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Tuesday, March 29, 2016


The Worcester Bravehearts have announced the signing of 8 Division I student-athletes who will join the team when the season begins on June 2. Of the eight players, six of them will come to Worcester as their first ever Bravehearts recruits from their respective schools. 

Breakdown of Players 

Pitcher Peter Bouvenzi will join the Bravehearts from the University of Richmond where he finished his freshman season. 

Bouvenzi saw action in 6 games, including 3 starts for the Spiders and has recorded 21 strikeouts to just 9 walks in 22 innings. 

He attended the Bancroft School in Worcester. 

Pitcher Baylor LaPointe  is a redshirt sophomore pitcher at LIU who played last season with UConn-Avery Point. he finished the year a record of 4-0 and a 0.26 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 35 innings. 

Joe Mercadente is an outfielder from LIU who started 7 of the 8 games he played during the season. 

Kevin Stone is a a pitcher from Harvard and made his first start against UMass-Amherst on March 15th. He went 5 innings and did not allow any runs. 

Matt Rothenberg is an infielder from Harvard who batted .424 during his sophomore season with 5 RBIs and 6 runs scored in 10 games played. 

Taylor Williams just finished his freshman season at Xavier and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings  in his first appearance, striking out 6 batters. 

Trey Schramm also comes to the Bravehearts from Xavier where he pitched 19 innings, racking up 10 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.79 in 8 games. 

Lastly, Belmont University's Rafael Bournigal comes tot he Bravehearts  after starting 18 of 20 games he played in, batting .317 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. 

Worcester Bravehearts 

The Worcester Bravehearts baseball team is owned and operated by the Creedon family, who also own and operate Creedon and Co., Inc., a catering & tent and event rental equipment company in Worcester, MA. The Bravehearts ballclub is a franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). The Bravehearts won the FCBL Championship in 2014 and 2015.

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