June 16, 2006
Holy Cross Baseball Announces Incoming Freshman Class
June 16, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -
Holy Cross head baseball coach Craig Najarian announced the incoming class for the 2007 Crusader squad this week. Eight student-athletes will join the Holy Cross program for the 2006-2007 academic year.
Holy Cross is returning 27 letterwinners and seven starters from a year ago, including the 2006 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Tyler Stampone (Meadowbrook, Pa.). The Crusaders, who are also returning their entire pitching staff, with the exception of one reliever, finished the 2006 season with a 16-26-1 overall record and a 5-15 mark in Patriot League play.
Here is a look at this upcoming season's freshman class.
Name Pos. Hometown High School
Tommy Arrigg RHP Andover, Mass. Phillips Academy
Chris Blanchard RHP/INF Norwich, Conn. Norwich Free Academy
Mike Galvin C/1B Newport, R.I. Rogers High School
Ryan George RHP Seekonk, Mass. Seekonk High School
Bobby Holmes RHP Dedham, Mass. Dedham High School
Matt Perry INF Sudbury, Mass. St. Sebastian's
Matt Shapiro LHP Raynham, Mass. Bridgewater-Raynham
John Sills INF Milton, Mass. B.C. High
Tommy Arrigg, RHP, Andover, Mass., Phillips Academy Four-year starter at the Brooks School, before spending a year at Phillips Academy
Central New England Prep School All-League
Independent School All-Star
Eagle Tribune All-Star
Team captain his senior season at the Brooks School
Led the Andover Legion team to the Massachusetts state championship in 2004 and a third place finish in the Northeast Regional Tournament.
Chris Blanchard, RHP/INF, Norwich, Conn., Norwich Free Academy 2006 All-Eastern Connecticut Conference (as an infielder)
2005 All-Eastern Connecticut Conference (as a pitcher)
Led team to state semi-finals in 2005
Selected to Futures Team during Legion season (2005)
Mike Galvin, C/1B, Newport, R.I., Rogers High School 2006 Academic All-State
2006 Division Player of the Year
2005 All-County Player of the Year
First Team All-Division (2004, 2005, 2006)
Conference All-Star (2004, 2005, 2006)
Ryan George, RHP, Seekonk, Mass., Seekonk High School South Coast Conference All-Star (2005, 2006)
Pawtucket Times All-Star (2005, 2006)
Attleboro Sun Chronicle All-Star (2005, 2006)
Team Most Valuable Player (2005, 2006)
Ken Ryan Most Outstanding Pitcher Award (2005, 2006)
Posted an 18-3 record during his junior and senior seasons
Recorded 275 strikeouts across his high school career
Team captain (2006)
U.S. Marines Distinguished Athlete Award (2006)
Bobby Holmes, RHP, Dedham, Mass., Dedham High School 2006 Boston Globe All-Scholastic
2006 Eastern Mass. All-Star
2006 Bay State First Team All-Star
2006 Team Most Valuable Player
2006 Outstanding Male Athlete Award
2005 Outstanding Pitcher Award at the Brockton Invitational
Matt Perry, INF, Sudbury, Mass., St. Sebastian's ISL All-League (2005, 2006)
Team captain (2006)
Vincent C. Murphy Letterman Award - for lettering in three varsity sports (cross country, basketball, baseball) from sophomore to senior years.
Kevin Mutch Award - given to a varsity athlete in the junior class who demonstrates leadership and school spirit.
Matt Shapiro, LHP, Raynham, Mass., Bridgewater-Raynham Two-time Old Colony League All-Star
Two-time Taunton All-Scholastic
Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic
Led Bridgewater-Raynham to three straight Division I state tournaments.
Recorded more than 200 career strikeouts, including a 22-strikeout performance in a state tournament game.
Sills, INF, Milton, Mass., B.C. High 2006 Puma Preseason All-American
2006 Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic
2006 Catholic Conference All-Star
2006 Ted Lyons Scholar-Athlete Award
Led B.C. High is hits, RBI, at-bats, stolen bases, and triples in 2006.
Finished the 2006 season ranked second in the Catholic Conference in batting average (.433).