Former Pinkerton Academy baseball stalwart and present Southern New Hampshire University hardball standout Tim Viehoff received quite an honor last week when he was selected to be one of the starting pitchers in the 22nd annual New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game in Sanford, Maine.
However, Mother Nature would have no part of it, forcing the cancellation of that contest with a barrage of lousy weather.
The SNHU junior, who has been playing for the Laconia Muskrats in the New England Collegiate loop this summer, helped the Muskrats to a 17-13 record through their first 30 contests, with the lefty pitcher posting a 4-1 record in his first six games with an excellent 1.80 earned run average. Those numbers and efforts sat at the center of Viehoff’s selection as a starting pitcher of the game, which was to be played at Goodall Park in Sanford July 19.
The Sanford Mainers’ NECBL team was playing host to the all-start game this spring. That annual contest showcases the league’s top student-athletes playing for the opposing Northern and Southern Division contingents.
Six-foot-four, 200-pound southpaw hurler Viehoff enjoyed a fine 2015 season for the SNHU Penmen, posting a 5-3 record with a microscopic earned run average of 1.69. The former PA standout struck out 82 batters in just 58.2 innings worth of work, and walked just 24 men.
Viehoff struck out four or more batters in 10 games for the Penmen, and he whiffed 11 would-be hitters in back-to-back appearances against Bentley and Saint Anselm.
The SNHU hardball team went 31-14 overall during the 2015 campaign, and Viehoff played a major role on the pitching staff.
In competing for the Laconia Muskrats this summer, the Derry lefty is getting to play with athletes from all over the nation, and his former Pinkerton teammate Nate Rossi is also on the Laconia team. Among the other players on the squad are standouts from schools in Mississippi, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri. The squad’s manager is Saint Anselm pitching coach Nick Cenatiempo.