BOSTON GLOBE ALL-SCHOLASTICS IN BASEBALL, 2003

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
Jeff Allison
Jeff Allison

Division 1
Peabody
  A first-round pick of the Florida Marlins, Allison already has established his place in Peabody folklore. He was 7-0 during the regular season, striking out 118 in 48 innings. He allowed only eight walks and seven hits this season and maintained a spotless 0.00 ERA. He was also a threat at the plate, batting .500 with two home runs and 32 RBIs en route to being named Greater Boston League MVP. Allison must now choose between attending Arizona or signing with Florida.  

Allison was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 1st Round (16th overall) of 2003 MLB Amateur Draft and got into 3 Gulf Coast League games that season. Allison missed the 2004 season while in a substance abuse treatment program.

In 2005, Allison returned with the Single A Greensboro Grasshoppers and went 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA and 83 K's in 94.2 innings. Allison's issues with substance abuse continued and he missed the 2006 & 2007 seasons.

Allison made a comeback with the Single A Jupiter Hammerheads and was named a Florida State League All-Star in both 2008 and 2009. Allison was promoted to the Double A Jacksonville Suns for a spot start to close 2009 and notched the win, and stayed with Jacksonville through the 2011 season.

In 2012, Allison joined the Malden Bulldogs in the Bosotn Yawkey League, where he went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 21 innings with 26 strikeouts.


Brian Donahue
Brian Donahue

Division 2
Lincoln-Sudbury
  While Donahue and Company fell short of duplicating their state championship season of a year ago, it was hardly the fault of the senior fireballer. Donahue started six games, throwing shutouts in five (including a no-hitter against Acton-Boxboro), while giving up just two runs all season. Lincoln-Sudbury breezed to a 19-2 regular season record. Donahue captured his second Dual County League MVP honor. Also a football standout, Donahue will attend Amherst College.  

Donahue pitched for Amherst College, 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, holding batters to a .227 batting average. Donahue graduated in 2007.

Donahue had pitched a summer 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.


Cody Crowell
Cody Crowell

Division 3
Harwich
  Both Crowell and teammate McGuire had such outstanding seasons that is was impossible to pick one over the other in terms of most valuable player. Just ask coach Fred Thatcher, who named the duo (along with senior Adam LaPlante) tri-MVPs of the team this season. Vanderbilt-bound Crowell went 9-1 with a 0.35 ERA. He struck out 158 in 62 innings while batting .389 and driving in 21 runs. For his career, Crowell was 30-5. He was the South Shore MVP.   Crowell headed to Vanderbilt where he was red-shirted as a freshman. His sophomore year, he went 2-0 record with a 1.12 ERA out of the pen. He spent the 2005 summer with the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League. Crowell returned to Vanderbilt in 2006, where he went 6-2 as a starter with a 3.95 ERA and 52 strikeouts. Crowell returned to the Cape League in 2006 as a starter for the Brewster Whitecaps. In his 2007 campaign at Vanderbilt, Crowell went 4-1, with a 4.05 ERA working out of the bullpen.

Crowell was selected by Toronto Blue Jays in the 14th Round (445th overall) of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft and finished the 2007 season with the Auburn Doubledays going 6-2 with a 3.02 ERA. Crowell began the 2008 season with the Lansing Lugnuts and was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays in the Single-A Florida State League. In 13 relief appearances for Dunedin in 2009, Crowley was 3-0 with a 6.11 ERA and was released by the Jays. Crowell joined the Grand Prairie Air Hogs in the American Association where he finished the season going 9-5 with a 5.34 ERA across 86 innings.

Jared McGuire
Jared McGuire

Division 3
Harwich
  McGuire made it back-to-back All-Scholastic seasons in leading Harwich to an 18-2 regular season. This spring McGuire hit .510, driving in 17 runs and stealing 26 bases as Harwich advanced deep into the Division 3 tournament. A gifted shortstop, McGuire hit .607 in his junior year and was the Shore Shore League MVP. Also a soccer and hockey standout, McGuire plays Legion ball for Barnstable. He will attend Boston College on a baseball scholarship.   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. Going into 2007, McGuire also played for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League.

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

All-Scholastics

Athlete / School / Position   Summary   Then What Did They Do?
Matt Antonelli
Matt Antonelli

St. John's Prep
Shortstop
  How good is Matt Antonelli? According to Wake Forest, he's good enough to offer a baseball scholarship. According to the Los Angeles Dodgers, he's good enough to draft. Antonelli hit .417 this spring in leading St. John's Prep to the Catholic Conference championship. In the MIAA Division 1North tournament, Antonelli and Prep beat Malden and Lexington before falling to top-seeded Peabody, 2-1, in the semifinals. An honor roll student, Antonelli was the Globe's Division 1 Player of the Year in football and a Catholic Conference All-Star in hockey.  

Antonelli was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft, but did not sign. Instead, he headed to Wake Forest, where in 3 seasons, started all 163 games the Demon Deacons played. He finished his career with a .324 batting average, 18 home runs and 110 RBI. Antonelli swiped 46 career bases and set a new school record with 128 career walks. Antonelli also spent a few summers with the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League where he was an All-Star each year.

Antonelli was drafted out of Wake Forest University by the San Diego Padres in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. In July 2007, Antonelli was named the best 2B prospect in the minors by Baseball Prospectus. Antonelli hit 14 home runs in 82 games for High A Lake Elsinore, before moving up to Double A San Antonio Missions to finish the season. In 534 at bats between the two levels, Antonelli finished hitting .304 with 21 homers and 25 stolen bases. In 2008, Antonelli played for the Padres' Triple A Portland Beavers. Antonelli was called up to the Padres where he promptly singled off Greg Maddux for his first MLB hit. He finished the season with the Padres batting .193 with 1 HR.

In 2009, Antonelli ranked as the Padres' No. 9 prospect according to Baseball America, though he spent most of the season in Triple A Portland before concluding the season in the Arizona Instructional League. Antonelli spent the 2010-2012 seasons mostly mouncing around the International League in Triple-A, including for the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals), Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (New York Yankees).


David Bettencourt
David Bettencourt

Tewksbury
Catcher
  Business as usual for this senior standout. Bettencourt hit .509 this season with 20 RBIs en route to being named Merrimack Valley Conference MVP for the second straight season. He led the league in hitting for the third time in four years and eclipsed the 100-hit mark midway through the season. Bettencourt also helped the pitching staff, dispensing advice as the team's everyday catcher. A National Honor Society member, Bettencourt enjoys studying law, politics, and American history. He will attend UMass in the fall.  

Bettencourt played at UMASS Amherst, though he was limited to just 2 games played. He transferred to the University of New Hampshire, where he captained the club baseball team. From 2003 to 2006, he was also General Manager of the Rockingham County Red Storm in the North Shore Baseball League. Today, DJ is a New Hampshire State Representative and also runs DB's Baseball & Softball Instructional Academy in North Andover with his father, Dave Bettencourt, Sr.


Pat Bresnehan
Pat Bresnehan

Dover Sherborn
Pitcher
  Who can argue with the Kansas City Royals? Bresnehan was selected in the 23d round of the Major League draft, proving that the talented senior pitcher wasn't a secret. Bresnehan was the Tri-Valley League MVP this spring, going 6-0 with a 0.17 ERA. In 39 innings he struck out 87 batters. In the state tournament his success continued, although D-S's bats went quiet. Bresnehan struck out 12 and threw a two-hitter but lost to Nantucket, 1-0.  

Bresnehan was originally selected in the 23rd round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Royals, but opted to attend Arizona State University. In his 3 years at ASU, he accumulated an 11-9 record and a 5.01 ERA with 173 strikeouts in 192.1 innings. Bresnehan also spent the summer of 2005 with the the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League.

Bresnehan was then selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th Round (140th overall) of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He finished the 2006 season with the Williamsport Crosscutters in the NY-Penn League at 4-5 with a 2.25 ERA. Bresnehan entered the 2007 season in Single A for the Lynchburg Hillcats in the Carolina League before being promoted to the Double A Altoona Curve in the Eastern League to finish the season. In 2008, Bresnehan pitched 38 games for the Curve, posting a 4.29 ERA with 40 K's in 50.1 innings pitched.

After a year away from pro ball in 2009, Bresnehan went Indy, splitting time with the Pittsfield Colonials in the Can-Am league and Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League in 2010. After another year removed from pro ball in 2011, Bresnehan pitched 4 games for Bridgeport in 2012, going 1-0, and not allowing a run.


Nick DeVito
Nick DeVito

Hingham
Pitcher / Shortstop
  DeVito was a monster on the mound and in the field. The 6-5, 225-pound senior hit .576 with 5 home runs, 26 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases. One of his homers, a late-season blast against Scituate helped Hingham lock up the Patriot League title. A four-year varsity starter, DeVito was 5-0 on the hill this season with a 0.95 ERA. After a 16-3 regular season and a top seed in the Division 2 South tournament, Hingham fell to Hopkinton in the quarterfinals. He'll attend UConn.  

DeVito was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 43rd Round (1279th overall) of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. DeVito did not sign, and headed to UConn instead. From UConn, DeVito transferred to Indian River C.C. in Florida, and then transferred back up north to Northeastern University. As a sophomore for the NU Huskies in 2006, DeVito batted .156 in 11 games. He then transferred to SUNY Cortland, the top ranked Division 3 team in the National Poll. There, over two seasons, he hit .322 with 7 home runs and 62 RBI. He also posted a 1-0 record on the mound with a 1.32 ERA in 17 relief appearances and was named to the NCAA Div. III Regional All-Tournament Team.

DeVito spent time as Assistant Baseball Coach at Lasell College in Newton, MA. From 2009-2012, DeVito has played for the Weymouth Phillies in the Cranberry League with a .346 average, and a 5-4 record with a 1.98 ERA.


Matthew Dudley
Matthew Dudley

Norton
Catcher
  This season's jump from the South Shore League to the Tri-Valley League hardly affected Dudley, who registered a .428 batting average (including 11 doubles and three triples) and drove in 14 runs. He was named the league's positional Player of the Year as Norton won the TVL title. Norton's season ended at the hands of an old SSL foe as Harwich slid past Norton in a Division 3 South sectional semifinal. A two-time All-Scholastic, Dudley hit .504 last season and was named SSL MVP. He will attend Stonehill.  

Dudley went to Stonehill College where he hit .321 as a sophomore in 2004. That summer, Dudley won a gold glove with the Norton Knights of the Cranberry Baseball League.

Dudley did not appear on the Stonehill roster for the 2005 season.


Steven Gath
Steven Gath

Reading
Shortstop
  Steve Gath didn't strike out once this spring. Think about that for a minute. But what Gath did do may be even more impressive. The senior captain and three-year starter set Reading single-season records for most doubles (10) and, of course, least strikeouts. He checked in with a .448 batting average for the Middlesex League champions, with one home run and 19 RBIs. He finished his career holding Reading records in doubles (22) and runs (64). He will attend Bentley.  

Gath started every game during his four years at Bentley, all 177 of them. He finished his collegiate career with a .320 average and 225 hits. At the end of his collegiate career, Gath was selected to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game, and was named Player of the Game.

In 2008, Gath headed to Holland and played professionally in the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball League for Team Run 71.

During 2009-2012, Gath has played with the Lexington Blue Sox in the Intercity League, hitting .299 over 98 games, helping them win league titles from '09-'11.


Gene Howard
Gene Howard

Swampscott
Pitcher / First Base
  As the Northeastern Conference Most Valuable Player, Howard is following in a long line of outstanding Big Blue diamond stars. This spring he went 5-0 without giving up a single earned run in 32 innings. He also struck out 57 while walking just six batters as Swampscott won the Division 3North championship. His .370 batting average led Swampscott. During the summer he plays for the Lexington Blue Sox and the Swampscott Red Sox. He'll attend Rollins College.  

Howard had a great career at Rollins College, batting .379 with 245 hits, 13 home runs, 49 doubles and 124 RBI. As a senior in 2007, after 11 games, Howard missed the remainder of the season with reconstructive shoulder surgery and received a medical redshirt. As a senior again in 2008, Howard set the program single season records in batting average (.426) and hits (95) and also won the SSC batting title. Howard was an All-America selection, named to the All-Sunshine State Conference, and earned spots on the ABCA, Daktronics and NCBWA All-South Region teams. Prior to his injury, Howard had also appeared in 54 games on the mound with a 5-6 record, 14 saves and 91 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. Gene had spent the 2005 and 2006 summers in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. Today, Gene is a channel partner with 3P Sports, a comprehensive development program designed to improve pitching performance and reduce injury.


Andy McNulty
Andy McNulty

Norwood
Pitcher
  In the topsy-turvy Bay State Conference, McNulty was consistently strong. The senior fireballer tossed 67 innings, striking out 101 batters and walking 10. He maintained a 1.20 ERA and picked up Norwood's only win in the postseason: a 13-2 blasting of Falmouth. McNulty finished the season with a 9-2 record and was named Herget MVP. Norwood finished the regular season 16-3 and was the top seed in the Division 1 South tournament, but was upset by fellow Bay State Conference member Weymouth in the quarterfinals. He'll attend the Community College of Rhode Island.  

McNulty began his collegiate career at the Community College of Rhode Island where he was nationally ranked for strikeouts per inning and ERA both freshman and sophomore years, and was named First Team All-New England in 2005. He holds the school record in single-season complete games at 7 and career appearance record with 27. McNulty spent that summer pitching for the Concord Quarry Dogs in the New England Collegiate Baseball League before he transferred to Seton Hall for the 2006 season. There, McNulty compiled a 2-4 record with a 7.98 ERA. McNulty transferred to Franklin Pierce for the 2007 season, where he went 4-1 with 1.67 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 32.1 innings - including a no-hitter against Bloomfield.

In 2008, McNulty briefly went pro, pitching for the Brockton Rox in the CanAm League. In 2 outings and 2 innings, he allowed 4 hits, 4 walks and 3 earned runs.


Steve Richard
Steve Richard

Malden Catholic
Pitcher
  For the first few weeks of the regular season, Richard and Co. lived in the basement of the Catholic Conference. But once Richard heated up, there was no stopping the Lancers. Richard was nearly unhittable in the final months, compiling a 6-2 record that featured a perfect game and five other shutouts. The senior tossed 65 innings, striking out 93 and maintaining a 0.41 ERA. He also hit .345, driving in 10 runs and earned MVP honors in the conference. MC won the EMass title behind Richard. He'll attend Maine.  

Richard attended the University of Maine where he was 13-3 with a 2.49 ERA over the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Richard also pitched for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2005. Richard transferred to Clemson University for the 2006 season and took over the closer role, tossing 21 games with a 4.30 ERA.

Richard was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 8th Round (231st overall) of 2006 MLB Amateur Draft after his junior season. Richard has spent his 4 professional seasons bouncing around Single-A, from the Everett Aqua Sox in the Northwest League, to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League, to the High Desert Mavericks in the California League.

Richard spent the 2008 off-season with the Waikiki Beach Boys in the Hawaiian Winter League before joining the High Desert Mavericks (Seattle Mariners, A+) where he played from 2008-2010 before being promoted to the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (AA). Richard began the 2011 season with the Jackson Generals (Seattle, AA), but finished the season playing Indy ball for the Brockton Rox back home.


Jason Smith
Jason Smith

Bourne
Pitcher
  The 6-3, 210-pound fireballer struggled at times this season but still posted an impressive 6-3 record. In his final start of the season, he tossed a no-hitter, striking out 17 against Blue Hills. He was named South Coast Conference MVP and was drafted by the Red Sox in the 49th round of the amateur draft. Smith must now decide whether to sign with the Sox or attend the University of South Florida on a full scholarship.  

Smith was the Red Sox' 51st pick (49th round, 1444th overall) in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. Smith signed with the Sox after previously committing to the University of South Florida. Due to his late signing, Smith appeared in just 1 game for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing 2 hits, 1 run and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. Smith was released by the Red Sox in July of 2004.


Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Taunton
Third Baseman
  The Old Colony League MVP, Smith proved a wooden bat can't keep a good hitter down. Smith led Taunton in every major category, hitting .425 with one home run and 20 RBIs. His junior year stats were equally impressive with a .432 batting average and three home runs. With Smith handling the hot corner, Taunton has gone 39-8 over two years. This spring Taunton reached the Division 1 South semifinals. Smith was the starting center forward in the Taunton basketball team in 2002 and 2003. A member of the National Honor Society, Smith will attend Florida Gulf Coast University.   Smith headed to Florida Gulf Coast University where he was red-shirted as a freshmen. He transferred to Bridgewater State College in 2005 and began his career with a 40-game hitting streak that lasted through the first game of the 2006 season. The 40-game hitting streak is an NCAA all-divisions record for longest streak to start a career. Smith finished his career as the BSC Bears all-time leader in hits (231), doubles (55), RBI (162), extra base hits (78), total bases (347) and at bats (555). As a senior in 2008, Smith batted .414 with six home runs, 40 RBI, 35 runs scored, 17 doubles and two triples. He also walked 20 times and sported a .683 slugging percentage and a .485 on base percentage.

Anthony Sullivan
Anthony Sullivan

Arlington
Pitcher
  Sullivan teamed with Nolan Boike to form one of the most formidable 1-2 pitching duos in the state. The senior hurler went 7-1 with 73 strikeouts in 52 innings. For his career, Sullivan was 16-2 with 125 strikeouts in 88 innings. Sullivan's first win this season came against Everett where he tossed a no-hitter, striking out 17. Arlington spent much of the year as the Globe's top ranked team. A National Honor Society member, Sullivan will attend St. John's University.  

Sullivan headed to St. John's University where as a sophomore, went 8-3 with a 2.43 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. He finished his collegiate career 11-5.

Sullivan was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 19th Round (583rd overall) of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. In 2005 and 2006, Sullivan pitched for the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League and chalked up a 7-3 record with 5.06 ERA in 71.1 innings with 65 strikeouts. But then, Sullivan required Tommy John surgery and was sidelined for about a year. He made a brief return in 2007, playing Single A for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the Midwest League. In 3 games, he posted a 1.80 ERA, allowing 2 hits in 5 innings with 5 strikeouts and no walks. Sullivan was released and signed in 2008 with the Worcester Tornadoes in the CanAm League. There he went 3-1 in 16 games out of the pen with a 2.57 ERA in 21 innings, striking out 22. And in 2009, he pitched for the Tornadoes again, chalking up 9 saves in 25 games pitched with a 5.16 ERA.

After being out of pro ball in 2010, Sullivan once again returned to the CanAm League in 2011, this time for the Les Capitales de Quebec, where he posted a 1-3 record with a 4.26 ERA in 25.1 innings.

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