Boisclair leads Post 10 into battle

Boisclair leads Post 10 into battle

Post 10 third baseman Brenden Aldridge stretches out to make a tough catch on a foul ball for the second out of the first inning of last Thursday night’s 14-6 victory over West Warwick Post 2 at McCarthy Field. (Breeze photos by Kayla Panu)
At 20, former SRA player is state’s youngest American Legion manager

WEST WARWICK – After playing in his final season in the American Legion’s Senior Division last year, former St. Raphael Academy standout Dylan Boisclair thought that, at the age of 20, he still had some more to give to his ballclub, Riverside Post 10/Collette Travel.

And this summer, Boisclair is doing just that, serving as the team’s manager and leading Post 10 to a 3-5 record at the midway point of its schedule that, entering Tuesday’s action, was good for fifth place in the nine-team division.

“I’ve been on Collette for six years,” Boisclair, a 2016 graduate of SRA, said last Thursday night. “At the end of last year, our manager, Kevin Lethbridge, hinted at the possibility (of taking over the team) to me. During the offseason, we were in contact with each other, and this year, we just made it happen.”

Boisclair played for Collette when it won the state championship in 2014. From there, Collette had morphed into Riverside Post 10/Collette Travel, combing the Pawtucket players with players from East Providence and Riverside, as well as other surrounding towns. They have three “home” fields, playing at Pierce Field in East Providence and at Vets Park and Slater Park in Pawtucket.

“It’s good to switch it up a little bit and stay fresh,” Boisclair said about the different home fields.

Post 10 has 17 players on its roster, but like other summer teams, not all 17 are always available. Last Thursday night, they had 11 in a doubleheader against West Warwick Post 2 at McCarthy Field. It was another scorcher with temps in the 90s and the humidity all the way up, but Post 10 won the opening game, 14-6, before dropping the second, 15-5.

Boisclair said that this summer’s team is pretty balanced, with most of the players from SRA and a good group from East Providence. Before graduating high school, Jared Schott, who is back for his sixth and final year of eligibility, attended Moses Brown. Pawtucket resident Colin Gauthier recently graduated from Bishop Feehan, and there are also a few newcomers from Tolman.

Three players who graduated from SRA in 2017 are back with Post 10: Brenden Aldridge, Elliott Vadnais, and Peter Spetelunas, while two newcomers that graduated from Tolman last spring are Aaron Massey and Peter Microulis. Schott, Gauthier, Aldridge, and Microulis are pitchers.

Post 10 also picked up two players from this year’s SRA baseball team, pitcher Jake LeFort and outfielder James Coleman, as well as some players from E.P,, and a newcomer Boisclair went on to highlight was Connor Carey, who once was a Saint, but transferred to Bishop Hendricken.

“Great kid,” Boisclair said about Carey. “If we tell him to go catch, he’ll do that. Play first? He’ll do that. He never pitched before, but last week, he pitched. Anything we say to do, he does, and as a coach in my first year, I look for that. Having that attitude has really stuck out to me, and all the other coaches have noticed as well.”

Despite growing up with most of these players, as well as playing with them, Boisclair said that he made it clear to his team before the season started that he “wasn’t going to be messing around and be their best friend on the field.”

“It was weird at first, but early on, I tried to set the tone a little bit, let them know that I was here to win,” he said. “I was on the (state) championship team, but I let them know that I’ve also been on a couple of teams for Collette that weren’t so good. I let them know that I wanted to be on the upper end of things, and really battle and win some games, and I know a lot of these guys have that same attitude.”

Overall, Boisclair wants to keep his guys loose and have a fun summer.

“I think number one is just having fun,” he said. “I like to tell them to ball out. For me, only being a year out (as a player), I would kill to be out there with them again, so I’ll say, ‘Live it up, have some fun, and just come ready to play.’ ”

Post 10, which hosted Cranston’s Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20 on Tuesday night at Slater Park, is back in action tonight with a 5:30 p.m. contest against New England Frozen Lemonade/Shields Post 43 at Warwick Vets Middle School. The regular season is scheduled to end on Tuesday, July 24.

“We all have the expectations of making the playoffs,” said Boisclair. “We lost in the semifinals last year to Upper Deck, so we want to improve upon that and make it to the championship and hopefully win the whole thing.”

After spending the past six seasons as a player, former St. Raphael Academy standout Dylan Boisclair is now the manager of Riverside Post 10/Collette Travel.
Pawtucket’s Colin Gauthier, who graduated from Bishop Feehan High last month, picked up the win on the mound in Post 10’s 14-6 victory over West Warwick Post 2 last Thursday night at McCarthy Field.