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August 2, 2013

Georgetown's Lane commits to pitch at BC

Phillips Academy junior commits early to pitch for Eagles

It’s no secret, Boston College baseball has fallen on some hard times recently.

A program that under the likes of Pete Hughes and Mik Aoki poured out pro prospects and took its hacks with the heavy hitters in the Big East and ACC has slid to the bottom ... most likely because the Eagles lost their grip on recruiting New England.

Thomas Lane is ready to help change all that.

“It’s something I thought a lot about during the process,” said Georgetown’s Lane, who will enter his junior year at Phillips Andover in the fall. “I wouldn’t be going there if it was a place where I didn’t think we could be successful. I’m very comfortable with the fact that there is a bright future there.

“I think we can go a long way to turning things around.”

Lane, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander, became the second pitcher in the Big Blue class of 2015 to commit to accept a scholarship package from BC coach Mike Gambino. He joins fellow Phillips flame thrower Tim Salvadore of Westport.

Phillips coach Kevin Graber beamed when he first heard the news.

“Thomas Lane is a part of a group of kids who we kept on varsity as ninth graders and brought along slowly,” said Graber, who has nursed them young stars along while winning a pair of Central New England Prep titles. “And while we’ve brought him along slowly, he’s just developed into a 6-foot-4, 220-pound, beast of a right-handed pitcher with a near 90 mph fastball and a hammer of a slider.

“He’s developed into a true Division 1 prospect, maybe even a pro. His arm action is free and easy. The ball comes out effortlessly and it’s all kind of come together in a perfect storm of mechanics, effort, work ethic ... At 6-4, 220, he definitely looks the part. He’s pretty imposing.”

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