Mousseau recipient of Babe Ruth scholarship

  • Franklin County Babe Ruth League scholarship recipient Nathan Mousseau stands with league president Tina Crocker, left, and vice president Joe Mignault. Contributed photo/GABE MOUSSEAU

Staff Writer 
Published: 7/10/2019 8:35:45 PM

Thanks to his outstanding performance both on the field and in the classroom, Nathan Mousseau was selected as this year’s Franklin County Babe Ruth League Scholarship recipient.

The Bernardston native started playing in the Babe Ruth League in 2013, playing the next two years before taking a break to focus on soccer. 

He graduated from Pioneer Valley Regional School in June with a 3.96 GPA, making him an ideal candidate for the league’s scholarship.

“I was obviously happy when I found out,” Mousseau said. “I didn’t know about the scholarship until the last minute, so it was cool to get it from an organization I’ve been with for so long.”

Mousseau was his class president at Pioneer, while also being a part of the Dance Club, National Honor Society, Student Advisory Council and the winner of the Bausch-Lomb Honorary Science Award.

He is attending Endicott College in the fall, where he will be studying engineering. He hopes to switch over to chemical engineering, as he has a love for science.

He feels his time in Babe Ruth ball helped him grow as a person.

“I learned that it takes an awful lot of hard work and dedication to organize and sustain a league,” Mousseau wrote in his scholarship application essay. “I learned that hard work DOES pay off both on and off the field and that both on and off field efforts affect each other.”

Mousseau is the second person in his family to win the scholarship, as his brother Eliot, who plays baseball for Colby Sawyer College in New London, N.H., won it two years ago.

“It’s cool to have multiple people in our family with the scholarship,” Mousseau said. “It keeps our name in the organization.”

Mousseau credits his dad for getting him to where he is in his baseball career, as his father, Gabe, has been coaching him since he was a young kid.

“My dad’s always been there to support me,” Mousseau said. “It’s great always having him there and always supporting me on the team. He’s never treated me any differently than anyone on the team.”

He also credits his mom for encouraging them to get involved

“My experiences playing Babe Ruth have made me a better person, not just because of my own time on the field, but also because of the active participation that my whole family had during those years,” Mousseau wrote in his application essay.

Mousseau ran track instead of baseball for a few years to prepare him for his soccer season, but he couldn’t stay away from the diamond for too long.

He returned to baseball this year, playing for a young Pioneer team that made a postseason appearance.

Mousseau wanted to return and have fun playing the game he loves.

“I went back because I love baseball,” Mousseau said. “My family is a baseball family. We have a really young group of kids at Pioneer, so I was not under pressure to perform as most seniors would. I could go back and have fun as a senior. It was interesting and fun to see the future of the Pioneer team.”

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