PRESS BOX: BASEBALL
He was just heating up.
Glenbrook South grad Tommy O’Hara, who has put together three terrific seasons at Tufts University, spent the summer playing in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England.
The sweet-swinging left-handed hitter had a rough beginning with the Brockton Rox — no hits in his first four games.
But, by the end of the season, O’Hara had turned it around. He ended the summer with a five-game hitting streak, capping things off with a home run — in his final at-bat — in a playoff loss to the Worchester Bravehearts on Aug. 10.
For the summer, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound corner infielder batted .225 with 15 runs, 23 RBIs, seven doubles and three homers during the regular season. He went 1-for-1 in the playoffs.
At Tufts, O’Hara has been a model of consistency.
In 2017, he batted .351 with 47 hits, 43 runs, 46 RBIs, 13 doubles and four home runs for the Jumbos (30-10-1).
In 2016, he hit .325 with 53 hits, 41 runs, 48 RBIs, 10 doubles and four HRs for a team that finished 35-8.
And in his debut season, he ended up with a .405 batting average with 53 hits, 42 runs, 42 RBIs, 14 doubles and four homers.
O’Hara has been a major award winner during his three seasons at Tufts. This past spring, he made all-conference for the third time. He was all-region in 2016, while he was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2015.