Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Fall League champions!

Cody Morissette pitched a one-hitter in the semifinals for a 2-1 victory, and Bobcats Navy rallied for a 7-5 triumph against Cannons Royal in the 2014 Fall League High School Division championship on Sunday. Morissette had three hits in the final, while Brody Dupuis doubled and singled to drive in three runs. Leadoff hitter Mike Montembeault reached base four times. Right-hander Isaac Blake pitched into the fourth inning, and lefty Ryan Tessier notched his first career Bobcats victory in relief. Click here for a video playlist of the championship game.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Marique dominates Middle School Division

Eighth grader Richie Marique homered over the wall in left-center and went 5-for-5 with a walk, leading Bobcats Red in a doubleheader sweep over Merrimack Valley on Saturday. Marique finished the afternoon with three doubles and a single and added his name to the Bobcats record book with a 5-RBI performance in a 12-1 win. The team improved to 9-2-1 and stands in first-place in the Cannons Middle School Fall Baseball National League.

In 12u action, pitchers Zack Smith and Connor Abood to shut down Cannons White, 4-1, on Wednesday. Joey Songen and Ethan Tessier combined to score four runs while tallying eight stolen bases.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Be a faster, stronger and better baseball player!

The Bobcats are again partnering with Joel Bergeron of NLP Strength for speed and strength training throughout the fall and winter. Our players are eligible for a discount. Workout classes are available Monday through Friday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. and Monday, /Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Players may sign up for NLP and attend any of those workouts. Enter the code "Bobcats" at registration and receive one free workout for every six workouts purchased.
Register by visiting and clicking on the ‘register now’ button.. Full program details are available on the website, including scheduling through June 2015. Through November 10, classes are available Mon/Wed/Fri 3:30-5:00, Mon/Wed 5:30-7:00, and select Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:30.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Seven wins on the weekend

Connor Abood smashed the first home run of his career and Jack McLean went 4-for-5 with three doubles as the Bobcats 12u squad swept a doubleheader against the Granite Heat on Saturday. It was a big weekend for the Bobcats organization, who collected seven victories on the weekend. Other highlights:

  •  Matt Stanieich and Richie Marique picked up wins on the mound to lead first-place Bobcats Red (6-1-1) in a doubleheader sweep against the Red Wings in Middle School play. Henry Crawford and Sam Frojo helped fuel the offense, while Aiden Coyne and Luke McCusker provided excellent relief pitching.
  • In the HS Division, lefty Declan Knieriem had 15 strikeouts, and Ryan Simard drove in the winning run for Bobcats Red, which defeated Northern Lakes, 3-2.
  • Matthew Chandler's grand slam capped a doubleheader sweep for Bobcats Navy against Cannons Gold. Moises Celaya earned a complete-game win in the opener (a 4-3 win) and also homered in Game 2.
  • For updated fall schedules and standings, click here. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Navy squad off to a hot start

Swinging a 32-inch maple bat, Cody Morissette hammered a three-run triple to complete a doubleheader sweep for Bobcats Navy in High School Division play this afternoon. The Bobcats (4-0) defeated Cannons Orange, 5-0, and Cannons Black, 11-1, at Winnisquam High in Tilton. Among the weekend highlights:

  • Drew Merrick, Nick Kelly and Isaac Blake combined for a shutout in the opener, and the defense turned three double plays.
  • RHP Matthew Chandler was dominant in relief, touching 80 mph on the radar gun on at least three pitches.
  • Morissette nearly homered for a tone-setting double in the opener, finishing with four hits and five RBI on the day.
  • Moises Celaya had quite a productive weekend. He kicked a game-winning 24-yard field goal for Hanover High on Friday night and had another big day for the Bobcats, reaching base several times and pitching a perfect inning to cap the sweep.
  • Dina Monty cooked omelettes for players between games.
    Moises Celaya prepares to take a rip for Bobcats Navy. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Perfect weekend (4-0) for Middle School teams

In the opening weekend of fall play, Cody Pfeifer homered over the wall in left field as Bobcats Navy won, 13-7, at Youngsville today. Starting pitcher Logan Galloway earned the win, and Pfeifer pitched well in relief. The second game was rained out and played Wednesday. Nick Achorn hit a walk-off single to give the Bobcats a 5-4 win. Luke Brown pitched well in relief, earning the win ... In Tilton, Bobcats Red defeated Cannons Gold, 6-5, behind strong pitching by Richie Marique and Drake Leask. Carter Smith led the offense throughout the afternoon, and Luke McCusker supplied the winning RBI-single in the sixth inning. In the second game, right-handers Adam Grabowski, Henry Crawford-Eng and Aiden Coyne all pitched effectively. Foster Stacey's squeeze bunt highlighted a four-run rally for the Bobcats in the second inning. Later, Sam Froio doubled and Aaron Zabawski tripled to cap the scoring.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Era of Bobcats Baseball begins

We are excited to announce the addition of highly regarded coach Dan Bernier and Ben Michaud of Youngsville Cal Ripken Baseball, who join the program to launch a new era for the Bobcats. Bernier will lead the 12U Division I Bobcats in 2015. Home games will be played at the Youngsville Baseball complex in Manchester and feature some Saturday night games! Bernier, who is president of Youngsville Cal Ripken Baseball, has coached and developed youth teams for more than 20 years. His teams have won Cal Ripken state championships at several age levels and made eight trips to Dreams Park in Cooperstown. He coached travel ball for the Northeast Hurricanes before joining the Bobcats.

Michaud is no stranger to the New England EBL, having coached the Northeast Hurricanes in Division I before joining the Bobcats. He served as a head coach in the Youngsville system for eight seasons, coaching multiple all-star teams. Coach Michaud has been a youth baseball coach for 15 years, including stops in the Manchester Pony League at each age level. Welcome to the Bobcats!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekend highlights ... lots of them!

In 14U Division 1A, Cody Morissette threw a no-hitter and blasted his seventh homer of the season as the Bobcats swept the Maine Lightning, 11-0 and 11-9, to stay in first-place. The record-setting club improved to 23-4-1. Cody Morel had a two-run homer, and Jake Ross doubled off the center-field wall ... In Division II, Dylan Bogacz and Ryan Flaherty earned the wins for a doubleheader sweep against the Jr. Spinners ... In 13U play, Logan Galloway and Parker Joyce combined to defeat Seacoast United, 4-3. Joyce worked three innings in relief to earn his first career Bobcats win ... In 15U play, Bailey Hamilton shut down the Seacoast Mavericks and touched 80 mph on the radar during a 14-4 victory. Tim McEacharn ripped a bases-loaded triple, and Brody Dupuis added a two-run double ... In the 11U and 12U Elite Baseball League All-Star Game, Sam Malgeri and Julio Guerrero played big roles. Malgeri singled and pitched in relief as the American League All-Stars won in 10 innings.
Sam Malgeri had a blast in the 11U EBL All-Star Game.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Say hello to the 15u Bobcats

Dakota Mulcay opened the season with a two-run homer, and the Bobcats 15u team swept the NH Grizzlies, 8-2 and 8-5, at St. Anselm College on Sunday. Right-hander Matthew Chandler earned the first victory, and flame-throwing reliever Tyler Coppo picked up the second win after a solid outing by Bailey Hamilton. Mike Montembeault tripled and scored to give the Bobcats the go-ahead lead in Game 2.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Muskrats (and Little Mo) in good hands

Saint Anselm College pitching coach Nick Cenatiempo, who has been a key member of the Bobcats staff since 2012, has been named pitching coach for the Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Cenatiempo will oversee one of the top pitching staffs in the NECBL, including Mariano Rivera, Jr., son of Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader. A product of Manchester West and St. John's University, played in the NECBL as a member of the Keene Swamp Bats and Sanford Mainers. The Muskrats have a star-studded roster that features players from Arizona State, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and other top college programs. The eight-week, 42-game schedule begins this weekend. Laconia hosts Vermont on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tilton hired by North Shore Navigators

Congratulations to Bobcats pitching guru Chris Tilton, who landed a job with the North Shore Navigators and will serve as pitching coach in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Tilton, a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, begins the season tonight at Martha's Vineyard.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Chris, and we are so happy to watch as his college coaching career takes off," Bobcats director Kevin Gray said. "We owe a big thank you to Chris for all of his hard work during the winter and spring and wish him the best. The Navigators are lucky to have him."

The 22-year-old Tilton coached the Bobcats 13U team on a winter trip to Florida and coached a Bobcats 14u team this spring. During three months of winter training, he spent Saturday and Sunday mornings working with young Bobcats ages 9-15.

"Being part of the Bobcats family is a special feeling that I will take with me forever. I cannot thank KG, Jeff and Dina Montembeault and the entire staff for everything," Tilton said. "I am excited for this new opportunity and look forward to recruiting some Bobcats down the road."

Coach Tilton talks with the Bobcats after a game at Dodgertown, 
Vero Beach., Fla., in February 2014.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

War at the Shore Champs!

The 14U Bobcats Red stormed through the championship bracket to win the 2014 War at the Shore tournament in East Lyme, Conn., over Memorial Day weekend. In the semifinals, Cody Morissette pitched a two-hit shutout and homered in the seventh inning to defeat the No. 1-seeded Connecticut Blue Devils, 2-0. The Bobcats won the championship behind the pitching of Eric Reardon, who tossed a three-hitter to beat the Clifton Park (N.Y.) Legends, 8-0. Sam Rollick broke a scoreless battle with a homer, and Ryan Tessier added a two-out, two-run double to open the floodgates. Ben Malgeri had 11 hits in the five-game weekend, including six doubles. Rollick also earned a win during the tourney, and Bobby Cliche notched the save in a quarterfinal 8-7 win against Connecticut Mission. The Bobcats (16-3) emerged from a field of 18 teams to win the Shore! 

Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 Fall League champions!

Cody Morissette pitched a one-hitter in the semifinals for a 2-1 victory, and Bobcats Navy rallied for a 7-5 triumph against Cannons Royal in the 2014 Fall League High School Division championship on Sunday. Morissette had three hits in the final, while Brody Dupuis doubled and singled to drive in three runs. Leadoff hitter Mike Montembeault reached base four times. Right-hander Isaac Blake pitched into the fourth inning, and lefty Ryan Tessier notched his first career Bobcats victory in relief. Click here for a video playlist of the championship game.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Coach KG joins USA Baseball Development Camp

The USA Baseball 12U national team is hosting an open development camp at Franklin Pierce University's Pappas Field in Rindge on June 2 at 4 p.m. Bobcats co-founder and coach Kevin Gray, an associate scout with the Seattle Mariners, will be joining the staff of the development camp as USA Baseball seeks to identify the top 12U players in the Northeast. The development program features a series of camps across the country for players born on or after January 1, 2002. The program includes a two-tiered identification process, culminating in the selection of players to participate in the 12u National Team Trials and 12U National Open tournament.

USA Baseball 12U Open Development Camp
Ages: 12U - Born on or after January 1, 2002
Location: Franklin Pierce University, Pappas Field, Rindge
Monday, June 2, 2014; Cost: $65
Time: Registration begins at 3 p.m. Camp runs from 4-8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March notes

Team schedules have been posted on the Elite Baseball League site. Click "Divisions" to find all the teams and schedules ...

No practice at USA on March 29-30. Instead we will be meeting at Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown for Bobcats Community Service Day. We will be cleaning up the baseball field and removing snow. Lots of work to do! Bring your favorite shovel, rake or snowblower! 

Thanks to Tyler Gauthier for coming to practice at USA and helping out during bullpen sessions. Tyler is joining the Tampa Bay Rays for extended spring training and will be assigned to a minor-league affiliate. Last season, he pitched for Hudson Valley in the New York-Penn League ... Hope everyone enjoyed Media Day and talking with Dr. Jonathan Mack of Elliot Sports Medicine.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bobcats Classic 14u tournament teams

The field is set for the 2nd annual Bobcats Classic, presented by Elliot Sports Medicine. Games will be played April 12-13 in Manchester, N.H., with headquarters at historic Gill Stadium. The tourney schedule will be announced in April.
1. Central Maine (Augusta) Bobcats
2. Concord Cannons Black
3. Concord Cannons Orange
4. NE Ravens
5. NE Reds
6. NE Stampede
7. NH Black Flies
8. NH Bobcats Blue
9. NH Bobcats Red
10. Plympton Crush Blue
11. Plympton Crush White

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bobcats Media Day presented by Elliot Sports Medicine

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Bobcats Media Day is set for Sunday, March 9, once again hosted by Elliot Sports Medicine at the River's Edge Conference Center at 4 p.m. Players will receive their 2014 jerseys, have portraits taken for the season, conduct interviews and meet with Elliot Sports Medicine staff in this pro-style event. Bobcats staff photographer Kevin Littlefield will be on hand for the photo shoot and members of the media are invited for player and coach interviews.

For parents, this is a great opportunity to meet with orthopaedic doctors and ask questions, learning about arm health and preventative care. In 2013, the New Hampshire Bobcats and Elliot Sports Medicine formed a partnership that combines youth baseball with the state's most comprehensive health and orthopaedic care center. Elliot Sports Medicine is the presenting sponsor and official healthcare provider of the Bobcats, an elite travel program offering instruction and long-term development of the state's top players.

The Bobcats and Elliot Sports Medicine physicians offer educational discussions on strength training, preventative care, rehabilitation and overall arm health throughout the off-season and regular season. In addition, Elliot Sports Medicine is the presenting sponsor for the Bobcats Classic on April 12-13, at Gill Stadium of Manchester.

"In a short amount of time, the New Hampshire Bobcats have established themselves as a powerful and respected program. We are thrilled to be working together and providing our extensive resources to help these kids stay healthy and chase their long-term goals," said Jonathan Mack, MD, Medical Director of Elliot Sports Medicine.

The Manchester-based Bobcats provide winter training and play a 25-30-game schedule from April into July. The rapidly growing program consists of development teams ages 11 through 15. Home games are played at St. Anselm College and Manchester Memorial High, in addition to games at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the Double-A Fisher Cats.

"This partnership couldn't be more of a perfect fit. When I hurt my shoulder last year, I was blown away by the by overall experience -- from x-rays to physical therapy -- that was provided by Elliot Sports Medicine," said Kevin Gray, Bobcats director of operations. "It's comforting to know we can count on Elliot Sports Medicine for the very best in year-round healthcare for our players."

The Elliot offers expert personal and individualized care in the diagnosis and treatment of all orthopaedic conditions, including sports injuries, trauma care, joint replacement surgery and most musculoskeletal conditions. Elliot Orthopaedic Surgical Specialists offer experienced sports medicine physicians, caring therapists, and the most advanced equipment to help you return to sports. Our on-site x-ray, advanced imaging, bracing services, and all electronic medical records are fully integrated within the Elliot Health System to provide fast, high-quality and streamlined medical evaluation and treatment for your sports injury.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"Have fun!"

Some younger Bobcats had a chance to practice today with Kevin McGowan, drafted in the 13th round by the New York Mets in 2013. The 6-foot-6 righty played at Nashua North and emerged into a dominant pitcher at Franklin Pierce, reaching 97-mph on the radar. McGowan worked with Bobcats pitchers and gave an important message to the group: "The biggest thing is to keep having fun." Last season, McGowan pitched for the Brooklyn Cyclones, making 14 appearances and posting a 5.28 ERA with 27 strikeouts and eight walks. He is off to Florida this week for some early workouts before the official start of spring training. Good luck, Kevin!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hunter Judd to lead 16u Bobcats

The Bobcats are excited to announce the addition of former Southern New Hampshire University pitcher Hunter Judd to their coaching staff. Judd, 22, grew up in Pittsburg and led his high school team to a state championship in 2009. He will serve as head coach of the 16U team during the summer of 2015. Judd guided the Bobcats 15u squad to the New England Baseball League semifinals in 2014. A year earlier, he coached the Bobcats in the Fall League and also served as the Goffstown junior varsity coach, guiding the club to a 16-0 record. He was also a student-assistant coach at SNHU. In 2010, he Judd won the prestigious Wendy's High School Heisman Award for athletic and academic excellence and community service.

Monday, January 20, 2014


Let's keep working on that foundation for success. Practice with a purpose. Do the little things right. Push yourself when the coach isn't watching ... The Bobcats are excited about two more tournaments we have entered, War at the Shore for Memorial Day weekend in East Lyme, Conn., and Baseball Heaven on Long Island on May 30-June 1. All teams are going except the 15u team at Baseball Heaven ... Congrats to Jack Dalton, who won a Bobcats BP jacket with a flawless performance in Knockout on Sunday. 

Bobcats 11u and 12u teams with Coach LaRocca.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Winter workout notes, Jan. 11-12

Great job this weekend by everyone who attended practice at Ultimate Sports Academy. Remember, there are no shortcuts. All of our teams are loaded with talent, and we have high expectations for 2014. Check out the New England Elite Baseball League by clicking on the link. Divisions for 2014 have been posted ... Congrats to the following players, who have been offered roster spots recently: Wyatt Allaire (12u) of Dover, Chris Chow (11u) of Hooksett (11u), Sam DiCicco (11u) of Hooksett and Jack Lano (11u) of Strafford. The coaches also gave some great messages to the kids this weekend about the mental game. Below, coach Chris "Mac" McKenzie talks about Stephen Drew's struggles at the plate (6-for-54 in the playoffs) and how he always played great defense.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Batting average can be evil

Numbers are such a part of baseball -- and they can be fun and informative -- but don't ever let a batting average define someone as a hitter. We stress "quality at-bats" and hardly ever talk about batting average because we're striving for something much bigger: developing players to consistently hit the ball hard and become a team player. Let's examine what could be a typical day at the plate for a young hitter:

First AB -- Runner on the second. Squares up the ball hard and rips a grounder to the shortstop, who makes an error. The runner scores. 
Second AB -- Great timing on the swing and rips a liner to center field that is caught.
Third AB -- Runner on third base, one out. With the infield playing back, he works the count and bounces a grounder to second base. He is out but the run scores.
Fourth AB -- Runner at second, nobody out. Waits on a curveball and hits a grounder to second base again, advancing the runner to third.

The team wins but the player went 0-for-4 in the scorebook despite having four quality at-bats. He isn't happy on the ride home. When he goes on Facebook later, his friends ask "how many hits you get?" The answer is none. His confidence takes a hit ... In reality, he should be commended for having four excellent ABs and helping the team win. The next game, he is feeling anxious at the plate and begins to press. He lunges at the first good pitch and bounces a week grounder to third because he's too early on the swing. Had the player been relaxed and confident, he might have smoked a double into the gap. This is a great lesson on the approach to hitting. It was first brought to my attention by Steve Springer of the Blue Jays, who sent me a CD about 10 years ago. The guy is a master of the mental side of the game ... Batting average makes for great eye candy when things are going well. Bobcats slugger Cody Morissette led all of 13u and 14U Elite Baseball League hitters with a ridiculous .627 average last season. This may sound funny but his stats were never mentioned until a year-end banquet. He also had a 34-game hitting streak, which was never mentioned until after the season. No need. The goal was to hit the ball hard every time. His first hit of the season actually was a bunt in a 32-degree game at Daniel Webster College.  -- KG

Connor Singh rips a pitch at Franklin Pierce tourney in 2013.

Photo by Kevin Littlefield

Monday, January 6, 2014

Winter workout notes

The next practice for all teams is Wednesday night at the St. Anselm College Carr Center, which has three courts and a large batting cage. Please no outdoor footwear for practice. Bring a pair of sneakers ... Catchers, always bring your gear.
11U, 12U, 13U: Practice is 6:00-7:30 p.m.
14U, 15U: Practice is 7:30-9:00 p.m.

The opening weekend at Ultimate Sports Academy was a big success. The lighting, spacious field and netting system are much appreciated. Congrats to 11U player Christopher Chow, who won a Knockout championship and new Bobcats hoodie ... The Bobcats are preparing for a trip to Vero Beach, Fla., with games at Dodgertown on Feb. 15-17. We are also entering tournaments for all teams at "War at the Shore" on Memorial Day weekend and Baseball Heaven on Long Island May 30-June 1.

Baseball Heaven, Long Island, N.Y.