Merrimack High School senior LHP Tom Hudon has won the New Hampshire Division 1 Player of the Year award for 2012. The awards is selected by the members of the New Hampshire High School Baseball Coaches Association, Hudon is the second consecutive Showcase League alum to take home the honor.
Tommy is a three year Showcase League veteran coming to the program in the fall of his sophomore year. He was selected as a Showcase League All-Star in 2009 and 2011 and was selected to New Hampshire All-State teams in each of his four seasons at Merrimack. Tommy represented Showcase League at the 2011 Perfect Game WWBA Northeast Qualifier.
“Tommy is a great kid and it has been a pleasure to coach him over the past three falls, he has been an anchor of the NH Team Black pitching staff. He is a great teammate and an excellent student, we wish him the best of luck and hope to see him back coaching for team black someday.” Remarked Showcase League coach Steve Campo
Hudon ranks the 2010 NH Team Black Showcase League team as the most fun team he has ever been on. ”We had Joe Breen, Parker (Pat Parker), Genny (Ryan Gendron), and others… those guys were a blast to be around.”
Tommy is no stranger to talented teams, he played for an AAU team that won a national championship, and the Bedford American Legion team that went to the American Legion World Series in 2011 after winning the New England Regionals in Old Orchard Beach Maine.
Formally a three sport athlete Tommy gave up Football to focus on baseball in the falls, this past winter he picked back up Hockey as a senior and credits the conditioning that comes from that winter sport to some of his added success this spring. There is more to pitching than conditioning and throwing, Tommy says playing in the Showcase League has really helped him become a complete pitcher. ”You learn you don’t have to strike everyone out when you pitch in the Showcase League, the lineups are so much better than a high school lineup… one through nine can hurt you. At the same time you are on the field with the best players in New England, which means your defense has your back and you don’t have to strike everyone out.” Tom plans on taking that same approach to St. Anselm College this fall to play in the wood bat NE-10 conference. ”There’s probably not a lot of difference performance wise anymore between the wood and the BBCOR bats, but as a pitcher, I get a satisfaction from breaking a wood bat.”