Varsity Baseball - Boys
The Pingree School Varsity Baseball Team competes in the Eastern Independent League (EIL), which is composed of 11 schools (8 competing in baseball) from the states of Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The Highlanders typically have a 20-game regular season schedule, facing each EIL school once and playing additional games against New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) opponents from the Independent School League (ISL) and Central New England Prep School Baseball League. During the school vacation in March, all Pingree Baseball Players have the opportunity to travel to Florida for a week, where the team is able to practice and play as many as 6 scrimmages against other schools from around the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Each season, the Highlanders seek to qualify for the 4-team EIL Tournament, as well as the New England Small School Tournament. Pingree Baseball has enjoyed tremendous success in the EIL over the years, having been crowned champions 25 times since 1981 with the most recent title coming in 2017. In addition, the Highlanders have taken home the New England Small School Championship 9 times, with the first title coming in 1988 and the most recent in 2011.
Every year the Highlanders look to add new players who will have the opportunity to step into contributing roles quickly. With both Varsity and Junior Varsity levels offered within the Pingree Baseball Program, there are opportunities for all athletes to be involved, contribute, and work towards developing their baseball skills. Interest and participation in baseball has been expanding rapidly on the North Shore and in the surrounding areas, and many Pingree Baseball Players take advantage of opportunities to play and train with AAU and travel programs during the summer and offseason. Our top priority is to help our student-athletes achieve their athletic goals both here at Pingree and potentially beyond at the collegiate level. In recent years, a number of alumni from the Pingree Baseball Program have gone on to play NCAA college baseball at the Division I, II, and III levels.
Prospective students and families interested in the Pingree Baseball Program are encouraged to contact Mr. Luke Wamboldt, Head Varsity Baseball Coach, via email at email@example.com.
Pingree Alumni Collegiate Athletes:
Cal Perry '16, St. Lawrence University
Jeff DePiero '15, Babson College
Erik Larsen '13, St. Lawrence University
Travis Jacques '13, Norwich University
Jolmi Minaya '09, University of Richmond
Lamarre Rey '09, Bentley University
Mike Lamothe '09, Salem State University
Tom Sullivan '04, Middlebury College
Head Coach: Luke Wamboldt
Luke Wamboldt joined the Pingree School Community in August of 2018 as Assistant Director of Athletics and Head Varsity Baseball Coach. Coach Wamboldt played high school baseball at both Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He then went on to be a four-year member of the baseball team at Bates College where he graduated from in 2011. After completing his undergraduate studies, Coach Wamboldt taught mathematics at Kents Hill School in Maine, where he also served as the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for two years before taking that program over as Head Coach for the 2014 season. Coach Wamboldt has since earned an MBA and MS in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and he had the opportunity to work in player development for both the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Coach Wamboldt's experience also includes three years as the Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Kents Hill School, during which time his teams set a school record for wins in a single season and he was recognized as Maine Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the Kennebec Journal in 2014.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach: Mike Gracey
In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Gracey is a member of the English Department at Pingree School. He played baseball for the legendary coach and pitching guru Bill Thurston at Amherst College, where he graduated from in 1987. Coach Gracey brings an abundance of baseball knowledge to the Pingree Baseball Program. He is the primary Assistant Coach and works closely with the pitchers.