Brian Castles Verbally Commits to Sacred Heart University

12/22/2011, 3:46pm (EST)
By Kevin O’Keeffe & Brandon Kurz

Photo by Jeff Noreman

The Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Brian Castles (Sachem East H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign with Sacred Heart University after being guaranteed a roster spot for the 2012 season. 

Brian is a sure handed, quick middle infielder who leads by example. While Brian is a soft spoken person, Brian is one of the more intense competitors in the Whalers system. He displays the grittiness necessary to compete at a high Division I level.

Not only is Brian an inspired athlete who spends most of his time in the gym working out, but he is also extremely talented. “Brian is one of the top overall players to play for the Whalers,” said Whalers owner, Brandon Kurz. “He has the ability to make a huge difference in a game, whether it be with his bat, his glove, his legs, or his arm. He’ll beat you in a lot of ways if you’re not careful with him.”

Brian is also a very difficult out at the plate, where he displays all the necessary physical attributes to become an elite offensive catalyst at the Division I level, including a strong eye at the plate and the ability to ball the ball in play on a consistant basis. Once he puts the ball in play, he gets down the line with the best of them.

Brian’s versatility extends to the field as well. When not playing shortstop or second base, Brian even contributes as a versatile pitcher. “Brian can come in relief and throw strikes right away. He can also start a game and he throws with enough velocity and he has enough guts to get his team some pretty big wins,” said Kurz.

“Brian is one of the most focused Whalers players. He knows what he wants in life as he is going to Sacred Heart to study Pre-Pharmacy. “He is focused on his education first,” said Whalers College Planner Kieran Black. 

While Brian is a tremendous baseball player and a great student, it’s his work ethic off the field that has helped him get to this point. “My favorite quality about Brian is his diligence. He has been pursuing playing baseball at a large Division I school and getting a solid education and he achieved his goal. He refused to give up on that plan,” said Black.

The Whalers look forward to him competing for 18u in 2012 and then expect to sign him to play for the Whalers’ collegiate programs in 2013. Brian will be named to the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his Sacred Heart arrival and his signing with the New York Atlantics (Whalers College Program). 

“The Whalers would like to thank Brian and his family for taking a chance on our program. It was an absolute pleasure to watch Brian pursue and achieve his goals. Brian has a lot of great baseball in front of him and we’re looking forward to being a part of it,” said Kurz. 


Louisville Slugger Selects Baltz & Hansen As Third Team Preseason All-Americans


12/20/2011, 9:03pm (EST)
By Timothy Brown

QUEENS, N.Y. (Dec. 20, 2011) – Juniors Jeremy Baltz and Kyle Hansen have both been named third team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans as announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The selections mark the second-straight season that Baltz (second team) and Hansen (third team) have earned Preseason All-America honors from Louisville Slugger.

A two-time first team All-BIG EAST selection, Baltz batted .311 a season ago with 12 doubles, three triples and six home runs. The outfielder also racked up a team-best 60 RBI, which also ranked tied for third in the BIG EAST. Baltz also posted a .444 on-base percentage and a .483 slugging percentage.

Hansen, a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree and a two-time ABCA All-Northeast Region selection, went 8-7 with a 3.09 ERA a season ago. The righty racked up 106 strikeouts in a school-record 107.2 innings of work and limited opponents to just a .223 average. Hansen tossed one complete game shutout and also added one save.

Paced by 18 returning letterwinners, including six starting position players and the entire starting rotation, St. John’s has already been ranked No. 11 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason poll, the first of the 2012 preseason polls to be released.

The Red Storm opens the 2012 season against Michigan State on Feb. 17 as part of the fourth annual Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge.

Carmona, Tissenbaum Earn Pre-Season All-American honors

Stony Brook, N.Y. (Dec. 20, 2011) – Juniors William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) and Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario), of the Stony Brook University baseball team, have been named  Louisville Slugger Pren All-Americans,College Baseball Newspaper announced on Tuesday. Carmona was named to the first team as a DH and Tissenbaum to the third team at second base.

Carmona hit .357 last season and set school records for hits (80) and doubles (27) as he became the first America East player since 1998 to be named a first team All-American.

The 2011 America East Player of the Year, Carmona ranked third in the nation in doubles and led the America East in five offensive categories including hits
and average.

Tissenbaum earned first team All-America East honors last season, hitting .343 with 20 doubles and 43 RBI. An ABCA All-Northeast Region second team selection, Tissenbaum led the America East with 55 runs scored and ranked second in the conference in RBI and on-base percentage (.433).

Carmona and Tissenbaum are just the latest Seawolves to earn preseason honors as junior centerfielder Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) was named a preseason All-American by the NCBWA last week.

Stony Brook won a school record 42 games in 2011 on its way to its first America East regular season title.The Seawolves return 20 letterwinners from that squad and will open the 2012 season against Alabama State and Nicholls State at the Colonel Round Robin Tournament on Feb. 24.

Shelter Island Becomes 7th Team In Hampton Division

12/20/2011, 5:10pm (EST)

School district votes in favor of bringing collegiate baseball to island

On Monday, December 19, the Shelter Island school district voted in favor of adding a seventh team to Hamptons Collegiate Baseball (HCB), which makes up a division of the prestigious Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The team, which currently is without a nickname, will begin play in June 2012.

“In the times we discussed expansion over the years, Shelter Island was always one of the first locales brought up,” said HCB President Brett Mauser. “It’s a wonderful community and the setting is picturesque, so we’re thrilled to bring high-level baseball and free family entertainment to the island this summer and for summers to come.”

Located between the north and south forks of the east end of Long Island, visiting teams will travel by ferry to and from each game. Shelter Island is added less than a month after the Center Moriches Battlecats joined the East End organization. Each will compete for the ACBL Hampton Division crown against the North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats, Southampton Breakers, Sag Harbor Whalers and defending champion Westhampton Aviators. Beginning in June, the ACBL season will continue through the first week of August, at which time the league championship will be decided.

In addition to playing 20 home games this summer (not including potential playoff games), the Shelter Island team will host free baseball clinics for children in the community. Shelter Island will be managed by Joe Burke, who starred at St. John’s University before playing seven seasons professionally, including two in the New York Yankees farm system.

HCB alumni include former UConn shortstop Nick Ahmed, 2011 second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves; former Texas State third baseman Kyle Kubitza, 2011 third-round draft pick of the Braves; and former Stony Brook righthanded pitcher Nick Tropeano, 2011 fifth-round draft pick of the Houston Astros. In 2011, twelve HCB alumni played at the professional level, including in the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations, as well as the independent Can-Am League.

Hamptons Collegiate Baseball is supported by major sponsors Emil Norsic & Son, Inc., Hampton Jitney, Bridgehampton National Bank, Prudential Douglas Elliman and Lettieri Construction. All HCB games are free to the public.

The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) was founded in 1967, with 2012 teams stationed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. ACBL alumni include 3,000 Hit Club member Craig Biggio, 1988 American League Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola and 250-game winner Jamie Moyer. For more information on the ACBL, e-mail league president Tom Bonekemper ( or visit

Deilyn Guzman Verbally Commits to Molloy College

12/08/2011, 1:53pm (EST)
By Kevin O’Keeffe & Brandon Kurz

The Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Deilyn Guzman (East Hampton H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign with Molloy College after receiving a generous athletic scholarship offer.

Deilyn is a tall, lean infielder and pitcher who leads by example. While not overly vocal, Deilyn features dynamic playing abilities. He displays tremendous athleticism as a versatile infielder who can play shortstop, third base, and second base. Not only that, but Deilyn is a versatile hitter who can hit from both sides of the plate and for significant power from the right side.

Deilyn is also an imposing presence on the pitcher’s mound, where he displays a fastball that ranges from 88-91 mph and a live throwing motion that should translate well at the next level.

“Deilyn is one of the best prospects to ever play in the Whalers organization. He has the ability to win a game both on the mound and as a position player,” said Whalers Owner Brandon Kurz. “He’s also one of the nicest kids in the entire organization.

While Deilyn is a tremendous athlete on the field, it’s Deilyn’s motivation off the field that makes him so special. “He has been a Whaler since he was 15 years old, all while driving from East Hampton every day to make his games and practices. His family made a tremendous committment to our organization and we’ll forever be grateful to the Guzman family,” said Kurz.

Deilyn’s Whalers career is highlighted by a recorded .352 batting average in over 400 career at-bats. Deilyn also ranks third all time with 93 stolen bases in three Whalers seasons.

The Whalers look forward to him competing for 18u in 2012 and then hope to sign him to play for the Whalers’ collegiate programs in 2013. Deilyn will be named to the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his Molloy College arrival.

“The Whalers would like to thank Deilyn and his family for their loyalty and diligence to our program. It was an absolute pleasure to watch Deilyn grow to become a great ballplayer and a fantastic person,” said Kurz.

Baseball Player Magazine College Coaches Camps

12/02/2011, 1:42pm (EST)
By Wayne Mazzoni

2013-2016 Grads
Location: St. Dominic Ath. Complex-Oyster Bay, NY
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Starts: 12:00pm / Ends: 5:00pm
Camp Cost: $200.00

Click Here To Enroll Today!


College Baseball Coaches Camp (October Session) is designed to provide players in the high school graduating classes of 2011-2014 with the opportunity to be instructed and evaluated by some of the best college coaches and programs in the region. Players will have to opportunity expand their baseball skills and benefit from a unique, competitive and challenging atmosphere. This camp is specifically designed for the high school baseball player serious about baseball and looking to continue playing at the next levels of the game.


Each player must bring his own baseball equipment. Players should bring a glove, bat, Helmet, cleats/spikes, running shoes or turf shoes, hat, and any other equipment they feel necessary to compete. Catchers must bring their own gear.


North Carolina Wesleyan
Post (CT)
Sacred Heart U
(Staff to be finalized by March 1)


No Refund/Credit.Weather Policy: Due to the nature and major expenses involved in this camp, our policy must be strict. There are no refunds or credit given at any time or for any reason once you had paid for the CBCC camp. Even if weather, prolonged athletic seasons, injuries, illness (to player of extended family). In conjunction, there will be no credits and/or refunds provided under any unforseen conditions or circumstances not stated above. In the event of weather we will do all we can to get in the most crucial parts of camp. As the fields are turf, we have a good change at doing such.


Please check in at 11:15am


Camp conducted at: St. Dominic Athletic Complex on Northern Blvd


Meals will not be provided. Please bring your own lunch from home.


This is not an “overnight” camp. Players traveling from out of town will be responsible for securing their own hotel accommodations.


There will be no airport transportation offered for this event.


Thank you for this past weeks College Coaches Camp at Baseball Heaven. Your camp was well organized and ran the best out of all the showcases I have attended. – Nick Napoli 

Just wanted to let you know how much my son, Spencer, got out of the Coaches Camp this week at Baseball Heaven. The program was terrific, and he especially enjoyed hearing you talk about pitching. I was very impressed with the camp as well–everything was first class all the way. – Ken Samelson 

First we want to complement you on your College Baseball Coaches Camp as the best organized and well run camp that we’ve seen. Between the skills sessions and the actual games, the boys were always active and also learned new things to improve their skills. –Joe & Sally Veltri 

Congratulations on a fine camp. My son Daniel told me it was the best showcase he has attended, in large part because there was so little “standing around”. The four-diamond facility is well-suited to accommodate such a large number of players, and the coaches kept everything moving. – John Reynolds


Questions regarding Pioneer Baseball Camps at Sacred Heart University? Contact Coach Wayne Mazzoni at 203-260-4932 or e-mail Coach Mazzoni at


Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way we communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you signed up for camp. Please make it a habit to check your e-mail daily, this will eliminate any confusion and or miscommunication.

Hofstra Pride Announce Early Signings

11/26/2011, 8:45pm (EST)
By Leonard M. Skoros

Hempstead, NY – Hofstra Baseball Coach Patrick Anderson today announced the signings of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. The five – Kevin Brantley, Robbie Cafiero, Chris Harkey, Korey Martin and Graham Tebbit – will begin their academic and athletic careers at Hofstra in September 2012.

“Our goal in recruiting was to bring in young players (high school) in our first few years and then start bringing in a mix of older players (junior college transfers) with some young players as our student-athletes developed and gained experience from playing in the Colonial Athletic Association,” said Coach Anderson. “At this stage, we have concentrated on bringing in players that have a good chance to impact our program immediately. With the players that we have here now, and with the additions of Kevin Brantley, Rob Cafiero, Chris Harkey, Korey Martin and Graham Tebbit, we feel that we are well prepared for CAA competition and beyond.”

Brantley (Apopka, FL), the only high school player in the early signing class, plays scholastically at Wekiva High School in Apopka. An infielder, he was named the team Most Valuable Player after posting a .405 batting average and leading the team in hits as a sophomore in 2010. As a junior he once again led the team in hits and recorded a .413 average, earning honorable mention All-West Metro Conference accolades. “Kevin Brantley is a plus defender and has a tremendous upside offensively,” said Anderson. “He can play second, short and third, so he provides us with a great deal of versatility. Kevin comes from a prestigious summer program in the Orlando Scorpions and he has successfully competed against numerous high-end summer programs across the country over the last few summers.”

Cafiero (Bethpage, NY), who will be coming to Hofstra after spending the 2011-12 academic year at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina, is no stranger to Long Island collegiate baseball. The infielder/catcher spent the 2010-11 season at New York Tech in Old Westbury. He started 37 of 42 games and posted a .310 average, seven doubles, three triples, five home runs and 32 RBIs on the season en route to second team All-Great West Conference honors. Cafiero was an All-Nassau County selection in baseball for three years at three different positions (third base, shortstop and catcher) and was also an all-county quarterback as a senior for the Golden Eagles of Bethpage High School. “Rob Cafiero is a backyard talent who ventured down to CVCC in North Carolina,” Anderson said. “Rob is the ultimate utility player. He is amongst the very few that can play every position on the field defensively and even pitch if we need him to. His bat is a strong suit and he has been a middle of the order type of hitter in the past.”

Harkey (Belmont, NC), a right-handed pitcher, will also join the Pride from Catawba Valley Community College. In his first season at CVCC Harkey posted a 7-1 record and helped the team to a third place finish at the regional tournament. Harkey played scholastically at South Point High School in Belmont, North Carolina, where he pitched for three seasons (he missed his junior year following Tommy John surgery). He compiled a 24-3 record and was a team Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. “Chris Harkey wins,” said Coach Anderson. “Very simply put, he is a winner and brings a mound presence and quality stuff to help our staff on the weekends. Chris has the ability to throw three or four pitches for strikes and pounds the zone. He is a mid to high 80’s right-handed pitcher who flat out competes.”

Martin (Lincolnton, NC) completes a trio of Catawba Valley Community College players to sign with the Pride. An outfielder, Martin was a first team All-Region X selection in 2011 after compiling a .450 average, 15 doubles, seven triples, 47 runs scored, 36 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. His .450 average ranked 12th in the nation, while his seven triples ranked sixth in the country. As a high school player at Lincoln High School, Martin was a two-time all-conference selection. “Korey Martin is the epitome of an old school/throw back baseball player,” said Anderson. “Korey is a lead-off type of hitter who can go get it at all three positions in the pasture. His speed, defensive prowess and hitting attributes will help us tremendously.”

Tebbit (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), a 6-5, 230-pound right-handed pitcher, will spend the 2011-12 academic year at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township, Michigan. He spent his freshman year at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin Tennessee. Tebbit made seven appearances for the Pioneers in 2011 and was 0-1 with two saves. He played scholastically at Lorne Park Secondary School in Mississauga and was a two-time team Most Valuable Player. As a junior he was named to the Toronto Star All-Star team after compiling a .552 average and a 0.52 ERA with 29 strikeouts. Following his senior season he was a PBLO All-Star after batting .452 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs. “Graham Tebbit is a power arm with a good feel to throw two or three pitches for strikes,” said Anderson. “Graham’s size, arm speed and work ethic will allow him a great opportunity to pitch in the CAA. Graham is a raw stuff guy who needs innings under his belt, which he will get this spring at Macomb. Graham has topped out at 93 mph according to Coach Bill Hendershot at MCC.”

“All five signees have the mentality and make-up of our current players,” Anderson said. “This was a big emphasis of our recruiting this year. Assistant Coaches Kelly Haynes and John Russo have done an outstanding job of reaching out to new and old contacts to bring these five quality players here to Hofstra. Coach Frank Pait (CVCC), Matt Gerber (Orlando Scorpions) and MCC Pitching Coach Tom Waelchli have done an unreal job with preparing these five student-athletes for the Division I level and we thank them wholeheartedly.”