Yet another member of the Silver Lake High baseball team will one day be an NCAA Division 1 college baseball player.
Halifax native Nolan Hughes still has another season as a member of the Lakers baseball program, but after that, he knows where he is going to play. Earlier this month, he committed to play college baseball at Fordham University in New York City’s Bronx borough. Hughes will be attending the school on a partial scholarship for baseball.
As a junior last season, Hughes was dominant on the mound for the Lakers. He went 7-1, posting a 1.02 ERA. He also tossed a one-hitter against Whitman-Hanson, helping the Lakers capture their Patriot League Keenan Division title.
Coming to the decision now ensures Hughes will not have to worry about it during the school year. For him, it was a long process. Initially, Hughes committed to Bryant last September. However, when Bryant’s coaching staff left for Rutgers University in New Jersey, Hughes decided to look elsewhere for a place to play.
The Lakers have had plenty of talented baseball players over the years, who ended up playing college baseball. Currently, Kingston native Anthony Videtto plays Division 1 college baseball at UMass Amherst, as does Halifax native Jason Johndrow, a member of the University of Hartford’s team.
Hughes is not the only active member of the Lakers baseball program committed to a Division 1 school either. His classmate Mike Quigley, another talented pitcher, is committed to UMass Lowell.
Fordham, where Hughes will presumably start his NCAA career in 2021, is coming off a strong season. They went 38-24 last season, including 20-4 during their home games.
Meanwhile, the Lakers baseball team went 15-6 last season, fell in the first round of the Division 1 South playoffs, but is expected to have a plethora of returning talent this season.