded Scarborough knocked off No. 4 Biddeford 48-14 and third-seeded Deering downed No. 5 Thornton Academy 56-18.

In the Pine Tree Conference quarterfinals, No. 8 Brunswick upset No. 1 Lawrence for the second year in a row, beating the Bulldogs 14-13 on their home field. The visiting Dragons trailed 13-0 before rallying for a pair of scores, the second a 34-yard option pass from Keith Kitchens to Donald Benbow.

In other PTC games, second-seeded Bangor shut out No. 7 Edward Little 16-0, fourth-seeded Lewiston topped No. 5 Messalonskee 42-13 and No. 3 Mt. Blue edged No. 6 Cony 20-12. Cony quarterback Luke Duncklee rushed for two touchdowns, giving him 18 for the season. The senior rushed for 1,201 yards this season and also passed for 1,512 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, Duncklee has accounted for 50 touchdowns, rushing and passing, and 4,805 total yards.

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