Pitcher Ravenelle hoping to feel a draft
As a senior at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional, Adam Ravenelle was selected by the New York Yankees in the 44th round of the 2011 amateur draft. But he kept his commitment to Vanderbilt University and has no regrets.
“I was pretty ecstatic New York thought that highly of me,’’ said Ravenelle, now a junior at Vandy, who has compiled a 3-0 record with an 0.93 earned run average pitching out of the bullpen this season.
“I’m definitely hoping someone gives me a shot in the draft this year and if that happened, it would be difficult to say no.’’
Ravenelle, whose appearances and innings pitched have steadily risen each season, had appeared in 17 games encompassing 29⅔ innings. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander had allowed 14 hits, struck out 31, walked 10, and held opposing hitters to a .143 average.
The Globe’s Division 1 Player of the Year as a senior (8-0 on the mound, .481 at the plate) for the state champion Warriors, Ravenelle said his goal this season was to attack the strike zone, cut down on his walks, and prove he could come through in tight situations.
“I was pretty much a one-inning guy as a freshman when I underwent an overhaul with my mechanics, and even last year most of my innings came when the game was not on the line,’’ he said. “Now my role has increased and I just go in and throw for as long as I can. It’s nice to be out there and have a chance to settle in.’’
Ravenelle picked up his third win May 4, going 3⅓ innings and allowing one hit in a 3-1 win over Missouri. Four days later, he hurled two scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to Florida in relief of classmate Tyler Beede, the former Lawrence Academy star who was drafted 21st overall by Toronto in 2011.
“I love the reliever role. I get that adrenaline rush every time I come out of the pen, and now I have a much better feel for pitching and a higher confidence level,’’ said Ravenelle, who pitched for Cape Cod League champion Cotuit last summer. The previous summer, he suited up for the Newport (R.I.) Gulls, the champion in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Ravenelle said he wanted to play for a Division 1 college team in the South since his freshman year at Lincoln-Sudbury; after a road trip with his father, Andre, he chose Vanderbilt, in Nashville.
“It was a great decision,” he said. “Our head coach, Jim Corbin, is like a second father to us, and our pitching coach, Scott Brown, has emphasized that the most important pitch is the one you’re about to throw. In that respect, the game has slowed down for me in a positive way.’’
Corbin, whose team was 38-14 (16-11 Southeast Conference) prior to Tuesday’s home game against Southeast Missouri State, said Ravenelle has come a long way since his freshman year.
“Rav has always had very good athleticism and a clean, strong arm,’’ he said. “He is now putting all of it consistently together.’’
Packers invite Ouellet to join rookie camp
Sherborn’s Ted Ouellet, who led Mid-American Conference football champion Bowling Green State University with 6.5 sacks and eight tackles for losses last fall as a redshirt senior, has been invited to this weekend’s rookie camp with the Green Bay Packers.
A 6-3, 294-pound free agent who played every position on Bowling Green’s defensive front, Ouellet is a product of the Natick Pop Warner program, and was the Tri-Valley League’s Lineman of the Year as a senior at Dover-Sherborn High.
“Green Bay called my agent after the draft and I received a call from the team Sunday,’’ said Ouellet, a second-team all-conference selection. “So now it’s up to me to make the most
of my chance. I think I improved last season on finishing plays and I hope to improve even more.
“I’m a high energy guy with a good football IQ who is willing to learn, and I’ve prepared myself well to try to make an impression,’’ he said.
Ouellet’s interception in the MAC championship game, a 47-27 victory for Bowling Green over previously undefeated Northern Illinois, led to a touchdown drive shortly before halftime.
“It was a double deflection and it gave us good field position,’’ said Ouellet, who also recorded 32 tackles and a forced fumble last season.
Trinity catcher Ostrom earns spot on all-conference softball team
Carlisle native Abby Ostrom , a senior captain and catcher at Trinity College, was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference first team for softball.
Ostrom, who was 4 for 6 in a season-ending doubleheader sweep of Worcester State University, was second in the conference with four triples, third in runs batted in (32), batting average (.391), and slugging percentage (.739), and fourth with 12 doubles. She also hit four home runs.
As a varsity hockey player for the Division 3 program in Hartford, Ostrom had 21 goals and 17 assists in 80 career games.
She prepped at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn.
Here and there
Members of the men’s soccer team at Mount Ida College in Newton volunteered recently at the Charles River YMCA in Needham as part of the Y’s annual Healthy Kid’s Day. They played games and taught basic soccer skills before a crowd of more than 600. . . Westfield State University freshman Naloti Palma was named Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Field Athlete of the Week. The Westborough High graduate placed first at the All-New England outdoor championships in the discus with a school record throw of 145 feet 2 inches, and was fourth in the shot put at 44 feet 9 inches.
Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@ rcn.com.