LACONIA —The Laconia Muskrats, one of the twelve teams in the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), announced their coaching staff for the 2015 season on Monday evening. Nick Cenatiempo, who served as the Muskrats' pitching coach last summer will return as manager. He will be joined by a pair of new faces in the dugout. Chris Tilton was named the team's pitching coach and Justin Sumner will oversee Laconia's hitters.
Cenatiempo, 27, replaces Matt Alison who managed the Muskrats for the past four seasons. Cenatiempo oversaw the Muskrats' pitching operations last summer and worked with some of the New England Collegiate Baseball League's top pitchers, such as Jack English (Florida Gulf Coast University) and Shea Spitzbarth (Molloy College), who finished the summer at the top of the league's pitching ranks. During the academic year, you can find Cenatiempo working with young pitchers at Saint Anselm College.
"I'm very thankful to be given the chance to manage the Laconia Muskrats this summer," said Cenatiempo. "It's a complete honor to be from Manchester and be able to lead this organization in such a great league in the Lakes Region."
Tilton, 23, is a Rochester, New Hampshire native who will serve as the pitching coach at Saint Michael's College under the management of former Muskrats' assistant coach Scott Strong (2012) during the collegiate season. In the summer of 2014, Tilton was the pitching coach for the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Sumner, 28, enters his second year as volunteer assistant coach at Saint Anselm College this upcoming season. He works with infielders and develops strength and conditioning programs for position players. In the summer of 2014, Sumner helped coach the Geneva Red Wings, of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, to an Eastern League Championship.
"I really enjoyed being the Pitching Coach last summer under Matt Alison. The support from the community was outstanding, and the fans really gave our players a great atmosphere to perform in every night," concluded Cenatiempo. " I hope to see everyone back again this summer! Thank you to everyone in community that supports the Laconia Muskrats we greatly appreciate it."
The Muskrats have been naming players from the 2015 roster on their Twitter page (@LaconiaMuskrats) over the past month. Stay tuned to the Muskrats via social media and the team's website for the latest news and roster information.
Muskrat Monster Deck
The Muskrats need help with the completion of the Muskrat Monster Deck. The Monster Deck will be a 2,000 square foot viewing deck on the backside of the Muskrat Monster. The deck will be used to create the Muskrat Grill, a one of kind food venue at Robbie Mills Field.
In 2012 with the help of the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association, the Muskrats constructed a 17-foot tall by 88-foot long replica of the famed Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston. The second phase of this project was a deck that would create a viewing experience unparalleled in all of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. A lack of funding as well as spring weather challenges have kept the team from completing this much needed addition to Robbie Mills Field.
The cost to complete the Monster Deck is approximately $45,000. With the help of donations, the entire community will be able to enjoy their work and the Monster Deck will be another reason why Robbie Mills Field is the premier recreation facility in the state of New Hampshire. Donate by visiting laconiamuskrats.com and clicking the donate button on the right side of the page. All donations are tax deductible as the Laconia Muskrats are a 501c3 non profit organization. Also all improvements to Robbie Mills Field belong to the City of Laconia.
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