To say baseball runs in his veins is an understatement. His older brother played while his father coached thus instilling a love of the game in Salem State's Richard Fecteau that stills lives on the diamond with him now.
Entering his final season for the Vikings, the senior from Newbury, MA hopes to continue in the game after he graduates in some way. It was the chance to play right away and make an impact that drew Fecteau to Salem State.
Fecteau will receive his bachelors degree in exercise science with a minor in business adminstration. It was his business that intrigued him most while learning the intricacies of the stock market and the best ways to invest your money. His time on the field and in the classroom helped him to prepare for anything life has to offer after college and he attributes that to his coach, Mike Ward, and professors.
When he isn't tearing it up on the base paths, Fecteau enjoys the slower paced golf as a way to unwind. He loves it so much that he got a part time job at a golf course during the off-season. He also had the chance to share his love of baseball with kids during his time with the North Shore Navigators, a Futures Collegiate Baseball Team. The squad ran a clinic where he was able to share his passion of the game and skills he has learned in his lifetime.
His Salem State baseball career has been nothing short of successful as Fecteau was named the 2014 MASCAC Player of the Year, 2013 MASCAC Rookie of the Year and a three-time MASCAC First Team All-Conference honoree. In his three previous season, he has helped the Vikings win either outright or a share of the MASCAC regular season title.
This season, Fecteau has started his senior season off strong with the second best batting average in the conference (.462), on-base percentage (513) and slugging percentage (.692). He also has tallied 21 runs scored and 15 RBI which are the first and second best in the league. For Fecteau, one of his career highlights was earning FCBL All-Star Game MVP honors last summer.
While it was his dad who got him started in the game, Fecteau credits his brother with influencing him through his career. His best advice was to persevere through tough times and give it your all then everything will work itself out.