The Joseph O’Donnell ’67 MBA ’71 Head Coach for Baseball, Bill Decker, announced the nine incoming freshmen as the Class of 2021 today (Nov. 1). Nine freshmen will join the roster following a season where the Crimson earned three All-Ivy selections, including two first-team, and sent 20 players to summer leagues around the country. The newcomers hail from six states and have achieved numerous awards in both athletics and academics.
As move-in day approached nearly a month ago, I had a moment of realization. This is it, the last beginning of my Harvard career. So as my family and I loaded up our ’05 Ford, bungee cording the trunk closed, I started to reminisce. Past senior teammates had always told me that the years would fly by and that I’d be a senior before I knew it.
The Harvard baseball team was recently named a Team Academic Excellence Award recipient as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for its 3.46 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year.
Rising senior Noah Zavolas played his way into the Wareham Gatemen’s history books this summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Zavolas recently became the first Gatemen player since 2003 to earn both the Albert Bigelow – Most Valuable Pitcher Award and the Francis Trip – Sportsmanship Award.
Excelling on the diamond in three summer leagues, rising juniors Simon Rosenblum-Larson, rising senior Matt Rothenberg, rising junior Kevin Stone and rising sophomore Jake Suddleson have been named all-stars in the Northwoods, South Florida Collegiate League, California Collegiate League and West Coast League, respectively. Additionally, rising senior Noah Zavolas earned a contract with the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League.
Legacy… how will you be remembered once you leave Harvard? The concept of legacy was described to me on my official visit to Harvard in October 2013 by former assistant coach, Morgan Brown. I immediately reflected upon this concept and evaluated how I had attained this in my high school experiences and how I wanted to pursue a legacy in my four years at Harvard.
Garnering his second all-region accolade of the season, sophomore outfielder Patrick Robinson of the Harvard baseball team has been named to the American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Northeast Region second team, as announced by the organization Wednesday.
Continuing action after the 2017 collegiate campaign, Harvard baseball is competing all over the country in summer leagues this summer. Most notably, eight current Crimson players are participating in the California Collegiate League this summer.
Eight former Harvard baseball players are making their mark across the country playing in either the major or minor leagues. Brent Suter ’12 is the most recent to get called up to the show, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Recognized for their high level of achievement on the field, three Harvard baseball players have earned All-Ivy League honors. Sophomore Patrick Robinson led all selections with a first-team nod, while classmate Patrick McColl was a second-team honoree. Senior Josh Ellis was named honorable mention for the second-consecutive season.
Displaying excellence on the field as well as in the classroom, Harvard baseball’s Josh Ellis and Patrick Robinson have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team, as announced by the organization on Thursday. By virtue of their selections to the team, both players are eligible for Academic All-America distinction.
Ending the 2017 campaign with a wild doubleheader, Harvard baseball split with Dartmouth, 3-0 and 8-7, winning the final contest of the season with a walk-off hit by junior Austin Black on Sunday at O’Donnell Field.
Finishing the 2017 season with a home and home against Dartmouth, Harvard baseball will head north to Hanover April 29 before returning home to celebrate its senior class and host the Big Green April 30. Both doubleheaders will begin at 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network, while the Sunday twin bill in Cambridge can also be found on ESPN3.
Heading north to Lelacheur Park, Harvard will take on UMass Lowell in an evening tilt on Thursday, April 27 at 5 p.m. Rescheduled from Wednesday, April 26, the game will be broadcast on AmericaEast.TV.