Glass has a home
Glass, a junior at Westfield State College, came into Wahconah Park to help the Defenders out because they were three pitchers short to start the NECBL season, but has found himself a home in the Defenders bullpen.
"I would say we're beyond just a short look-see and to fill a temporary roster spot," Defenders manager Carroll Land said before Saturday's home opener against New Bedford. "He's got a chance to make this club."
Glass was 0-1 with a 7.94 earned-run average as a reliever for the MASCAC champion Owls. He was second on the team with 14 appearances.
Right now, Glass joins Brendan Norton of Lanesborough and Nate Sermini of Lee on the Defenders' roster. Norton, a former St. Joseph's High School standout, just finished his freshman year at Division I LaSalle and has a fellow Explorer on the Defenders in shortstop Brian Meagher. Sermini, who pitched at Monument Mountain, wrapped his freshman year at Division II Franklin Pierce.
"What we learned about David is he still has things to learn," said Land. "But he picked up on them in a hurry. When he was low on the knees in the strike zone, his ball moved well and he was very, very effective."
Glass pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in Wednesday's exhibition game and didn't allow a run to score.
"At this point, we're anxious to see if he can keep going," said Land. "That's one of the great things about sports. Sometimes, kids are passed over. Occasionally, kids when they get a chance, they've worked hard enough to get a break."
The Defenders brought in a second catcher until Jimmy Waters from the University of Kansas shows up. Artie Posch is a two-time All-University Athletic Association catcher at Division III Brandeis.
Seven Defenders are still not in town, but Land expects all to arrive by midweek.
Waters, outfielder Casey Lytle and pitchers Kevin Burk and Colton Murray are all due in from Kansas. They will be joined by infielder J.B. Brown of Pacific. Infielder Ernesto Ortiz and pitcher Jacob Hiatt of Gonzaga should be in uniform this week.
The North Adams SteepleCats will also have a newcomer arriving as Kansas shortstop David Narodowski will be coming in.
Two former players from Berkshire County's NECBL teams are playing in the Cape Cod League this summer.
Alex Hassan, who played for the Pittsfield Dukes two summers ago, is slated to play again this summer for Orleans. Hassan is draft eligible, and if he is selected in next week's amateur draft, may not make it back to the Cape.
Hassan hit .342 with three home runs and 30 runs batted in at Duke this year. He was also 2-2 with a team-high eight saves.
Cody Stanley, who was the SteepleCats' catcher last year, will be with the Cotuit Kettleers this summer. Stanley, a sophomore from North Carolina-Wilmington, batted .352 with five homers in 27 starts for the SteepleCats. He had a 12-home run, 56-RBI season for UNC-Wilmington, along with a .332 batting average.
Two other alumni of the local NECBL teams are back in the league this year, but with other teams.
Jake Rosenbeck, who batted .328 with a homer and 26 RBI for the Pittsfield Dukes last year, went 4 for 5 for the Holyoke Blue Sox in Friday's 13-3 win over New Bedford. Rosenbeck plays at the University of Buffalo.
Mike Donato, an outfielder from UMass who hit .196 in 36 games for the SteepleCats, is now playing for the Manchester Silkworms. He was 0 for 3 in Manchester's 1-0 win over Newport.
Steve Malinowski, who was on Dukes' manager Mike Marron's staff last summer, is now coaching in Manchester under former Torrington manager Gregg Hunt.
Opening night hasn't been kind to the NECBL team that calls Wahconah Park home.
In five years as the Pittsfield Dukes, the local nine went 1-4 in openers, winning its first opening game last year. The Dukes had the same record in five home openers. Last year was the first home opener victory for the Dukes.
Things have been better for the SteepleCats, who are 3-4 in openers but 4-3 in home openers.
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