AMESBURY — Jared Dupere’s freshman season at Northeastern University got off to a great start. The Amesbury resident and former Governor’s Academy baseball star flashed a big bat early on, but due to a mid-season slump and some games missed due to an illness, he struggled to find regular at bats and consistency as the year went along.
After the season, Dupere was determined to play as much summer baseball as he could. By getting consistent at bats against quality competition, he hoped to rediscover that spark he flashed in March and April and take his game to the next level.
It’s fair to say the results speak for themselves.
Dupere just wrapped up a fantastic summer season playing with the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. The outfielder was among the league’s top hitters, batting .270 with eight home runs, 32 RBIs, 32 runs scored and 11 doubles in 48 games, and was named a FCBL All-Star.
As Dupere hoped, getting a chance to face quality pitching consistently was key.
“At the start it was getting adjusted to the pitching and playing every day, so I had to make sure I was up for it,” Dupere said. “After I while I got more comfortable, and all the kids were good. They were in the upper 80s, so seeing different types of pitches every day, I got into a rhythm and started seeing the ball really well.”
Along the way, Dupere was twice honored by the league. He first received Player of the Week honors on June 24 after going 10 for 21 with four doubles, a triple, a theme run and six RBIs. Then, he was named the FCBL’s Player of the Night on July 3 after going 4 for 5 with a home run, four runs scored and four RBIs in a 15-2 win over the Worcester Bravehearts.
Those stretches helped earn Dupere an All-Star nod, and he made the most of the opportunity by going 1 for 2 with a run scored and two outfield putouts to help his Hillies All-Star team win 8-2.
“It was awesome, to play in the all-star game and play with some of those guys from all over, talking with them and hearing about their experiences,” Dupere said. “Some of them are older, so the ages are all different and it was great to hear the experience. Making All-Star was definitely a goal of mine, I wanted to show that I was one of the best in the league, and I did that.”
Nashua wound up finishing the season 27-27 to finish sixth in the FCBL standings, good enough to earn a Wild Card bid to the playoffs. The team’s season came to an end with a 8-7 loss to the North Shore Navigators on Monday, though not before Dupere went 2 for 3 with a run, a walk and two RBIs.
Now, with a successful summer of baseball in the books, Dupere plans to hit the gym, pick up yoga and follow his coach’s offseason plan to gear up for what he hopes will be a big season at Northeastern next spring.
“It was really awesome, I feel like I’m really ready for my sophomore year,” Dupere said. “A big part of this league is to get you ready for college, and I think the Futures League really helped with that.”