Before Cole Perkin stepped on the Pingree School campus, he was considered a relative unknown. The right-hander came to the South Hamilton, Mass., school as a freshman, following in the footsteps of older brother Jack (Class of '22), who was a three-sport athlete with the Highlanders and is now attending Bates College.
"My older brother chose to attend Pingree his freshman year, and I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps based on the positive experience he had,’’ said Perkin, whose younger brother Teddy is now a freshman at Pingree and a member of the baseball team. “I was drawn to the school by the close community and small class sizes. Pingree offers a balance of opportunities in athletics, academics, and the arts, which was appealing because I have an interest in all three.''
The Wenham, Mass., native stood out immediately in front of Pingree head coach Luke Wamboldt, earning a spot on the varsity roster as a freshman.
“Cole was not a recruited athlete and was not on our radar before he arrived at Pingree,'' Wamboldt said. "I believe he had only played local and town league baseball. His first year playing for a club team was the summer after his sophomore season in 2022, when he joined Antonelli Baseball. We recognized his ability and projectability right away. Cole arrived as a tall, but very lean, ninth-grader, and he has filled out over the last three-plus years, now measuring up at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds.