Lally Getting Chance to Chase Dream

Vinny Lally. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Vinny Lally. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Independent Schaumburg Boomers Give Former Bulldogs Ace Spot on Pitching Staff


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team added one more player to the pro ranks this weekend.

Former Bulldogs ace pitcher Vinny Lally, who graduated last spring, agreed to terms with the Schaumburg Boomers, of the independent Frontier League. The Boomers are located in Schaumburg, Ill., about 30 miles west of Chicago.

Lally joins a pair of former teammates who will play professional baseball this spring. Second baseman Gant Elmore (49th round) and pitcher Brook Hart (23rd round) were drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies, respectively, last summer.

"I really thought Vinny should have been drafted this past year," Yale baseball coach John Stuper said. "I am thrilled for him that he is getting this chance. He is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever coached."

The Tampa, Fla., native joins the Boomers after a stellar senior season in which he finished 5-1 overall, with 10 starts in 13 appearances, four complete games, an Ivy League-best two shutouts, an earned run average of 2.67 and 70 strikeouts.

Lally closed out his Yale career with a spot on the Ivy League's All-Ivy League First Team, joining teammate Trey Rallis as First-Team selections. He was also selected to the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game.

Lally, 22, joins the Boomers after an outstanding Yale career. A four-year letter winner at Yale, Lally's numbers improved significantly every year in a Bulldogs uniform. Lally finished his collegiate career with a 16-7 record and 4.62 ERA over his 181 innings at the Division I level. The lefty appeared in 57 games, which included 27 starts, five complete games and three shutouts. Lally racked up 175 strikeouts and allowed just 153 hits in a career that also included an All-Ivy Honorable Mention in 2010 when he went 7-2 with a 4.71 ERA.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity