Drew DeMartino named to the All-FCBL second team after his season in Westfield

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For the third consecutive season, Pittsfield's Drew DeMartino earned summer-league All-Star status.

DeMartino, who played for the Westfield Starfires of the Futures League, was named to the league's postseason All-Star squad.

DeMartino, who played second base for the Starfires, was named to the second team.

The Taconic High School graduate, who plays at the University of Hartford, was one of two Westfield players named to the All-FCBL second team. He was joined by pitcher Jeff Taylor from Division II Millersville University. Pitcher Chase Jeter from Sacred Heart was Westfield's lone first-team pick.

Playing for the Pittsfield Suns in 2018, DeMartino did not get a chance to make a post-season All-Star team, as none was selected. But the infielder was voted into the FCBL All-Star Game in Nashua, N.H. He received 41,193 votes, good for 50.7 percent of those who voted.

Last year, playing for the NECBL's Sanford Mainers, DeMartino was named first team at second base.

DeMartino hit .302 for the Starfires, going 32 for 106. He had two home runs and 14 runs batted in. Catcher Johnny Tuccillo actually had a higher batting average at .339, but he only had 59 at-bats in the 2020 season.

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"I just came here to just get back into the groove of things, get baseball going," DeMartino said to The Eagle after Westfield's final home game, "get that feeling back where you go out to the field and be happy. I didn't really go into the season with any expectations other than come ready to play each day and enjoy it.

"It's kind of like a blessing in a way."

The first-team pick at second base was Worcester's Matt Shaw. The University of Maryland player hit .341 with eight homers and 11 RBI.

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The former Taconic standout started out hot for Westfield, but saw his batting average drop from the high .300s to .262 on Aug. 1. DeMartino got hot from there and finished up going 6 for 19 to help his average go over .300.

"It didn't feel like it was that long" to get in the swing, he said in an interview last month. "I felt like I was pretty well back into it. There's always going to be ups and downs in a season. It's how you manage them, basically, is how well you do."

It marked the third consecutive season that DeMartino hit in the neighborhood of .300 in summer league baseball. Playing for the Pittsfield Suns in 2018, he hit .295. Playing for the Sanford Mainers in 2019, the infielder led his team with a .319 average, and was second with six home runs and 31 RBI.

Every Futures League team had at least one player make the All-FCBL first team. League champion Nashua and North Shore had four each, while league runner-up Worcester had three first-team picks.

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Nashua and Brockton each had seven players named All-FCBL, but the Rox had five of them named to the second team.

Logan Bravo of North Shore and Harvard was named to the first team at a utility position. Bravo has family in Lenox.

The league's most valuable player for 2020 was Worcester catcher Ben Rice. The Dartmouth product hit .350 with a league-best 11 home runs and 27 RBI.

Nick Sinicola of Brockton from the University of Maine was the top pitcher in the league, outfielder Ben Malgeri of North Shore and Northeastern was the defensive player of the year.

The top pro prospect was North Shore outfielder Sal Frelick. The Boston College standout led the Futures League with a .398 batting average. He had a league-best 11-game hitting streak and had a hit in 17 of his last 18 games.

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.


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