Bigelow makes UConn commitment official

Brattleboro Reformer

BRATTLEBORO — Using the same hand he paints the corners with during the spring and summer, Leif Bigelow held a pen on Wednesday evening at the American Legion.

As usual, all eyes were on him.

The Brattleboro Union High School senior, who is a pitcher and shortstop for the Colonels, signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Connecticut.

"I went to a few showcases throughout high school and my dream was always to play college baseball. Last year, UConn contacted me and I went on a couple visits, they offered me a scholarship, and about a week later I accepted the scholarship. I've been committed for about a year and my plans haven't changed to go there. Now it's going to be official, so it's pretty special," said Bigelow, who will be the fifth person in his family to attend the college in Storrs, Conn.

In exchange for a substantial scholarship, the Huskies are getting a dedicated star.

The ace struck out seven, walked two and fired a no-hit shutout when BUHS upset Mount Mansfield during a Division 1 playoff game in June. He also went 3-for-3, including a homer, and drove in five runs versus Mill River during the regular season.

The right-hander went 2-0, fanned 13 and walked five in 21 innings of work to help Post 5 win the state championship in 2016. He was named tournament MVP after delivering the game-winning hit in the 11th inning of the title tilt.

In 2019, Bigelow will be playing for a UConn team that recently went 33-25 and even prevailed 2-1 at Texas.

"I didn't really have a dream school. I just wanted to go somewhere that had good baseball and I didn't really want to go too far from home, so it's a perfect match," he stated.

Bigelow was given a grade of 8.5 at the 2016 Northeast Underclass Showcase.

The report from his performance there reads, "Fastball topped out at 85 mph with short running life, comes out clean with riding life up in zone. Short and tight slider with tilt and two-plane life at 75 mph, mixes with intent and flashed a changeup at 76 mph from a slightly lower arm slot."

After signing the letter on Wednesday, Bigelow let his followers know about it on Twitter.

"Officially a UConn Husky," he tweeted out.


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