Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Win recaps: Bobcats jump yard with homers

14u: Jake Ross went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and also pitched four effective innings, leading the Bobcats to a 13-4 win over Rivals. In the opener, Richie Marique worked 4-2/3 innings and had eight strikeouts to silence the Rivals. Ross is batting .702 (19-for-27) with six doubles and four triples. The Bobcats improved to 6-2.
13u: Timmy Stevens and Adrian Kennedy, who rank among league leaders in several offensive categories, led the way for blowout wins, 19-2 and 13-4, at Seacoast Mavericks White. Sam Froio notched the victory in the opener and also added three hits and five RBIs. The Bobcats lead their division with a 9-4 record.
12u: Chris Chow and Jack McLean each homered to power the Bobcats to their fourth straight victory. Connor Abood pitched another gem in a doubleheader sweep of Northeast Hurricanes Nashua.
12u: In the opener, Luke Ramsey hit a walk-off grand slam and Nicholas Ritchie pitched another complete game for a 10-0 win over Northeast Hurricanes Salem. The Bobcats (10-2) belted seven homers in the nightcap for a 20-10 triumph. Alex Noel went deep twice. Ryan Smith leads the New England EBL in batting (.722) and has three homers on the season.
10u: Nick Steigmeyer pitched a complete game in the opener, leading the Bobcats to an 8-4 win at the Londonderry Red Wings. Calen Smith snapped a tie game with a two-run single, and Ethan Chow drove in two more runs.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Morissette commits to Boston College

Exeter High School sophomore Cody Morissette, a four-year member of the New Hampshire Bobcats, made a verbal commitment to accept a baseball scholarship to Boston College this week. Morissette, 16, had made unofficial visits to UNC-Ashville, Virginia Tech and St. John's before committing to the Eagles of the ACC Conference. Since earning a save in his first-ever Bobcats game in 2012, he has led teams to multiple league and tournament championships. The recruiting process began in earnest last summer after playing in summer tournaments and participating in the Area Code showcase at Bentley College.
"Proud to say I have verbally committed to Boston College. Thanks to my family, friends and coaches who have helped me along the way. #birdball," Morissette tweeted.
In 2013, the lefty hitter fashioned a program-record 34-game hitting streak in games with the 13u and 14u Bobcats. He has thrown no-hitters and also been a mainstay on defense the past four seasons. Most recently, he led the Bobcats to an 18u tourney championship at Connecticut SportPlex.
"Cody has set the standard for being a leader and demanding excellence from himself. He is passionate about the game and his teammates. Boston College is getting a great player and great person," said Bobcats director Kevin Gray. "Congratulations to Cody and his family for reaching this goal."

Ritchie Express Delivers

Cool-headed Nicholas Ritchie silenced the previously red-hot Legends Prospects in a 7-0 victory for the 12u Bobcats in Division I play on Saturday night. Ritchie went all six innings and threw only 65 pitches, handing the Legends (16-4) their only shutout of the season. The strong righty yielded four hits and struck out five without allowing a walk. Alex Noel delivered a three-run homer in the fifth inning for the Bobcats (8-2). Ryan Smith went 5-for-5 in the doubleheader, homering twice. The Legends won the opener, 15-7, in a game featuring 10 home runs. Josh Morissette also homered.

12u: Winning pitchers Connor Abood and Jack McLean guided the Bobcats to a doubleheader sweep over the New England Blackhawks, 16-4 and 6-4 on Sunday morning. Sebastian Moceri had five hits on the afternoon. Chris Chow and Joey Costa teamed up for the defensive play of the game, with Chow chasing down a fly ball that bounced out off his glove and into the leather of Costa. Erik Hanser and Chris Lacerte provided relief pitching to nail down the second game.

14u: Strikeout king Richard Marique worked five innings, fanning five batters, to lead the Bobcats in a 15-2 against the NH Grizzlies. Marique has a league-leading 22 strikeouts in 11-2/3 innings. Jake Ross had three hits and three RBIs, while Carter Smith knocked in four runs.