Rebels' product, East Providence resident Karalekas pens college baseball commitment


WAKEFIELD — More than half dozen members of the Rhode Island Rebels elite showcase baseball program have signed Letters of Intent during the fall signing period.

“This is an exciting time for the members of our program who have worked hard towards their goal of continuing their baseball careers at the collegiate level,” said RI Rebels founder and director Phil Davidson. “I am proud of our guys and excited to watch them continue to develop and excel at the next level.”

Mike King, a 6’3”, 185-pound right-handed pitcher for the Rebels who played in the Area Code Games and Summer Rivalry Classic at Yankee Stadium over the summer, has committed to Boston College. King’s Rebels teammate Chris Hess has committed to the University of Rhode Island, Nick Karalekas, of East Providence and St. Raphael, will attend Merrimack College, Nick Hayes heads to Central Connecticut State University, Billy Young will continue at Dean College and Lou Umberto will head to Johnson & Wales University.

In addition, Rebels’ Rob Henry and Tim Graul will continue their academic and athletic careers at Ivy League schools. Henry is headed to Brown University and Graul will attend the University of Pennsylvania.

The Rhode Island Rebels is the area’s elite travel baseball program. The program is directed by Davidson, the former standout pitcher at North Carolina State, RI Gatorade Player of the Year and two-time All-Stater at Toll Gate High. In the last four years, more than 90 Rebels players have gone on to play at the college level.  The Rebels train out of the Bomb Squad Baseball Company (

Located in the Palisades Mill Complex Wakefield, the 13,000 square foot facility features eight batting cages, three pitching cages with five real compacted clay mounds and an area to practice game-time situations. For more information visit: or call 401-284-0411.


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