By Matt Williams
---- — Swampscott’s Trevor Massey had an open mind when it came to which sport, baseball or hockey, he would try to play in college.
Boston College and their coach, Mike Gambino, made the choice easy.
Massey, a senior shortstop and pitcher, gave a verbal commitment to join the Eagles baseball team in the fall of 2014 this week. He’ll attend Tilton next year, playing both sports, and go to The Heights after that.
“It came together pretty quickly,” Massey said. “I got in contact with BC in January through Steve Lomasney, and the last few weeks they’ve been giving me a lot of attention. When they asked for a verbal commitment, it was an easy choice.”
A lifelong Eagles fan because his father played football at BC, Massey is thrilled to be able to wear Maroon and Gold. He spent time with Big Blue great Hunter Gordon, a senior on the BC baseball team, during one of his visits to campus as well.
“I’ve always loved BC and I’ve always kind of wanted to go there,” Massey said. “Just to be able to play a sport there is a dream come true. It has everything: location, great sports and good academics.”
The Northeastern Conference Small Division MVP as a junior, Massey has been one of the hottest hitters on the North Shore over the last few weeks. He’s raised his average to over .400 by taking a nuanced, measured approach at the plate.
“The ball jumps off his bat,” said Swamspcott baseball coach Jason Calichman. “He goes up there looking for pitches that can drive. The other day against Danvers, he fouled off four or five pitches before he saw the one he wanted, and he hit a home run.”
Massey spent last summer playing with Lomasey’s Show Baseball Academy teams. The experience in that high level environment, and against some of the top competition nationally, helped him hone his skills.
“I improved a great amount. In the winter I have hockey, but as soon as hockey was done I was up at Show working with Steve and Jeff Allison on my swing and my fielding,” said Massey, who was NEC South MVP in hockey and helped the Big Blue win the Division 3 North title (though he was suspended for the state final loss to Westfield).
Though the righty has pretty good control and is a solid strikeout pitcher in high school, the Eagles project Massey as a middle infielder. The way he’s been hitting the ball, it’s easy to see why.
“I feel like my swing’s coming along. I feel pretty confident when I go up there, although that’s how every hitter should feel,” he said.
Big Blue volunteer assistant coach Brendan Nolan, who pitched at BC in the late 1990’s, was also thrilled to see the Eagles grab a local talent.
“Trevor’s a tough out,” said Calichman, in his first season as Swampscott head coach. “He’s a great player and we’re really excited for him. It’s fantastic news.
Swampscott is 5-9 and hosts Bedford tomorrow night. The Big Blue started off 1-5, then won four of their next five games. They’ve dropped three straight, with tough losses to top teams Peabody and Danvers, and are looking to get hot again and make a state tournament push.
“We’ve had some ups and down, but if we bring out A-game we can compete with anybody,” said Massey. “We have to bring that. The goal is always to get tot he tournament, so hopefully we can get that done.”