Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Hampshire Bobcats are:

  • Focusing on player development and preparing athletes for middle school, high school and college.
  • Beginning our winter workout program Jan. 5. Newcomers are welcome to check it out any winter session for free. There is never a charge for a Bobcats tryout.
  • Competing at the highest level. Our 13U Bobcats have not lost to a team from New Hampshire.
  • A travel program. We play in tournaments throughout New England and will play at Vero Beach, Fla., in February and Rehoboth Beach, Dela., in June.
  • Hosting a 10-team tournament at Gill Stadium April 5-6-7, 2013, celebrating 100 years of Gill Stadium.
  • Heavily involved with college and pro coaches and scouts. Our workouts have been conducted by professional players and coaches from the Blue Jays, Giants, Cubs and Yankees.
  • Hosting winter baseball clinics at NHSports Plex in Bedford and Concord Sports Center. 
  • Offer the most value in advanced youth baseball instruction. Not only are we the best; we are also the most affordable.
  • Giving back to the community. In our first year, we have made significant monetary donations to the NH Special Olympics and NH Multiple Sclerosis Society. 
  • Ready to play in the New England Elite Baseball League!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter workouts

The Bobcats have incorporated Jaeger Sports J-Bands as part of our winter training program as set forth by pitching coordinator Nick Cenatiempo. Each player will have access to a set of bands at practice. These exercises are designed for core strength and to isolate rotator cuff muscle groups. The J-Bands are also incorporated into our long-toss throwing program. We have sets of bands for ages 12 and under and ages 13 and older. The winter program begins January 5 at Concord Sports Center. We also have workouts at St. Anselm College and Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pro Swag Baseball Clinic

Hitting guru Ken Joyce of the Giants and pitching coach Tom Signore of the Fisher Cats will be leading the Pro Swag Baseball Clinic, presented by the NH Bobcats on Nov. 18 at Concord Sports Center. Instructors include college coaches, the Bobcats coaching staff and minor-league infielder Brad Zapenas of the Cubs and minor-league pitcher Joey Maher of the Yankees. Click here to reserve your spot on the Facebook page. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic, for ages 8-18, continues until noon. We will have skill stations on hitting, pitching, catching and fielding.

Players will be assigned by age groups. Cost is $75 per player. All proceeds will benefit the Bobcats Scholarship Fund. No players shall ever be turned away from a Bobcats squad because they cannot afford to pay.

Kenny Joyce of the Giants, who will be receiving his second World Series ring, talks about "being on time and in rhythm" while working with coach Kevin Gray last winter.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Regular season champs!

The 13U Bobcats have posted an 8-1 record this fall, winning the regular-season championship in the Granite State Baseball Association's Middle School Division. In the final game of the regular season, Brody Dupuis tied the game with a solo homer in the sixth inning, and Ben Palmer scored the winning run in the seventh for a 4-3 victory over Concord Cannons B. Ricky Perry (2-0) earned the victory in relief. In the opener, Joseph Quintal (1-0) pitched four strong innings for the win, and Cody Morissette earned his second save of the fall season. Dupuis had four hits in the doubleheader, including the first home run in Bobcats history -- a 360-foot blast to left field at Cawley Middle School.

Congrats to the 13U New Hampshire Bobcats for winning the fall ball regular-season title. Bring on the playoffs!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bobcat of the Week: Ricky Perry

Starting pitcher Ricky Perry tossed five shutout innings, allowing one hit, to lead the 13U Bobcats in a 2-0 victory against the Concord Cannons on Sunday morning. Perry also had two hits and stole five bases in one of the best all-around performances of the season. The efficient righty faced 18 batters -- only three more than the minimum -- while striking out two and walking one. Mitchell Fama sealed the shutout with four scoreless innings of relief, notching five strikeouts. The Bobcats improved to 5-1 in the Middle School Division of the Granite State Fall Wood Bat League. 

Ricky Perry drills a hit up the middle at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium earlier this season.   Kevin Littlefield/Staff photo

Other nominees: Fama earned the save, combining with Perry for a three-hit shutout ... Noah Wojtkowski scored from second base on one pitch during a Bobcats White 9-3 win against the Concord Cannons on Saturday. Noah stole third and kept motoring home on a wild pitch. he also played great defense at second base and provided scoreless relief pitching in Sunday's game.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bobcats heading to Cocoa Beach

Lots of cool stuff is happening with the New Hampshire Bobcats. We have entered a team for the 2013 Presidents Day Challenge tourney in Cocoa Beach, Fla., which is a brand-new complex with a championship stadium and seven beautiful diamonds. This Cooperstown-style event will feature a Friday Night Home Run Derby and minimum of four games. Cost is $195 per player for lodging, meals and all baseball for Feb. 15-18 ... We currently have the top two spots in the GSBA Fall Wood Bat League. Bobcats Blue has a 4-1 record, and Bobcats White is 3-1-1 ... Thanks to everyone who helped out with the recent raffle. We made a $200 donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society! 

Jeff Bell fires a pitch during a Bobcats win against Concord, Mass.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bobcat of the Week: Tim McEachern

If the Fall Wood Bat League had an All-Star Team, Tim McEachern would be named the starting catcher. A physically strong kid with excellent hands behind the plate, Tim is often preventing runs on defense or driving them in on offense. He leads Bobcats White with a .583 average and had another big game against the Diamond Dawgs at Southern New Hampshire University, a wild back-and-forth contest that ended in a 9-all tie through 11 innings. Congrats, Tim, and keep working hard!

Tim McEachern
                                                              Kevin Littlefield Photos

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bobcat of the Week: Brody Dupuis

It's not an easy choice this week, but Brody Dupuis has earned Bobcat of the Week honors following his performance in a doubleheader sweep of the Concord Cannons A Team. Brody had five hits, including two doubles, while driving in five runs as the undefeated Bobcats won 13-3 and 13-4. He also made a scoreless relief appearance and played solid defense at first base. The umpire also told him, "You have a great attitude."
Brody Dupuis
Other nominees: Owen Willis shined at shortstop and also crushed the ball, picking up four hits in the two wins ... RHP Mitchell Fama earned the win in Game 1, holding the Cannons to one run while striking out five through three innings ... On-base machine Ricky Perry was a catalyst on offense and stalwart at shortstop in Game 2 ... Connor Lyons attended both games to support the team despite the fact he couldn't play (hand injury). That's awesome!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bobcat of the Week: Alex Swett

CONGRATS to Alex Swett, who went 3-for-3 with a bomb to center field in the Bobcats' 10-1 victory in Saturday's home opener against the Granite State Storm. Alex also was the starting catcher and did a fine job receiving, blocking and controlling the running game. He is the first-ever Bobcat of the Week!
Alex Swett

Other nominees: Tim McEachern had two hits, and Nick Salcito had two RBIs in the second game as the Bobcats 14U squad beat Concord, Mass., 9-6. Ryan Forkey drove in a run and later closed the game with scoreless relief ... In the early game, RHP Mitchell Fama pitched two innings of scoreless relief, notching five strikeouts. RHP Cody Morissette worked three scoreless innings and has yet to allow a run this season. Owen Willis had two hits and two RBI. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Home opener at Fisher Cats!

The first two home games in program history will be held Saturday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Team 2 (13U) hosts the Granite State Storm at 8 a.m. for a nine-inning contest. Be there at 7:30 a.m.

Team 1 (14U) team hosts Concord, Mass., at 11 a.m. for a nine-inning contest. Be there at 10 a.m. or earlier to support the younger Bobcats squad. Parking is available in the front lot next to the entrance.

Please consider buying a raffle ticket at the game. We are conducting a raffle for Patriots-Broncos tickets (excellent seats) with proceeds to benefit the MS New Hampshire chapter and the Bobcats. Tickets are $20.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Perfect opening weekend for Bobcats

The New Hampshire Bobcats began their inaugural season with three wins in as many games to open the Fall Wood Bat League season on Saturday. The 14U squad swept the Concord Cannons by scores of 10-0 and 9-4, as Bailey Hamilton and Nick Salcito picked up the wins. Hamilton and Manny Ray combined for eight strikeouts in the opener without yielding a hit. Riley Desmarais laced a single to drive in Salcito for the first run in Bobcats history, and Bryce Barrett helped preserve the shutout with excellent defense at third base. Michael Montembeault had three hits on the day, including a run-scoring double in the second game. 

In Dracut, Mass., the Bobcats 13U team defeated the New England Diamond Dawgs in a nail-biter, 5-4, behind the pitching of Connor Lyons, Joseph Quintal and Cody Morissette. Lyons worked five innings for the win, striking out seven, and allowing only two hits. The Bobcats jumped to a 5-1 lead behind hits by Morissette, who doubled in the fourth inning, and singles from Brody Dupuis and Dylan Bartlett. Isaac Brisson drove in a key run as the Bobcats took a 4-1 lead, and Mitchell Fama added his second RBI with a two-out single to right field. 

Isaac Brisson makes a play at second base during the Bobcats' 5-4 win at Dracut, Mass.  Kevin Littlefield/staff photo.
Cody Morissette entered in the eighth inning and locked down the save as the Bobcats defeated the New England Diamond Dawgs over the weekend.  Kevin Littlefield/staff photo

Monday, August 27, 2012

Game Day information

Bobcats Team 1 opens the fall season against the Concord Cannons on Saturday at 9 a.m. The Cannons field is located at Welch Park on Depot Street in Boscawen. Depot street is near Cumberland Farms at 212 King St., Boscawen. Players should arrive at 8 a.m. We will pass out blue Fall League shirts. Players should wear gray pants, blue belt, blue socks. We will play a 7-inning doubleheader.

Team 1 Roster: Bryce Barrett, Mitchell Fama, Michael Montembeault, Noah Wojtkowski, Ryan Forkey, Bailey Hamilton, Manny Ray, Nick Kafejelis, Corbin Provost, Tim McEachern, Nick Salcito, Riley Desmarais, Nick Gelinas, Billy Croteau.

Team 2 is playing at New England Diamond Dogs in Dracut, Mass., on 9 a.m. Saturday. The address is 1540 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut, Mass., 01826. Players should wear gray pants, blue belt, blue socks. We will play a 7-inning doubleheader.

Team 2 Roster: Dylan Bartlett, Isaac Brisson, Brody Dupuis, Cody Morissette, Alex Swett, Connor Singh, Owen Willis, Ben Palmer, Alex Pelham, Joe Quintal, Nick Britton, Owen Morgan, Ricky Perry, Joey Barrett, Connor Lyons.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Coach Signore on the prowl

Fisher Cats pitching coach and Bobcats senior advisor Tom Signore stopped by a workout at Manchester Memorial High School to catch up with some players and offer a few tips from the mound. He talked about the finer points of pitching mechanics and how to maintain arm strength through long-toss programs. Did you know? Coach Signore is in the Bobcats Hall of Fame -- at Quinnipiac University. He led the Quinnipiac Bobcats to the Division II World Series before embarking on a pro career as player and coach.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rosters to be announced Monday night

In order to give everyone a fair opportunity to showcase their skills, we are hosting one more tryout on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at St. Anselm College. This will be our third workout at Sullivan Field. We as a coaching staff want to evaluate the players one more time before making final decisions and trimming the rosters to 15 apiece. There is never a fee for Bobcats tryouts. See you Sunday at 6 p.m. Fall rosters will be announced Monday night.

Rosters almost complete

Thank you to everyone who attended the past two tryouts. Hopefully you had some fun and learned a couple things. It was great to see everyone get some 1-on-1 attention, whether talking with coach KG, pitching with Coach Nick or hitting with Coach Monty. Overall, we've had more than 30 kids seeking a roster spot for the Fall League. With so much interest, it's been  difficult deciding on the final spots. Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Today's update:

The field at St. Anselm College is really wet with some standing water but we still plan to meet at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Park. We are anxious to meet everyone, hand out folders and answer all questions. Players can use the indoor cage, but do not expect a full workout; however, that may change. -- KG

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Get ready for Wood Bat Fall Ball!

It's another exciting day for the Bobcats. We are entering two teams in the 2012 Fall Wood Bat League, which begins Sept. 1 and continues through October, followed by playoffs and championship. We will compete in the Middle School division (ages 12-14) and host our games at St. Anselm College (when available) or at a diamond in the Manchester area such as at Manchester Memorial or Cawley Middle School in Hooksett. We will play a combination of 9-inning games and some 7-inning doubleheaders.

"The Granite State Baseball Association is excited to announce the New Hampshire Bobcats have joined the 2012 Fall Wood Bat Middle School Division," said Michael Campo, president of the GSBA. "We are always thrilled to add a program that is focused on the development of player skills and has a love for America's pastime."

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Meet Bobcats senior advisor Tom Signore

New Hampshire Fisher Cats pitching coach Tom Signore will serve as senior advisor for the New Hampshire Bobcats, overseeing throwing programs and serving as a volunteer consultant. Signore, Bobcats pitching coach Nick Cenatiempo and the entire staff are committed to protecting young arms and teaching the proper fundamentals of pitching. Signore will meet with the Bobcats before certain Fisher Cats games and direct our winter clinics, among other duties.
"I've always been passionate teaching the game to those who are eager to learn. I'm thrilled to help the New Hampshire Bobcats in any capacity I can," said Signore, who has worked as a pitching coach for the Expos, Marlins and Blue Jays organizations. Signore, a native of North Haven, Conn., pitched in the minor leagues for the Brewers before embarking on a professional career spanning 15 years. He is a member of the Quinnipiac College Hall of Fame.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Next open evaluation tryout is Aug. 12

The Bobcats are holding the next tryout/workout session on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at St. Anselm College. There is no charge. Players can expect instruction from Coaches KG, Monty and Nick in addition to simulated game action. Bring baseball gear, including cleats. Metal cleats are fine. Also bring sneakers in case we need to use the indoor cage. We encourage the use of wood bats in the development process. Most importantly, be ready to work! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Saturday workout is a go!

Despite some rain, tomorrow's workout at St. Anselm College will go off as scheduled. We are meeting at Sullivan Park at 9 a.m. A group discussion will be followed by team stretch at 9:15 a.m. and throwing at 9:30 a.m. If the playing field is too wet (as a result of rain tonight), we will practice on the artificial turf and send groups of four hitters into the indoor cage. The session will serve as a tryout and meet-and-greet with the Bobcats staff, which will provide free instruction. Players ages 13 and 14 are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in the Fall League beginning Sept. 29, feel free to attend the workout to learn more about the Bobcats. Questions may be emailed to:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tryouts set for July 28 and Aug. 11

Players interested in joining the Bobcats or learning about the Fall League are encouraged to attend an open tryout and practice session at St. Anselm College on July 28 and/or Aug. 11. There is no charge for either session. Players born on May 1, 1998 or later are eligible for the 2013 AAU season. However, all 13- and 14-year-olds may compete in the 10-week Fall League and instruction program beginning Sept. 29. What to bring? Baseball gear and cleats, drinks. Wear baseball pants. Any T-shirt or baseball jersey is fine. Players can expect to be evaluated through live drills, batting practice, brief pitching sessions and a simulated game.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hello and welcome!

We are feverishly preparing for the 2013 New England Elite Baseball season and are excited about the future of the program. In the inaugural Bobcats season, we will have a 13U, 13/14U and 14U squad with home games at St. Anselm College, Cawley Middle School in Hooksett, in addition to two home games at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. We also have a 10-week Fall Wood Bat League with two teams entered in the Middle School Division (ages 12-14). 

The coaching staff consists of Bobcats director Kevin Gray, Jeff Montembeault (played at NEC), Ryan Hagan (Franklin Pierce/SNHU), Hunter Judd (SNHU) Nick Cenatiempo (St. John's) and Sean Hamilton (UNH). Fisher Cats pitching coach Tom Signore will help oversee throwing programs and serve as team advisor. We strive to teach comprehensive baseball skills while providing an atmosphere for young players to take their game to the next level. Our players are taught the value of hard work, teamwork, sportsmanship and learn to apply those skills to life. Bobcats players learn how to separate themselves from the pack!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fall League

The 10-week Fall Wood Bat League begins Sept. 1. Players receive instruction and will play competitive games every Saturday or Sunday. We are seeking 13- and 14-year-old players with a strong desire to compete and willingness to learn. The Bobcats will host teams from across the state in this competitive and instruction-filled league. We'll play home games at St. Anselm College or at diamonds in the Manchester area such as Manchester Memorial and Cawley Middle School in Hooksett. Players in the fall program are also invited to a midweek cage workout. We will play teams from other leagues and also have intrasquad games and instruction. Cost is $200 for the 10-week session. Participants will receive a Bobcats hat and T-shirt.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

14U tryouts at St. Anselm College

A tryout and workout session for the New Hampshire Bobcats 14U team will be held July 28 from 9-11 a.m. at St. Anselm College. Players born on May 1, 1998 or later are eligible for the 2013 AAU season. However, younger and older players are encouraged to attend the tryout/workout and plan to take part in our fall training program and instructional league at St. Anselm beginning Sept. 29. There is NO CHARGE for any Bobcats tryout. What to bring? Baseball gear and cleats, drinks. Wear baseball pants. Any T-shirt or baseball jersey is fine. Players can expect to be evaluated through live drills, batting practice, brief pitching sessions and a simulated game ... The following tryout and workout will be held Aug. 11 at St. Anselm.

Bobcats on the prowl

An actual bobcat must learn to be a great hunter, stalking its prey with patience and waiting for the right moment to pounce. Bobcats AAU Baseball teaches a similar approach to hitting. We constantly talk about the value of quality at-bats, teaching young players to stay patient and attack the baseball on YOUR pitch. We feast on fastballs.