BOSTON GLOBE ALL-SCHOLASTICS IN BASEBALL, 2008

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
Scott Weismann
Scott Weismann

Division 1
Acton-Boxboro
  Weismann dominated the Dual County League, going 7-2 with a 0.95 ERA while batting .455. Those statistics impressed the Tigers, who selected Weismann in the 18th round of the draft. He was named the state player of the year by Gatorade.  

Weismann was selected by Detroit Tigers in 18th Round (553rd overall) of 2008 MLB Draft, though he did not sign, opting to play for the Clemson University Tigers instead.

As a 2009 freshman, Weismann made 17 appearances, including 3 starts. He went 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings.

Weismann was slated to play the 2009 summer with the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League, but opted to take the summer off to rehab from tendonitus


Joe Flynn
Joe Flynn

Division 2
Plymouth North
  Flynn put together a spectacular season, going 12-0 and striking out 119 batters to help Plymouth North go undefeated and claim the Division 2 state championship. The Atlantic Coast League all-star also batted .450 and hit three home runs.  

Flynn finished his high school pitching career 33-4, including a 10-2 record in 2009. He was MVP of the Atlantic Coast League and led the Blue Eagles back to the state title game, a year after they went undefeated and won it all. Flynn also batted .385 in the regular season with six home runs and 28 RBI, and hit close to .500 in the postseason.

He will attend Franklin Pierce in 2010.


Tim Holland
Tim Holland

Division 3
Georgetown
  Holland was a major force in Georgetown's tournament run. The senior had 22 RBIs and scored 32 runs to go with his .415 batting average, and was 16 for 16 in steals. He also went 10-2 on the mound, boasting a 2.92 ERA with 92 strikeouts.  

Holland headed to Polk State College in Florida. In 2009 as a freshman, he hit .221 (40 for 181) and did not pitch.


All-Scholastics

Athlete / School / Position   The Boston Globe Summary   The Boston Baseball Update
Matt Collins
Matt Collins

Hopkinton
Catcher
  A three-year starter, Collins was named the Tri-Valley League MVP and led Hopkinton to the league title. The team captain batted .475, hit five home runs, and drove in 29 runs. He also struck out only seven times while slugging .820.  

Collins spent the summer of 2008 catching for Milford's American Legion team prior to heading to Tufts University.

In 2009 as a freshman at Tufts, Collins started in 12 games and hit .244 (11 for 45) with 5 doubles and 9 RBI. Collins played his summer ball for the Fort Collins Foxes in the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League, batting .265. Later that summer, Collins was back in Boston for the 16th annual Oldtime Baseball Game wearing a 1952 vintage Mickey Mantle No. 7. It was his second year playing in the contest.


Tom Conley
Tom Conley

BC High
Catcher
  Conley, a three-year starter, was among the top sluggers in the Catholic Conference, hitting .474 and driving in 22 runs. After winning the conference MVP and leading the Eagles to the Division 1 state title, he's taking his game to UMass.  

In 2009 as a freshman at UMass-Amherst, Conley was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. He played in 49 games, starting 46 behind the plate, and hit .312 with 33 runs scored, seven doubles and 15 RBI.

Over the 2009 summer, Conley made the Falmouth Commodores roster in the Cape Cod League, though he played just 1 game. Conley played the bulk of his summer for the New Bedford Bay Sox in the New England Collegiate League, where he started 19 games and hit .247.


Bobby Dean
Bobby Dean

Danvers
Pitcher / Outfield
  Dean was phenomenal for the Falcons, posting a 0.86 ERA and going 7-1 to improve his career record to 16-1. He also finished with 92 strikeouts, boosting his career total to 184, and batted .422. He's headed to the University of Vermont.  

Dean intention to play his 2009 freshman year for the University of Vermont Catamounts. However, he made just one appearance on the mound in 28 degree cold, took the loss, allowing 2 hits and 4 walks in 2 innings of work. Dean then underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the rest of the season. Then, UVM announced it was discontinuing it's baseball program at the conclusion of the 2009 season.

Now, Dean will try his repaired arm at a new school in 2010. UMass-Lowell is being considered as a top choice.


James Katsiroubas
James Katsiroubas

Milton
Pitcher / Shortstop
  Katsiroubas' play was a major factor in Milton's successful season. The Bay State Conference MVP batted .362 and drove in 13 runs, and boasted a 4-1 record on the mound. He will play for the University of Vermont next season.  

Katsiroubas played his 2009 freshman season for the University of Vermont Catamounts. In 18 starts, he batted .193 (11 for 57) with 6 RBI. UVM then announced it was discontinuing it's baseball program at the conclusion of the 2009 season. Katsiroubas has committed to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell for the 2010 season.

Katsiroubas played part of his 2008 and 2009 summers with the Testa Corp. Bombers in Boston's Intercity League, batting .364 and pitching 4 innings with 7 strikeouts and no runs allowed. He also played 2009 with the AlThomas Athletics in the Boston Yawkey League, batting .306 and pitching 2 innings without allowing a run.


Derek Klinka
Derek Klinka

Westford Academy
Pitcher / First Base
  The team MVP and captain was a major reason why the Grey Ghosts captured the Dual County League title. Klinka went 7-1 and struck out 68 batters in 59 innings, and batted .453 while driving in 18 runs. He will attend Holy Cross.  

Klinka pitched in 11 games out of the pen his 2009 freshman year at Holy Cross. He compiled a 2-0 record with an 8.04 ERA in 15 2/3 innings pitched, striking out 10.

Klinka spent his 2008 summer pitching for the Westford Willows in the Central New England Baseball Association. Then in 2009, he pitched for the Lexington Blue Sox in Boston's Intercity League. In 2 games and 3 1/3 innings, he allowed 9 hits and 2 walks for a 10.50 ERA.


Nate Koneski
Nate Koneski

Dighton-Rehoboth
Pitcher
  Koneski went 11-0, struck out 102 batters, and held opponents to a .106 batting average to help D-R claim its third consecutive South Coast Conference championship. The senior, who will be attending Holy Cross in the fall, won league MVP honors.  

Koneski made 15 appearances on the mound for Holy Cross in 2009, his freshman year, including 6 starts. He accumulated a 2-2 record with a 7.41 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings.

Koneski pitched his 2009 summer with the Easton Huskies in Boston's Cranberry League. He also pitched 3 games for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League, where in 3 outings and 5 innings, he struck out 4 with a 0.00 ERA.


Chris Labriola
Chris Labriola

Malden Catholic
Pitcher
  While the Lancers won their first outright Catholic Conference title, Labriola went 8-2 with a 1.05 ERA, striking out 60 batters in 68 innings. He finished his career with a 13-4 record, 1.51 ERA, and 93 strikeouts in 101 innings.  

Labriola headed south to Central Florida Community College. As a freshman in 2009, Labriola pitched in 10 games with 5 starts. In those outings, he compiled a 1-2 record with a 7.91 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched.

Labriola pitched briefly in 2009 for the Andre Chief in Boston's Intercity League. In 4 games, he pitched 5 innings with a 4.20 ERA and 5 strikeouts.


Andrew Leenhouts
Andrew Leenhouts

Franklin
Pitcher / Outfield
  The Franklin ace went 7-1 with a 1.47 ERA this season, striking out 62 en route to winning the Hockomock League MVP. Leenhouts also batted .395, hit two home runs, and slugged .566, helping Franklin bring home the league title and finish 14-8.  

Leenhouts spun a fantastic freshman year at Northeastern University in 2009 as a reliever, striking out 41 batters in 30 1/3 innings across 16 games with a team-best 2.37 ERA.

Leenhouts played for the Peekskill Robins in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League over the summer of 2009. He was named to the All-Star team due to his league-high 27 strikeouts in just 20 innings. He finished the season 4-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings


Monte Marrocco
Monte Marrocco

Winchester
Shortstop
  The Middlesex League MVP helped lead the Sachems to a 17-3 record and league title. Marrocco hit .463 with a .605 on-base percentage while earning an EMass All-Star selection. He captained the Winchester football team and played hockey as well.  

After departing Winchester High School and the Sachem baseball team in early May of 2008 and his senior year, Marrocco got back on track and spent 2009 at Bridgton Academy for postgraduate school. Marrocco will spend the 2010 season playing baseball for the UMass Lowell River Hawks.

Marrocco spent the summer of 2008 with the Watertown Reds in Boston's Intercity League, batting .102. In 2009, he split time between the ICL's Medford Americans where he hit .296 and the Boston Yawkey League's South Boston Saints where he hit .231.


Scott Oberg
Scott Oberg

Tewksbury
Pitcher / First Base
  The University of Connecticut-bound Oberg is a two-time All-Scholastic, boasting a career record of 14-3 with a 1.15 ERA. This season he went 5-2 while striking out 65 in 47„ innings, and was named player of the year in the MVC Small.  

Oberg headed to the University of Connecticut. In 2009 as a freshman, he went 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.

In the summer of 2009, Oberg pitched for the Lowell All-Americans in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, compiling a 3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts. Oberg also made 3 pitching appearances for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League, compiling a 1.80 ERA in 5 innings.


Blaine O'Brien
Blaine O'Brien

Scituate
Pitcher
  It's hard to pitch better than O'Brien did this season. He threw back-to-back no-hitters, struck out 122 batters in 58 innings, and had an ERA of 0.36. He committed to the University of Georgia, and was drafted in the 34th round by the Phillies.  

After declining offers from the Philadelphia Phillies and the University of Georgia, O'Brien was the ace of the Middle Georgia College pitching staff. There, he posted a 6-1 record in 11 games as a freshman in 2009. The 6' 7" hurler fanned 41 in 54 innings pitched with a 6.50 ERA. O'Brien will pitch for the Georgia Bull Dogs in 2010.

O'Brien spent the 2009 summer playing in the East Cobb, Georgia region.


Steve Perakslis
Steve Perakslis

Abington
Pitcher / Shortstop
  Perakslis did it all for Abington and was an overpowering presence in the South Shore League. He batted .525 and smacked five home runs, and went 7-3 on the mound with a 1.12 ERA. He also struck out 95 batters in only 62 innings.  

In 2009 as a high school senior, Perakslis led the Abington Green Wave to the school's first state title and won his second South Shore League MVP award, finishing with a .523 average, 5 home runs, and 33 RBIs. As a pitcher, he went 9-0 with a 0.25 ERA.

In the Fall 2009, Perakslis entered the University of Maine baseball program.

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