Lavigne chosen to participate in all star games

Bedford High School’s Grant Lavigne and Souhegan High School’s Bryce Reagan continue to prove they’re two of the best baseball players New Hampshire has seen in recent years.

Reagan and Lavigne, was named to the prestigious East Coast Pro Rangers and Area Code Yankees teams.

The Souhegan shortstop, this season’s Telegraph Player of the Year, along with Lavigne are the first New Hampshire Area Code Games players in two years. Both Reagan and Lavigne, who will both be seniors at their respective schools this fall, were on the Rangers team last year as rising juniors for the Area Code Underclass Games. They are the only New Hampshire players named to each squad.

Lavigne, a Wake Forest recruit, batted .433 for the Division I runner-up Bulldogs this spring with an on-base percentage of .532, finishing with 26 hits, 21 runs and 18 RBIs.

Reagan already has a baseball scholarship to the University of Texas for after next year. This past spring for the Sabers he hit .463 with seven doubles, three triples, three homers and 15 RBIs with 20 runs scored. He had an on-base percentage of .492 and OPS of 1.362 while slugging .870.

The tryout process is a difficult one. Players have to be referred by a Major League Baseball scout to participate in the tryout process, which was held in its early stages for this locale in Northborough, Mass. One hundred players each tried out at three locations (the others in New Jersey and Pennsylvania), making 300 in total. The Northeast Region included the six New England states as well as New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

At the end of each tryout day, players were selected for a “call back” session that night. From each “call back” session, 50 players were chosen to attend the final full-day tryout at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.back on June 22.

The tryout evaluations are done by MLB scouts, and MLB scouts also coach the teams. This year Takeshi Sakurayama (Rangers northeast regional scout) coaches the Rangers squad and Matt Hyde (Yankees northeast regional scout) coaches the Area Code team.

As an example of how prestigious this is, Angels star and reigning AL MVP Mike Trout played for the 2008 Yankees Area Code Team.

The Rangers will participate in a six-team spring training like format in Tampa, Fla. at the Yankees spring training facility from July 31 to Aug. 4 with daily workouts and games.

Then, the Yankees team will participate in the Area Code tournament in Long Beach, Calif., from Aug. 5-10.

In preparation for the two weeklong events, the Area Code team will play exhibition games against the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Code League at Fenway Park and against the Futures Collegiate League’s Seacoast Mavericks at Leary Field in Portsmouth.