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August 28, 2013

The late-summer call-up

Mottola makes debut in FCBL


Mottola had an opportunity to play in the FCBL for the Wachusset Dirt Dogs after his sophomore season, but he declined in order to stay close to his grandfather, Mike Mottola, who lives with his family. This summer, the relatively short commute to Nashua made the decision easy.

“It’s the area’s best competition,” Mottola said. “My team was stacked. The second baseman was from (Boston College). The shortstop was from B.C. The third baseman was from UConn. It was a really good level of competition in that regard.”

The FCBL typically draws as many professional scouts as any other collegiate summer league in New England with the exception of the Cape Cod League. Mottola isn’t focusing on the attention of pro scouts at this stage in his career.

“I’m just worried about working hard,” Mottola said. “If things fall into place, that’s great.”

Mottola will certainly face some future professional baseball players this season when UMass Lowell makes the jump to Division 1. The River Hawks will open with Michigan State this season before eventually playing an America East schedule.

“It never ends,” Mottola said. “I’ll take a couple of weeks, then it’s time to get out there and show the coaches how I’ve improved since last year. Baseball is continuous in college. We probably have some scrimmages this fall, and we’ll practice every day.”

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