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Former UMass Catcher Conley To Manage Pittsfield Suns

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Congratulations to 2012 graduate, former UMass catcher Tom Conley, who was named the new manager for the Pittsfield Suns of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

From the Berkshire Eagle:

A former University of Massachusetts baseball player is the new manager of the Pittsfield Suns.

Tom Conley, a four-year starter at catcher for UMass, has been hired to manage the Futures League baseball team this summer. Conley replaces Jamie Keefe who stepped down after last season.

Conley, 22, is in the middle of his first season as an assistant coach at Division I Bryant University in Rhode Island.

To say this first year after he graduated with a Sociology degree has been a baseball whirlwind is an understatement.

"I didn't even get to go to my graduation. We were away," he said during an interview prior to a press conference Thursday announcing the hiring. "I feel like my season just ended. Then all of a sudden, I'm with Bryant and now I'm with Pittsfield. It's kind of a whirlwind, but it's exciting."

Conley joined Suns owners Jeff Goldklang and Tyler Tumminia, general manager Kevin McGuire and Futures League Commissioner Chris Hall at the press event, held in the main lobby of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank on South Street.

In addition to his four years at UMass, the Quincy native played three summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

"We started this process from, essentially, scratch. Every person Tyler spoke to, one name kept coming back to us and that was you really need to talk to this guy Tom Conley," said Goldklang. "He's got a future in this sport.

"We did our due diligence on everybody. At the end of the day, it wasn't even a question. Tom was the correct choice."

Happy Birthday: Sept. 26- Tom Conley

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Happy Birthday to senior baseball player Tom Conley!

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The New England Collegiate baseball league opened last night with current UMass catcher Tom Conley helping the Keene Swamp Bats to a 7-0 win in a rain-shortened contest against the Vermont Mountaineers. Conley hit fifth in the order and was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

On the day his younger brother was drafted, former Minuteman hurler Mike Gedman unfortunately took the loss for the Worcester Tornadoes after walking the leadoff hitter on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning vs. Chad Paronto's Pittsfield Colonials. The Colonials rallied for a 6-4 win.

Finally, Matt Torra will be on the bump tonight as the Reno Aces open a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Torra will put his 4-0 record on the line against Sky Sox RHP Esmil Rogers (0-0, No ERA), who is on a Major League rehab assignment.
With the New England Collegiate Baseball League kicking off its season tonight, summer ball is getting underway. Several of the Minutemen will be starting action over the next few days.

In the NECBL, junior catcher Tom Conley will be returning for a second stint with the Keene Swamp Bats. They open tonight vs. the Vermont Mountaineers in Keene, N.H., at 6:30 p.m.

Freshman shortstop Josh Messier is also playing in the NECBL for the New Bedford Bay Sox. New Bedford begins its season this Friday, June 10, on the road against the Sanford Mainers.

Freshman outfielder Kyle Adie will be a part of the inaugural season of the Futures League, playing for the the Nashua Silver Knights, who open up on Friday on the road vs. the Torrington Titans.

Sophomore Aaron Zaleznik is beginning his second season with the Elmira Pioneers of the newly-formed Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The right hander will begin his summer with the Pioneers tomorrow night, Thursday, Jun. 9, as the squad hosts the Cooperstown Hawkeyes.
In today's Globe South Sports Notebook, Marvin Pave highlights the crop of Quincy, Mass., natives who are currently playing Division I baseball, including UMass juniors Glen Misho and Tom Conley.

"'Quincy has never had so many Division 1 collegiate players at one time,' said Bob Griffin, a Senior Babe Ruth coach who has been active in various leagues in the city the past 15 years.

He said he believed the city had only two other Division 1 players over the past 15 or 20 years, pitchers Keith Doherty at UMass and John Folino at UConn."

Continue reading: Quincy stars shine in Division I baseball.

Happy Birthday: Sept. 26 - Tom ConleyMark Dangleis, Matt Gedman

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Conley And Fredette Close Out Summer League Seasons

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For a pair of Minutemen, Tom Conley and Eric Fredette, the summer league seasons came to a close last night as their respective teams dropped decisive game threes last night in the NECBL playoffs. The Keene Swamp Bats fell, 10-5, to the North Adams SteepleCats with Conley going 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk at DH before finishing the game behind the plate after an injury to the squad's starting catcher. Fredette had one of Bristol's three hits, batting 1-for-3, as Bristol Collegiate was was edged by the Danbury Westerners, 2-0. The lone UMass player still in action this summer, Aaron Zaleznik, has helped his team, the Elmira Pioneers, advance to the NYCBL Championship series against the Amsterdam Mohawks. Game one of the best-of-three championship series is slated for Friday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.

Minutemen In NECBL Playoffs

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The first round of the NECBL playoffs began last night for a pair of Minutemen whose teams advanced to the postseason. Catcher Tom Conley and the Keene Swamp Bats defeated North Adams, 2-1 last night in North Adams, Mass., Game 1 of the best-of-three series. Conley went 1-for-4 in the DH slot. Second baseman Eric Fredette's team, Bristol Collegiate, won its game against Danbury, 5-2.