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Triple Play Batting Cages College Corner highlights players who have taken (and continue to take) lessons with the Triple Play Staff and/or played on our Triple Play All-Star AAU baseball teams or AAU, Legion or other teams coached by our staff.

Nick Borsari
Position: RHP/OF
Hometown: Bolton, Mass.
High School/College: Nashoba Regional - WPI '18
B/T: R/R

2014:Borsari was 1-2 in 16 innings as a senior with a 1.79 ERA and 16 strikeouts. Had a .346 average with 10 RBI and a .461 on-base percentage.  
 
2013:Borsari was part of the team that lead Nashoba to its first state final and Central Mass Division title. Had a .346 average with 10 RBI and a .461 on-base percentage while playing outfield.  
 
Triple Play: Nick has been taking pitching lessons with Coach Chuck Schoolcraft since age 12 and played AAU baseball for Triple Play All-Star AAU under Coach Schoolcraft (14U) and others from age 14 to age 16.
 
 

 
Ryan Bowen
Position: RHP
Hometown: Hudson, Mass.
High School/College: Hudson High - Lasell College '15
B/T: R/R

 
2014:Bowen made 7 starts on the mound as a junior... Went 4-4 with 1 save and a 2.55 ERA in 60 innings... Lead team in innings pitched, starts and strikeouts (31)...held batters to .265. Bowen help pitched Lasell into the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tourney where the team was eliminated by Johnson and Wales where Bowen was strong in relief holding JW to 1 earned run over 5 innings. Ryan was also strong in his playoff start leading the team past Norwich with complete game 5-hit shutout. 
 
2011:Bowen made 10 starts on the mound as a senior... Went 8-2 with a 3.23 ERA in xx innings... Lead team in innings pitched and strikeouts (72)... Opponents hit just .217 against him.  Bowen pitched Hudson High to a Central Division 2 title in an 8-3 win over Northbridge.  In the game Bowen tossed 101 pitches and allowed just four hits and three runs (one earned) in the complete-game win.  He retired the final seven battersRyan was named Co-MVP of Mid-Wach B division, as well as to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Super Team and the Metrowest All-Star team.  Ryan was a 3 year varsity player at Hudson High.

Triple Play: Ryan has been taking pitching lessons with Coach Chuck Schoolcraft since age 12 and played AAU baseball for Coach Mark Chiasson (12U) and Coach Schoolcraft (14U & 15U) at America's Pastime from age 12 to age 15.
 
 

Charlie Butler
Position: RHP/1B
Hometown: Marlborough, Mass.
High School/College: Nashoba Regional - University of Maine '16
B/T: R/R


2014: Appeared in 21 games for the Black Bears, with 20 of them coming out of the bullpen... finished 1-5 with a 2.54 ERA... earned a victory in relief against Northeastern (3/4)...  led the Black Bears in saves with five... struck out three batters in his season debut at #13 Miami (2/14)... recorded a save in each game of a doubleheader at UMass Lowell (4/12). Contributed to Worcester Bravehearts summer FuturesLeague Championship.

2013: Saw action in 10 games on the mound his rookie season... posted a 2.79 ERA... struck out nine batters... appeared in six straight games to begin his freshman campaign without allowing an earned run... picked up a save against Florida A&M (2/24)... went a season-high 5.2 innings against Western Michigan (3/6) where he scattered six hits without allowing a run... named a Maine Scholar-Athlete *Rising Star*.

2012: Butler made 10 starts on the mound...went 6-2 with a 0.92 ERA and 7 complete games... Lead team in innings pitched and strikeouts (90)... Had a .352 average with 2 home runs, 14 RBI and a .461 on-base percentage.  Charlie was named MVP of Mid-Wach B division, as well as the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Super Team Hometown Player of the Year.  Also voted to the Fitchburg Sentinel All-Star team and the Metrowest All-Star team.  Pitched no-hitter vs Gardner and struck out 17 in a 7 inning 1-0 win against Westboro.  

2011:Butler made 10 starts on the mound...went 8-2 with a 2.31ERA in 57.2 innings... Lead team in innings pitched and strikeouts (72)... Opponents hit just .217 against him.  Had a .389 batting average in 72 at-bats with 7 home runs and 28 runs batted in.  Charlie was named Co-MVP of Mid-Wach B division, as well as to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Super Team, the Fitchburg Sentinel All-Star team and the Metrowest All-Star team.  

Triple Play: Charlie has been taking pitching lessons with Coach Chuck Schoolcraft since age 10 and played 5 season of AAU baseball.  He has also taken hitting lessons with Coach Chiasson and Coach Gedman.

Neil Hesek
Position: RHP
Hometown: Northboro, Mass.
High School/College: Algonquin Reg. - 
Saint Anselm '11
Height: 6-0
Weight: 176
B/T: R/R
 
2010:Made 10 appearances on the mound as a sophomore, with eight starts... Went 3-4 with a 5.47 ERA in 49.1 innings... Second on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts (31)... Opponents hit just .286 against him... Pitched his first career complete-game shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out nine in a 3-0 defeat of Bentley on 3/6.

Neil pitched in the Central New England Baseball Association (CNEBA) in the summer of 2010  and helped lead his Clinton Gator’s team to the 2010 championship hurling a three-hit, complete-game shutout, while striking out eight batters in game 2 of the best of 5 championship series.  Over the season he lead all pitchers with a 7-0 record and a 0.46 ERA while striking out 79 batters against only 19 walks in 60 innings.

2008:Made three appearances on the mound as a freshman...Went 2-1 in 13.0 innings with a 6.92 ERA...Pitched a complete game on 4/5/08 against Bryant University, allowing just five hits and one run to pick up a 3-1 win.

Triple Play: Neil has been taking pitching lessons with Coach Chuck Schoolcraft since age 12 and played AAU baseball for Coach Fred McDonald (at America's Pastime) as 12, 13, and 14 year old.


Personal: Graduated from Algonquin Regional HS in 2007, where he pitched (sophmore through senior years) and played the outfield...Pitched the 2007 state title game against Lincoln Sudbury...Midwach A All-Star 2006,2007...Baseball Division I State Champion 2006...Metro West Daily News All-Star...Represented Massachusetts in Mass. vs. Conn. game...National Honor Society...Majoring in Physics.

 

Pitching @ Bentley College                                                
Pitching @ Bryant College

 

CJ Flannery
Position: C
Hometown: Hudson, Mass.
High School/College: Hudson - 
Merrimack College '14
Height: 5-7
Weight: 160
B/T: R/R
 

2014: Appeared in 19 games with 15 starts … Compiled a .176 batting average and a .216 slugging percentage … Tallied six runs, nine hits and two doubles … Added a stolen base … Wraps up his career 64 games played, 13 runs, 21 hits, two doubles, 18 RBI and a .152 batting average.

2013: Posted a .125 batting average on the season … Saw action in 15 games with 16 at bats … Collected two hits and two RBI’s on the season.

2012: Appeared in 20 games with 16 starts ... Batted .109 on the yar with five hits ... Scored five runs and drove in five more ... Drew three walks and was hit by pitch nine times ... Finished with one stolen base ... Posted a .992 fielding percentage with only one error in 121 chances.

2010:CJ was named to the Merrimack College Varsity team as a freshman for the 2011 season.

Triple Play: CJ has been taking hitting lessons with Coach Mark Chiasson since age 12
and played AAU baseball for Coach Chiasson, Coach Chuck Schoolcraft and Coach Fred McDonald (at America's Pastime) as 12, 13, and 14 year old.

Personal: Graduated from Hudson HS in 2010…Named to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Super Team as a HS junior … A Mid-Wachusett League all-star as a HS junior … A Central Massachusetts all-star and Metro West Daily News all-star as a junior … Named to the Lynn Invitational all-star team as a junior… Played 4 years at Hudson High baseball...Was starting goalie on Hudson HS hockey team...A biology major at Merrimack.


Diving back @ Hudson HS vs Marlboro HS    

 

Corey McDonald
Position: OF/RHP
Hometown: Hudson, Mass.
High School/College: Hudson - 
Worcester State College '11
Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
B/T: R/R
 


2011: As a Senior he was named as the 2011 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Year...batted .483 during the regular season with 18 extra base hits, including 12 doubles and five homers, to go with 24 RBI, a .733 slugging percentage and a .547 on-base percentage. Name to the 2011 MASCAC first-team all-conference squad.

2010: As a Junior Corey was the MASCAC Tournament MVP with game winning hits in all 3 play-off games...1st team MASCAC, ECAC, New England, NEIBA all-star...league batting champ with 0.410 average also led league in HR, total bases, slug %...22-game hit streak with 15 multiple hit game and 11 multiple RBI games...huge go-ahead HR at Framingham MASCAC-1 and 3-0 rip to CF in 9th @ Westfield MASCAC-final...2-time MASCAC Player of Week...front page story in T&G


2009: scholarship player for coach Ken Hopkins at CCRI. D2 Regional Champs (32-11)...2 yr starter (pitched both years)...09=41 games, 41 hits, 9 2B, 34 RBI, .345, 3 HR, .990 field %, 9 assists...summer 09 wood bat RI ABL=.390, 25 RBI, 5-1 on mound...CCRI 08=18 games, 18 hits, 3 2B, 11 RBI, .474, .999 field%.

Triple Play: Cory has taken pitching lessons with Coach Chuck Schoolcraft since age 11, hitting with Coach Fred McDonald and played AAU baseball for Coach Fred McDonald (at America's Pastime) as 12, 13, and 14 year old.

Personal: H.S. 2-way star 5 varsity letters at Hudson...started D2 2006 State Final (team undefeated coming into game; league MVP 11-1 0.93 era)...T&G Super Team All-Star as Jr (9-0, .438)...hit .400+ 3 yrs...also played FB and ran track...Health major...cum GPA 3.17

 
McDonald with a three hits and four RBIs vs. Brandeis


John McKenna
Position: RHP
Hometown: Southborough, Mass.
High School/College:
Algonquin Regional - UMASS '14
Height: 5-11
Weight
: 190
B/T
: R/R


2010: Sat out the season with a medical redshirt.

BEFORE UMASS: Pitched and played first base at Algonquin Regional High School under Coach Neal Burke ... Served as team captain in 2008 and 2009, was co-MVP in 2008 ... Helped the Tomahawks win the Division I State Championship during his freshman season ... Selected to the All-State Super Team as a junior ... Tabbed a Central Mass. All-Star as a senior ... Was named a Midwatch All-Star following his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns ... Pitched a perfect game against Leominster during his junior season ... Batted .380 with two home runs and 22 RBI as a senior and finished his career at Algonquin with a 14-5 record as a pitcher with a 2.00 ERA ... Also played four years of soccer and two years of basketball.

Triple Play: Jonh has been taking pitching lessons with Coach Chuck Schoolcraft since age 12.

PERSONAL: Born John Roger McKenna on Dec. 18, 1990, in Boston, Mass. ... Son of Michael and Susan McKenna ... Has two siblings, Meghan and Ryan ... Major is undeclared. 


McKenna @ Algonquin


Nick LaCroix
Position: OF
Hometown: Grafton, Mass.
High School/
College: Grafton - Franklin Pierce '13
Height: 6-0
Weight
: 195
B/T
: R/R

Tied for the seventh-most runs batted in (50, 2010) and recorded the eighth-most stolen bases (21, 2010) in a single season in program history.

2012: Started all 58 games in right field for the Ravens...ABCA All-East Region First Team selection...Daktronics All-East Region Second Team selection...NEIBA All-Star Team selection...All-Northeast-10 Conference Second Team selection...Fall Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll Selection...Finished fifth in the Northeast-10 in hits (75), ranked sixth in batting average (.355, 75-for-211), ranked seventh in stolen bases (23-for-29) tied for eighth in doubles (14), ranked 10th in runs batted in (44), tied for 11th in runs scored (42), ranked 15th in slugging percentage (.488), tied for 18th in home runs (4) and ranked 19th in on-base percentage (.414)...Ranked third on the team in slugging percentage, doubles, runs batted in, walks (21) and stolen bases...Hit one triple, was hit by three pitches, hit four sacrifice flies and laid down seven sacrifice bunts...Hit 2-for-3 with a triple, scored a run and drove in two more in the second game of a doubleheader against Post on 2/24...Went 3-for-4, scored three times and drove in two runs at Philadelphia on 3/10...Hit a solo home run against Bloomsburg on 3/11...Went 3-for-5 with a double, scored a run and drove in two more against Nyack on 3/15...Hit 3-for-4 with a double and stole two bases at Tampa on 3/20...Stroked 4-for-5, scored a run, drove in another and stole a base at Florida Tech on 3/22...Knocked 3-for-4, scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base in the first game of a doubleheader at Massachusetts Lowell on 4/1...Named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on 4/1...Had an 11-game hitting streak from 3/18 through 4/3...Went 2-for-5, scored twice and drove in three runs in the front end of a doubleheader against Bentley on 4/14...Slugged 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, scored three runs and drove in three more at Stonehill on 4/20...Had an RBI walk and a two-run double to drive home three runs, and stole a base as well in the second game of a doubleheader at Stonehill on 4/21...Went 2-for-3 with three walks (two intentional), scored a run, drove in two and stole a base at Assumption on 4/24...Hit a two-run home run at Saint Anselm on 4/25...Went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to finish with three runs batted in and scored twice against Merrimack on 4/29...Went 2-for-4 and scored twice against Saint Anselm on 5/2...Hit a solo home run at Saint Michael's on 5/3...Went 1-for-3 with a walk, drove in three runs and stole a base in the front end of a doubleheader at Saint Michael's on 5/5; was a perfect 5-for-5 with a double, scored three times, drove in a run and stole a base in the second game...Had a 10-game hitting streak from 4/21 through 5/5...Named Northeast-10 Conference and NCBWA East Region Player of the Week for the week ending on 5/6...Went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk, scored twice, drove in two runs and stole three bases in the Northeast-10 Championship at Saint Anselm on 5/12.

 2011: Started 44 games for the Ravens, primarily in left field...All-Northeast-10 Conference Third Team selection...Tied for third on the team in home runs (3)...Hit .306 (45-for-147) with a .400 on-base percentage and a .442 slugging percentage...Hit 11 doubles, scored 27 runs, drove in 21 runs, drew 21 walks, was hit by four pitches, had three sacrifice flies and three sacrifice hits and stole 10 bases in 12 attempts...Hit 2-for-3 with a double, scored a run and drove in another against Nyack on 3/11...Went 2-for-3, scored a run and stole a base against Saint Anselm on 3/24...Hit 2-for-4, drove in a run and stole a base against Bentley on 3/27...Knocked 3-for-5 with a solo home run and stole a base in the first game of a doubleheader against Southern Connecticut State on 4/2...Was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and a home run and drove in four runs in the second game of a doubleheader at American International on 4/9...Hit 3-for-5, scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base in the front end of a doubleheader against Pace on 4/16; went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in a run in the second game...Named Northeast-10 Player of the Week for the week ending on 4/17...Went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two walks and scored four times in the first game of a doubleheader against Saint Michael's on 4/21; hit 2-for-3 with a walk and scored three runs in the second game...Named to the Northeast-10 Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on 4/24...Clubbed 3-for-5 with a solo home run and drove in two runs at Merrimack on 5/6...Hit 2-for-3 with two walks and scored three times in the second game of a doubleheader at New Haven on 5/7.

2010: Started all 61 games for the Ravens...ABCA All-East Region First Team selection...All-Northeast-10 Conference Second Team selection...Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team selection...Tied for 46th in the nation in sacrifice flies (6), tied for 77th in stolen bases (21) and ranked 90th in stolen bases per game (0.34)...Ranked second in the Northeast-10 in runs batted in (50), tied for third in home runs (8), fifth in total bases (107), tied for fifth in doubles (16), eighth in runs scored (41), ninth in slugging percentage (.500) and tied for 11th in hits (63)...Led the team in triples (2), home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage, sacrifice flies and stolen bases...Ranked third on the team in total bases and tied for third in walks (18)...Hit .294 (63-for-214)...Was hit by four pitches and posted a .351 on-base percentage...Made his collegiate debut, went 0-for-2 with a walk, drove in a run, scored a run and stole two bases in the season-opener against Nyack on 3/5...Went 2-for-4, including his first career hit, and drove in two runs in the second game of a doubleheader at Adelphi on 3/7...Picked up his first extra-base hit with a double in the first game of a doubleheader against Felician on 3/14...Hit 1-for-3 with a walk, drove in two runs and scored another against Saint Anselm on 3/25...Went 1-for-4 with a double, drove in two runs, scored another and stole a base against Bentley on 3/31...Hit his first career home run, a two-run shot, and drove in another run in the first game of a doubleheader against Saint Michael's on 4/1; in the nightcap, went 2-for-2 with another home run, drove in two runs and scored twice...Went 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored another in the second game of a doubleheader at Southern Connecticut State on 4/3...Named Northeast-10 Conference Co-Freshman of the Week for the week ending on 4/4...Went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, drove in two runs, scored three times and stole a pair of bases in the first game of a doubleheader against American International on 4/10; slugged 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and a walk, drove in a season-best seven runs and scored three times in the second game...Named Northeast-10 Conference Freshman of the Week for the week ending on 4/11...Hit 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk and drove in three runs against Concordia on 4/15...Clubbed 3-for-4 with a home run, drove in three runs and stole a base in the first game of a doubleheader against Assumption on 4/24...Was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, drove in a run and scored three times in the first game of a doubleheader against Adelphi on 5/1; went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and a walk, drove in three runs, scored three times and stole a base in the nightcap...Named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on 5/2...Knocked 2-for-3 with a home run and two walks, drove in a run and scored three times against Adelphi in the Northeast-10 Championship on 5/6...Knocked 2-for-4 with a double, drove in a run, scored another and stole a base against Southern Connecticut State in the Northeast-10 Championship on 5/8...Went 2-for-4 with a double, drove in a run and scored twice against Merrimack in the Northeast-10 Championship on 5/9...Stroked 2-for-3 with a double, drove in two runs and scored once against Kutztown in the NCAA Championship National Finals on 5/26.

Triple Play: Nick took pitching lessons with Coach Chuck Schoolcraft since Freshman year of High School.

Personal: Played baseball and football and was a member of the track and field team at Grafton (Mass.) High School.  Son of Christine and Louis LaCroix...Has an older brother, Kris, and a younger sister, Noelle...Undecided on a major.

 

     

 

Tim Thiesing
Position: RHP
Hometown: South Grafton, Mass.
High School/College: Grafton - 
Keene State '12
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
B/T: R/R
 

2011:Recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts to stymie the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth attack and lead Keene State College to a 12-0 victory this week in Game 3 of the 2011 Little East Baseball Championship Tournament at the Eastern Baseball Stadium in Mansfield, Conn. The Owls earned just their fourth shutout in conference tournament history, and second against the Corsairs.

2010:Posted a 6.31 ERA with a 2-2 record in 10 appearances... Struck out 27 batters in 25.2 innings...had an eight strikeout, 7.2 inning performance of shutout ball against Brockport (3/17/10)

2009: Did not allow an earned run in his first seven collegiate appearences...Made 13 appearences for the Owls in his freshman season including two starts....picked up his first career win against Westfield State (4/16/09) going five innings allowing just two runs and striking out one batter.

Triple Play: Tim has been taking pitching lessons with Coach Chuck Schoolcraft since age 12.

Personal: A three-time league All-Star and team MVP at Grafton (Mass.) high... named a Division II All-Star as a junior and senior... selected to play in Mass. Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game last two years... Tim is a management major.

       

                                                                                                       vs. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

 

 

Sophomore pitcher Kevin Connelly (Bolton, Mass.) has been named to the 2017 D3baseball.com All-New England Third Team and was selected to the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England All-Star. Earlier this spring Connelly was named 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Pitcher of the Year and a first All-MASCAC selection. Connelly went a MASCAC-best 7-1 on the year with five complete games and three shutouts. The sophomore made 12 appearances with nine starts and allowed just 18 earned runs in 69 innings of work.  Connelly recorded 63 strikeouts on the year and averaged just over eight strikeouts per nine innings with a 2.35 ERA.

Connelly played his high school baseball at Nashoba Reg HS, where as a junior, he was on the team in
2013 that won the first district title in school history and went on to be Div 1 State Runner Up. Kevin was
a first baseman and pitcher. In his senior year he was a Mid Wach League All Star along with being a
Fitchburg Sentinel All Star.

Connelly played AAU for Triple Play and was on the 2010 team that won the NEAAU New England Open
Championship

 

 

Noah Milliard collects 2017 MASCAC All-Conference honors

FITCHBURG, Mass. –Noah Milliard earned Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
(MASCAC) All-Conference First Team honors. Noah Milliard earned first MASCAC All-Conference accolade after hitting .397 (25-for- 63), including ten doubles, one triple, 13 runs scored, 14 RBI and one steal.


Noah played his high school baseball at Nashoba Regional HS and was a member of the 2013 District 1 Championship Team that went on and was Division 1 State Runner ups.


At Nashoba Noah was a Mid Wach League All Star, as a junior and senior, T & G All Star and
Fitchburg Sentinel All Star. In his senior year Noah hit .405 and lead the team in Home Runs and
RBI’s.

In the off season Noah works out at Triple Play Batting Cages.