— Matt Noonan (@NoontimeSports) July 22, 2015
By Matt Noonan
LYNN, Mass. – Salem State University’s Richard Fecteau highlighted an exciting Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBl) All-Star Game on Tuesday evening at Frasier Field, driving home Stonehill College’s Brian Campbell for the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Eastern All-Stars over the Western All-Stars, 4-3.
With the score tied, 3-3, heading into the final half frame, Campbell, who pinched-hit for University of Hartford sophomore Erik Ostberg, reached first base after slicing a pitch by University of Maine pitcher Charlie Butler down the leftfield line. Campbell advanced to second base during his team’s next at-bat before reaching third following a fly-out to right field by Williams College junior Jack Roberts.
Campbell would cross home plate during his team’s next at-bat as Fecteau connected on a 3-2 pitch down the right field line that initiated an enormous celebration by the Eastern All-Stars.
“When I got down 0-2, I figured – I just looked straight for fastballs and adjusted (for pitches that were) off-speed. (Butler) threw a couple fastballs that were tough in spots and I tried to get a piece of them and hopefully hang in there,” Fecteau said of his final at-bat. “(His) final pitch was a curveball, so I just tried to sit back and get something – get a good piece on it.”
Fecteau, who competes for the North Shore Navigators in the FCBL, concluded the All-Star Game with trio of at-bats, but just one hit and one RBI.
“(When Jack Roberts) moved (Campbell) over to third base, I was like ‘alright, here’s my shot. I guess I have to take advantage of it’ and I went out and tried to do as best (as I could during my final at-bat),” said Fecteau.
The East and West teams swapped leads throughout the opening innings before St. Thomas Aquinas junior Brandon Fischer pushed the hosts (Eastern All-Stars) ahead, 3-2, in the bottom of the fifth after racing home from third base during an infield ground-out by University of Maine junior Tyler Schwanz.
In the top of the sixth, St. Mary’s senior Davis Strong evened the score with a solo home run to left field, but that would be the West’s final run of the evening.
Three innings later, Fecteau secured the win, providing the East with its first win since the league switched from New England vs. Massachusetts last season. The West captured the initial East-West battle last year with a 4-1 victory.