New Hampshire Hardball

O’Connell selects Vanderbilt

Bedford High School graduate Aiden O’Connell committed to Vanderbilt University on Monday.


O’Connell, a left-handed pitcher, was New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2023, when he went 5-2 with a 1.00 ERA. One of his losses was a 2-1 setback against top-seeded Londonderry in the Division I quarterfinals. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of that game, which went nine innings.

O’Connell had 103 strikeouts and 20 walks in 55.2 innings, and limited opponents to eight earned runs. He also batted .457 with five home runs, 24 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

O’Connell, who transferred to Bedford from Goffstown High School after his junior season, will spend a year at Avon Old Farms before he joins the Vanderbilt program. He originally committed to Northwestern, but reopened his recruitment when Northwestern dismissed head coach Jim Foster.

O’Connell also led Bedford to the Division I basketball championship earlier this year.


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