NHS seniors Crowther, Power sign National Letters of Intent

  • Northampton senior Jack Power signs a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at LIU with his father, John Power, left, and mother, Rachel Hass, right. He verbally committed to the Sharks in April. COURTESY AARON WAGENHEIM

  • Shea Crowther passes during practice, Sept. 22 at Northampton High School. Crowther signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Wagner. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 11/19/2020 4:33:01 PM

Two Northampton seniors are continuing their athletic careers in New York.

Shea Crowther is headed to Staten Island to join the Wagner field hockey program, and Jack Power is on his way to Long Island to play baseball for Long Island University. Both signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.

The draw of New York City was particularly strong for Crowther. Wagner’s campus is a short ferry ride from Manhattan, and she was drawn to their strong internship program despite not deciding on a major yet.

“When I first stepped on campus, I knew it was right for me. I loved the small class sizes and was excited to play competitive field hockey,” she said. “The coach really promotes that they’re big into family, they love team bonding. I think I’ll be able to create friendships with the team.”

Crowther largely played in the midfield and forward for the Blue Devils, and she expects to slot into the midfield for the Sea Hawks.

“I’m open to playing wherever they need me,” Crowther said.

Power reaffirmed a verbal commitment he made to LIU in April.

“What made the deal for me was the coaches. The coaching staff really allowed for individual growth,” he said. “They spoke highly about character; they want really good people.”

LIU also offers a sports management major, which Power plans to pursue, and will provide a “good” scholarship, he said.

Power connected with the LIU staff through Justin Frometa, who he worked with through various travel baseball facilities and at training facilities throughout western Massachusetts.

“During this crazy recruiting world that we’re in, we have to rely on coaches we’ve built relationships with,” LIU coach Daniel Pirillo said. “(Frometa) told me about his character and a lot of the things we look for off the field to bring in. Once all those boxes were checked and he fit a need of what we’re looking for in terms of being a catcher who could play other positions, a left-handed hitter and a good worker added up.”

Power being a 6-foot-2, left-handed catcher who can play other positions didn’t hurt, either. He wasn’t able to play his junior season for the Blue Devils after the MIAA called off spring sports, but he stayed sharp playing over the summer and fall.

“Kids in my grade were really affected more by the coronavirus. I was really lucky to commit early,” he said.

Power also considered Hartford, Maine and Quinnipiac. He has a network of former teammates and mentors that includes Frometa and current Tampa Bay minor leaguer Erik Ostberg that helped him find the right spot.

“LIU fit the mold the best,” Power said. “They made the offer earlier than other people.”

He made it easy for them to make the offer. Power can play in the outfield or infield in addition to behind the plate. He wants to compete for a starting spot wherever he can.

“It’s so valuable to have incoming freshmen that have a high IQ to learn the system learn the pitchers and get a feel for what we do,” Pirillo said. “Jack is a guy I think can do that quickly. I see him as a guy who can be a guy right away to give us some kind of help.”

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