Plymouth North rising junior lefthander Joe Walsh gave a verbal commitment to Boston College last night, he announced on his Twitter account.
The 6-foot Walsh has taken unofficial visits to Chestnut Hill several times this offseason, most recently this past Thursday. He chose the Eagles over St. John's, UConn and Maine.
"I'm really happy with his decision," said North coach Dwayne Follette, who is also Walsh's uncle. "He's playing in the ACC and he's gonna get a great education coming out of there. BC is such a good school. [BC head coach Mike] Gambino did a nice job with him."
Said Walsh, "I loved it. All of my family can come watch me play when we play at home, coach Follette can watch me play, I'm really happy with my decision."
Armed with an 89-mph fastball and a vicious slider that typically sits around 82, Walsh is generally considered one of the Bay State's stronger prospects of the 2016 class. His older brother, Matt, was an ESPN Boston All-State selection in baseball and football back in 2010-11, and was Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year in 2012 with Franklin Pierce University.
Back on April 8, in his second career varsity start, Joe threw a no-hitter, striking out eight and walking two in a 1-0 win over Marshfield. He was 2-2 on the season with a 3.28 ERA and carried a heavy stick, leading the Blue Eagles in hits (27) and RBI (20) and posting a .509 average.
"They say I have hard-nosed attitude," he said. "I just want to go out and get it, and do my best."