Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Timeline: What a Year!

We are so proud of the accomplishments in 2016! Thank you so much for your support and helping create something so special!

Jan. 1 -- The Bobcats take over as co-owners at Ultimate Sports Academy and begin to manage operations.

Feb. 7 -- Two nights after a heated debate, Presidential candidate Marco Rubio rents out USA on Super Bowl Sunday. Regional and national reporters cover the event.

Feb. 13 -- The Bobcats 11u team opened the season with a no-hitter at Dodgertown in Vero Beach. Matthew Lamy, Ethan Gray and Logan Gordon combined on the hill, and the defense made all the plays against Old School Baseball of Michigan.

April 17 -- The 12u squad coached by Jeff Beleski and Ryan Schuff trails by 10 runs before rallying to defeat Keene Jr. Swamp Bats, 27-16, to capture their fourth straight win. Tyler Beleski, Jake Cooper, Sam Dicicco and Dylan Schuff all homered.

April 30 -- 13u: Nick Kiah cruised to a no-hitter in a Mercy Rule victory against Hit Doctors, walking one and striking out one.

April 30 -- Calen Smith steals home with two outs in the sixth inning, lifting the 11u Bobcats to 13-12 win against the Saugus Wings. Smith would steal home three times on the season.

May 1 -- 13u: Both Bobcats 13u teams advance to the semifinals of the Spinners Springshot Tournament at LeLacheur Park in Lowell. Bobcats KG eventually wins the tourney, defeating Spinners Prospects and four other teams along the way.

May 8 -- 11u righty Michael Thresher notches a complete-game against the Plympton Crush on Mother's Day. The Bobcats beat the Crush, 9-2, behind Thresher's two-hitter.

May 30 -- Memorial Day Tournament 13u champions! Bobcats defeat the Black Flies, 7-6, after an epic battle in 10 innings.

June 4 -- Marcus Soucia tosses a no-hitter against the Plympton Crush, notching eight strikeouts and one walk.

June 11 -- 11u Division II EBL championship: Bobcats defeat Rivals, erupting with a 10-run inning and grand slam by Cameron Olivo. Matthew Lamy and Nathan Innerfield combine on the mound to clinch the first-ever Bobcats EBL championship.

June 12 -- Bobcats Prospects open the season with a 17u tournament championship at Connecticut SportsPlex. Matt Chandler homers in pool play, and Cody Morissette pitches the Bobcats to a championship win against Stamford, Conn.

June 12 -- 15u: Evan Schwartz tosses a complete-game to defeat the Vikings, 3-1, at Manchester Memorial H.S. The crafty righty strikes out seven without allowing an earned run.

June 18 -- 14u: Nick Von Breeden blasts a three-run homer and collects eight RBIs as the Bobcats crush the NH Grizzlies. The 14u squad finished the season with a 25-12 record after competing in four elite tournaments.

June 18 -- Bobcats Prospects: Alec Boucher and Brody Dupuis hit back-to-back homers against Academy National in the Cannons Invitational at Drake Field in Pittsfield.

July 17 -- 13u Division IA EBL championship: Bobcats defeat Nor'Easters, 8-5, at Tufts University to claim the program's second EBL title. This marks the seventh EBL championship game in four seasons.

July 10-15 -- Playing in the 12u Blue Crab Tournament at Aberdeen, Md., Bobcats Michaud, went undefeated in five pool play games, Bobcats Michaud placed fourth among 17 teams from the U.S. and Canada. Justin Russell, batting with two outs and two strikes, placed a bunt single for walk-off win to score Matt Lamy and defeat New Jersey ... Earlier in the week, Tim Alley won the Home Run Derby, putting on a display with impressive homers at the Cal Ripken Senior Field.

July 22-24 -- The Bobcats hosted teams from Dominican Republic and Panama in the inaugural Copa de Beisbol tournament. The whirlwind weekend includes trips to Fisher Cats, Red Sox and a 12u championship for the Bobcats. Championship Sunday included a special visit from 2005 Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter.

Sept. 4 -- J.J. Crespo wins the Home Run Derby at the Labor Day Slugfest in Nashua. The 12-year-old standout finishes the calendar year with eight homers in Bobcats games.

Dec. 27-30 -- Cameron Olivo, Luke Ramsey and Marcus Soucia compete in the All-America Games and World Power Showcase at Marlins Park in Miami. Soucia puts on an amazing display of power in the 14u Homer Run Derby, homering in four consecutive swings and finishing with eight homers.

And more:  Exeter High sophomore Cody Morissette, who was targeted by 14 different colleges, makes a verbal commitment to play scholarship baseball for Boston College ... Another Bobcats Original, Joseph Quintal, commits to Fordham ... Three-year Bobcats catcher Dakota Mulcay opts to play at SNHU after being recruited by several top Div. II programs ... Dylan Bogacz commits to Keene State; Tyler Coppo commits to Hartford ... Bobcats and USA sign a partnership with New Hampshire Orthopaedics, ConvenientMD and Cross Insurance.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Three Bobcats headed to World Power Showcase in Miami

A star-studded triumvirate of talent from the New Hampshire Bobcats is headed to Miami. Cameron Olivo, Luke Ramsey and Marcus Soucia, who all won New England championships in 2016, have been invited to the 11th annual World Power Showcase at Marlins Park in Miami on Dec. 27-31. The event features the most prolific amateur players from around the world and provides a center stage in front of baseball's top evaluators during a live worldwide broadcast.

Players are selected based on ability, power, references and showcase performances. Olivo, a power-hitting catcher and pitcher, will represent New Hampshire in the "Future Stars" Home Run Derby and 12u All-American Game. Ramsey and Soucia will play for the East All-Stars in the All-American Game and also take their hacks in the HR Derby at Marlins Park. Bobcats director Kevin Gray, an associate scout for the Seattle Mariners, is honored to be among the East coaching staff.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Soucia invited to World Power Showcase

Bobcats pitching coach Don Perigny
and All-Star Marcus Soucia
Marcus Soucia of Marlborough, N.H., who led the New Hampshire Bobcats to a record-breaking season in 2016, has been invited to the 11th annual World Power Showcase at Marlins Park in Miami on Dec. 27-31. The event features the most prolific amateur players from around the world and provides a center stage in front of baseball's top evaluators during a live worldwide broadcast. 

Soucia, entering his freshman year at Keene High School, batted .561 with a league-leading 11 triples and fashioned a 19-game hitting streak. On the mound, he posted a 9-0 record with 1.80 ERA and tossed a no-hitter against the Plympton Crush. He led the Bobcats to their first 13u New England Elite Baseball Championship, culminating with an 8-5 win against the Nor'Easters at Tufts University. The Bobcats posted a 32-3 overall record, including tournament championships at LeLacheur Stadium in Lowell, Mass., and the Memorial Day weekend title in Manchester, N.H. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Coaching staff for 2017 released

Head coaches for the 2017 Bobcats season have been announced:
10u Division I-- Lonny Emerton
11u Division II -- Matt Bouchard
12u Division IA -- Joe Evans
12u Division IA -- Lenny Pappas
12u Division II -- Ernie Yerrington
13u Division I -- Ben Michaud
13u Division IA -- Jeff Beleski/Ryan Schuff
13u Division II -- Anthony Caiani
14u Division I -- Kevin Gray
14u Division II -- Jeff Montembeault
15u Division I -- Matt Bouchard
Bobcats Prospects tournament team (ages 16-18) -- Lenny Pappas
*Division placements are not final until approved by New England Elite Baseball League

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tryout dates announced

Travel baseball is for those seeking a high level of competition and development. We are passionate about long-term development and providing an atmosphere for your child to succeed as a student-athlete. If you are interested in the Bobcats, please consider attending one of our tryouts. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign up. Players will be given a workout involving running, infield drills, outfield drills, pitching, catching and hitting. Players will be notified within one week if they have or have not earned a roster spot. There is a one-time fee of $10 per player.

Age classification: a player's league age is determined by his age on May 1, 2017. For example, a player born on May 1, 2004 would be eligible for 13u and up. A player born on May 2, 2004 would be eligible for 12u and up.
10u Division
Saturday, August 6, 9-10:30 a.m.
Gergler Field at Hanson Park (lower field), 37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304
11u Division
Saturday, August 6, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Gergler Field at Hanson Park (lower field), 37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pitchers & Catchers Camp begins June 29

Wednesday Pitchers & Catchers Camp at USA begins June 29! This is a 6-week camp designed specifically for pitchers and catchers. Pitchers will receive individual instruction with an emphasis on arm health, throwing mechanics, body control, core strength, the mental game. Catchers will work on blocking, receiving, throwing and game management. "Pop times" will be recorded and players will be challenged to improve each week ... Players will be placed in age appropriate groups. Camper-to-instructor ratio will be 5-to-1. Cost is $150.

Camp dates are June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 2. Camp time is 6-8 p.m. Feel free to arrive early and use the batting cages to hit. Register on-line or pay at the door. Coaching staff includes:
Camp Director Kevin Gray -- Bobcats founder and director and general manager of Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester ... has coached Bow High School and Bow Middle School, Manchester Palomino and Colt League All-Stars ... Program has played in six New England EBL championship games ... former MLB beat writer for NH Union Leader ... currently an associate scout with the Seattle Mariners ... Granite State Baseball League 38+ champion ... captain for the Plymouth High Bobcats in 1989 and graduated from UNH in 1993 ... CPR/First Aid certified.
Pitching Coordinator Lenny Pappas -- Former MVP at Manchester Central High and University of Connecticut scholarship player. Held the NHIAA record for 19 strikeouts in a game. Boston Globe All-State selection in 1988 ... won two Sunset League championships ... Former head coach at Goffstown Post 16 ... Coached Manchester Babe Ruth to five state titles and two New England Regionals ...Coaching the 11u Bobcats and 18u Prospects in 2016. Guided 18u Prospects to tourney championship at Connecticut SportsPlex
Pitching coach Don Perigny -- Bobcats pitching coach and 13u assistant coach. Has guided Division 1A pitching staff to 2.15 ERA, two no-hitters and a 25-game winning streak this season ... Former UMass-Lowell standout and six-year minor league pitcher with White Sox and Marlins. Former teammates with Carlton Fisk, Gary Sheffield ... Career 23-20 record with 2.63 ERA. Led the 1994 Portland Sea Dogs with 49 appearances and ranked third with 84 strikeouts ... Refused to cross the picket line during 1994-95 MLB strike. Has made a tremendous impact with Bobcats since joining the program in 2015.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

11U EBL CHAMPIONS!

A season that began with a no-hitter in Florida ended with a New England Elite Baseball League championship. The 11u Bobcats, coached by Joe Evans, defeated Rivals Baseball of Woburn, Mass., 19-6, to complete their season at Gergler Park in Bow. The Bobcats (21-10) reached the EBL Div. II championship by winning four straight elimination games in the playoffs at Stoneham, Mass.
In the championship, right-handers Matt Lamy and Nathan Innerfield combined to overpower the Rivals. Logan Gordon and Evan Provost handled catching duties, and there many great plays on defense. Cameron Evans sealed the title with a running catch in left-center field. The Bobcats took an 8-6 lead into the seventh inning and erupted for 11 runs, highlighted with a grand slam by Cam Olivo (five RBIs). Ryan McSweeney hit a bases-loaded double, while Nick and Nate Steigmeyer combined for multiple hits. Lamy and Zachary McCoy turned a clutch double play in the fifth inning. Lefty Connor Haas was dominant lefty for the Bobcats all season, and Ryan Cunningham was Mr. Dependable on defense. Ethan Gray (injury) played half the season and was a key contributor to a magical 2016 season. Congratulations to the Bobcats and Rivals for a great season!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Bobcats Prospects schedules

16u Schedule
June 10-12 -- at Connecticut SportsPlex Tournament
June 17-19 -- at Capital City Challenge Tournament, Concord
June 28 -- at Post 21 Legion, Memorial Field, Concord, 5:30 p.m.
July 1-3 -- at Keene Jr. Swamp Bats Tournament
July 7 -- at Post 21 Legion, Memorial Field, Concord, 6 p.m.
July 9-11 -- Spinners Summer Series, Holman Stadium
July 14 -- at Post 21 Legion, Memorial Field, Concord, 5:30 p.m. (DH)
July 23-24 -- Copa de Beisbol Tournament, Manchester
July 26-28 -- EBL Playoffs
Aug. 5-7 -- World Series Park Tournament, Saugus

Sensational Soucia no-hits the Crush

Bobcats 13u standout Marcus Soucia threw a no-hitter to defeat the Plympton Crush, 3-0, in Wrentham, Mass., on Saturday. The strong right-hander struck out seven and issued one walk as the Bobcats stayed undefeated and improved to 23-0 on the season. A week earlier, Soucia delivered the game-winning hit in the 10th inning, lifting the Bobcats to a 7-6 victory against the New Hampshire Black Flies in the championship game of the Memorial Day Classic presented by New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center. Soucia owns a 7-0 record and 1.31 ERA in nine appearances this season. Pictured at right is pitching coach Don Perigny and Marcus. Congrats! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Undefeated and Spinners Springshot Champs!

The red-hot 13U Bobcats won five straight games in the 2016 Jr. Spinners Springshot Tournament, clinching the title with a 9-3 win against Northeast Baseball at LeLacheur Stadium. Tournament MVP Marcus Soucia collected 11 hits and 15 RBIs in the tourney, including a big game in the opener against Jr. Spinners Prospects. After erasing a five-run deficit, Luke Ramsey's walk-off single in the seventh inning propelled the Bobcats to an 8-7 win against the Prospects. In the championship game, the Bobcats rallied and took the lead on Soucia's bases-loaded double. Josh Morissette pitched four innings to earn the win, and steady lefty Dan Sarmiento closed out the victory in the seventh. In pool play, the Bobcats racked up 20 hits against Spinners Scout, including an inside-the-park homer by Ramsey and three hits by Ryan Smith. Luke Ramsey pitched a dominant five innings for the win. In other games, Nick Kiah threw a no-hitter against the Hit Doctors, and Peter Haas earned the victory in the semifinals with three strong innings.
The Bobcats have opened the season with 11 straight wins. Congratulations to the entire team: Hunter Caron, Will Coogan, Anthony DiNardi, Peter Haas, Nick Kiah, Alex McGandy, Josh Morissette, Aiden Perigny, Luke Ramsey, Dan Sarmiento, Jake Shapiro, Ryan Smith and Marcus Soucia.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bobcats Team of the Week

Kotsania Chikosi
With a doubleheader sweep against Legends Gold, the 12u Bobcats White improved to 8-1 on the season and currently lead the New England Elite Baseball League in several pitching and hitting categories. The team is coached by Jeff Beleski and Ryan Schuff. The hot-hitting 'Cats have won six straight games, including an epic 27-16 victory at the Keene Swamp Bats, a game in which the Bobcats trailed by 10 runs. Tim Alley leads the team with a .526 batting average, while Tyler Beleski (.630 OBP), Kotsania Chikosi (three homers, 15 RBIs) and Sam Dicicco (team-leading 12 hits) have also been fueling the offense. Right-hander Michael Girard (3-0, 1.73 ERA) has been dominant on the mound and unstoppable on the base paths, recording a league-leading 22 steals. The first-place Bobcats play at Academy National on Sunday.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Grand slam highlights weekend at NEBC

Connor Haas pitches against the Beantown
Bombers at New England Baseball Complex. 
Connor Haas belted his first career grand slam, lifting Bobcats Navy to a 9-6 victory against the New England Storm in 11u games this weekend. Cameron Olivo also homered for the second consecutive weekend as coach Joe Evans' squad won two games on Saturday. In other 11u games, Bobcats White advanced to the championship bracket with a 9-1 triumph over the Braintree Bandits. Left-hander Michael Thresher pitched a scoreless three innings to lead the way, and Thomas Speltz was solid in relief.
Koko Chikosi homered to lead Bobcats Beleski in 12u tournament play. Overall, the Bobcats organization won seven games at New England Baseball Complex and thoroughly enjoyed a great weekend of baseball! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Bobcats 5th season underway!

Michael Girard, Dylan Schuff and Sam Dicicco pitched the Bobcats to a doubleheader sweep against the 12u Black Flies, kicking off the start of the 2016 travel season on Saturday. Girard worked three innings, striking out seven, as the Bobcats won the season opener, 6-4. Schuff pitched the final three innings, fanning three, for the save. In the second game, Dicicco pitched three innings and struck out six, yielding no walks, in the Bobcats' 3-2 victory. In the 11u Division, Nathan Innerfield pitched a dominant three innings, racking up seven strikeouts, to lead the Bobcats to a 13-8 win in the season opener at Southern Maine Diamond Dogs.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

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.
"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."

Friday, January 1, 2016

Winter Hitting Leagues at USA

The staff at Ultimate Sports Academy is offering an exciting new Winter Hitting League for five weeks. Teams will compete at USA's HitTrax batting simulator on Sunday afternoons. HitTrax is New Hampshire's first and only baseball simulator featuring an amazing combination of analytics and entertainment. This innovative system delivers real-time date and displays live results while players swing for the fences at any Major League stadium or even Williamsport, home of the Little League World SerieTeams compete in a game of Quality Hits or Home Run Derby. Points are awarded based on key metrics such as hit distance, exit velocity, launch angle, pitch selection and more.
Four players per team. Begins Sunday, Jan. 10 and continues January 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7. Cost is $100 per player. Games are 90 minutes, including warmups.
Ages 10-12 -- noon- 1:30 p.m.
Ages 13-15 -- 2-3:30 p.m.
Ages 16-18 -- 4-5:30 p.m.
Prizes for the winning teams! Call Kevin at Ultimate Sports Academy if you have any questions. 603-782-4949.