Gambino Welcomes Six to The HeightsThree pitchers and three position players join the BC ranks
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – As Boston College’s 2017-18 academic year begins, Boston College head baseball coach Mike Gambino welcomes six new faces to The Heights. The freshman class consists of three pitchers and three position players.
“At a time when recruiting classes are judged on size, we are concerned with the quality of student-athletes in our class,” Gambino said. “We care about the individual. For us, it’s about the right number of players and the right kind of individual who fits our program. We look at character and impact on the field. We have six guys who can have a large impact on the field and in the clubhouse.”
The six-member class includes RHP Nick Couhig (Falmough, Mass.), 1B/OF Reyce Curnane (West Chester, Pa.), OF Chris Galland (Sudbury, Mass.), LHP Will Hesslink (Shelburne, Vt.), RHP Jack Hodgson (Guilford, Conn.) and C/INF Brandon Stone (Port St. Lucie, Fla.).
Couhig, a right-handed pitcher, was a three-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star and earned Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors as a senior. He logged a 20-4 career record with a 1.25 career ERA. A captain as a senior, Couhig went 3-0 with 38 strikeouts and batted .370 with a .448 on-base percentage. He also played football in high school and quarterbacked Falmouth to a perfect 13-0 season and a state championship title in 2016. Couhig broke the Clippers’ school record with 83 career.
Curnane, a first baseman and outfielder, led the Ches-Mont League in home runs his senior year at Downingtown West High School. He also helped the Whippets to a league title in 2016. The left-handed hitter was ranked the top first baseman in Pennsylvania by Perfect Game USA and the 27th best player overall in the state.
Galland, an outfielder from Sudbury, is coming off a postgraduate year at Cheshire Academy. A two-time Dual County League All-Star at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional, he went on to earn Western New England First-Team honors at Cheshire. A captain in 2017, he helped the Fighting Cats to a Western New England Prep Championship.
Hesslink, a lefty, also completed a postgraduate year after a four-year career at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, Vt. He helped his high school to two state titles in 2014 and 2015 and earned first-team all-state honors three straight years. In 2015, he led the Vermont Metro League with 98 strikeouts, recording a 0.62 ERA and a perfect 10-0 record. Hesslink went on to play one year at Avon Old Farms. He joins Avon alums senior Anthony Maselli, junior John Witkowski and sophomore Matt Gill on the Eagles roster. Hesslink was ranked the top overall player in Vermont by Perfect Game USA.
Hodgson, a right-hander, joins former high school teammate Jacob Stevens at The Heights. Hodgson captained the Choate Rosemary baseball team as a senior and earned a spot on the Perfect Game USA’s Northeast All-Region First Team. The outlet also ranked him the top right-handed pitcher in the state of Connecticut and the second-best overall player.
Stone, a catcher and infielder, was a four-year starter at Fort Pierce Central High School in Florida. He captained the team as a junior and senior. He was a two-time first-team all-area honoree as a junior and senior and in 2017, Stone earned Perfect Game USA All-American honorable mention and Florida All-Region Second-Team honors. He was also a member of the Florida Travel Baseball (FTB) that was ranked as the top travel team in the country in 2016. This past summer, Stone played for the Del Ray Lightning and earned a spot on the South Florida Collegiate League North Division All-Star Team.-BC-