Friday, May 10, 2019

Nearly 70 Former Vermont High School Baseball Players on Collegiate Rosters for 2019 Season

Close to 70 former Vermont high school baseball players are members of NCAA or USCAA four-year collegiate baseball programs during the 2019 season. In addition two more are with major league organizations awaiting assignment to minor league affiliates. Several others with ties to Green Mountain State high schools and colleges are on collegiate coaching staffs this season including eight head coaches, two at the Division I level.

This also is the 11th straight season a former Vermont high school player is playing baseball at an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) program, one of the top Division I baseball conferences in the NCAA.

As well as the eight collegiate head coaches, Jack Leggett, a South Burlington High School alum and longtime Clemson, Western Carolina and UVM head coach, is the head coach of the USA Baseball U-18 National Team that will compete internationally this summer.
Nearly all the collegiate players have participated in the Vermont Baseball Coaches Association's Underclass Showcase, now in its seventh year, held each June at Castleton University's Spartan Field. This year's showcase will be Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
If you know of any others on four-year collegiate rosters, please e-mail Bruce Bosley, executive director of the VBCA, at or

NCAA Division I:
Boston College (ACC): Will Hesslink, So., LHP, Rice Memorial (Shelburne);
Connecticut (AAC): Leif Bigelow, Fr., RHP, Brattleboro;
Iona (MAAC): Henry Conroy, Jr., RHP, Rice Memorial (Shelburne);
St. Bonaventure (Atlantic-10): Elijah Baez, Jr., RHP, Essex;

NCAA Division II:
Merrimack: Brayden Howrigan, Fr., RHP, Enosburg Falls;
Saint Michael's: Max McDowell, Sr., RHP, South Burlington (Essex); Brady Perron, Fr., C, Lake Region (Orleans);
Southern New Hampshire Univ: Matthew Messier, Sr., RHP, Lake Region (North Troy);

NCAA Division III and USCAA:
Babson: Jordy Allard, So., RHP, Hartford;
Castleton: Dylan Bailey, Sr., IF, Harwood (Duxbury); Pat Mumford, Sr., OF, Mill River (Chippenhook); Deegan Poland, Sr. OF, Champlain Valley (Williston); Charlie Stapleford, Sr., RHP, Vergennes; Davis Mikell, Sr., RHP/1B, Champlain Valley (Williston); Andrew Graciano, Jr., OF, St. Johnsbury; Josh Skoskie, So., RHP, South Royalton; Andy Kenosh, So., RHP, Rutland; Max Olmstead, So., LHP, Landmark (East Montpelier); Parker Brown, Fr., RHP, Lake Region (Glover); Reece DeCastro, Fr., IF, Rutland; Jake O'Brien, Fr., IF, Harwood (Duxbury);
Clarkson: Mark Connor, Jr., RHP; BFA St. Albans;
Colby-Sawyer: Alec Burns, So., 2B, Enosburg Falls; Kristian Vilanjen, Fr., LHP, Stowe/Peoples Academy;
Dean (Ma.): Stanley Grandfield, Fr., RHP, Harwood (Waterbury); Ben Tate, Fr., RHP, South Burlington;
Endicott: Joseph Brown, Jr., RHP, Poultney;
FDU Florham: Jake Alercio, Sr., IF, Rutland;
Husson: Alex Chapman, Sr., OF/LHP, BFA Fairfax (Westford); Dylan Covey, Sr., OF, Milton; Matt Graziano, Jr., OF, St. Johnsbury; Brandon Brunell, Fr., RHP, Lyndon;
NVU-Lyndon: Tyler Davis, Sr., RHP, Blue Mountain (Groton); Sam Ongenoff, Jr., IF/RHP, Brattleboro;  Matt Page, Jr., RHP, Blue Mountain (Groton); Codi Smith, Jr., OF/RHP, Hartford; Cameron Flinn, So., IF/RHP, Williamstown (Barre); Caleb Laroche, So., OF, Enosburg Falls (Franklin); Tyler Roberge, So., OF, Essex; Ryder Thornton, So., C, Essex; Kyle DeRosia, Fr., LHP, Union-32 (Worcester); Edgar Koval, Fr., IF/OF, Essex; E.J. Patch, Fr., IF, Mill River (Clarendon); T.J. Santaw., Fr., RHP/IF, North Country (Newport);
Maine-Farmington: Nathan Poulin, Fr., RHP, Williamstown; Danny Terhune, Fr., C/OF, South Burlington;
Mass. Coll. Of Liberal Arts (MCLA): Brody Farnum, Jr., RHP, Mount Anthony (Bennington);
New England College: Colby Howe, Sr., RHP, Bellows Falls;
Norwich: Chris Leach, Jr., C, Vergennes; Dylan Czachor, So., OF, Fair Haven (Castleton); Cale Bombardier, Fr., RHP, Champlain Valley (Williston); Jacob Preston, Fr., IF, Northfield; Hayden Roberge, Fr., OF, Union-32 (Middlesex)
Penn State-Harrisburg: Nick Fitzgerald, Fr., RHP, Lamoille (Johnson)
Plattsburgh State: Jordan Godfrey, Sr., OF, Rutland;
Rensselaer (RPI): Patrick McMackin, Sr., RHP, South Burlington; Noah Normyle, Jr., IF, Mount Anthony (Bennington);
Salisbury (Md.): Sky Rahill, Fr., OF, Burlington;
College of St. Joseph's (Vt.- USCAA): Jason Albert, Jr., IF/RHP, Green Mountain (Chester); Lincoln Pritchard, So., Ut, Mill River (N. Clarendon); Joe Ruby, Fr., C/OF, Rutland;
Saint Lawrence: Patrick Greenan, So., LHP, Saint Johnsbury; Liam Reiner, Fr., RHP, Champlain Valley;
Skidmore: Will Potter, Sr., RHP/OF, Champlain Valley (Charlotte);
Southern Maine: Thomas Vesosky, Fr., OF, Colchester;
Thomas (Maine): Ezra Caron, Jr., IF/RHP, Mt. Anthony (Pownal);
Union: Chris O'Brien, So., 1B, Champlain Valley (Williston);
Utica: Jacob Gaboriault, Sr., C/OF, Essex (Colchester);
West Virginia Wesleyan: Jake Hakey, So., RHP, BFA-Fairfax (Georgia);
Williams: Ryan Young, Fr., Ut, Essex
Worcester Poly (WPI): Rob Chase, Sr., RHP, Colchester (Grand Isle);

Affiliated Minor League Baseball organizations:
Colorado Rockies: Rayne Supple*, RHP, Champlain Valley (Shelburne)
Texas Rangers: Theo McDowell*, RHP, South Burlington (Essex Junction)
*at extended spring training awaiting minor league assignment

Head Coaches:
Eastern Connecticut: Brian Hamm, head coach, (Middlebury College alum)
Fairfield: Bill Currier, head coach, Essex (UVM alum);
Manhattan College: Mike Cole, head coach (UVM alum); 
MIT: Andy Barlow, head coach, Burlington (UVM alum);
NVU-Lyndon: Reece Tanguay, head coach, Essex (NVU-Lyndon alum);
Norwich: Frank Pecora, head coach, former Northfield High coach;
Saint Michael's: Mat Pause, head coach, Hartford (Castleton alum);
Wentworth: Steve Studley, head coach (Castleton alum);
USA Baseball U-18 National Team: Jack Leggett, head coach, South Burlington;
Assistant Coaches:
Castleton: George Buteau, Burlington (Saint Michael's); Coast Guard Academy: Eric Degre, North Country/ former Lake Region coach; Colby Sawyer: Tom White (former NVU Lyndon head coach); Keene State: Cagney Brigham, Enosburg (Castleton); MVU-Lyndon: Sam Matthews, St. Johnsbury (Lyndon), Andre Eason, Jr. (NVU Lyndon), Ryan Cordiero (NVU Lyndon); Middlebury: Mike Phelps (Castleton), Devin Hayes, Vergennes (Castleton);
Norwich: Billy Whaley, Northfield (Norwich), Brian Baker (Norwich); College of St. Joseph: Cam Curler, Vergennes (Castleton); Aaron Bloomer, Rutland (Castleton); Southern New Hampshire: Zach Labarron, Mt. Anthony (SNHU).

Dates Set for 2019 VBCA Underclass Showcase and 2019 Twin State Baseball Classic

Dates Set for 2019 VBCA Underclass Showcase and 2019 Twin State Baseball Classic

The 2019 Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Underclass Showcase will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Spartan Field at Castleton University. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and the pro-style showcase begins at 1 p.m.

The 2019 Twin State Baseball Classic that pits the senior all-stars from Vermont and New Hampshire will be held Saturday, June 21, 2019 at the Maxfield Complex in White River Junction, Vt. Opening ceremonies for the doubleheader start at 9:30 a.m. with game one first pitch to follow. The 2019 Vermont coaching staff is Shawn French of Oxbow, Roy
of Missisquoi Valley, Edward Lewicki of Burr and Burton and Nick DiCaro of Danville.

More information on both events and showcase registration forms will be available soon.

Bruce Bosley, VBCA

Friday, February 8, 2019

2019 VBCA Clinic and Annual Meeting On Tap for Sunday Feb 10

The 2019 Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Clinic and State Association Meeting will be held Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vt. Baseball coaches at all levels are invited to attend. The clinic fee is $25 per person and registration starts at 8:45 a.m. 

The clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m.  with former Northfield legend and current Norwich head coach Frank Pecora leading the speakers along with Castleton University head coach Ted Shipley. The annual state meeting will be held during the segment breaks and if necessary, a brief meeting immediately following the clinic.
All high school and amateur coaches are encouraged to become a member of the VBCA, an organization that promotes, publicizes and enhances baseball in the state of Vermont. Membership dues are $25 per school or amateur team. High School membership entitles your school's coaches and senior baseball players for post-season all-star consideration in the Twin State Baseball Classic as well as participation in the annual VBCA Underclass Showcase.   

 For more information and a registration form, please contact VBCA executive director Bruce Bosley at or, or Jeff Stetson of the VBCA at 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Vermont Sweeps 2018 Twin State Baseball Classic

Contact: Bruce Bosley (

June 23, 2018

Game One: Vermont 8, New Hampshire 1

Game Two: Vermont 10, New Hampshire 3

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt.— Strong pitching in the opener and a pair of two-run triples by Leif Bigelow of Brattleboro and Tyler Hamilton of Hartford in game two led Vermont to a sweep of New Hampshire in the 2018 Twin State Baseball Classic at the Maxfield Complex Saturday morning. Vermont pitchers held New Hampshire to one hit in its 8-1 victory in the lid lifter and it came back in the nightcap to win 10-3.

It is the first sweep in the fourth year of the annual border series that resumed in 2015 after an 11-year hiatus. Vermont and New Hampshire had split six one-run games the previous three seasons.

The Vermont MVP, Bigelow struck out two in the seventh on the mound and went 1-for-2 in game one and in the second game, went 2-for-3 at the plate along with a pair of nice plays at shortstop to take hits away from New Hampshire. Bound for UConn, Bigelow had a two-out run-scoring single in the first and his booming two-run triple in the fifth snapped a 3-3 tie in the nightcap. Hamilton capped the seven-run frame with another long triple to plate two more. RBI singles by Jacob Bortnick (Champlain Valley) and Jake Choiniere (St. Johnsbury) added two more in the sixth. 

Seth Balch of Windsor picked up the win in game two allowing just one hit in the fourth and the fifth. Hamilton and Brayden Howrigan of Enosburg Falls followed with scoreless innings to complete the sweep.

New Hampshire MVP Max Lamora of Bishop Brady singled and doubled, scoring twice to give his team an early 3-1 lead. He came home on a RBI-single by Charlie Lynch of Derryfield in the first. He led the third with a hard double down the left field line and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dan Heise of Mondanock. Lynch then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.

Vermont rapped out 11 hits in game two and held New Hampshire to five, just two after the third inning. Heise pitched a strong three innings in game two allowing the one first inning run.

Backed by a two-run double by Nate Selby of Lamoille in the second of the opener, Vermont jumped out to a 3-0 lead. It opened it up with four more in the fourth, two unearned, taking advantage of a pair of errors and two wild pitches. An infield hit by Sky Rahill of Burlington plated South Burlington's Sammy Premsager, who scampered in from second in the frame. Bortnick doubled and scored on a single by Harwood's Jake O'Brien in the fifth for the final run.

Nick Fitzgerald of Lamoille started for Vermont and struck out three in the first two innings to earn the win. New Hampshire scored its lone run in the bottom of the second on a pair of walks, a wild pitch and a RBI-ground out by Brendan Bean of Stevens. He was followed on the mound with scoreless innings by Premsager, Owen Tarleton of Woodstock, Brandon Brunell of Lyndon Institute. Liam Reiner of CVU (two Ks) and Bigelow.

Vermont rapped out 13 hits in game one with O'Brien and Rahill each with a pair to go along with the doubles by Bortnick and Selby. Michael Tollman of Moultonborough had the lone New Hampshire hit, a leadoff single in the fourth. 

Special thanks to the Town of Hartford Recreation Department and the Upper Valley Nighthawks for this year's Twin State Baseball Classic. The classic will likely return to the Maxfield Complex in June of 2019.

Friday, June 8, 2018

2018 Vermont Announces Twin State Baseball Classic Roster

Annual Game Slated For June 23 in White River Junction, VT  


Contact:  Bruce Bosley, executive director, VBCA (


Eighteen of the finest senior high school baseball players from Vermont will play for the Green Mountain State against New Hampshire in the annual 2018 Twin State Baseball Classic on Saturday, June 23. The Vermont Baseball Coaches Association announced its roster today.


The classic featuring many of the top high school seniors from Vermont and New Hampshire take place Saturday, June 23 at the Maxfield Complex in White River Junction, Vt. Pre-game festivities will start at 9:30 a.m. followed by the first pitch of game one of a pair of seven-inning contests.


The Vermont roster is: Leif Bigelow (IF/RHP) and Dan Petrie (C), Brattleboro; Sky Rahill (OF), Burlington; Jay McCoy (IF/OF/RHP), Burr and Burton; Jacob Bortnick (C) and Liam Reiner (RHP/IF), Champlain Valley; Brayden Howrigan (RHP), Enosburg Falls; Tyler Hamilton (IF/C), Hartford; Jake O'Brien (IF/RHP), Harwood; Nick Fitzgerald (RHP/IF) and Nate Selby (C/IF), Lamoille; Brandon Brunell (RHP/IF), Lyndon Institute; Dustin Whitcomb, IF/RHP, Mount Abraham; Jake Choiniere (C) and Jasper Rankin (OF), St. Johnsbury; Sammy Premsagar (SS/RHP), South Burlington; Seth Balch (RHP/OF), Windsor; and Owen Tarleton, IF/RHP, Woodstock.


Coaches for the Green Mountain State will be Mike Czok of Randolph, Shawn French of Oxbow, Marcel Girouard of Burlington and Jason Tarleton of Woodstock.


The Twin State Baseball Classic returned after an 11-year hiatus in 2015 with Vermont and New Hampshire splitting three doubleheaders the past three seasons with all six games decided by one run.


The Vermont Baseball Coaches Association would like to thank the Town of Hartford (Vt.) Recreation Department and the Hartford High School athletic department for assisting in hosting this year's classic. The VBCA would also like to thank the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation for its generosity.  

Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 VBCA Underclass Showcase To Be Held Thursday June 21 at Castleton

Previous showcases have widened exposure for many Vermont high school underclass student-athletes  

The seventh annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Junior Showcase will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Castleton University's Spartan Field in Castleton, Vermont. Vermont high school baseball student-athletes who are in the class of 2019 (junior in 2017-18) will have the opportunity to display their skills and participate in a controlled game for New England and Northeast region collegiate baseball coaches. 

The showcase will be administered by VBCA member coaches.

On-field registration for the student-athletes begins at 11:30 a.m. with the first showcase workouts beginning at noon. Rain date for the event is the following week. The cost per student-athlete is $40, payable to the VBCA.  Student-athletes can contact their coach for more information and for registration forms. Have players dressed and ready to play. T-shirts and batting helmets will be provided. Also any catchers need to bring their gear and all student-athletes should bring a water bottle.

Other questions- and requests for registration forms- can be sent to Bruce Bosley, VBCA executive director, at or The deadline for registration is June 18, 2018.  Click HERE to download the registration form in PDF.

The sixth annual VBCA Showcase was held in June 2017. Fifty underclass student-athletes displayed their skills in front of coaches from over 20 collegiate baseball programs at all levels from throughout the Northeast.

Close to 60 former Vermont high school players were represented on 2018 NCAA Division I, II and III, and USCAA four-year baseball rosters. Several earned all-conference honors and participated or will participate with schools advancing to the NCAA Baseball Championship. Nearly all of these student-athletes participated in previous VBCA events.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Vermont Rallies to Split 2017 Twin State Baseball Classic

June 24, 2017
Game One: New Hampshire 5, Vermont 4 
Game Two: Vermont 6, New Hampshire 5

Contact: Bruce Bosley (

CONCORD, N.H.— Brady Illingworth of Bellows Falls delivered a key two-run single and hurled two innings of scoreless relief as Vermont held off New Hampshire, 6-5, in game two to earn a split in the 2017 Twin State Baseball Classic at Warren Doane Diamond at Memorial Field Saturday afternoon. 

The Granite State held off a late Vermont rally to earn a 5-4 win in the lidlifter. The border rivals have now split six one-run decisions since the series resumed in 2015 after an 11-year absence.

Illingworth, named the Vermont MVP, shut the door on the mound in the nightcap with two scoreless frames to pick up the victory after New Hampshire jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two innings. Illingworth's two-run single triggered Vermont's five-run fourth to take the lead. After they loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch to Griff Stalcup (Burr & Burton), a single by Jordan Bell (Colchester) and a walk to Greg Johnson (Randolph), Galen Goodenough (Randolph) singled for one run before Illingworth plated two more. Two more came home on a fielder's choice by Patrick Greenan (St. Johnsbury) and a New Hampshire fielding error.

New Hampshire added a run on an error in the top of the sixth to make it 5-3 before Chris O'Brien (Champlain Valley) led the Vermont half with a long double to center. Two outs later he scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-3. Down to its last out, New Hampshire bounced back with two with two outs in the top of the seventh with a run scoring single by Granite State MVP Cole Contigiani (Belmont) and a double by Andrew Coulombe (Berlin). Abe Kovel (Essex) stranded Coulombe in scoring position retiring the last batter on a fly to center to earn the save.

Vermont had just five hits in the nightcap, three in its five-run fifth, but drew five walks while New Hampshire had 11 hits.

In game one, New Hampshire scored five times in the bottom of the second with J.P. Record (Conant) singling in two and Contigiani another. Vermont was held to one hit over the first four innings, and finished with only four, but chipped away with two in the fifth and single runs in the final two. Jake Hakey (BFA Fairfax) had a RBI-single in the fifth and Chris Fenimore (Burlington) had a run-scoring double with one out in the seventh. He and Greenan were left in scoring position as Scott Humphrey (Mascenic) struck out the last two hitters for the narrow victory. 

The Twin State Baseball Classic will return to Vermont in 2018.

(above: 2017 Twin State Baseball Classic MVPs: Brady Illingworth (Bellows Falls) for Vermont (L); Cole Contigiani (Belmont) for New Hampshire (R); Photo credits: VBCA)