Scott Heath of Westbrook, who is headed to the University of Maine on a baseball scholarship, will miss the 2011-2012 season.
The highly regarded pitcher and outfielder will be on the mend for the next several months after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery June 30.
“I got it done and I’m moving forward from there,” Heath said Friday night. “It was an easy decision for me.”
Heath’s surgery was performed by Dr. Luke Oh of the Massachusetts General Hospital department of orthopaedic surgery. Oh is the team physician for the Boston Red Sox and the New England Revolution.
Heath’s Tommy John surgery replaced the torn ulnar collateral ligament with a tendon from his right wrist. Oh said the average recovery and rehabilitation time is one year.
“I’m hoping that I can play summer ball next summer. That’s my goal,” Heath said.
Heath had a superb season for Westbrook High this spring, posting a 5-0 pitching record that included 32 innings without allowing a run. The lefthander gave up only 11 hits, all of which were singles.
Heath batted .378 and led the Blue Blazes with 22 runs batted in. He was named the state’s MVP for baseball by the Maine Sunday Telegram.
Heath was chosen as the Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year and also was one of six finalists for the Dr. John Winkin Award, given to the top senior player in Maine.
However, he experienced some arm issues during the season before feeling something during the last game of the regular season.
“I’ve never had any arm problems — elbow, shoulder — over the years,” Heath said. “This one pitch I felt something and it wasn’t right.”
Heath had played as recently as June 29, when he hit a three-run home run in Saco & Biddeford Savings’ (Westbrook) American Legion victory over Yarmouth.
UMaine head coach Steve Trimper said Heath will redshirt next season as he undergoes his recovery and rehabilitation and, if all goes well, should be able to pitch during the 2013 campaign. Heath will have four seasons of eligibility remaining at UMaine.
UM’s Rogers named Senior Skull
Andrew Rogers takes his duties as a student-athlete quite seriously.
The heady senior point guard is a key member of coach Ted Woodward’s UMaine basketball team, but he also makes a lot of excellent decisions in the classroom.
Rogers recently was honored by being named a member of UMaine’s Senior Skulls honor society.
According to a UMaine press release, the Senior Skulls group was established in 1914 “to recognize male students who exhibit strong moral character, outstanding school spirit, leadership, strong academic achievement and the ability to serve as a role model for underclassmen.”
To underscore the magnitude of the honor, 12 men who represent the top one percent of senior men at UMaine are accorded recognition as Senior Skulls.
Rogers played in 30 games last season for the Black Bears. He ranked second on the team and 10th in the America East Conference while averaging 2.4 assists per game.
Mahaney Golf Classic set July 25
The UMaine baseball team will hold one of its primary fundraising functions of the year later this month when the Larry K. Mahaney Golf Classic is played.
The tournament is scheduled July 25 at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono. It will be a four-man scramble format.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the shotgun start slated for 12:30 p.m. The cost is $125 per person and includes greens fee, dinner and a door prize. The meal and auction follow the event at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, or to sponsor a hole, contact Steve Trimper at 207-581-1090 or Joe Ferris at 207-989-8506. A registration form can be found on the UMaine athletics website, GoBlackBears.com(.)