November 14, 2012

Thornton baseball star Gelinas will play at Maine

The 17-year-old standout was recruited as a pitcher but has also shown he can handle a bat.

By Glenn Jordan
Staff Writer

SACO — As a little kid tossing a baseball around the backyard of his home on Scrimshaw Lane, Jeff Gelinas dreamed of one day playing for the Boston Red Sox.

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Jeff Gelinas signs his National Letter of Intent in a Wednesday, Nov. 14 ceremony at Thornton Academy under the watchful eyes of, left to right, grandmother Janet Ross, brother Drew Gelinas, sister Melissa Gelinas, Phil Fearon of the TA Board of Trustees, Dan Leach (fiance of mother) and mother Laura Gelinas.

Glenn Jordan/Staff Writer

As a young man in his final year of high school, he's thrilled to be continuing his baseball career for the University of Maine Black Bears.

Gelinas signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning to accept an athletic scholarship to the state university. Thornton Academy held a ceremony in the school lobby attended by friends, administrators, family members and several former coaches of Gelinas, 17, who was recruited as a pitcher but also has shown he can handle a bat.

"They may be bringing him in as a pitcher," said third-year TA baseball coach Ray Petit, "but once they see what else he can do, he may open some other doors as a DH or as a first baseman."

Petit said in high school and legion competition the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Gelinas has played every position except center field.

"It definitely has been a dream of mine to play at a higher level my whole life," Gelinas said. "It ended up working out pretty well."

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