- Developing players – we aim to help make our players better through hard work, mental training, and a competitive schedule. Throughout their time at Hotchkiss, our players have the opportunity to workout in our fitness facilities, use our three batting cages, and work towards their goal year round. Improving as a baseball player does not happen overnight and we stress to our players, “process over outcome.” During the season, we spend time going over the mental side of the game. We believe training our players from the neck up will give us an edge over the course of our season. For bearcat baseball players, we focus on doing everything with a purpose. Our approach at the plate, on the mound, and in the field is critical to success.
- Creating a competitive environment – Our goal each spring is to win. We hope to create a competitive environment in practice every day that translates to success on game day. Competition in practice makes each player better. Our hope is that each bearcat baseball player will enter each day with a sense of purpose and execute each step of the way.
- Fostering student-athletes who value character and integrity - The boarding school environment is a unique place to be a student-athlete. Hotchkiss does an excellent job of preparing our student-athletes for college. We stress the importance of being contributing community members to our players. Our coaching staff encourages players to get involved with activities outside of baseball. We recognize that many faculty kids look up to our athletes and view them as role models. It is our goal that members of the Hotchkiss community will think of our players as great people, not just strong athletes.
-- Paul Oberto, Head Coach, Varsity Baseball
Our baseball program at Hotchkiss takes pride in sending student-athletes to the college ranks. We have had a variety of players move on to college baseball. Bearcat baseball players have gone on to various division 1, 2, and 3 colleges, with several making it to the professional level.
We are proud of our long standing tradition here at Hotchkiss. Historically, Hotchkiss baseball has produced student-athletes who are successful long after their time in Lakeville.
The renovation of historic Hoyt Field was completed in 2015 and created one of the finest playing surfaces in the northeast. There is a batting cage down the LF line and a hitting turtle for pregame batting practice during the spring.
The Mars Athletic Center houses several key areas for the development of our players. A new batting cage was installed in the fieldhouse in the winter of 2016. Players can use this cage year round.
During the spring, there is an additional indoor cage above Dwyer rink and turf installed in Schmidt Rink.
Players may long toss on either of our turf fields year round.
Our players can use the fitness center, Olympic swimming pool, and indoor track any time throughout the year to enhance their strength and conditioning.
Fay Vincent '56 -- 8th commissioner of Major League Baseball
Tom Werner '67 -- Chairman of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club
Pat Irvine '05 -- Elon College, Drafted in the 33rd round (985th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009
Matt Herr '94 -- Drafted by Atlanta Braves, played in NHL, won NCAA hockey championship with Michigan
Other Bearcats in college baseball:
Joe Bonyai '03 -- Gettysburg
Brody Fontaine '04 -- Hofstra
Bart Marchant '07 -- Dickinson
Dillon Fontaine '07 -- American International College
Steve Maier '08 -- Williams
Brendan Tracy '12 -- Fairfield
Johnny Luke '12 -- Middlebury
William Shofner '12 -- Dartmouth
Andrew Ringie '13 -- George Washington
Adam Regensburg '14 -- Williams
Sebastian Sanchez '14 -- Middlebury
Tim Allen '15 -- Skidmore
John Martisch '15 -- Hamilton
R.J. Hall '15 -- Tufts
Alexis Galinovsky '18 - Kenyon
Noah Martinez '18 - Army
Thomas Rockett '18 - Trinity
Max Duchesne '19 -- Colby
Max Quinn '19 -- Chicago
Dillon Cleary '20 -- Kenyon
Jack Cooper '20 -- Columbia
Anthony Zaccareo '21 -- Amherst
Ethan Vashel '21 -- Middlebury