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Berlin grad focusing on coaching at his Conway facility

Greg Allain played baseball for the Mountaineers, became an All-State player in 2001, played at Endicott College where he got inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, played professionally for the United Baseball League, and now coaches, teaches and instructs in Conway. Pictured here is Allain with his wife Gabi and his two sons Alex and Nick at his indoor sports facility, Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
July 25, 2016
BERLIN Greg Allain achieved much success as a baseball player, and now he passes on his experience and skills to new generations.

"The game of baseball has done great things for me as a player and as coach," said Allain. "It is very rewarding to see players be successful at a high level."

Allain started playing baseball at a young age and won tournaments with the Cal Ripken League, and played hockey and baseball throughout junior high and high school years in Berlin. He earned All-State honors during his senior year and after graduating from BHS in 2001, he attended Endicott College, where he played more ball and graduated in 2005. He played professionally for the United Baseball League shortly after graduating. He retired from playing and began passing his knowledge around as an instructor and a coach. He currently is the owner of Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway.

Born and raised in Berlin, Allain played as a pitcher, first baseman and third baseman in his baseball career. At nine years old in the Cal Ripken League, his team won district and state tournaments and was runner-ups in the New England regionals. He moved on to play in junior high and played four years of varsity high school as a Berlin High School Mountaineer.

During his junior year, the Mounties beat number two seed Monadnock as a number 15-seed team.

"That was a huge upset," he said. "Nobody expected us to win."

During his senior year, the Mounties ended up as the number eight seed and played against St. Thomas in the preliminary round of the playoffs. In that game Allain pitched nine innings and Berlin won 1-0.

"We scored the run on my walk off double, which scored Carlos Borrayo from first base. What a game. The energy was amazing," he said.

That same year he was named to the All-State team and also received the Dan Brigham Coaches Award.

"My time in Berlin was great," he exclaimed.

After graduating from Berlin High in 2001 he went on to play baseball for four years at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. as a starting pitcher and first baseman. He was an all conference member all four years and named conference player of the year his senior season. He was also an all-new England selection his senior year. He graduated at the college with a degree in sports management in 2005.

In 2006 he signed a contract with the United Baseball League and played professionally for the Alexandria Aces and then with the San Angelo Colts.

In 2012, Allain was inducted into the Endicott College Athletic Hall of Fame, ranking him as the third player in program history to be inducted.

After his playing career, he decided he wanted to teach and coach, in 2014 he began coaching with his oldest son Alex in Cal Ripken.

For a year, he worked as a lead instructor with Frozen Ropes Training Centers in Massachusetts. He also was an instructor at the National Summer Camp in Cape Cod.

He took his teaching to a new level when he and his wife, Gabriela, opened Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway, a 9,600-square-foot indoor facility where training is provided for all ages in multiple sports. Allain has started some teams there including 12U, 14U and 18U teams. He hopes to expand with more teams next year.

"We hold tryouts in August. Once teams are picked, we begin weekly practices in November and practice through the winter up until when the season starts the first week in April.

"We played in a tournament at Baseball Heaven in Long Island, N.Y. and finished runner ups. This was a great accomplishment for our team early in the season," he continued. "Our Bulldogs program had a very successful first season. We hope to build on it next season with our current players and players that will add to our teams. We have a great thing going and this allows players to be seen by college coaches and pro scouts"

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