Local roundup: Schooners get Bono his first win

Groton — The Mystic Schooners picked up their first win over the season, beating the Plymouth Pilgrims 5-2 in a New England Collegiate Baseball League game Thursday night.

The win was the the first for new Schooners head coach Rob Bono, the former Waterford High School standout.

Kumar Nambiar (Yale) was the winning pitcher, pitching hitless ball over six innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Anthony Garcia earned the save, pitching the last three innings.

Mystic (1-2) led 1-0 on an RBI single by Matthew O'Neill (Penn) and made it 5-0 with a four-run sixth, which was capped with a two-run single by Brett Rodriguez (Wofford). Shane Kelly (Bryant) had two hits for Mystic.

Cathcart named Tigers manager 

• The Connecticut Tigers, The New York-Penn League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, named Gary Cathcart as their manager for the 2018 season. The Tigers are set to begin their season at 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, meeting the Lowell Spinners. 

Cathcart is in his first season with the Tigers organization after spending the last two seasons as the Miami Marlins field coordinator. He last managed in the New York-Penn League from 2011-15 with the Auburn Doubledays (Washington Nationals affiliate), where he led the Doubledays to two straight Pinckney Division titles in 2011 and 2012.

Prior to joining the Nationals, he spent seven seasons as a hitting coach and manager in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, serving two seasons as manager of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2008-09), one season with the Class A Lansing Lugnuts (2007), and one season with Class A Pulaski Blue Jays (2004).

Cathcart was selected by the New York Yankees in the 33rd round of the 1984 MLB Amateur Draft and played four seasons in the Yankees Minor League system, advancing as far as Triple-A. 

Joining the Connecticut Tigers staff with Cathcart is hitting coach Bill Springman. After spending the 2017 season as Hitting Coach of the Uni-Lions in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Springman returns to the states for his first season in the Tigers organization. Carlos Bohorquez will serve as pitching coach in Norwich. Bohorquez is in his ninth season with the Tigers organization, previously serving as pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Tigers and Venezuelan Summer League Tigers.

Veltman returning to Wolves

• Jim Veltman will be returning to the New England Black Wolves of the National Lacrosse League as the offensive coordinator in 2018-19.

Veltman, who spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the defensive coordinator for the franchise, took the previous season off to travel and volunteer with his family in Africa and Europe.

“We are very excited to welcome Jim Veltman back to the Black Wolves as our new offensive coordinator,” Wolves general manager Rich Lisk said. “Jim’s Hall of Fame career needs no explanation and we are excited to have him back behind the bench. We feel that his extensive lacrosse background, combined with his teaching abilities and being a true student of the game, gives us the edge that we need to take the next step as an organization.”

Inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2009, Veltman won eight championships during his 16-year career with the Buffalo Bandits and the Toronto Rock. The first recipient of the NLL Sportsmanship Award in 2002, Veltman was named league MVP in 2004. He captained the Rock for 10 seasons and led the league in loose balls in 14 of 16 seasons played.

New England finished 9-9 during the 2017-18 regular season and was eliminated in the East Division semifinals at Rochester.

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