Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College baseball team, led by Head Coach Bryan Adamski (6th season), completed its season in May, but for five Bantams the end of the spring campaign marked the beginning of the summer season. Rising juniors Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.), Alex Rodriguez (South Windsor, Conn.), Andrew DeRoche (North Reading, Mass.), Colby Fortin (Bow, N.H.) and rising sophomore Eric Thronson (McLean, Va.) all are representing the baseball program on the diamond this summer in summer leagues along the East Coast. Koperniak's experience playing in his hometown has generated media attention.
Koperniak, Rodriguez and Fortin are all teammates on the North Adams Steeplecats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Koperniak, playing for his hometown team, has picked things up where he left off in the spring. A 2018 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Teamer and D3Baseball.com All-New England honoree, Koperniak was named to the NECBL's Week 5 Honor Roll after improving his hitting streak to 10 games. As of July 10, he leads the team in doubles and is second on the squad with 14 RBIs. On the bump, Fortin has allowed just one run while striking out four in two appearances, while Rodriguez has seen action in nine contests.
The New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) is where DeRoche has made a summer home, playing for the Sherrill Silversmiths. As of July 10, DeRoche has a 2-0 record in 10 appearances and a 2.95 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched. DeRoche proved to be one of Trinity's top relievers last season as a sophomore, finishing third on the team in innings pitched (30.0) with 28 strikeouts and two saves.
Thronson is playing his summer ball nearby home too, for the Bradley Eagles in the Baltimore/DC Collegiate League. The Virginia native appeared in 19 games last spring for Trinity and hit .316 with a .447 slugging percentage.
New England Baseball Journal story
North Adams Transcript story on Matt Koperniak