BOSTON GLOBE ALL-SCHOLASTICS IN BASEBALL, 2002

Boston Globe All Scholastics Baseball

Each year, the Boston Globe recognizes the best high school athlete baseball players across Massachusetts. A Player of the Year is named in each division, as well as All-Scholastics across the state. See what the Boston Globe said about them then, and Boston Baseball will catch you up on what they have done since.

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Players of the Year

Athlete / School / Position   The Boston Globe Summary   The Boston Baseball Update
Brandon Gomes
Brandon Gomes

Division 1
Durfee
  Gomes can be summed up in one word: power. At just 5 feet 11 inches, 180 pounds, Gomes possesses a blistering fastball that helped him strike out 112 batters in 65 innings. He went 6-2 this season, with a 0.97 ERA. At the plate he was 41 for 81 (.506) with five home runs and 33 RBIs. Gomes was named Big Three Conference MVP and Gatorade's Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year. In his three seasons at Durfee he went 19-5 with 280 strikeouts. A National Honor Society member, Gomes will play baseball at Tulane, where he received a full scholarship.  

Gomes was drafted in the 17th round of the 2007 MLB Draft (537th overall) by the San Diego Padres after posting a career 24-15 record, with 276 strikeouts in 351.1 innings at Tulane.

In 2011, Gomes finally made it the The Show with the Tampa Bay Rays, and through 2012, has compiled an MLB record of 4-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 47 K's in 55 innings pitched.

Daryle Crowley
Daryle Crowley

Division 2
Danvers
  Crowley helped Danvers maintain its three-year stranglehold on the Division 2 Player of the Year award, earning the honor for the second straight season. Despite moving from from the outfield to shortstop, Crowley continued to excel at the plate, hitting a Northeastern Conference-best .591 with five home runs and 28 RBIs. He also had a .923 slugging percentage and a .768 on base percentage. Crowley finished at Danvers as the all-time leader in hits, RBIs, home runs, doubles, singles, and fewest strikeouts. Crowley, a three-time NEC football all-star, will attend Bryant.  

Crowley headed to Bryant University, where as a senior, hit .264 with 21 runs scored before suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined the leftfielder for the remainder of the season. He finished with 4 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs and drove in 16 runs.   Prior to suffering his injury 36 games into the 2006 season, Crowley recorded his 200th career hit.

As of 2009, Daryle was playing for the Peabody Champions in the North Shore Baseball League.


Jim Saia
Jim Saia

Division 3
Avon
  It's not often that a team can make it through the regular season without at least one setback, but led by Saia, Avon went 20-0 for its first unblemished campaign in school history. Saia, a senior, starred both as a pitcher (7-1, 2.00 ERA, 60 Ks) and outfielder (.600 batting average, 2 HRs, 35 RBIs). Over four seasons, Saia maintained that same ERA while going 24-5. Saia is also the school's starting quarterback as well as a member of the basketball team. Ranked fifth in his class, Saia will attend Elon College in North Carolina.   Saia's baseball career ended after high school. He attended Elon University in North Carolina where he received his undergrad in Business and Sport/Recreation Management. After graduating in 2006, he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he received his Masters Degree in Communication Management. He currently has a management position for CarMax, the Nation's largest Used Car retailer.

All-Scholastics

Athlete / School / Position   The Boston Globe Summary   The Boston Baseball Update
Neil Avery
Neil Avery

Dartmouth
Pitcher / Outfield
  Whether on the mound or at the plate, there was little opponents could do to disrupt Avery. The senior had a Eastern Athletic Conference-best 0.85 ERA to go along with his 10-0 record. He struck out 100 batters and walked 15. At the plate he hit a league best .507 with four home runs and 22 RBIs. Dartmouth achieved a perfect record in the EAC (10-0), but succumbed in the first round of the Division 1 South tournament and finished the season at 17-2. In the fall Avery will attend the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.  

Avery was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in 42nd Round (1249th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft. Avery did not sign, and attended University of Connecticut at Avery Point where he led the team with a 0.56 ERA in 32 innings pitched with 25 K's, allowing just 11 hits.

From 2005 to 2006, Avery pitched for the Red Sox in the Boston's South Coast Baseball League. During that span, he went 13-1 with a 0.91 ERA in 89 innings with 127 K's and won an SCBL title in 2006.


Tim Bransfield
Tim Bransfield

Masconomet
Pitcher / Shortstop
  No pitcher in the Cape Ann League enjoyed seeing Bransfield step in the box, and batters didn't enjoy seeing the senior on the mound. The 6-foot-2-inch, 185-pound slugger hit a league-high .540 with six home runs and 39 RBIs, while going 5-0 on the hill with a pair of saves. He was also a starter on the Division 2 state champions from two years ago. Bransfield and team succumbed to eventual North sectional champion Lincoln-Sudbury in the semifinals this season. He will attend Wheaton College in the fall.  

In September of what would have been Bransfield's freshman year at Wheaton, he was instead at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in a coma after being seriously injured in a car accident.

After a long recovery, Bransfield ultimately made it to Wheaton, and in 2007, transferred to Salem State. Having grown to 6-foot-4 and throwing harder than ever, Bransfield is hopeful to make his collegiate pitching dream a reality his senior year in 2009.


Mark Brown
Mark Brown

Chelmsford
Catcher
  After showcasing his strong arm as quarterback of the successful football team the past three seasons (he finished as the Lions' all-time leading passer), Brown showed he's no slouch at baseball, either. The four-year starter was a big reason for the success of Chelmsford's pitching staff, which was nearly untouchable during the regular season and finished 20-2 with a berth in the Division 1 North sectional semifinals. For his effort, Brown was voted the Merrimack Valley Conference Large Schools Player of the Year. An honor roll student, he will attend Wheaton College.  

Brown headed to Wheaton College where he hit .267 with 60 RBI and 4 home runs in 104 games across 4 seasons. Brown graduated in 2006 with 83 hits and a member of three NCAA Tournament teams and a trio of NEWMAC Tournament championships.

After college, Brown signed with the Nashua Pride of the CanAm league for the 2006 season where he hit .133 in 27 games and 60 at bats.


Jason Connelly
Jason Connelly

Scituate
Pitcher / Shortstop
  Scituate proved to be one of the biggest surprises in the state tournament, advancing to the Division 2 South final as the 12th seed. One thing that wasn't a surprise was Connelly, whose hitting skills are well documented. The senior won the Triple Crown in the Patriot League this season—4 home runs, 27 RBIs, and a .514 batting average. He also stole 12 bases. On the mound, the league MVP was 5-4 with a 2.10 ERA and threw a pair of no-hitters. A Patriot League football all-star, Connelly will attend Western New England College.  

Connelly headed to Western New England College were as a sophomore in 2004 was the GNAC Pitcher-of-the-Year after compiling a 9-3 record and 2.76 ERA in 97.2 innings. By senior year, Connelly had registered an 8-2 record and 1.75 ERA in 77.1 innings and set a school record for most career pitching victories with 30. Jason also played second base and posted a team-high .368 batting average. Connelly was both the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and Tri Player of the Year in 2006.

In 2009, Connelly played for the Weymouth Phillies in the Cranberry League, where he finished amongst the league leaders in batting at .350, as well as pitching with a 2.47 ERA.

Brian Donahue
Brian Donahue

Lincoln-Sudbury
Pitcher
  At 6 feet 4 inches, Donahue, the Dual County League MVP, is an imposing figure on the mound. The talented junior went 6-1 this spring to earn his second straight league all-star recognition. L-S won the Division 2North sectional title with Donahue earning the win. Next year, he'll be both the football and basketball team captain. A Lincoln-Sudbury Scholar, Donahue plays for the Northeast Legion Post 191. He also plays in the Bay State Games. He hopes to attend an Ivy League school.  

Donahue pitched for the Amherst College Lord Jeffs, where he was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman. By the end of his collegiate career, he was 17-8 with a 3.02 ERA. In 208 career innings, he recorded 166 K's and held batters to a .227 batting average. Donahue graduated in 2007.

Donahue pitched for Cassel Club in the Intercity League in 2006, going 3-1 while posting a 0.91 ERA, pitching 23 innings and allowing just 14 hits with 26 strikeouts.


Matthew Dudley
Matthew Dudley

Norton
Catcher
  Much of Norton's success this season can be attributed to the ultratalented Dudley. The 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound backstop had a .511 batting average with seven home runs and 40 RBIs. His bat helped guide Norton to its second consecutive South Shore League title and the Division 3 South sectional title. Only a junior, Dudley was named league MVP. Dudley, who will play this summer in the Bay State Games and Foxboro Legion, is a three-sport standout. He plays forward on the basketball team and defensive end in football.  

Dudley went to Stonehill College where he hit .321 as a sophomore in 2004. Dudley did not appear on the Stonehill roster for the 2005 season.


Ryan Edell
Ryan Edell

Lexington
Pitcher / First Base
  It seemed unlikely that Edell could improve from a season ago, but that's just what he did. Edell shaved nearly half a run off his ERA to a Middlesex League-low 0.76, while striking out 100 batters in 55 innings. The fireballer went 8-0, leading Lexington to a second straight league title. Edell also improved at the plate, hitting .433 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. He was voted league MVP for the second time. A three-time league all-star, Edell went 23-2 the past three seasons. He will attend California-Irvine in the fall.  

Edell attended Cal-Irvine, where he had a 2.84 ERA in 12 relief appearances. In 2005, he transferred to the College of Charleston (S.C.). Edell went 8-2 with a 3.67 ERA in his junior season at the. He walked 26, struck out 86 and allowed 105 hits in 100.2 innings.

Edell was selected by the Cleveland in the eighth round (No. 244 overall) of the June 2005 First-Year Player Draft. In 2009 at Double-A Akron, Ryan was 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 89.1 innings, allowing 82 hits with 91 strikeouts before being promoted to Triple-A Columbus Clippers, where he went 0-6 with a 6.36 ERA in 46.2 innings. Overall, Ryan is 25-26 with a 3.62 ERA at the minor league level.

Edell rounded out his minor league career with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2011 in the Phillies organization, completing his 7-year minor league career at 46-37 record with a 3.60 ERA and 635 strikeouts in 781 innings pitched.


Joe Hough
Joe Hough

Catholic Memorial
Outfield
  Catholic Memorial spent much of the season as the top ranked team in Eastern Mass. and Hough was a key cog. The senior center fielder was 44 for 82 (.537), including 9 for 14 (.643) during the Knights' state tournament run that ended with a loss to Barnstable in the Division 1 South sectional semifinals. Hough also accounted for 24 RBIs, 40 runs, and 12 stolen bases from his leadoff position. A career .460 hitter, he finished at CM with 94 runs, 73 RBIs, and 30 stolen bases. A three-time Catholic Conference All-Star, he won league MVP honors this season and will attend Maine.  

Hough finished his 4-yr collegiate career at Maine batting .334 with 232 hits. In 2005, he was named MVP of the 2005 America East Tournament, having drove in the game-winning run in the America East Championship game that sent Maine to the NCAA Tournament. Hough also played for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2005.

In 2006, Hough signed with the Brockton Rox in the CanAm league, where he hit .265 in 58 games. In 2007, he split time between the Brockton Rox and North Shore Spirit, batting a combined .209 in 76 games. Going into the 2008 season, Hough had his contract sold to the Edinburg Roadrunners in the United League.

In 2009, Joe played for Stockyard in the Boston Park League, batting .403 and leading the league with a 1.231 OPS and a .736 slugging average. Hough remained with Stockyard through the 2011 season.

Chris Martin
Chris Martin

Marshfield
Pitcher / Shortstop
  Martin has been key in the revitalization of baseball in Marshfield. The senior was 8-1 on the mound with a 1.01 ERA and led the league in hitting with a .485 average. The Rams dominated en route to a 20-2 record and their first league championship in more than three decades. The team qualified for the postseason for the second time in three years, but succumbed to Braintree in the Division 1 South sectionals. Martin also excelled in football and will attend Wheaton College.  

Martin graduated from Wheaton College in 2006 where he compiled a 14-7 record and won three NEWMAC Tournament championships. As a senior, Martin won 7 games with a 2.54 ERA with 52 K's in 71 innings, limiting hitters to a .212 average.

After graduation in 2006, Martin signed with the Pensacola Pelicans in the American Association and went 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA. He followed that up in 2007 with the Brockton Rox in the Can-Am league in 2007, going 1-2 with an 8.84 ERA. In 2008, Martin returned to the amateur ranks, pitching in the Cranberry League for the Hignham Phillies.


Jared McGuire
Jared McGuire

Harwich
Shortstop
  Classmate Cody Crowell got a lot of attention for his exploits on the mound, but somebody had to provide offense for Harwich and that's where McGuire excelled. The junior hit .618 with three home runs and 29 RBIs en route to being named South Shore League MVP. He was also chosen to participate in the EMass All-Star Game. Harwich fell to league rival Norton in the Division 3 South sectional final. McGuire also excels in hockey and soccer.  

McGuire hit .510 senior year at Harwich and was again Boston Globe All-Scholastic, as well as Boston Globe Player of the Year '03. After high school, McGuire joined the Boston College Eagles where he hit .319 over 4 years, including .421 in 2004 and setting BC's single-season hit record with 82 and also winning the Big East Player of the Year in 2005. McGuire also played for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League going into the 2007 season.

After college, McGuire signed with the North Shore Spirit in the Can-Am league where he batted .136 in 7 games during the 2007 season.


Derek Scheetz
Derek Scheetz

St. John's Prep
Pitcher / Second Base
  After winning a Division 1 state championship as a sophomore, Scheetz led St. John's Prep to a share of the Catholic Conference title and a spot in the EMass final as a senior. He epitomized the team's combination of finesse pitching and power hitting, going 7-0 on the mound and striking out more than 70 batters while maintaining a .380 batting average. An honor roll student, baseball dominates Scheetz's free time. The former New England Lightning standout plans to play at Stetson University.  

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Mark Shorey
Mark Shorey

Peabody
Pitcher / Outfield
  It was pitchers like Shorey who made Greater Boston League batters yearn for aluminum bats. Shorey was second in the league with a 0.70 ERA and fourth in the league with a .438 batting average. Shorey is a three-year GBL all-star and was named co-MVP with Cambridge's Tim Dumphy. Shorey's amateur resume also includes winning the Babe Ruth World Series in 1999 and finishing third in the AAUUSA tournament in 2001. Shorey will play for the Midland Indians in Cincinnati this summer before attending High Point University in North Carolina. Shorey also excels in basketball and enjoys fishing and skiing in his spare time.  

Shorey spent his freshman year pitching and playing outfield for Liberty University before he transferred to High Point University his sophomore year. Offensively, Shorey was explosive.

His senior year, Shorey was named the Big South Conference Co-MVP. He led the league with 20 HRs and topped the Big South in both slugging percentage (.779) and on-base percentage (.504). Shorey finished second in the conference with a .408 batting average and fourth in RBI with 62. Shorey also ranked among the national leaders in slugging percentage (6th), home runs/game (9th) and batting average (15th).

Shorey was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 31st Round (946th overall) of 2006 amateur entry draft (June-Reg).

In 2006, for the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, Shorey hit .265 with 13 HR and 47 RBI. The 2007 season began with the Class A Quad Cities in the Midwest League and concluded with Class A Advanced for Palm Beach County. In 2008, Shorey was at Double-A for Springfield of the Texas League where he hit .304 with 11 HR and 66 RBI and 49 runs scored in 114 games. And in 2009, Shorey made it to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League where he hit .292 with 5 HR, 27 RBI and 20 runs scored.

At the end of his 2010 season with Memphis, Shorey left the MLB ranks to play indy ball with the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants in the American Association. In 2011, he hit .283, and in 2012, he hit .307 for the Pheasants.

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