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Baseball's Returners Turning College World Series Experience into Summertime Success

Baseball's Returners Turning College World Series Experience into Summertime Success

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a 39-win campaign that ended with the program's first trip to the Division III College World Series, a number of Babson College baseball players have built upon their success while competing in some of the top summer leagues across the region over the last two months. 

The Beavers have had eight returning players participate in their respective all-star games, which includes rising senior Michael Nocchi (Manasquan, N.J.) and rising sophomores Tyler Bell (Abington, Mass.) and Henry Leake (Burbank, Calif.) selection to last week's Future's League All-Star Game. As most leagues enter the stretch run of the regular season, here is a look at how a number of returners have fared this summer.

Cape Cod League
• Rising senior Sean Harrington (Walpole, Mass.) had a two-week stint with the Falmouth Commodores, appearing in six games between June 10-17. He made three starts behind the plate, and walked twice, drove in a run and scored in an 8-5 victory over Wareham on June 17.

Futures League
• Bell has gone 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA in six starts this summer for the Brockton Rox, which are tied for second place in the league standings. He ranks fifth in the league in ERA and has recorded 17 strikeouts in 35.2 innings of work.
• Rising senior William Gallagher (Kingston, Mass.) has gone 3-1 in seven appearances out of the bullpen for the Rox.
• Leake has been superb out of the bullpen for the Pittsfield Suns going 2-0 with two saves and a 1.64 ERA in 10 appearances. He has recorded 18 strikeouts and has not walked a batter over 11.0 innings of work for the Suns, who are tied with Brockton for second place in the league standings.
• Nocchi has made five starts on the hill going 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 24.0 innings for Pittsfield.
• Rising senior Matthew Valente (Wyckoff, N.J.) has posted a .413 on-base percentage to go along with 14 walks and 11 runs scored for the Suns.

New England Collegiate Baseball League
• Rising junior Jordy Allard (Woodstock, Vt.) is pitching for the Upper Valley Nighthawks for the second consecutive summer. He has gone 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 22.0 innings.

Massachusetts
Yawkey League
• Rising seniors Alex DiMartino (Mahwah, N.J.), Hunter Salem (Florence, Mass.), and Zack Sette (Franklin, Mass.), and rising junior Colin Rooney (Milton, Mass.) all represented the Al Thomas A's in the Yawkey League All-Star game. DiMartino is batting .405 with nine RBI, while Rooney is hitting .378 and ranks among the league leaders with seven extra-base hits and 14 runs batted in. Sette is batting .441 and boasts a 1.219 OPS at the plate in addition to being 2-2 with a 1.72 ERA on the mound, and Salem has gone 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 29.0 innings pitched.
• Rising sophomore Thomas Lapham (Charlestown, Mass.), the lone first-year starter for the Beavers this past season, is also playing for the Al Thomas A's and is batting .372 with nine runs batted in.

North Shore League
• Rising junior Jack Ward (Beverly, Mass.) has appeared in nine games for the Beverly Recs and is batting .294 with a .480 on-base percentage.
• Rising sophomores Andrew Dembowski (Danvers, Mass.) and Nate Carpenter (Groveland, Mass.) are playing for the North Shore Storm. Carpenter has gone 2-2 with a 1.30 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 27.0 innings pitched this summer.

Cranberry League
• Rising sophomore Will Cournan (Pembroke, Mass.) has a 3.33 earned run average and has recorded 20 strikeouts in 21.0 innings of work for the Weymouth Shamrocks.

Intercity League
• Rising senior Jack Theriault (Tewksbury, Mass.) is 1-1 with a 3.23 ERA to go along with 19 strikeouts in 13 innion.

Central New England Baseball Assocation
• Rising sophomore Matt Sullivan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) is batting .333 with two doubles and two triples in limited at-bats for the Shrewsbury Dirt Dogs.

American Legion – District 6
• Rising sophomore John Macdonald (Quincy, Mass.) is playing for the Morrisette Post 294 19 and Under team out of Quincy. They finished atop the East Division standings and are currently 3-0 in the district tournament.

New Jersey
Metroploitan Collegiate Baseball League
• Rising junior Ryan Vatcher (Ramsey, N.J.) is playing for the CP Royals and was selected for the league all-star game. He is 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA and 39 strikeouts against just eight walks in 26.2 innings pitched.

TriCounty League
• Rising sophomore Sean Burychka (Mount Laurel, N.J.) is hitting .286 with four doubles and seven RBI for the Haddonfield Roughriders.

Connecticut
Greater Hartford Twilight League
• Rising senior Aidan Scott (South Glastonbury, Conn.) is playing alongside Babson baseball alum Jack Halpin '17 for the Vernon Orioles. He is batting .393 with eight extra-base hits, nine RBI and 13 runs scored. Scott, who has struck out just four times, also boasts a .493 on-base percentage. 

Rhode Island
George Donnelly Sunset League
• Rising junior Ben Aleixo (North Smithfield, R.I.) is 1-1 with a league-best 0.62 ERA over 11.2 innings of work for Westcott.

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