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The 2009 NECBL season is the 16th season of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, a wood bat collegiate summer baseball league. The league's Torrington, Connecticut franchise, the Torrington Twisters, moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts and became the New Bedford Bay Sox.[2] Due to the move, the League realigned into the East and West Divisions with 6 teams each.[3]

2009 NECBL season
Regular season
DurationJune 6 – July 31
Playoffs
Start dateAugust 2[1]
West Semifinal 1Keene vs. Holyoke[1]
West Semifinal 2North Adams vs. Vermont[1]
East Semifinal 1Newport vs. New Bedford[1]
East Semifinal 2Sanford vs. North Shore[1]
West FinalVermont vs. Holyoke[1]
East FinalNewport vs. Sanford[1]
NECBL Championship Series
DateAugust 8–10[1]
SiteMontpelier Recreation Field, Cardines Field[1]
ChampionsNewport Gulls[1]
← 2008 NECBL seasons 2010 →

In the championship series, the East Division champion Newport Gulls defeated the West Division champion Vermont Mountaineers after each team advanced through the playoffs.[1]

Contents

Regular season standingsEdit

Key to colors in standings
Top four of each division advanced to 2009 NECBL playoffs

East DivisionEdit

Team Wins Losses Win Pct. GB
Newport Gulls 31 10 .756 -
Sanford Mainers 23 16 .590 7
North Shore Navigators 20 21 .488 11
New Bedford Bay Sox 17 24 .415 14
Manchester Silkworms 13 26 .333 17
Lowell All-Americans 13 28 .317 18

West DivisionEdit

Team Wins Losses Win Pct. GB
Keene Swamp Bats 27 13 .675 -
North Adams SteepleCats 25 16 .610 2.5
Vermont Mountaineers 20 19 .513 6.5
Holyoke Blue Sox 20 21 .488 7.5
Danbury Westerners 19 22 .463 8.5
Pittsfield American Defenders 13 25 .342 13

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All-star gameEdit

The NECBL's 2009 All-Star Game was hosted by the West Division's Holyoke Blue Sox. The event was held at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke, Massachusetts on July 18, 2009. The West Division won the game 6-5. The game was attended by 4,906, setting a new record for All-Star Game attendance. Holyoke's Jake Rosenbeck was named the game's MVP.[5]

PlayoffsEdit

Eight teams qualified for the 2009 NECBL playoffs, which consisted of three rounds of best-of-three series. In the championship series, East Division champion Newport defeated West Division champion Vermont 2-1.

League leadersEdit

Category Player Team Stat
H Steven Rosado Vermont 49
R Mark Micowski Sanford 34
RBI John Schultz North Adams 30
2B David Gustafson Lowell 15
3B Mark Micowski Sanford 7
HR Paul Hoilman North Adams 8
TB David Gustafson Lowell 68
SB John Schultz North Adams 19
K Brach Davis North Adams 66

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League awardsEdit

Weekly awardsEdit

Year-end awardsEdit

Award Player NECBL team
Most Valuable Player Jim Wood Holyoke
Top Pro Prospect Adam Conley Keene
Batting Champion Casey Lytle Pittsfield
10th Player Award Peter Verdin Keene
Defensive Player of the Year Alan Fredriksson New Bedford
Top Pitcher Adam Conley Keene
Top Relief Pitcher Tyler Mizenko Sanford
Sportsmanship Award Dave Gustafson Lowell
Rookie of the Year Adam Conley Keene
Most Improved Player Aaron Westlake Newport
Manager of the Year Mike Coombs Newport
Umpire of the Year Dan Collins

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All-NECBL TeamsEdit

Top 10 prospectsEdit

The following is a list of the NECBL's top 10 professional prospects for the 2009 season, as ranked by Baseball America.[9]

Rk. Player Position NECBL Team College
1 Devin Jones P Danbury Mississippi St.
2 Peter Verdin OF, C Keene Georgia
3 Tyler Mizenko P Sanford Winthrop
4 Troy Scott 1B Newport Washington
5 Joey Bergman 3B Newport College of Charleston
6 Taylor Featherston SS New Bedford TCU
7 Adam Conley P Keene Washington St.
8 Chad Arnold P Newport Washington St.
9 Andrew Benak P Vermont Rice
10 Andrew Kittredge P Newport Washington

Regular season attendanceEdit

The Newport Gulls led the league in attendance for the fourth consecutive season, while the Lowell All-Americans finished last in the league for the fifth straight year. New Bedford, Danbury, and Newport showed the greatest increase in average attendance, while Keene and Vermont showed the greatest decrease.

The top 6 teams in attendance also ranked in the top 50 in national collegiate summer league attendance. The Newport Gulls were ranked third, with the Vermont Mountaineers (24th), Keene Swamp Bats (26th), Holyoke Blue Sox (32nd), New Bedford Bay Sox (42nd), and North Adams SteepleCats (45th) also finishing in the top 50.[10]

Rnk Team Year Total Game Average Rnk Change¿ Total Att Change Game Avg Change
1 Newport Gulls 45,547 2,277 +0 +1,424 +176
2 Keene Swamp Bats 28,667 1,433 +0 -8,308 -327
3 Vermont Mountaineers 24,306 1,350 +0 -8,500 -370
4 Holyoke Blue Sox 24,284 1,156 +1 +1,855 +88
5 New Bedford Bay Sox 23,700 1,128 +2 +5,834 +278
6 North Adams SteepleCats 20,511 1,025 -2 -6,113 -99
7 Pittsfield American Defenders 15,165 798 -1 -2,663 -93
8 North Shore Navigators 14,924 710 +0 +3,713 +150
9 Sanford Mainers 9,818 516 +0 -1,695 -32
10 Danbury Westerners 10,642 506 +1 +4,945 +222
11 Manchester Silkworms 7,379 368 -1 -1,493 -54
12 Lowell All-Americans 4,644 221 +0 +2,148 +103
TOTAL NECBL 229,587 953 -5,853 -24

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  • ¿ Comparisons in relation to 2008 NECBL season.
  • † New Bedford Bay Sox attendance figure comparisons in relation to 2008 Torrington Twisters.
  • ‡ Pittsfield American Defenders attendance figure comparisons in relation to 2008 Pittsfield Dukes.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 2009 Playoff Schedule at necbl.com, URL accessed August 3, 2009. Archived 2009-08-06.
  2. ^ "Torrington Twisters to Relocate to New Bedford", URL accessed February 10, 2009. Archived 2009-08-01.
  3. ^ "Newport Gulls to Change Divisions in 2009" Archived 2009-06-21 at the Wayback Machine, URL accessed February 10, 2009
  4. ^ NECBL standings at necbl.com; URL accessed August 1, 2009. Archived 2009-08-02.
  5. ^ West Wins All-Star game in Holyoke, Hometown Hero gets MVP at necbl.com, URL accessed August 21, 2009. Archived 2009-09-07.
  6. ^ Leaders Summary at necbl.com; URL accessed August 1, 2009. Archived 2009-08-01.
  7. ^ a b Players of the Week at necbl.com, URL accessed September 7, 2009. Archived 2009-09-09.
  8. ^ a b c 2009 Awards Archived 2010-01-02 at WebCite at necbl.com, URL accessed August 21, 2009
  9. ^ Baseball America releases Top Prospects Lists for Summer Leagues and Team USA at thecollegebaseballblog.com, URL accessed September 2, 2009
  10. ^ Attendance Rankings at ballparkbiz.com, URL accessed January 12, 2010. Archived 1/12/10
  11. ^ Team Statistics 2009 Archived 2009-07-21 at the Wayback Machine at necbl.com, URL accessed August 1, 2009
  12. ^ Team Statistics 2008, URL accessed December 27, 2008. Archived 2009-08-06.