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The NECBL congratulates Nick on this significant accomplishment.

He did it in the Nick of time.

On Saturday night, Texas Ranger righty Nick Martinez became the 100th NECBL alumnus to reach the Major Leagues.  The Fordham product debuted at Tampa Bay, arguably outpitching 2012 Cy Young Award winner David Price.  

Martinez allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, fanning three in the Rays’ 5-4 win.  The rookie got a no decision but was on the hook for the win at the time he left the game.

Martinez played for the Vermont Mountaineers, as an infielder, in 2009 and 2010.  The Miami, Florida native started 34 games for Vermont in 2009 and hit .278 with 13 RBI in 2010.  The RBI ranked second best on the team.

But Martinez made it to the Majors as a pitcher.  A lefty bat and a righty on the mound, Martinez was selected by the Rangers in the 18th round of the 2011 Draft.  He was a Carolina League All-Star in 2013, after posting a 2.87 ERA in 21 starts.  Martinez earned a late season promotion to Double-A Frisco last season, where he sported a 1.13 ERA in 32 innings of work.

After a Spring Training in which Martinez put up a 1.23 ERA in three appearances, he went on the Rangers’ short list of call-up candidates.  

NECBL alumni have played for 29 of the 30 Major League teams.  The first NECBL graduate to make the Majors, Joe Nathan, is Baseball’s active save leader.

The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that our New Bedford Bay Sox broadcaster, Mark Perlman-Price, has accepted a broadcast internship position with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The IronPigs are based in Allentown, PA and are the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

During his tenure with the Bay Sox, Mark has distinguished himself over the years as a superior broadcaster in the NECBL.  In addition to being named the 2013 NECBL All-Star game broadcaster, Mark was instrumental last season in the creation of the weekly NECBL podcasts series and in the production of the popular Bay Sox “One Minute Instructional Video” series, which can be found on the Bay Sox web page and on our Facebook site. 

“When I approached Mark with the concept of the ‘One Minute Instructional Video’ series, I knew that Mark would produce a first rate offering for our Bay Sox fans,” stated Bay Sox Director of Baseball Operations Mike Friar. “Mark embodies the spirit of a Bay Sox volunteer in that he cares very much about our fans and puts his heart and soul into ensuring that the Bay Sox fan experience is second to none.”

“While we will all miss seeing Mark in 2014 at Paul Walsh Field, and hearing his voice on road games, we can take pleasure in knowing that one of our own has been recognized in this fashion and will be taking his passion to the next level,” noted Bay Sox President Pat O’Connor

Please join the Bay Sox in congratulating Mark on his successful tenure with the Bay Sox and his outstanding new job at the AAA level for 2014.

Kyle Fernandes to join staff

NEW BEDFORD, MA (January 22, 2014) – The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that Westport’s Kyle Fernandes has been selected to join Manager Rick Miller’s staff as a coach of the Bay Sox for the 2014 season.

Fernandes, a former prep baseball standout in the SouthCoast, is recently retired from a 7-year professional career spent entirely with the Boston Red Sox organization. He was a 12th round draft pick of the Red Sox and the 378th pick in the nation in 2005. Fernandes also holds many pitching records earned as a member of the Massasoit Community College baseball squad. He is currently employed as a Westport Police Officer and is a Strength Coach at Infinite Fitness (www.infinitefitnessfallriver.com), a premier sport-specific gym, in Fall River.

“I am excited to bring Kyle into the fold for the 2014 season,” said Bay Sox Director of Baseball Operations Mike Friar. “As with any Bay Sox opportunity, when selecting our coaches we wanted to give locals the first chance at the position. The SouthCoast has many great pitching coach candidates and Kyle is at the top of anyone’s list,” Friar continued. “Kyle has all the skills of a great coach and communicator. Add to those skills the experiences gleaned from 7 years pitching in the Red Sox system and in Kyle we have a coach who will be the envy of the NECBL and an asset to the SouthCoast baseball community.”

Fernandes brings a youthful energy, knowledge and passion for the game and the SouthCoast to the Bay Sox Club. Fans of all ages will enjoy seeing one of our own wear the Bay Sox uniform in 2014.

 In addition to taking on the duties as Pitching Coach, Fernandes will appear during GM Jim Pereira’s popular Bay Sox Pitchers & Catchers Clinics this winter. These wildly popular clinics afford position specific instruction for both pitchers and catchers ages 8-18. Local high school coaches have heralded the clinics as a great way for high school pitchers and catchers to prepare for the season given the short window of spring training.

NEW BEDFORD, MA (January 23, 2014) – The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that Brian Rose will once again serve as Special Advisor to Director of Baseball Operations Mike Friar for the 2014 season.  Rose’s passion for the game of baseball and the people of the Southcoast is unrivaled. A New Bedford native and a former member of the Boston Red Sox, Rose is determined to give back to the game that has given him so much. The growing ranks of Bay Sox fans will surely benefit from his knowledge and experiences.  “Brian has stepped onto the highest stage in the game,” noted Friar.  “He has seen all the game has to offer and I seek his counsel on all things baseball and beyond.”  Rose was instrumental in bringing “Brian’s Buddies” to the Bay Sox in 2013. Sponsored by Electrical Wholesalers, with supply shops in New Bedford and Fall River, “Brian’s Buddies” enabled hundreds of local youths to attend a Bay Sox game free of charge. The young fans also received a t-shirt, hot dog and drink, all free and courtesy of Brian Rose and Electrical Wholesalers.

“The ‘Buddies’ program is all that the Bay Sox hoped it to be,” Friar said. “With the help of our sponsor, we brought in groups from the New Bedford Boys and Girls Club and the Fall River Boys and Girls Club. Many of these children had never seen a live baseball game, never mind being treated to a free shirt and meal. The kids had a blast! We are looking to expand the program this year and have a major event planned when a sponsor can be located.”

The Bay Sox are also proud to partner with Rose’s AAU baseball program, “Brian Rose Baseball” (www.brianrosebaseball.com), the premier AAU baseball program in the Southcoast, offering clinics and coaching to aspiring ball players. The partnership is intended to give his players access to the Bay Sox and our premier college players from around the country.

Rick Avila joins 2014 coaching staff

NEW BEDFORD, MA (January 15, 2014) – The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce that New Bedford resident Rick Avila has been selected to join Manager Rick Miller’s staff as a coach of the Bay Sox for the 2014 season.

Rick is currently the Varsity Head Coach of the Greater New Bedford Voke Baseball team and has previously coached collegiate ball players with both the Bay Sox and the Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in Maryland. Rick also runs one of the SouthCoast’s premier baseball camps each summer.

“Rick’s love of the game and the SouthCoast community make him a natural choice for our team,” said Bay Sox Director of Baseball Operations Michael Friar, who went on to note, “he’s a tireless worker who will give his all to our program and our fans. I have great confidence in Rick, and am very excited to be able to bring him into the fold. His drive will bring many benefits to our baseball operations and to the fans of baseball in the SouthCoast.”

 In addition to taking on duties as an on-field Coach, Rick will join Jim Pereira in running the Bay Sox Pitchers & Catchers Clinics this winter. These wildly popular clinics afford position specific instruction for both pitchers and catchers ages 8-18. Local high school coaches have heralded the clinics as a great way for high school pitchers and catchers to prepare for the season, given the short window of spring training.

The 2014 New Bedford Bay Sox season will start at the beginning of June and extend into early August with the playoffs.  For more information on how to purchase your season tickets, to sign up for our Winter Pitchers & Catchers Clinics, or to make a tax-deductible donation to The New Bedford Bay Sox Foundation (a registered 501c-3 organization) call 855-BAYSOX1 or email info@nbbaysox.com.  You can also visit www.nbbaysox.com for more information about the Bay Sox and Like the Bay Sox on Facebook.

Bay Sox Season Ends on a Great Note

The Bay Sox ended their 2013 season on Friday night with a 7-0-shutout victory over visiting Ocean State Waves at Paul Walsh Field.

Jake Salpietro (Fairfield) hit his first homer of the season in the eighth to add to the Bay Sox seven runs.

Also helping the New Bedford offense was Ryan Plourde (Fairfield) who went 2 for 3 with a walk. Plourde scored two of the Bay Sox runs and added two RBIs.

Chris Shaw (Boston College) had another big night at the plate going 3 for 4. He scored one run and recorded one RBI.

Shaw also spent time on the mound tonight. He pitched one inning, gave up one hit and struck out two batters.

Matt Burgess (Crowder) was the only Wave with multiple hits. Burgess went 2 for 4 including a double and a single.

Tonight’s winning pitcher was New Bedford starter CJ Tsoumakas (Rhode Island). He spent six innings on the mound and gave up just five hits and struck out six.

Receiving the loss tonight from Ocean State was their starting pitcher Brendon Allen (Jefferson). He pitched four innings, gave up six runs on eleven hits and struck out three.

The Bay Sox end their 2013 season with a record of 20-24. 

Chris Shaw: How to Hit a Homer

Your Bay Sox

What is a "Bay Sox" anyway . . . ?

Most people in the SouthCoast know, by now, that there is a baseball team called the New Bedford Bay Sox playing ball around here someplace. Many folks don't know what kind of team the Bay Sox are and just how good the baseball is.

The Bay Sox are a "summer college baseball team".  That means they are a team made up of the best talent drawn from the best college teams from around the country.  Virtually every state in the nation has a team playing in one of the nearly 40 leagues playing baseball during June and July.  But, not all leagues and not all places are created equal.  This kind of summer baseball holds a special, long, and storied history in New England.  The Cape Cod Baseball League was founded nearly 140 years ago.  The Bay Sox play in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (the NECBL - http://www.necbl.com) a league entering its third decade of play.  History and tradition matter for baseball players. The best of the best want to come here.  Much of the best of summer college baseball is played in southeastern Massachusetts. Welcome to Bay Sox country!  For more . . . http://www.newbedfordguide.com/new-bedford-bay-sox/2013/05/30

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GAME RECAPS

Bay Sox Lose Final Road Game

The New Bedford Bay Sox fell to the Newport Gulls 11-5 on a rainy Thursday night at Cardines Field.

The Bay Sox saw a 3-1 lead disappear in the bottom of the fifth.

New Bedford starter Brendan O’Rourke (Franklin Pierce) was an out away from getting out of a bases loaded jam when Ben Roberts hit a grand slam over the center field wall to give the Newport Gulls a 5-3 lead. Brett Winger (Michigan) followed with a two run single to make it 7-3 after five.

The Bay Sox got two runs back in the top of the sixth to make it 7-5.

Carl Anderson (Bryant) grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded for a run and the Bay Sox added another on a throwing error by the Gulls first baseman.

Cody Jones (Texas Christian) made it an 8-5 Newport lead when he doubled to left-center and later scored on a wild pitch. 

The Bay Sox broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth.

Ryan Plourde (Fairfield) and Anderson set the table for Andrew Dundon (Marshall) with back-to-back singles. Dundon cleared the bases with a two run double to center field to give the Bay Sox a 3-1 lead.

The Newport Gulls plated the first run in the bottom of the second off a hit and three walks.

O’Rourke walked Ben Roberts (Washington State) to start the inning and gave up a bloop-single to Timmy Robinson (USC). O’Rourke struggled to find the zone and walked back-to-back Gulls to make it 1-0.

The Bay Sox wasted no time getting a run back.

Anderson led-off the top of the third with a single to left field, stole second, and Alex Witkus (Fairfield) drove him in with a two out single to right field.

The Gulls added three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it an 11-5 final.

The Bay Sox are now 19-23 on the season. They close out the season Friday against the Ocean State Waves at Paul Walsh Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

Game Notes:

Brendan O’Rourke: (Loss) 4.2 IP 4 H 7 R 6 BB’s 6 K’s

Ryan Plourde: 2-for-4, 1 run

Carl Anderson: 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Andrew Dundon: 1-for-4, 2 RBIs

Alex Witkus: 1-for-5, 1 RBI

Lane Richards has a 6 game hit streak

 

Sox Fall Short in Sanford

The New Bedford Bay Sox fell just short to the Sanford Mainers Tuesday night at Goodall Park losing 4-2.

Bay Sox starter Adam Fournier (Franklin Pierce) seemed to lose the strike zone in the bottom of the fourth, walking two and allowing a single to load the bases. With one out, Fournier walked Billy Bereszniewicz (Binghamton) to bring in the first run of the game.

Fournier minimized the damage with back-to-back strikeouts to strand the bases loaded.

Sanford made it a 3-0 game in the bottom of the fifth with RBI singles from Anthony Papio (U of Maryland) and Scott Heath (U of Maine), off of Bay Sox reliever Nick Friar (Northwestern).

New Bedford got two runs across in the top of the seventh.

Andrew Dundon (Marshall) led the inning off with a double down the left field line. He scored on a fielding error by the Mainers first baseman, Nic Wilson (Georgia St.), to make it 3-1. With two outs and runners on first and second, Max Nogay (West Virginia) singled through the left side of the infield to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

The Mainers added an insurance run in the eighth on a Wilson RBI triple off the center field wall.

With the loss, the Bay Sox move to 19-23 on the year. New Bedford has an off day tomorrow and will travel to Newport Thursday.

Game Notes

Max Nogay: 2-for-4 with an RBI

Lane Richards: 1-for-5 and has a 5-game hit streak

Andrew Dundon: 3-for-4 and 1 run

Chris Shaw: 2-for-4

Adam Fournier: (Loss) 4 IP, 3H, 1R, 6BB, 3K

Nick Friar: 4IP, 8H, 3R, 0BB, 4K

Bay Sox Homer Their Way to Victory

The New Bedford Bay Sox hit three home runs Tuesday afternoon at Robbie Mills Field to beat the Laconia Muskrats 16-6.

A Max Nogay (West Virginia) grand slam, Chris Travers (Roger Williams) solo shot and Chris Shaw (Boston College) two run homer, accounted for more than half of the Bay Sox runs.  

New Bedford broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth and didn’t look back.

Nogay drove a two out pitch from Miles Veth (Wheaton) over the left field wall for a grand slam to give the Bay Sox a 6-1 lead. It was Nogay’s third home run of the season and the first grand slam for the Bay Sox. Prior to that at-bat, Chris Shaw hit an RBI infield single, his fifth game in a row with an RBI.

The Muskrats answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a 5-4-3 double play and a bloop-single by Ryan McBroom (West Virginia) to make it 6-3.

The Bay Sox added three more runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Alex Witkus (Fairfield) and Lane Richards (Notre Dame), and a sacrifice fly from Travers.

Laconia made it 9-5 in the bottom of the sixth with RBI singles from Nick Freeberger (Hartford CC) and Rob Koski (Hartford CC),

Travers got the scoring started in the top of the fourth with his first home run of the season. Travers gave the Bay Sox a 1-0 lead with a solo shot to left field, just to the right of the Laconia green monster.

Joey Bielek (Arizona State) and the Muskrats tied the game at one in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Bielek doubled off the right field wall, missing a home run by a couple of inches, to score Jake Peevyhous (Arizona State) from first.

The Bay Sox added four more runs in the eighth. Two of those runs coming from a two run homer from Shaw over the right field fence, his fifth of the season.

New Bedford tacked on three more runs in the ninth to make it a 16-6 final.

The Bay Sox are now 19-22 and travel to Sanford to take on the Mainers at 6:30 PM.

Game Notes

Sam Dodge: (Win) 6 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 3 BB’s, 7K’s

The Bay Sox only struck out once

Bay Sox 1 through 6 hitters each had 2 or more RBI

Every batter scored at least 1 run

16 runs is a season high for the Bay Sox

Alex Witkus: 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI

Lane Richards: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2RBI

Chris Shaw: 3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI

Andrew Dundon: 2-for-5, 2 R

Kurt Seiders: 2-for-3, 3 R

 

 

 

 

CJ Tsoumakas Leads the Bay Sox to a Win

New Bedford’s starter CJ Tsoumakas (Rhode Island College) went the distance and the Bay Sox came from behind to beat the Laconia Muskrats 5-4 Monday afternoon at Paul Walsh Field.

 

Tsoumakas threw a complete game and got the win, allowing four runs on ten hits and four strikeouts.

 

Laconia starter, Evan Phillips (North Carolina Wilmington), almost matched Tsoumakas. Phillips went seven innings, allowing three runs on three hits, striking out five.

 

In the middle innings both pitchers had a combined streak of 18 batters retired in a row.

 

The Bay Sox were trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of eighth when they finally got to Phillips.

 

Alex Witkus (Fairfield) got the inning started with a groundball single into left field. Witkus stole second and eventually scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Ryan Plourde (Fairfield) gave the Bay Sox the lead with a single, and an RBI single from Chris Shaw (Boston College) made it 4-2 Bay Sox. Another wild pitch allowed Plourde to come in making it 5-2 Sox. That was the exact number of insurance runs they needed to get the win.

 

The Muskrats made it a one run ball game in the top of the ninth, but stranded the tying and go-ahead run on second and third to end the game.

 

Shaw led the Bay Sox offensively going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.   

 

With the win the Bay Sox move to 18-22. New Bedford hits the road tomorrow for a split-doubleheader against Laconia and Sanford.

 

Bay Sox Lose a Nail-biter

The Ocean State Waves beat the New Bedford Bay Sox 3-1 in Sunday Nights’ pitchers duel at Paul Walsh Field. 

 

The Waves sealed the deal in the top of the 9th ending New Bedford’s three-game win streak.

 

Mike Gerber (Creighton University) and Shaun McGraw (Binghamton) got the inning started with back-to-back base hits to put runners on the corners. Gerber scored on a wild pitch from Bay Sox Adam Fournier (Franklin Pierce). Two batters later, pinch runner Mike Sherburne (Community College of Rhode Island) made it 3-1 when New Bedford’s catcher Chris Travers (Roger Williams) threw the ball into center field on a stolen base attempt.

 

Ocean Sate’s starting pitcher James Bessel (Dowling College) only allowed two hits and one run through 5 and 2/3, while New Bedford’s bullpen struck out eight keeping the Waves to just one run through eight innings. 

 

The scoring started in the top of the third when a costly balk from Bay Sox Brendan O’Rourke (Franklin Pierce) scored Ocean State’s Reed Gamache (Binghamton U) to put the Waves on top 1-0.

 

New Bedford answered back in the bottom of the sixth.

 

Curtis Anderson (Bryant) started the inning with a leadoff walk followed by a Lane Richards (Notre Dame) perfectly executed hit and run. Anderson was thrown out when he got caught in a pickle in between third and home.  Two batters later, Chris Shaw (Boston College) grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Richards and tie the game at one.

 

The Bay Sox are now 17-22 and play Laconia tomorrow at home. First pitch is 2 PM at Paul Walsh Field. 

COMMUNITY COUNTS

Bay Sox Partner With New Bedford Guide!

Hello Bay Sox Nation!!! The New Bedford Bay Sox are pleased to announce the team's partnership with the New Bedford Guide for the 2013 season. The guide will be posting Bay Sox news, full length articles and more, all summer long. Go Bay Sox!!!

Check out the full-length article on the new parternship and more:

http://www.newbedfordguide.com/new-bedford-bay-sox-partnership/2013/06/10

Cloud Control Fan Night

It's Cloud Control Fan Appreciation Night!!!

Come to the game tonight against the Mystic Schooners.  Come meet the geeks who make the on-line Bay Sox world.  They (we) work hard to make sure you know what is going on, keep up the stats, and enjoy an expanded fan experience.

Tonight Cloud Control comes down from above and will be set up in a mobile control center to talk (they hate talking to real people), and run you through all the media channels we keep running.  Most channels change every day.

And, remember tonight we give away a JetBlue ticket to one the fans who entered our contest (and is present at the game).  Remember, entering the contest ended at noon.  So fans, it's Cloud night . . .

 . . . the Clouds where we store the Bay Sox data and the clouds where our friends at JetBlue fly.

See you at 6:30, Paul Walsh Field.  Go Sox!!!

Southcoast Health System Night

Thursday at Paul Walsh Field is Southcoast Health System Night. Come out to the park to watch your New Bedford Bay Sox take on the Keene Swamp Bats and show your appreciation to the wonderful, hardworking doctors and employees from our local hospitals. There will be a number of giveaways in addition to all of the game day fun and excitement on Southcoast Health System Night. Dr. Athena Xifaras, the Boston Children’s onsite Associate Director of Pediatric Services at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford will be throwing out the first pitch. Bring your entire family down to the park this evening for a can’t-miss night of Bay Sox baseball!

Tonight's Game Sponsored by Aaron's Pools & Spas

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2013 Season Pass Special

 

Calling all Bay Sox fans !

A terrific SALE you don't want to miss.

2013 Bay Sox Season Pass at a reduced price. Normally $99, on sale for $75 for limited time.

CALL 1-855-BAYSOX1 to order your Season Pass (22 Bay Sox games), or email info@nbbaysox.com, or mail a check for $75 to New Bedford Bay Sox, 427 John Street, New Bedford, MA 02740.
 

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