GW Baseball's Aaron Weisberg Hard at Work in NECBL
June 29, 2012
For most student-athletes who play collegiate baseball, their seasons conclude in late May. Unless they're one of the lucky few to reach the College World Series, there is a lot to be desired for a collegiate baseball player who has to stop playing the national pastime before summer gets rolling.
Luckily for those players, an NCAA regulation allows baseball student-athletes to compete in sanctioned summer leagues across the country. A number of GW baseball student-athletes have taken advantage of the opportunity, including rising-junior pitcher Aaron Weisberg, who is playing for the Holyoke Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
Founded in 1993, the NECBL is a 10-team league that plays in all six New England states. It recruits players attending U.S. colleges not only from New England, but all other 44 states as well as and foreign countries. The Blue Sox, who are located in Western Massachusetts, are 5-5 on the young season.
"Playing in the NECBL is a great opportunity to work on my pitches and my approach to hitters," said Weisberg. "Overall, it's a great chance to become a better pitcher. I've started three games thus far and felt extremely rejuvenated after the spring season."
Weisberg led the Colonials in 2012 with 83.1 innings pitched and two shutouts while ranking second on the team with 52 strikeouts. His earned-run average of 3.56 led all GW starters and ranked him in the top five of the Atlantic 10 for much of the season.
The NECBL season runs from mid-June until late July with games every day of the week. Due to the grueling schedule, players from out-of-town stay with host families for the summer.
"Host families open up their homes to players coming to Holyoke and the NECBL from across the country," said Weisberg. "I am currently living with a wonderful family in Westfield, Mass. They are also hosting one of my teammates, Kevin Fortunato of Yale."
Despite the short season, Weisberg has had no trouble with the transition from the GW baseball season to an entirely new team in Holyoke.
"Adapting to my new team for the summer has been great," said Weisberg. "More often than not, you have met or played with some of your teammates on past teams, which makes it a very easy transition. New friendships are also made that can last a lifetime."
With a busy summer ahead of him, Weisberg is still very much looking forward to the upcoming season at GW.
"The completion of Barcroft Park is an amazing accomplishment," said Weisberg. "We are really looking forward to getting a whole fall season in at our new facility before the grand opening in the spring. The guys are excited to have a home field that is on par with the rest of the Athletics Department and the university as a whole."