NORTH ADAMS, Mass.
– The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) unveiled the 2012 Postseason Awards last week, and three members of the North Adams SteepleCats found themselves reeling in honors after their performances throughout a memorable summer.
Leading the way and finding a spot on All-NECBL First Team was outfielder and Western Division All-Star Jeff Roy (URI), who posted a .333 batting average on a team-high 48 hits in the regular season to compliment new single-season team records set in runs scored (40) and stolen bases (24), while the latter statistic was good for most in the entire league.
Roy also became the first player in league history to steal more than 20 bases and hit more than 10 doubles, as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year did so with the aforementioned 24 swiped bags and a team-high 11 doubles, as well.
Meanwhile, two Western Division All-Star members of a strong SteepleCat bullpen were acknowledged for their strong 2012 campaigns, as southpaw Matt Longfield (Villanova) and closer Tom Bammann (Dowling) were members of the All-NECBL Second Team.
Longfield, who was brilliant out of the bullpen both for the ‘Cats and for Villanova following his junior season, was remarkably consistent en route to establishing a new single-season team and league record in appearances, as the lefty emerged from the bullpen on 28 occasions on the season. He posted an ERA of 1.69 while striking out a team-high 39 batters in 26.2 innings of work while also logging a side-high five victories (5-1) on the season.
Tabbed the closer for the 2012 All-Star Game, Bammann was equally brilliant for the SteepleCats over the course of the season, compiling a team-best 1.50 ERA in over 24 innings of work. The righty compiled a team-high five saves with 20 strikeouts and only six walks over 24 innings and 17 appearances. Bammann finished the season with a 3-1 record, as well.
For the full release and list of postseason award winners, please click here.