Evan Moorhouse has spent the last few winters working behind the scenes for Division 1 college hockey programs, but he’s also been making some fellow Westfield, Mass., natives pretty happy over the past six months while putting together his hometown’s new Futures Collegiate Baseball League franchise.
Save for being a few years older, the director of baseball operations for the first-year Westfield Starfires is much like many of the players he has signed. He, too, worked his way up the city’s baseball ladder, ultimately spending four years behind the plate at Westfield State University.
Moorhouse’s roster includes players from several Division 1 programs, including Kansas State, UConn, Dartmouth and Hartford, but offering spots to some of the top local players has been the most fun part of the job.
“It’s awesome for me because I watched all these kids grow up playing around here,” Moorhouse said. “A handful of our kids played Little League together, in Legion ball, Babe Ruth, and high school. A lot of them have been best friends for the last 10 years. It’s so cool because there will be people in the stands every night who watched them play just a few years ago, but they’re also guys who deserve to be on our roster and can really add something to our team.”