Friday, February 26, 2016

Annual VBCA Clinic and Meeting Slated For March 12, 2016

The 2016 Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Spring Clinic and State Association Meeting will be held Saturday, March 12 at the Essex High School gymnasium. Baseball coaches at all levels are invited to attend. The clinic fee is $25 per person and registration starts at 9 a.m.

Following registration and the annual state association meeting that begins at 9:30 a.m., the annual coaches clinic will be held in the Essex High gymnasium. Meeting agenda and the clinic speakers will follow soon.

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 as well as participation in the annual VBCA Junior Showcase.

Please share this notification with other baseball coaches in your community and encourage them to attend. For more information, please contact VBCA executive director Bruce Bosley at bbosley.vbca@gmail.com or bosleyb@comcast.net, or Jeff Stetson of the VBCA at jstetson@anesu.org

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Former Vermont Catamounts Infielder Matt Duffy Called Up By Houston Astros


(photo credit: Brian Jenkins/Houston Astros/MLB)

Becomes 11th Former UVM Player to Reach The Big Leagues

Contact: Bruce Bosley

Former University of Vermont baseball standout Matt Duffy (Milton, Mass.) had his contract purchased by the Houston Astros on Sunday, September 13, 2015 and will join the American League West-leading club when it takes on the Texas Rangers the next day. Duffy made his debut versus the Rangers on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 to become the 11th former UVM player to reach the big leagues and the first since pitcher Kirk McCaskill, who wrapped up his 11-year career with the Chicago White Sox in 1995.

Duffy recorded his first big league hit, a two-out RBI double against Oakland on September 19 keying an Astros come-from-behind victory over the A's. CLICK HERE for video of his double courtesy of MLB.com.

2015 POSTSEASON UPDATE: Duffy was added to Houston's Wild Card roster for its win over New York at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2015. He was featured in the Houston Chronicle on his impact on the Astros in their stretch drive to the 2015 Postseason. CLICK HERE for Evan Drellich's story on October 6, 2015.

The 26-year old corner infielder had an outstanding season with the Triple A Fresno Grizzlies earning Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player honors and a spot on the PCL All-Star Team. Duffy was the first minor leaguer in 2015 to reach 100 runs batted in and finished with a PCL-leading 104 RBI. He also led the loop with 94 runs scored while hitting .294 with 20 homers, 29 doubles and a .486 slugging percentage. Drafted in the 20th round of the 2011 June Draft, Duffy has been an all-star at each stop in the minor leagues starting with Tri-City of the New York Penn League.

A graduate of St. Sebastian's School in suburban Boston, Duffy had two outstanding seasons at UVM before the program was discontinued in 2009, spending his final two collegiate seasons at Tennessee of the powerful SEC. His freshman season (2008) he was named to the America East All-Rookie Team, the America East All-Championship Team and the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team. As a sophomore he led the America East in hitting  (.388), RBI (57), runs scored (57), on base percentage (.495) and slugging percentage (.713) while hitting a Vermont single-season record 13 home runs. He was named the 2009 America East Player of the Year and was a first team All-New England and ABCA All-Northeast Region All-Star. He also was named to the PING Baseball.com All-American Team. 

Both of his collegiate coaches were Vermonters: Bill Currier of Essex Junction at UVM and Todd Raleigh of Swanton at Tennessee.

Duffy's contract was purchased by the Astros Sunday and he will be added to Houston's 40-man roster on Monday. The move was first reported by Drellich of the Houston Chronicle Sunday in the paper's Ultimate Astros Blog. 

"We feel like he can help us," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said to Drellich in the Chronicle's blog. "And he certainly brings an added benefit to our team, otherwise we wouldn't do it. Especially with him still playing (with Fresno). So, we obviously see that he can do some things for us that warrant a call-up. So we'll see how it plays out.

"We have those positions covered. He might just be a bat off the bench initially. But who knows? Never say never. Sometimes you get sparks when guys get up here and get their first taste of the big leagues."

Duffy joined baseball's elite winning the PCL Most Valuable Player Award, historically one of the most prestigious in the minor leagues. Established in 1927, previous winners include Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Tony Perez, former greats like Dom DiMaggio, Lefty O'Doul, Tim Salmon and Paul Konerko, and current big league stars such as Nelson Cruz and Joc Peterson, the 2014 winner.

CLICK HERE for Duffy's major league statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Exposure Widens for Vermonters At Successful Fourth Annual VBCA Junior Showcase

July 1, 2015

CASTLETON, Vt. -- For the fourth straight year the annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Junior Showcase was a success as the underclass athletes worked out in front of coaches from 21 collegiate programs. This year's showcase was held Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Castleton State College's Spartan Field.

Fifty Vermont high school baseball student-athletes displayed their skills and participated in a simulated and controlled game for over 20 New England and Northeast region college baseball coaches from 21 different programs from all three NCAA divisions and a junior college. 

Coaches from the following collegiate programs were on hand to evaluate the prospects: Castleton State, Lyndon State, Norwich, Saint Michael's, Siena, Fairfield, Plattsburgh State, Wheaton, Endicott, Nichols, St. Lawrence, Clarkson, Franklin Pierce, Assumption, St. Joseph's (Maine), Keene State, Union, Skidmore, RPI, Union and Western Oklahoma State.

Among the highlights of the prospects skills were:  fastest 60-yard time: Curtis Gauthier (Williamstown, OF/LHP);  top catcher POP time: Ethan McCollister (Union 32, C) and Andrew Gonyaw (North Country, C); top pitcher-velocity, Henry Conroy (Rice Memorial, RHP); and top pitcher-accuracy, Joe Brown (Poultney, RHP). Three junior hurlers at the showcase averaged 84 mph or better in their outings: Conroy, Derek Sanderson (Colchester, RHP/SS) and Sam Mikell (Champlain Valley, RHP/3B).

Special thanks for their efforts for the fourth annual showcase go out to: Ted Shipley of host Castleton State College for the use of his program's facility; veteran Vermont umpires Larry Riegert and Denny Barnard for donating their time; Tim Mitchell of Mitchell Tees in Brandon; and the many head coaches and assistants from VBCA member schools for volunteering at the showcase.

For the third straight season nearly 90 former Vermont high school players from all four divisions statewide were represented on 2015 NCAA Division I, II and III baseball rosters. Many of the freshmen and sophomores on the 2015 rosters participated in the first two VBCA Junior Showcases.

For more information, please contact Bruce Bosley, VBCA Executive Director at:  bbosley.vbca@gmail.com



Monday, July 6, 2015

2015 Vermont High School Baseball All-League Teams and Awards


2015 Vermont State Champions:
Division 1: Rice Memorial (18-2)
Division 2: Lamoille Union (18-2)
Division 3: BFA Fairfax (19-1)
Division 4: Blue Mountain Union (14-5)

Click HERE for past state champions on www.vpaonline.org (courtesy of Paul Stanfield)

2015 Capital League All-Stars:

Co-Capital Players of the Year: Dylan Bailey, Harwood; Riley Fitzgerald; Lamoille

All-Capital League, First Team:
Dylan Bailey, Harwood
Jon Blakeney, Thetford
Alex Delhagen, Randolph
Riley Fitzgerald, Lamoille
Leland Goodenough, Randoph
Josh Guyer, Lyndon
Eric Hoadley, Lamoille
Kody Jones, Lamoille
Adam Lamson, Harwood
Tristan Longmoore, Oxbow
Eddie White, Oxbow

All-Capital League, Second Team:
Connor Baker, Randolph
Jordan Hansen, U-32
Nick Jickling, Randolph
Sawyer Ladensack, Harwood
Ethan McCollister, U-32
Jorge Rosado, Montpelier
Jayden Royer, Lamoille
Matt Samhalter, Thetford
Aidan Trombley, Lamoille
Chris Underhill, Oxbow

Honorable Mention:
Sam McGinty, Harwood; Nate Selby, Reid Somners, Lamoille; Eric Gerders, Northfield;  Connor Brown, Noland Howard, Thetford; Jackson Root, Justin Vincent, U-32
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2015 Mountain League All-Stars:

2015 Mountain League Player of the Year: Matt Messier, Lake Region

All-Mountain League, First Team:
Nick Audet, Peoples Academy
Cam Caforia, Enosburg
Alex Chapman, BFA Fairfax
Kyle Combs, BFA Fairfax
Jacob Cunningham, Richford
Dillon Gile, Lake Region
Asa Hoover, BFA Fairfax
Deli Hue, Richford
Tucker Judkins, Peoples Academy
Caleb Laroche, Enosburg
Evan McGregor, BFA Fairfax
Matt Messier, Lake Region
Kiley Moody, Peoples Acadeny

All-Mountain League, Second Team: 
Alec Burns, Enosburg
Kunny Doan, Richford
Jake Hakey, BFA Fairfax
Jackson Hussey, Hazen
Cameron Kelley, Peoples Academy
Matt Larose, BFA Fairfax
Colton Loura-Bumps, Danville
Connor Johnson, Danville
Derek Richardson, Hazen
Noah Swainbank, Enosburg

Honorable Mention:
Jared Quick, Tanner Benoit, BFA Fairfax; Tyler Wells, Travis Grosse, Danville; Nate Murray, Enosburg; Denver Bodette, Lake Region; Jeremy Small, Peoples Academy; Kyle Doan, Richford; Mark Billado, Winooski.
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2015 All Metro Division All-Stars and Awards
Coaches of the Year: Tim Albertson, Champlain Valley; John Learned, Milton
Player of the Year: Rayne Supple, RHP/SS, Champlain Valley

Statistical Awards (regular season only):
Most RBI: Joey Robertson, Essex (26)
Most HR: Colin Myrick, North Country (8)
Most Stolen Bases: Anthony Phillip, Rice (22)
Most Strikeouts (pitching): Will Hesslink, Rice (68)

All-Metro Division, First team
C: Sean Remillard, Rice
1B: Shea Ireland, Champlain Valley
2B: Richard Walker, Missisquoi Valley
3B: Joey Robertson, Essex
SS: Colin Myrick, North Country
DH: Tyler Tatro, BFA-St. Albans
OF: Brandon Arel, Colchester
OF: Connor Bradley, South Burlington
OF: Anthony Phillip, Rice
OF: Deagan Poland, Champlain Valley
Pitchers: Henry Conroy, Rice; Will Hesslink, Rice; Tyler Lamphere, Milton; Patrick McMackin, South Burlington; Will Potter, Champlain Valley;  Derek Sanderson, Colchester

All-Metro Division, Second team
C: Jacob Gaboriault, Essex; Kyle Leggett, Mt. Mansfield
1B: Nathan Peura, Mt. Mansfield
2B: First team only. 
3B: Austin Purinton, Rice. 
SS: Elijah Baez, Essex
DH: Holden Ackerman, Burlington
OF: Spencer Lieberman, South Burlington
OF: Ian Walsh, Missisquoi Valley
OF: Luke Covey, Milton
OF: Brian Godard, Essex 
OF: Josh Flory, Spaulding
Pitchers: Sam Mikell, Champlain Valley; Eddie Hockenbury, South Burlington; Zach Mazuzan, Burlington; Noah Baez, Essex; Rob Chase, Colchester; Mark Connor, BFA-St. Albans

Honorable Mention:
Matt Sanders, Levi Stanley, BFA-St. Albans;  Jack Lenihan, William Ackerman, Burlington;  Dan Poodiack, Landon Carpenter, Champlain Valley; Jared Antoniak, Jared Rylant, Colchester; Maverick King, Jeremy LeClair, Essex; Kyle Apgar, Logan Bean, Milton; Logan Day, Ryan Marquis, Missisquoi Valley;  Ernie Brouillard, Michael Jerome, Mt. Abraham; Alec Pelton, James Gaboriault, Mt. Mansfield; Andrew Gonyaw, Nick Sicard, North Country; Chris Jansen, John Boardman, Rice; Garrett MacDonald, St. Johnsbury;  Theo McDowell, Henry Cunningham, South Burlington;  Zach McWain, Cameron Flinn, Spaulding; Hunter O'Connor, Vergennes
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2015 Marble Valley League All-Stars

All-MVL A Division, First Team: 
Jordy Allard, Hartford
Jordon Godfrey, Rutland
Jon Iris, Burr and Burton
Andy Kenosh, Rutland
Skylar LaFerriere, Rutland
Shea Mooney, Mount Anthony
Noah Normyle, Mount Anthony
Jacob Perkins,  Hartford
Codi Smith, Hartford
Griff Stalcup, Burr and Burton
Coach of the Year: Jarrod Grassi, Hartford

Honorable Mention:
Tyler Kraehling, Adam Maitland, Burr and Burton; Hunter Perkins, Hartford; Austin Condo, Carson Cushman, Pat Powers, Mount Anthony; Dylan Hotchkiss, Rutland.

All-MVL B Division, First Team: 
Ryan Darling,  Mill River
Carson Fullam, Bellows Falls
Ethan Illingworth, Bellows Falls
Ian Misencik, Fair Haven
Pat Mumford,  Mill River
Lincoln Pritchard,  Mill River
Russell Simonds, Windsor
Austin Stack, Bellows Falls
John Winslow, Otter Valley
Coach of the Year: Gary MacDonald, Mill River

Honorable Mention:
Brady Illingworth, Zach Streeter, Bellows Falls; Taylor Kyhill, Nathan Bathalon and Sam Eaton, Fair Haven; Mike Morgan, Mill River; Emmett Thurston, Otter Valley; Conner Gould, Nick LeBeau, Windsor.

All-MVL C Division, First Team: 
Joe Brown, Poultney
Josh Donna, Leland & Gray
Joe Epler, Green Mountain
Connor Hill,  Poultney
Kyle Kemp, Green Mountain
Corey Nystrom, Leland & Gray
John Peloso, Leland & Gray
Ben Tubbs,  Springfield
Kyle White, Springfield
Coaches of the Year: Dan Williams, Poultney; Rich Saypack, Springfield

Honorable Mention:
Kyle Cyr, Green Mountain; Alex Field, Poultney; Lack Tubbs, Springfield; Joe Bianchi, Woodstock.

All-MVL D Division, First Team: 
Derrick Almond, Proctor
Jeremy Avoli, West Rutland
Eric DeBlasio, Mount St. Joseph
Jonah Farrow, Mount St. Joseph
Kyle Miles, Proctor
Sam Molner, Twin Valley
Kyle Murdock, Twin Valley
Joey Noble, Black River
Josh Smith, West Rutland
Ethan Van Guilder,  Black River
Josh Wasilewski, Mount St. Joseph
Coach of the Year: Jacob Downey,  Mount St. Joseph

Honorable Mention: 
Adam Sears, Arlington; Rye Greineder, Black River; Nate O'Shea, Shane Protivansky, Mount St. Joseph; Tyler Carrington, Proctor; Brett Swanson, Twin Valley; Matt Bathalon, Taylor Lio, Hunter Mason, West Rutland.
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2015 Central Vermont League All-Stars: 

All-CVL First Team:
Ben Beaudin, Williamstown
Bryden Bonasera, Chelsea
Taylor Call, Concord
Ben Cole, Williamstown
Tyler Davis, Blue Mountain
Kolin Huntington, Rivendell
Caleb Martin, Twinfield
Dalton Mcdougall, South Royalton
Hunter McLaughlin, Williamstown
Mark Puffer, Blue Mountain

Honorable Mention:

Matthew Page, Blue Mountain; Buddy Durkee, MaCaden Lyford, Camden Morrison,  Chelsea; Logan Quimby, Concord; Brandon Locke, Craftsbury; Dashiel Fukushima, Rivendell; Kevin Kingsbury, Ben Wardwell, Rochester; Sam Berk, Keanan Thompson, South Royalton.












Saturday, June 20, 2015

Vermont, NH Split 2015 Twin State Baseball Classic Twin Bill




2015 Twin State Baseball Classic:
Game One: New Hampshire 3, Vermont 2
Game Two: Vermont 5, New Hampshire 4

June 20, 2015

Contact: Bruce Bosley (bbosley.vbca@gmail.com)

NASHUA, N.H. -- A two-run single in the bottom of the sixth by Kyle Combs (BFA Fairfax) lifted Vermont to a 5-4 game two win over New Hampshire in the 2015 Twin State Baseball Classic doubleheader Saturday at Holman Stadium. New Hampshire took the lidlifter, 3-2, before Vermont bounced back with its comeback-win in the nightcap. 

The annual matchup between the border rivals resumed after an 11-year absence. It pitted seniors from Vermont's four divisions and division's three and four from the much larger Granite State. 

Lincoln Pritchard (Mill River) was named the Vermont MVP on the day and Hunter Kretchmar (Somersworth) picked up the honors for New Hampshire. Pritchard retired all nine hitters he faced on the mound in game two and had three hits in both games. Kretchmar, a catcher, also had three singles in two games and threw out two runners on the base paths. 

In the back and forth nightcap, Combs, who also picked up the win on the mound, singled in Sean Remillard (Rice) and Anthony Phillip (Rice) in the bottom of the sixth after New Hampshire scored a pair of unearned runs to take a 4-3 in the top half. The speedy Phillip was a catalyst for Vermont in both games with three hits, three steals and three runs scored in both contests.

Phillip was hit by a pitch to lead the Vermont half of the first in game two, promptly stole second and went to third on a groundout before scoring on an infield throwing error. They added another with two down in the third when Pritchard singled and he rode home on a triple to deep left by Connor Bradley (South Burlington).

New Hampshire tied it in it its half of the fifth on RBI-singles by Joey Levesque (Belmont) and Zach Byers (Campbell) while Vermont regained its lead in the bottom on a run-scoring ground out by Tyler Davis (Blue Mountain) to set up the deciding sixth.

Phillip had two of Vermont's 11 hits in game two with Bradley's booming triple the lone extra base hit. Four Vermont pitchers limited N.H. to just four singles but the three hitters it walked all scored.  

In game one Vermont scored one in the first as Tyler Lamphere (Milton) led with a walk and later scored on a two-out single by Pritchard. New Hampshire bounced back with two in its first taking advantage of a pair of walks, a hit batter and two wild pitches. They added an unearned run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Evan O'Keefe (Hopkinton). Base-running by Phillip made it 3-2 as he led the fourth with an infield hit, stole second and third before coming home on a groundout by Joey Robertson (Essex).

New Hampshire had six hits and Vermont had five in game one with a double by Vermont's Sean Remillard (Rice) the lone going for extra-bases, Drew Colbert (Somersworth) had a single and walk while Byers reached twice and scored twice. Ben Rexford (White Mountains) picked up the game one victory for New Hampshire allowing just two hits and the first inning run.  Davis, the third Vermont hurler, allowed just one hit and struck out two facing just six hitters in two innings.


The annual series returns to Vermont next summer.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Vermont Announces 2015 Twin State Baseball Classic Team




Eighteen of the finest senior baseball players from the Green Mountain State will compete for Vermont in this year's Twin State Baseball Classic against New Hampshire on June 20 in Nashua, N.H. The Vermont Baseball Coaches Association announced its roster today.

The 2015 Vermont team consists of: Brandon Arel, OF, Colchester; Dylan Bailey, IF, Harwood; Connor Bradley, OF/LHP, South Burlington; Kyle Combs, IF/RHP, BFA Fairfax; Tyler Davis, RHP/IF, Blue Mountain; Shea Ireland, 1B/C, Champlain Valley; Skyler LaFerriere, C, Rutland; Tyler Lamphere, SS/RHP, Milton; Patrick McMackin, RHP/1B, South Burlington; Kiley Moody, IF, Peoples Academy; Patrick Mumford, IF/OF/RHP, Mill River; Anthony Phillip, OF, Rice Memorial; Deagan Poland, OF, Champlain Valley; Will Potter, IF/RHP, Champlain Valley; Lincoln Pritchard, RHP/OF, Mill River; Sean Remillard, C, Rice Memorial; Joey Robertson, 3B/RHP, Essex; and Austin Stack, 1B/OF, Bellows Falls.

The squad is made up of student-athletes from 13 different high schools from all four divisions across the state. Each of the Vermont's five leagues is represented as well.

Jeff Stetson of Mount Abraham is the Vermont head coach and assisting him will be Kevin Bellomo (Rutland), Scott Blood (Blue Mountain) and Mike Brown (BFA Fairfax).

Originally held from 1983 to 2004, the 2015 Twin State Baseball Classic returns to the diamond at Nashua's Holman Stadium on Saturday, June 20. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader (two seven-inning games) will be at 11 a.m. 


The rain date for the 2015 classic is Sunday, June 21. The site of the game will alternate between states each year. Built in 1937 and renovated in 2002, Nashua's Holman Stadium has been the longtime home of several affiliated and independent minor league teams.

For more information, please contact Bruce Bosley of the VBCA at: bbosley.vbca@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2015 VBCA Junior Showcase To Be Held Thursday June 18 at Castleton

Registration Open for Popular Fourth Annual Event

The fourth annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Junior Showcase will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Castleton State College's Spartan Field in Castleton, Vt. Vermont high school baseball student-athletes who are in the 11th grade in 2014-15 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 $25, payable to the VBCA. Student-athletes can contact their coach for registration forms and more information. 

Other questions- and requests for a registration form- can also be sent to Bruce Bosley, VBCA executive director, at bbosley.vbca@gmail.com or bosleyb@comcast.net. The deadline for registration is June 15, 2015

The third annual VBCA Showcase was held in June 2014. Nearly 50 underclass student-athletes showcased their skills in front of coaches from 16 collegiate baseball programs at all levels.

Over 80 former Vermont high school players were represented on 2015 NCAA Division I, II and III, and USCAA four-year baseball rosters. Several earned all-conference honors or participated on teams that advanced to the NCAA Baseball Championship.