Bishop Stang senior Hayden Duke of Mattapoisett will play baseball in NCAA Division 1 at UMass Lowell next year after signing a national letter of intent for an athletic scholarship at the university on November 20, according to a release from the school.
Duke, a left-handed potter who played at the university level for all four years with Bishop Stang, signed the letter in a ceremony attended by his parents, Claudia and John Duke, along with coaches and friends.
“You know there is a difference between pitchers and pitchers – the guys go out and just throw it away and hope for the best, ”said coach Brian Rose. “Hayden is the exact opposite. He was always polished as a young player with a game plan in mind. ”
“Hayden gave us the opportunity to win our first year EAC championship in a long time,” he added.
Duke was recruited to UMass Lowell by head coach Ken Harring and pitch coach Brad Cook.
The release quotes him as saying that he immediately liked the Riverhawks staff and their facilities at LeLacheur Park in Lowell. Duke will complete the school’s business program and may participate in a partnership program with the Boston Red Sox’s affiliated team Minor League, Lowell Spinners.
Following his release, Duke also thanked Coach Rose in Bishop Stang for helping him along the way.
About playing at Stang, he said: “From the first-year study until now, emphasis has been placed on working hard in practice. Players earn their seats, and everything is performance-based with Coach Rose. There is a good atmosphere on the Stang team. ”
He also thanked his mother and father for the support, Team Boston travel team and coach Jared Evans, with whom he has played since 2014.