Peabody’s Matt Hosman has always been comfortable on the diamond, so it comes at no surprise that even as a young player he’s fit right in with the Phillips Academy nine.
Hosman and the Big Blue won their second straight Central New England Prep championship over the weekend, defeating Worcester Academy 12-8, then topping Deerfield in the final, 10-7, at Assumption College in Worcester.
“It means a lot to us to win it,” Hosman, a 16-year-old sophomore, said. “Before last year, we hadn’t won since 2008. Last year we had a lot of talent, went 16-5 and kind of dominated. This year was a little different but we stuck to our goals and won.”
Because of an injury to a starter, Hosman played third base last season as a freshman and moved to second base this spring. He was very comfortable in the infield and at the plate. He had RBI in both playoff games, hit safely in each of Phillips Andover’s last five contests and had an on-base percentage that hovered around .400.
“We have six offensive team goals and focus on having quality at-bats,” said Hosman. “Some of the biggest things are scoring six runs a game and getting seven freebies: walks, hit-by-pitches or stolen bases. Our coach did the numbers and we win 80-90 percent of the time if we hit the goals.”
One of the heroes of Peabody West’s 2009 Little League World Series team, Hosman also pitches for Phillips. He throws bullpens regularly and pitches in the summer, where he plans to play to the Legends travel team, and will take on a bigger role on the mound for Phillips in 2014.
“We’re stacked for pitchers. We have a kid committed to Boston College and two kids going to Tufts,” Hosman said.