Eamonn McCabe doesn't have to do much talking.
When it comes to baseball, his stats from the recently-concluded high school season say it all. The numbers spoke loudly enough to catch the attention of USA TODAY, which named the 2016 St. J Academy grad its Vermont Baseball Player of the Year.
McCabe was the top athlete picked to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Vermont Baseball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016 season (the full squad is listed below).
A 5-11, 175-pound lefty, McCabe lost his first start of the year, then won his final 11, including a 3-1 decision over Burr and Burton for the D-I championship June 11 in Burlington. He posted a 1.16 ERA, striking out 63 and walking just 11 in 69.1 innings, leading the Hilltoppers to a 17-3 record and their first title since 2006. He was no slouch with the bat either, hitting .314 with a team-high 16 RBIs.
He wasn't the only local player honored. North Country senior catcher Andrew Gonyaw joined McCabe as one of the 11 named to the first team. The Falcons went 8-8 this year before being ousted in the first round
Lyndon Institute senior Travvis Ferguson, the Caledonian-Record Athlete of the Year, and Blue Mountain senior catcher Mark Puffer made the second team.
Windsor's Jamie Richardson was named Coach of the Year. Richardson guided the Yellowjackets to their first state championship in 41 years, beating third-seeded Randolph in the D-III final, 10-3. Windsor went just 8-8 in the regular season, but reeled off four straight wins in the playoffs.