Mavericks excited about 2012 season
By MIKE WHALEY
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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ROCHESTER — What a difference a year makes.
Last season was a struggle for the fledgling four-team Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), which included the local Seacoast Mavericks.
It was particularly tough for the Mavericks, the only league team without strong backing. For instance: the Nashua Silver Knights’ owner also owns the Lowell Spinners, a single A short-season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The Mavs suffered the death of one of its players before the season even started and ended up finishing in last place with a 10-33 record, 17 games out of first place.
The league, however, made it through the season and with the addition of five new teams, it is gathering strength. The FCBL begins the 2012 campaign with nine teams, and hopes to eventually cut that off at 12. Along with the Mavericks, the charter teams are Nashua, Torrington (Conn.) Titans and Martha’s Vineyard (Mass.) Sharks. New additions in 2012 include the North Shore (Mass.) Navigators, Pittsfield (Mass.) Suns, Wachusett (Mass.) Dirt Dogs, Brockton (Mass.) Rox and Old Orchard Beach (Maine) Raging Tide.
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The league is also committed to making sure each roster has 15 New England players on board, whether they are from New England or play for a New England college. The Mavs have a number of locals, including Marshwood High School star Luke Fernandes (bound for Boston College) and his brother Zac Fernandes (Univ. of Southern Maine) from Eliot, Maine; Dover’s Ryan Coppinger (Canisius College), Greenland’s Aiden O’Leary (Manhattan College) and Dover’s Cole Tobin (Nyack College). Coppinger played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and O’Leary is a product of the successful Portsmouth High program.
Scheduling was a problem last year because Seacoast got in so late it had to work around the already set Rochester Post 7 American Legion schedule. Plus playing the same teams over and over got redundant and by the end of the season Hoyt said there was friction because of that.
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Greenland’s Aiden O’Leary (Manhattan College)
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