June 12, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team will add 11 players to its roster to start the 2012-13 season, head coach Mike Gambino announced on Tuesday. The incoming class includes a Gatorade Player of the Year, a pitcher on the Canadian Junior National Team and two hurlers who threw no hitters their senior seasons.
Gambino will welcome Jesse Adams from Maumee, Ohio, Jeff Burke from Signal Mountain, Tenn., Michael Clouthier from Guelph, Ontario, Gabriel Hernandez from Brooklyn, N.Y., Logan Hoggarth from North Point, Fla., Stephan Sauter from Fullerton, Calif., Austin Solecitto from Franklin Lakes, N.J., two players from Maine as Joe Cronin hails from Scarborough and Luke Fernandes from Elliot, and two from Massachusetts as John Nicklas is from Foxboro and Christopher Shaw is from Lexington.
"I really like the makeup of this class," Gambino said. "I think it's a class full of high character student-athletes who will have a huge impact on the field, in the clubhouse and around the Boston College community. I think it also shows the type of national recognition the BC degree carries when we can recruit Maine to Florida, out to California, and everywhere in between."
Adams, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder at St. Johns Jesuit in Toledo, was an All-Ohio second-team selection as a junior and earned a spot in the Mizuno Senior All-Ohio Series. He was also named the Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) Player of the Year for his pitching and named to the first team all-conference team as he helped led the Titans to their first-ever TRAC title this past season.
Burke is a right-handed pitcher who played four years at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and recently completed his post-graduate year at Loomis Chaffee in Connecticut. He was a captain his senior year for the Baylor Red Raiders and earned all-state honors. At Loomis Chaffee, he earned All-New England status and was named the team MVP.
Clouthier is also a right-handed pitcher and plays for the Canadian Junior National team. He was part of the silver-medal winning team at the Canada Cup and traveled to the Dominican Republic with the team. He also played for the Ontario Terriers and was the co-winner of the junior male athlete of the year award at Bishop Macdonell High School.
Cronin, an infielder and right-handed pitcher for Scarborough High School, earned Southwestern Maine Activities Association (SMAA) All-League honors last season and in 2010, was named to the second team and the all-defensive team. In 2012, he finished second in the league in on-base percentage (.585), first in runs (22), walks (20), stolen bases (19) and fourth in opposing batting avg. (.173).
Fernandes is a shortstop and right-handed pitcher for the Marshwood High School Hawks, who went 14-2 in the regular season to earn the No. 1 seed in postseason play in the Western Maine Class A division. He earned Rawlings/Perfect Game First-Team All-Northeast honors and was the 2012 Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year. He completed his career with three All-Maine first-team accolades.
Hernandez is a shortstop from Xaverian High School, who helped his team to the 2011 CHSAA Intersectional City Championship. They were 16-1 in 2012 to lead the Diocese of Brooklyn Varsity AA division. His brother Michael went to Oklahoma State and is still playing professionally and his other brother Johnny got as far as Double-A in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hoggarth, an infielder, played for North Port High School, earning all-area honors three times and was the Bobcats' team captain his senior year. He batted .400 this past season, with 32 hits and 17 RBIs, 10 home runs and 18 stolen bases. He was also a scholar-athlete award winner all four years of high school and earned the AUGE award, given to the hardest worker, his senior season.
Nicklas, a right hander who played for St. Sebastian's, earned all-league honors in the Independent School League (ISL) his senior season, helping to lead the Arrows to a 15-4 record. He earned Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Northeast Region All High School Senior Second Team accolades before the start of 2012 as well. In April, he was dominant over Lawrence Academy in a St. Sebastian's 3-0 victory, striking out 13 and allowing just three walks and five hits on 121 pitches.
Sauter is a catcher and first baseman, who started for three years at Troy High School. He tallied a .341 career batting average as a switch hitter with 29 doubles and four home runs. He earned All-Freeway League honors twice and was the Warriors' Defensive MVP in 2011, as well as a captain in 2012. Sauter earned the 2012 Paul Villiatt Memorial Award for Leadership and was a Rawling/Perfect Game All-California Second-Team selection.
Shaw, who was drafted in the 26th round by the New York Mets in the 2012 MLB Draft, will play outfield and first base for the Eagles. The Lexington High School player was the 2011 co-MVP of the Middlesex League, hitting .484 with eight home runs and a 5-0 record on the bump. On May 7, 2012, he struck out 15 and recorded his second career no hitter. He earned the league's MVP award this season and an all-star selection while batting .500 with 20 RBIs, seven home runs and a 4-0 record with 1.20 ERA. The Boston Globe and Boston Herald both named Shaw to the All-Scholastic team and he was selected to Area Code Games.
Solecitto, a pitcher from Indian Hills High School, was a runner up for the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year while earning ESPN First-Team All-State honors and Rawlings/Perfect Game All-Northeast Region honors. He was also named to the 2011 Area Code team and the East Coast Pro team. This past season, the lefty struck out 77 batters in just 46.3 innings with a .453 ERA and he finished the season 5-1. He opened 2012 with a no-hitter, striking out 11 in a 1-0 victory over River Dell.