The Salem News
---- — The Endicott baseball team earned the fourth seed in the New England bracket of the 2014 NCAA Division 3 Tournament. The seeds were announced on Monday as the Gulls (30-14) got an automatic bid into the tournament after capturing their second consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference title.
Endicott’s faces off against MIT (24-13) in the first game of the double-elimination regional tournament this morning (9:30 a.m.) at Whitehouse Field in Harwich. The Gulls hold a 5-2 record of MIT, which includes a 4-3 loss to the Engineers earlier this month. Depending on the outcome of the game, Endicott would play tomorrow at either 9:30 or 4:30.
The Gulls have been led by senior center fielder Tad Gold, who was named CCC Player of the Year, sophomore J.J. Branch who earned CCC Pitcher of the Year honors and freshman outfielder Cam Farnham who picked up the CCC Rookie of the Year award. The conference also recognized Bryan Haley as the Coach of the Year, leading Endicott to its third 30-play win season.
Joining the Gulls in the New England bracket is second seeded Southern Maine (31-12), which includes locals; Matt McIsaac, George Tsonis and Nick George of Peabody, Marblehead’s Evan Hafermann and Danvers native Troy Thibodeau. No. 3 seeded Tufts has relied on freshman righty Speros Varinos (Masconomet), who’s pitched 22 innings for the Jumbos, while Beverly’s Harry Brown has also seen time.
St. Joseph’s of Maine is also in the mix, seeded sixth overall. Senior Joe Gruntkosky (Peabody) led the Monks (28-13) to five wins this season in seven starts. Fellow Tanner City native Scott Betts (first base) has played in eight games this season for St. Joseph’s.