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

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Dan Godefroi
Dan Godefroi

Division 1
  It just keeps getting better for the 6-foot-1-inch Godefroi. The junior makes his second straight All-Scholastic team after being named Gatorade Player of the Year in Massachusetts. He won his second straight Player of the Year award in the Merrimack Valley Conference after leading Andover to an 18-2 regular-season mark and a league title. Godefroi boosted his batting average 43 points from last season's .400 clip while tacking on 15 RBIs and 21 runs scored for the Golden Warriors. On the mound, he was undefeated with seven wins and a 0.48 ERA, along with 44 strikeouts. The two-sport star also plays hockey in the winter and will be a member of the Andover Legion team this summer.  

Godefroi was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006 and a Massachusetts All-Star from 2005-07. He then headed to Georgetown University. In 2008 as a freshman, he batted .205 (8 for 39) and went 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in 22 innings. By the time he graduated in 2011, he had compiled a .226 average over 4 years with 7 homeruns, and an 0-2 record on the mound with a 5.57 ERA in 32 innings pitched.

Godefroi played his 2008 and 2009 summer ball for the Lowell All-Americans in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Bobby Holmes
Bobby Holmes

Division 2
  In a league dominated by pitching, Holmes was a dominant force for the Marauders. In his final year at Dedham, he emerged as one of the Bay State League's best, finishing behind Connolly in MVP voting. His season highlights included a no-hitter, a pair of one-hitters, and a 20-strikeout, 11-inning performance against Norwood just before the tournament. For the season, he was undefeated at 5-0 while posting a miniscule 0.33 ERA and striking out 85. He was named Male Athlete of the Year at Dedham as well as the Brockton Invitational Most Outstanding Player. He also plays hockey for Dedham. The Holy Cross-bound pitcher is a member of the National Honor Society and an avid guitar player.  

Holmes pitched 4 years for Holy Cross, accumulating a 10-16 record with a 5.97 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 176 innings pitched by the time he graduated in 2010.

Holmes pitched 2 games in the summer of 2009 for Palmer Club in the Boston City League. In 9 innings, he allowed just 3 hits and struck out 7. However, he spent the bulk of his summer pitching for the Petersburg Generals in the Coastal Plain League where in 7 starts, he went 2-2 with an 8.24 ERA in 31 2/3 innings with 29 strikeouts.

In June of 2010, Holmes signed with the Florida Marlins as an undrafted free agent. He had brief stints for the Gulf Coast Marlins (Rookie) and Jamestown Jammers in the NY-Penn League (Single A). In 7 professional games, he went 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA in 6 innings pitched.

Ryan Kane
Ryan Kane

Division 3
St. Mary's
  In four years at St. Mary's of Lynn, the Spartans have gone 61-16 thanks, in large part, to the offense of Kane. In his senior campaign, Kane batted .582 with six homers and 42 runs batted in. He was named a Catholic Central League All-Star for the fourth time in his career and was honored as the MVP of the Clancy Tournament. He was named the league MVP in both 2005 and 2006 and he was selected MVP of the Clancy tournament as a sophomore. He also starred on the Spartans' basketball team in the winter. The slick fielding shortstop will attend Merrimack College in the fall, where he hopes to continue to torture opponents on the diamond. This summer he will play for the Swampscott Legion team.  

Kane did head to Merrimack, but took a year off from the college baseball scene and transferred to Salem State. As a freshman in 2008. Kane collected team-highs in RBI (43), hits (52) and total bases (83) while batting .366 and was named to the All-MASCAC first team. In 2009, Kane hit .323 with 4 homers, 32 RBI and 30 runs scored in 33 games. In the 2010 season as a junior Ryan played and started in 34 games. Ryan had a batting average of .321 with 42 hits and 30 RBIs. In Kane's senior year in 2011, he led the team with a .336 average and 44 hits and 24 RBI.


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Jason Banos
Jason Banos

  Like Michael Roberts before him, Banos knows a thing or two about hitting. The Columbia-bound outfielder was one of the most feared hitters in the state and a constant menace for opposing pitchers in his three years as a starter for the Pioneers. He held a .578 career batting average, amassing 131 hits. He also clubbed nine career homers while driving in 76 RBIs. This season he was named a Cape Ann League All-Star, his third selection, after posting a .532 average with four home runs and 26 RBIs. He was also a two-time league all-star in soccer and starred on the school's basketball team. He was a member of the National Honor Society and two-time student-athlete of the month.  

Banos headed to Columbia University where over the 2007 & 2008 seasons, hit .290 (97 for 334) with 5 homers, 51 RBI and 65 runs scored in 88 games and earned second team All-Ivy League accolades. Due to a preseason injury, Banos missed the entire 2009 collegiate season. However, he bounced back and hit .301 as a junior in 2010 and .323 as a senior in 2011.

Banos played his summer ball in 2009 for the Wakefield Merchants in Boston's Intercity League, batting .293, and in 2010 for the North Shore Navigators in the NECBL, hitting .348, where he was also selected as an All-Star.

Jay Bornstein
Jay Bornstein

Bishop Feehan
  Need proof of Bornstein's value to the Shamrocks, just look at the evidence. Exhibit A: He boasted a .873 slugging percentage this season. Exhibit B: He collected a .456 batting average. Finally, Exhibit C: five home runs while driving in 42 runs. Case closed. The three-year starter also stole seven bags with 18 extra-base hits in leading Feehan to the Division 2 South semifinals. The 6-foot-3-inch center fielder was a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, and a key member of the Division 2A Super Bowl team. He was also a three-year letterman in hockey. He will attend Northeastern University.  

Bornstein headed to Northeastern University where he pursued football for the Huskies. He was redshirted in 2006, and from 2007 through 2009, he has played on special teams, having been named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference team.

Nicholas Campbell
Nicholas Campbell

  There's a reason B-R head coach John Kearney alerted anyone who would listen that he had someone special on his squad. As a senior, Campbell served as ''Mr. Everything'' for the Trojans. He was the offensive spark as the leadoff man, batting .471 with three homers and 12 stolen bases. In the field, he was a stellar defender who tracked down fly balls with ease. On the mound, he would chip in when needed and provided the Trojans with a capable arm (0.51 ERA, 22 K's, three saves) when needed. He was named Old Colony League MVP this past year and will be attending Bryant, where he will continue playing while studying marketing.  

Capped off a truly amazing career at Bryant in 2010, setting several school records including one that may never be topped. The center fielder played in school-record 233 career games and finished his career with 341 hits. In his final game in a Bulldog uniform, Campbell went a perfect 5-for-5, finished the season fifth in the NEC with a .391 batting average and seventh in the conference with 45 RBIs. Career-wise, Campbell finished third in school history with 179 runs scored, second with 57 doubles and second with 177 RBIs.

Campbell spent his 2009 summer playing for the Battle Creek Creek Bombers in the Northwoods League where he hit .304.

After college, Campbell joined the Middleboro Bolts in the Cranberry League. From 2011 through 2012, he hit a collective .463, including a league-leading .594 in 2012.

Brendan Chapin
Brendan Chapin

Catholic Memorial
  Chapin was destined to be a great player. At age 14, he was named to the All World Series team in the Babe Ruth World Series. In his high school career, he became the Knights go-to guy, registering an 0.66 ERA with five wins in the regular season, leading CM to the Division 1 South quarterfinals. Chapin will be back next season, terrorizing the Catholic Conference with his sharp fastball and deceptive curveball. He had an 8 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio this season. Not bad for a player who didn't start pitching until last season, when he served as the team's ace with an ERA under 2.00. This summer he will travel with the highly regarded Ohio War Hawks baseball team for six weeks.  

After graduation, Chapin went to Marist College where in 2008 he went 3-2 with a 5.88 ERA with 26 innings pitched and 19 strikeouts. Chapin did not pitch in 2009 collegiately. He returned in 2010 and wrapped up his Marist career in 2011 with a 9-7 record and 4.15 ERA overall with 98 K's across 113 innings pitched.

Chapin spent the summer of 2008 with the Lowell All Americans in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Chapin spent the summer of 2009 with the Amsterdam Mohawks in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, where he led team pitching in 21 games (50%) of the teams games. He finished 1-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 24 1/3 innings with 21 strikeouts, holding batters to a .221 batting average against.

Patrick Connolly
Patrick Connolly

  Connolly has all the tools required to be a shutdown ace. Standing 6 feet 1 inch, he is an intimidating force on the mound. His curveball has been known to buckle batters at the knees and his fastball overpowers opponents. This year he was the best of the best in the Bay State League, taking home MVP honors. Framingham captured the Bay State League Carey title thanks, in large part, to Connolly who was 8-1 this season. He is a three-time league all-star and held a 3.1 GPA in the classroom. This winter he served as the goalie for the Flyers' hockey team. He will attend Southern Connecticut in the fall and will play for Post Legion 74 this summer.  

Connolly attended Southern Connecticut State, but was not eligible to play baseball due to grades, and left after one semester. That allowed him to pitch Legion Ball the summer of 2007 with Post 74.

Connolly then headed to Pasco-Hernando Community College (Florida) and pitched the 2008 and 2009 seasons. By the end of his sophomore year, he had compiled a 9-9 record with a 4.77 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 154 2/3 innings pitched.

Connolly then spent the summer of 2009 playing for Towne Club in the Boston Park League, where he led the league with 95 strikeouts in 78 innings. He also went 7-4 with a 1.79 ERA and won the Bill Benson Rookie of the Year Award Connolly returned to the Park League in 2010 with JM Force, but played sparingly.

Chris Curran
Chris Curran

  He's not a prototypical leadoff man; this guy packs power in his bat. Curran, the star of the Boxers in coach Bill Maloney's first season, was a power threat, belting four home runs and driving in 18 from the top of the order. He had nine career home runs. The speedy fielder was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 24 bags this year and 74 in his career at Brockton. As a defender, there was not a ball that Curran could not track down. He was a member of the EMass All-Star team that beat Connecticut at Fenway Park last season and won a Super Bowl with the Boxers' football team. He will continue playing baseball in Florida in the fall.  

Curran attended Miami Dade Community College where he was named 2007-2008 Baseball Athlete of the Year and Conference Player of the Year. In 2008, Curran dominated in 46 games with a .433 batting average, 47 runs, 78 hits, 37 RBI, 4 homers and a perfect 25-25 in stolen bases.

Curran had played the summer of 2007 with the Gately Athletics in Boston's Intercity League, where he batted .356.

Curran was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 22nd Round (661st overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft. He finished that season with the Gulf Coast League Nationals and hit .311, finishing first in the GCL in hits (65) and runs (55), third in walks (28) and swiping 14 bases in 55 games. Curran made it as far as Triple A for the Syracuse Chiefs in the International League, hitting .278 there in 7 games. 2012 had Curran back in A-ball, splitting time with the Hagerstown Suns and Potomac Nationals before finishing the season in the independent leagues with the New Jersey Jackals in the CanAm, where he hit .321 in 42 games.

Alex Hassan
Alex Hassan

BC High
Pitcher / Outfield
  You can't find a more complete player in the Catholic Conference than Hassan. The Duke-bound star was everything the Eagles offense needed. He was a consistent hitter with a .500 average and 16 RBIs. Once he got on base, he knew what to do as he was one of the team leaders in stolen bases with 16. As a pitcher, Hassan was 4-4, with a 1.85 ERA, helping the Eagles (12-8) to a third-place finish in their ultra competitive league. Hassan was a four-year varsity starter and has a no-hitter and two one-hitters in his high school resume. The National Honor Society member will play for the Milton Legion, then for the Babe Ruth National team this summer.  

Hassan played 3 years for Duke, compiling a 9-8 record with a 4.24 ERA in 108 1/3 innings with 90 strikeouts. He also racked up 202 hits, batting .322 with 9 homers, 100 RBI and 157 runs in 161 games.

Hassan also played for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League over the summers of 2008 and 2009, in the latter, batting .289, and also compiling a 1.13 ERA pitching 7 games of relief out of the pen.

Hassan was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 20th Round (618th overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft and was sent to the Single A Lowell Spinners in the New York-Penn League. There, Hassan hit .333 and was promoted to the Greenville Drive in the Southern League where he hit .313 in 8 games. By 2011, Hassan was hitting .291 with 13 homers in Double A for the Portland Sea Dogs, and was promoted to the Pawtucket Red Sox in Triple A for the 2012 season, where he hit .256 with 7 homers in 94 games.

Joshua Mackey
Josh Mackey

  If you have never seen Josh Mackey on the field, you've been missing out. The sensational shortstop was an integral part of the Falcons' 18-2 regular season as well as their march to the Division 2 semifinals before they were ousted in a loss to Wayland. For the season, Mackey batted .451, collecting 30 RBIs and four home runs. He was named a league all-star and league MVP for his efforts. He will play in the upcoming EMass All-Star game for the North squad. In the fall he will attend the University of Southern Maine. Mackey will spend his summer playing Legion baseball.  

Josh completed his 4th season at the University of Southern Maine in 2011. He put up some impressive offense stats those years, batting .452 his senior year. Over his collegiate career, he hit .382 with 229 hits, 16 home runs, 131 RBI and 168 runs in 162 games.

Mackey spent the summer of 2008 with Cassell Club in Boston's Intercity League, batting .366.

Joseph Pace
Joe Pace

Pitcher / Third Base
  In need of a shutdown ace? Look no further than the Clippers' No. 1 starter Joe Pace. In four years at Newburyport, the Bowdoin-bound hurler recorded 212 innings pitched while boasting a 1.65 ERA. In his final year he was downright dominant, going 8-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 71 innings. He pitched three one-hitters and two shutouts in the Clippers' 18-4 season. Pace hit for a .415 average with three home runs and three game-winning runs scored while leading the team in doubles (11) and total bases (44). He was also named a captain of the football and basketball team while posting a 4.66 GPA and graduating as Salutatorian of his class.  

During his 4 years that wrapped in 2010, Pace was a collective 17-9 at Bowdoin with a 4.61 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 185 2/3 innings pitched.

Pace's best season was 2009, where he finished 7-0 with a 3.86 ERA, setting the school's single-season record for wins and best-ever winning percentage. He was named Second Team All-NESCAC and Academic All-NESCAC.Pace spent his 2009 summer pitching for the North Shore Phillies in Boston's North Shore Baseball League.

After graduation, Pace spent his 2011 season as assistant coach on the Bowdoin baseball team before returning to school in 2012 at UMass Amherst to obtain his Master's.

James Roche
James Roche

  Roche was the constant catalyst on a Spy Ponders team looking for offense. The junior held a .435 average for Arlington (16-6) along with a home run and 27 RBIs. He was an integral part in Arlington's three league championships and was named co-MVP, along with Peabody's Kyle Multner, for his efforts this past year. He was a running back for the Spy Ponders football team and will be captain in his senior year. He was as good in the classroom as on the field as he held a 3.44 GPA. This summer he will play baseball in the Bay State Games as he awaits his senior campaign.  

Roche spent part of summers from 2006 through 2008 playing for Cassell Club in Boston's Intercity League. During that time, he hit .458 in 48 at bats over 15 games. The summer of 2009, Roche played for the Front Royal Cardinals in Virginia's Valley Baseball League. There, he hit .296 with 9 homers and 31 RBI in 42 games.

Roche spent 2008-2010 at Bentley College, where he finished his career with 25 homers and a .324 average.

After graduation from Bentley, Roche took 2011 off from collegiate ball and played his sumer with the Arlington Trojans in the Intercity League, where he hit .410 across 13 games.

Roche headed to grad school at Franklin Pierce in 2012 with a year of collegiate eligibility left. He dominated, crushing 17 homers (a school record) in 58 games with 61 RBI, 22 stolen bases while hitting .361.

After Franklin Pierce in 2012, Roche joined the Les Capitales de Quebec in the CanAm league, and was then sent to the Newark Bears. He finished the season across the two teams hitting .261 with 4 homers in 188 at bats.

Sam Shaughnessy
Sam Shaughnessy

Newton North
First Base
  Shaughnessy and his teammates reminded Eastern Mass that Newton North is not just a basketball school. After his junior year, when he batted .380 with 12 RBIs in the wood-bat Bay State League, pitchers gave Shaughnessy the "Barry Bonds treatment" this season, as he was given 31 free passes in 22 games. The senior slugger, routinely batting second in the order, responded with a .358 batting average, 18 RBIs, and 10 extra-base hits in his final year at North. He will bring his bat and his power to the Newton Legion Post 440 team this summer. The three-time league all-star will attend Boston College in the fall, where he will attempt to frustrate pitchers at the collegiate level.  

Sam Shaughnessy is the subject of the book "Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball" published in 2007 and written by his father Dan Shaughnessy, long time baseball columnist for the Boston Globe.

After high school, Shaughnessy headed to Boston College where he was redshirted as a true freshman. In 2008, he batted .266 (25 for 94) with 4 homers and 18 RBI and led the team with a .418 on-base percentage. In 2009, Shaughnessy was limited to 6 at bats, though his most memorable was likely in the preseason versus Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox during B.C.'s annual scrimmage versus the MLB club.

Shaughnessy has spent his summers from 2006 through 2009 playing for the Medford Americans in the Boston Intercity League. During that time, he batted .372 (25 for 86). From 2010 through 2012, Shaughnessy played with the Brighton Braves in the Yawkey League, batting .299 (60 for 201).

Shaughnessy is also for the tied for the record for most appearances in the Oldtime Baseball Game, held in Cambridge each year, with nine.

Matt Small
Matt Small

Pitcher / Shortstop
  In a league filled with stars, Small shined the brightest this season, when he was MVP of the Cape Ann League. His season was capped by his selection by the Atlanta Braves on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft. Small led the Tigers to their first league title in eight years after going 7-2 on the mound with a 0.74 ERA and 96 strikeouts. He was nearly unhittable, allowing 26 hits in 57 innings. In his four years at Ipswich, he recorded 261 strikeouts while winning 19 games. He achieved a .444 average with 24 RBIs and three homers. The career .386 hitter is headed to college in Lake City, Florida.  

In June of 2006, Small pitched 2 games for the Gately Athletics in Boston's Intercity League. That same month, Small was selected by the Atlanta Braves in 14th Round (430th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft.

Small spent 2007 with the Gulf Coast League Braves where he pitched 10 games out of the pen with a 4.91 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. Small then spent 2008 in Rookie League with the Danville Braves in the Appalachian League where he notched 6 saves with a 2.55 ERA, striking out 27 in 17 2/3 innings. Small played 2009 in Single A with the Rome Braves in the South Atlantic League where he again notched 6 saves with a 3.41 ERA striking out 36 in 34 1/3 innings - a season abbreviated by a 50 game suspension from MLB for alleged use of a performance-enhancing drug.

From 2010 through 2012, Small has been a manager for Legends Baseball, one of the premier youth Travel & College Prospect Programs, located in Middleton, Massachusetts.

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