This past February, I had the great fortune to sit down with a group of Rhode Island baseball players to discuss the state of baseball following the 2019-2020 cancelled Rhode Island High School baseball season. These student athletes all attended different high schools, were from different parts of Rhode Island, but all belonged to the New England Scorpions Baseball organization. I can still remember the maturity and honesty from my Q & A session with these student athletes and was over the top impressed by the entire group. Still am. Several of the players I interviewed went on to perform at a very high level in the 2020-21 Spring Varsity Baseball season. I watched Ryan Andrade pitch a great game against East Greenwich High School and then followed along as he helped pitch Middletown High School to a Division 2 State Title. I was in attendance at Cardines Field for a 7 inning complete game for Rogers High School’s Luc Lavigueur in a tough loss against North Providence in Round 1 of the D2 Playoffs. I was at Senior Night for Cranston West vs Cranston East and saw flashes of East’s Cole Carbone. And I was front and center for Coventry’s Tommy Turner as he pitched a complete game, dominating performance against North Kingstown High School in Game 2 of their Division 1 State Finals. I joked with the guys after we were done with our Q & A that I would keep this photo and circle back with them in a few years when they all made it to “The Show.”
I just saw a few posts from the New England Scorpions Baseball’s Cody Ortega congratulating some of his players for making an All-Tournament team. I opened up the post and read the names of two Rhode Island players, both class of 2023 (incoming Juniors) – Tommy Turner and Cole Carbone. These top baseball talents made the Class of 2023 All Tournament Team for the New Balance Future Stars Series, recently held in Lake Charles, Louisiana. According to their website, The Future Star Series is “the most comprehensive amateur baseball player identification and development experience available.” Of all the teams who competed in the tournament, all the players looking to make a name for themselves, with scouts and college coaches filling up the front seats of stadiums with notebooks and laptops, two Rhode Island baseball players emerged out of all those players to make 1st team. That is an incredible accomplishment. Wow.
Congratulations to the entire New England Scorpions program, run professionally and compassionately by Cody Ortega. And high fives to Tommy Turner and Cole Carbone for making 1st Team, All Tournament Team for the New Balance Future Stars Class of 2023 National Tournament. Rhode Island baseball players continue to make a big splash on the national amateur baseball scene. And I can honestly say there will be more and more announcements like this in the weeks and years to come.
For more information on the New England Scorpions, go to www.nescorpions.com.
The RIBBE is The Rhode Island Baseball Experience. It is promoting the game of baseball here in the great state of Rhode Island for the entire baseball world to see. The RIBBE is positive stories, photos, videos, and responsible social media posts. The RIBBE is an information resource for families looking for an AAU team or a summer camp or a great place to buy a first baseman’s mitt. The RIBBE is a network of coaches, tournament directors, parents, leagues, and baseball junkies whose passion of the game of baseball is unquestioned. I believe that providing expert analysis, information and directions to ballfields, and coaching advice from some of the top RI baseball minds will help promote the game of baseball here in RI to a whole new level.