Georgetown teammates are home to play for Bay Sox
Newton’s Christian Venditti is hoping to improve his on-base percentage and cut down on his strikeouts.
CurtissPomeroy of Shrewsbury is looking forward to more productive outings in the field and at bat.
The Georgetown University teammates have returned home this summer to play for the New Bedford Bay Sox, a club in the New England Collegiate Baseball League that is managed by former Red Sox outfielder Rick Miller.
Venditti, a right fielder who starred at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, led the Hoyas with seven homers and 36 RBIs as a junior this spring. Pomeroy, a shortstop who played at St. John’s High and then prepped at Phillips Academy in Andover, hit .264 and showed some offensive pop with seven doubles as a freshman.
“Ditti’s a hard-nosed, tough player who hits for power and has a strong arm, and Curt has draftable tools and can be a special player for us,’’ said Georgetown head coach Pete Wilk, a Barrington, R.I., native who coached the varsity at Acton-Boxborough Regional in 1996-97. “Going to the NECBL will be a great learning experience for them.’’
Pomeroy has played AAU ball with Jake Faria (Westport High, Sacred Heart University), whose father is general manager of the New Bedford franchise.
“I saw Curtiss play for the New England Ruffnecks college development team out of Babson College, because Jake played in the same program, and he’s been on my radar,’’ said Mike Faria. “We’re excited to have both players,’’ he said, adding that Miller “likes their character and skill set.’’
Venditti, who also played football at St. Sebastian’s, is dealing with a muscle tear in his right shoulder, but he said physical therapy and cortisone treatment should get him through the summer.
“I didn’t want to miss this opportunity,” he said. “I’ve wanted to play in the NECBL since my freshman year of college, and having Chris here with me makes it even better.
“We’re both big Bruins fans, and we were screaming and hugging when they came back in Game 7 against Toronto,’’ Pomeroy added. “We’re the only Massachusetts guys on the Georgetown team, and right now we’re really doing some trash talking with two of our college teammates from the Chicago area.’’
Both Venditti and Pomeroy are listening intently to Miller’s words of advice.
“It’s really cool to play for him. He’s laid back, but he also lays down the law if you’re not doing your job, especially with the mental aspect of the game,’’ said Venditti.
Pomeroy, who also played for the American Legion team in Shrewsbury, said New Bedford’s opening game, on the road against the Newport Gulls in Rhode Island, was unlike any he had ever played in before.
“They had 2,000 fans there, and it felt like a minor league professional game, and I soaked up the atmosphere and the experience,’’ he said. “I’m just hoping to learn as much as I can the next couple of months and improve my overall approach to the game.’’
Suffolk honors Nelson
Longtime Arlington resident Jim Nelson, who is retiring in August after 38 years as director of athletics at Suffolk University, will be honored Wednesday at a celebration at the school’s Ridgeway Building Regan Gymnasium.
The university has established the Coach James E. Nelson Endowed Scholarship in his honor. The Cambridge native came to Suffolk in 1966 as an assistant athletic director and assistant men’s basketball coach, and was head coach from 1975-1995. The former Boston College star guided Suffolk to its first NCAA Division 3 championship tournament in 1975-76.
In 2006 he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, and he will be honored this summer with the hall’s Icon Award. Last year, he was recognized as the Northeast region’s Division 3 Athletic Director of the Year.
Team effort for BC High crew
Boston College High School’s crew squad took home the team trophy for eight-seat boats for the first time at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta May 25 on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.
BC High’s second varsity eight was undefeated this season, and won the school’s first gold medal at the NEIRA competition. The boat included coxswain Alex Agudelo of Arlington, Bradley Amrhein of Natick, and Alex Hively of Belmont.
BC High’s first varsity eight finished fifth, and third varsity took second place.
Kevin Casey (Belmont), Connor Green (Lexington), and Conor Harrity (Weston) rowed for the first varsity boat, while Patrick Bohen (Medfield) and David Dignan (Belmont) were on the third varsity.
BC High, in its fifth season as a varsity program, will send its first varsity eight and first varsity four to the Royal Henley Regatta in England next month.
Here and there
Shrewsbury resident Jon Massad (St. John’s High), who went 6-3 with a 1.46 ERA at Southern New Hampshire University this spring as a senior, was taken by the Oakland Athletics in the 25th round (761st overall) of Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft. “He’s a real strike-thrower and he’s got a bright future,” said the team’s head coach, Scott Loiseau . . . Tom Lamb, the former Natick High and Norwood High coach and a member of the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, has been named to the board of directors of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Lamb was a two-time football captain at Holy Cross. . . Hamilton College sophomore Jess Pedersen (Wellesley High) was selected as a National Scholar Athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. She rowed for the Hamilton women’s varsity eight. . . Lasell College junior Britney Wuorio of Bolton (Nashoba Regional High), whose 130 points ranked third nationally in Division 3,was named to the ECAC All-New England first team for women’s lacrosse.
Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@ rcn.com.