Ryan McCarthy has a habit of coming away from his annual commitment to coaching the Northeast baseball team at the Bay State Games with some hardware.
The tradition continued for McCarthy and the Northeast squad Sunday at Bentley University when they came away with a victory in the third-place game, earning a bronze medal. In his 11 seasons as coach of the Northeast, McCarthy has led teams to three gold medals. Since the tournament moved to Bentley six years ago, McCarthy’s teams have medaled every year.
“We’re representing ourselves well these last six years,” McCarthy said. “We had some tough luck this year; we struggled a little bit at the plate. Overall, the tournament was pretty strong with some very good pitching.”
Three local players competed for the Northeast. Georgetown’s Colby Ingraham played for the second year in a row. Triton’s Brad Whitman and St. John’s Prep’s Tyler Chaisson, a Newburyport resident, played in the Bay State Games for the first time.
Ingraham split time in centerfield and shortstop, coming away with four hits. Whitman played second base and earned praise from McCarthy for his defensive play.
“Colby was the veteran, and he really helped out the first-time players,” McCarthy said. “(Whitman) did a nice job defensively and got on base a few times.”
Chaisson, who was cut from the St. John’s Prep team last year as a junior, was the story of the Northeast squad, according to McCarthy. The catcher had four hits, two doubles, three RBIs and a stolen base in the tournament.
“He’s also a great kid to have in the dugout,” McCarthy said. “I’m guaranteeing this tournament opened some doors for him college-wise. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets some letters from coaches in the next few weeks. I’m amazed he couldn’t make a high school roster this year. He hustles, he’s respectful. I hope this becomes a bigger story in the next year or two.”