Thursday, October 7, 2010
Catching Up on Baseball Commitments
I know I focus more on basketball and football on this site, and I also know that most of these commitments were made about 2 months ago. But receiving an athletic scholarship (whether it's a full or partial) is a big accomplishment. And the following 4 NH natives are deserving of the recognition. All 4 of these athletes will be playing Division I college baseball in the spring of 2012.
Players are listed in alphabetical order...
Jordan Cote, Winnisquam High School, Pitcher, Coastal Carolina University - Cote threw a no-hitter in the Class M championship game last year to lead Winnisquam over Somersworth. Performing well under the brightest of lights is the mark of a great player. And even though it was against Class M competition, Somersworth was in first place all year long so they're no slouches. Cote is a big guy and a daunting presence on the mound.
Joey Maher, Bedford High School, Pitcher, Northeastern University - Maher is an outstanding pitcher, as he is not only one of the top pitchers in NH, but in the entire northeast region. This past season as a junior, he led Bedford to the Class I state championship game. He is 6'4", and uses his size to get extra speed on his fastball. Maher is a multi-sport athlete who is also an excellent basketball player in addition to his prowess on the diamond.
Aidan O'Leary, Portsmouth High School, Outfielder, Manhattan College - Of the 4 kids on this list, the 2 from ortsmouth are the only ones I've seen play. O'Leary is a heck of a hitter. He batted cleanup last year, hitting behind Mike Montville (the best player in the state for the last 2 years) and anytime teams walked Montville intentionally O'leary made them pay. He is also a very good outfielder who uses his speed to get to balls and has a great arm.
Keegan Taylor, Portsmouth High School, Pitcher, Northeastern University - Taylor (pictured above) started the game the I saw Portsmouth play last season...and he also finished it. Taylor is not the biggest pitcher on the planet, but he throws the ball hard, and has very good control. He's also a pretty good hitter, but he's going to college to be a pitcher. Taylor also has a solid curve ball, that he uses at just the right times.
Congratulations to all 4 student-athletes, and best of luck in college and possibly the Major Leagues!