Vitamin Water Baseball Player Magazine Tournament Schedule

01/16/2012, 7:35pm (EST)
By Kieran Black, Photo by YSPN Photography

Whalers 17U Middle Infielder, Lukas Pracher (Manhasset H.S.)
Vitamin Water and Baseball Player Magazine are proud to bring competitive amateur baseball tournaments to Nassau County.

Each tournament will be held at Mitchell Park, Eisenhower Park and surrounding Nassau County locations. These tournaments include Elite Championship Tournament Baseball (ECTB), Virginia Sports Complex, and Baseball Player Magazine Qualifiers with built in paid births to future tournaments.

Tournament Director, Kevin O’Keeffe said “we’re hoping to attract the top tier teams to these events by inviting Division I & II college coaches to the 17/18u tournaments and by including bids to future tournaments for all ages.

BPM is also proud to announce reduced tournament fees for 2012!

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Marist Baseball Announces 2012 Schedule

 

01/16/2012, 4:34pm (EST)
By Marist Athletics

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist Athletics Department released the 2012 schedule for the baseball program on Wednesday. Under the leadership o

f third-year head coach Chris Tracz, a 2005 Marist graduate, the Red Foxes will play 53 games in this coming regular season.

Marist will face a challenging slate which includes six games against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams, including a two-game series at perennial national power Virginia in mid-March. The season will begin with a three-game series at Campbell, with a single game on Friday, Feb. 17 and a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Red Foxes will play their first 16 games away from home, which will also include three-game sets at Old Dominion and Radford, as well as three contests in a tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina. Radford head coach Joe Raccuia served as head coach at Marist for two seasons, including the Red Foxes’ Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship season of 2005.

The Red Foxes open their conference portion of their schedule by facing defending MAAC champion Manhattan in the first three games to be played at newly-renovated McCann Baseball Field. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 24, and a single game on Sunday, March 25.

Marist will enjoy a nine-game homestand in April, which will include conference series against Saint Peter’s and Siena as well as a single game against Albany and a non-conference doubleheader against Binghamton. Marist will close out the home portion of its schedule the weekend of May 12-13 against Canisius, and will conclude the regular season on May 17-18 at Fairfield. The 2012 MAAC Baseball Championships will be held at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy, N.Y., from May 24-27

Steven Donohue Commits to Franklin Pierce College

01/15/2012, 9:43pm (EST)
By Kevin O’Keeffe & Brandon Kurz

The Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Steven Donohue (St. Dominic H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign with Franklin Pierce College after receiving a very generous scholarship offer.

Steven is a multi-talented ballplayer. “He is a big offensive threat, plus he’ll pitch with the best of them. He will make it difficult on you every time you face him whether you’re at the plate or on the mound,” said Whalers owner Brandon Kurz.

One of the reasons that Steven is a great hitter is that he features outstanding batspeed. “Steven can hit the fastball and he can hit it well,” said Whalers Director of Player Development, Kieran Black.

Steven is equally talented on the mound featuring an outstanding split finger fastball. “The splitty that Steven throws looks like a curveball. It falls off the table,” said Kurz. “He mixes his fastball, splitfinger and his changeup well and throws all pitches with command.”

Steven’s talents don’t stop there. He has above average foot speed, an above average throwing arm and he can play both corner outfield positions.

Steven’s Whalers career is highlighted by a recorded .317 batting average in over 500 career at-bats. He has been a Whaler since he was 14 years old.

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. Steven will be named to the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his Franklin Pierce arrival.

“The Whalers would like to thank Steven and his parents Janet & John for their loyalty to our program. It was a pleasure to watch Steven grow to become a great ballplayer and person,” said Kurz.

Collegiate Baseball Tabs Tyler Jones as Projected NEC Player of the Year

 

01/12/2012, 2:08pm (EST)
By Shawn Sweeney

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – LIU Brooklyn senior Tyler Jones was among several Blackbirds that garnered mention when Collegiate Baseball released its conference-by-conference previews. Jones was named one of two Northeast Conference Projected Players of the Year along with Bryant’s Kevin Brown.

Jones, LIU’s catcher, batted an NEC-best .425 last season with seven doubles, four triples, a home run and 36 RBIs. The Blackbirds were predicted to finish third in the league and also saw five players mentioned on the Top Players to Watch list: senior shortstop Drew Walsh, junior righthanded starter Chris Franzese, junior lefthanded starter Matt McCormick, junior righthanded closer Evan Zerff and junior transfer Chris Untereiner.

LIU, which went 28-23 last year, will open the 2012 season on Feb. 17 with a visit to UCF for a three-game series.

Siena Baseball Receives Five Early Commitments

01/09/2012, 9:48am (EST)

By Siena College, Photos by Siena CollegeSiena baseball has received five early commitments from current high school seniors. The quintet will enroll as freshmen in the 2012-13 school year, and head coach Tony Rossi is thrilled about the group’s potential.

“We are extremely excited to have this group of young men in our program,” Rossi said. “It’s a very talented class. Each one of them has a chance to have an impact athletic career at Siena, and they will be a positive part of the Siena community.”

The group of early signees consists of Brett Connors (New Canaan, Conn.), Kyano Cummings (Brewerton, N.Y.), Dave Hoffman (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Tyler Martis (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), and Tom O’Brien (Watertown, Conn.). They all have chances to see substantial playing time, and Rossi (who will be entering his 43rd season this spring) is convinced the future is bright.

“We have addressed some important needs for the long and short term of bringing in some outstanding pitchers and positional players to replace a group of quality seniors,” he said. “These five players are a nice complement to the players we have here already and will enhance the future of the program.”

An infielder, Connors hit .491 as a junior at St. Luke’s School, also posting a .571 on-base percentage and a .702 slugging percentage. He played summer ball for the prestigious Team Connecticut program, and was honored with spots on both the Perfect Game Northeast Top 40 and the Rawlings 2011 Top Prospect Team.

“Brett is a middle infielder with great upside,” Rossi said. “He can swing between second base, shortstop and third base and will add depth to the infield.”

A 6’2″ left-handed pitcher, Cummings went 8-1 with a 1.87 ERA as a junior at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. An All-League and All-Central New York selection, he racked up 57 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched, and also dominated his summer ball, going 7-1 as part of the New York Thunder.

“Kyano is a diamond in the rough,” Rossi said. “He is just now starting to come into his own as a pitcher. We’re extremely happy to have Kyano with us, and we feel that he should get quality innings immediately.”

A local product from Niskayuna, N.Y., Hoffman hit .367 as a junior at Niskayuna High School, with 15 RBI, a .500 on-base percentage, and a .633 slugging percentage. He played his summer ball with the Schenectady County Indians American Legion program, and plays both catcher and the outfield.

“We feel that David can be an impact player in our program in a very short time,” Rossi said. “His versatility, speed and offense should allow him to get playing time immediately, and he will be a welcome addition to our program.”

The second infielder in the class, Martis posted a .550 on-base percentage as a junior at Governor Livingston High School. He also batted .350, with 35 hits, 30 walks, and 21 stolen bases in 21 attempts. In the field, he was part of a double-play combination that set a state record with 61 twin killings in a single season.

“Tyler is a slick fielding infielder with great instincts,” Rossi said. “He is a polished player and will be ready to be a major contributor as a freshman.”

Finally, O’Brien is a 6’5″ left-handed pitcher from Watertown High School. He improved by leaps and bounds this past summer, where he pitched for the prestigious Baseball U program.

“Tom is one of those ‘under the radar’ athletes who just keep getting better and better,” Rossi said. “He has an outstanding change-up to compliment his fastball, and he’s a big strong kid who should get quality innings in a short period of time.”

Justin Aranoff Verbally Commits to Adelphi University

01/07/2012, 8:18am (EST)

By Kevin O’Keeffe, Brandon Kurz, & Kieran BlackThe Whalers organization is proud to congratulate Justin Aranoff (Roslyn H.S.), who verbally agreed to sign with Adelphi University after being guaranteed a roster spot for the 2012 season.

Justin is a strong armed outfielder/pitcher who is an intense competitor. He displays the grittiness necessary to compete at a high Division II level.

Justin can help win a game in multiple ways. He is a versatile outfielder who can play the left, center and right field positions. He has an outstanding throwing arm from the outfield and covers a lot of ground.

Justin is also a very strong hitter, with significant power to all fields, placing third on our team in doubles last summer.

Justin’s versatility extends to the mound. “He can be a starting pitcher as he throws with high velocity and command of his offspeed pitches. He can also come into a game late and throw strikes right away giving him the ability to be a solid reliever on the Division II level,” said Whalers Director of Player Development, Kieran Black.

Justin’s preference was to stay close to home. He looked at multiple options, but ultimately chose Adelphi because of it’s education.

While Justin is an excellent talent, it’s his work ethic off the field that has helped him get to this point. “Justin is in Performance Factory on a regular basis working on his pitching and hitting skills. In fact, the Whalers discovered Justin when he was participating in a pitching lesson with his instructor, Shingo Mitsumori,” 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. Justin will be named to the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his Adelphi University arrival and his signing with the New York Atlantics or Long Island Shamrocks (Whalers College Programs).

“The Whalers would like to thank Justin and his family for taking a chance on our program. It was an absolute pleasure to watch Justin pursue and achieve his goals, said Whalers owner Brandon Kurz.

Jonathan Ramon Commits to University of Evansville; Aces Sign 5 for 2013

12/27/2011, 9:53pm (EST)

By University of Evansville, Photos by Jeff Noreman
USA Baseball NY NTIS Standout Jonathan Ramon Surpasses All Expectations.

USA Baseball NY NTIS 3rd Baseman Jonathan Ramon
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — University of Evansville head coach of baseball Wes Carroll has announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent. The class consists of three pitchers and two infielders stemming from five different states.

Patrick Bellinger (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg), Phillip Diehl (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), and Connor Strain (Shelburn, Ind./North Central), will join the Aces’ pitching staff for the 2013 season, while Jonathon Ramon (Jackson Heights, NY/Archbishop Molloy) and Shain Showers (Belmont, Mich./Rockford) are projected to be strongholds in the infield.

“Another great recruiting class formed by assistant coach Marc Wagner,” said Carroll. “I want to thank Coach Wagner and Coach Gilner for an outstanding effort putting this great class together. We were able to fill a couple of needs in the field and bolster our pitching staff will this class.

“All of these young men excel in the classroom and have outstanding character. They are all great additions to our Aces Baseball family and we are very excited to see them as student-athletes next fall,” added Carroll.

Patrick Bellinger
RHP, 6’5, Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg
Bellinger, a three-year letterwinner, was a 2011 all-area nominee and was chosen to the USA Baseball Great Lakes Regional Team. “Patrick has tremendous upside with his 6’5 frame and loose arm action. I can’t wait to see him on campus next fall and to begin his development as a Purple Ace.” – Coach Carroll

Phillip Diehl
LHP, 6’1, Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller
Diehl was named to Team Ohio, USA Baseball Ohio Valley, and to the Champion Elite Showcase Team in 2011. He helped his team to a district championship last season with a 1.91 ERA. “Phillip is a LHP with tremendous potential. His velocity continues to improve and is a fierce competitor on the mound. He is a great addition to the pitching staff.” – Coach Carroll

Connor Strain
RHP, 6’2, Shelburn, Ind./North Central
Strain has earned a number of accolades in his high school career, including all-state and all-conference honors. As a junior, he helped North Central to a Class A state runner-up finish, hitting .451 with 32 RBI, and logging a 9-3 record on the mound, with a 1.59 ERA and 99 strikeouts.“We are pleased to have Connor join the pitching staff. He has a chance to contribute early in his career with a loose arm action and a mid 80’s sinker. He is extremely competitive on the mound and we can’t wait to see him on campus next fall.” – Coach Carroll

Jonathon Ramon
INF, 5’11, Jackson Heights, NY/Archbishop Molloy

Ramon hit .387 as a junior with 17 RBI and six home runs in 22 games, earning both first team all-Catholic High School and all-Queens in addition to Rawlings Perfect Game Underclassmen All-America honorable mention honors. He was named to the all-tournament team at the WWBA Championship in Jupiter, Fla. and was a USA NTIS North Atlantic Finalist. “Jonathon is a physical athlete with a great swing. He will be a staple in the middle of our order and in our infield throughout his career. I’m pleased to announce Jonathon as a Purple Ace.” – Coach Carroll

Shain Showers
INF, 5’11, Belmont, Mich./Rockford
As a junior, Showers hit .390 with 20 doubles, four home runs, and 11 stolen bases, helping the Rams to their second OK conference title in three years and their first-ever state championship. He hit .450 in the playoff run and went 2-3 in the state championship with a home run and game-tying RBI. As impressive as Showers is on the baseball field, he is equally impressive in the classroom, carrying a 4.0 grade-point average.“Shain is a very athletic middle infielder. He has great feet and great range up the middle. Shain is also also athletic in the batter’s box and will be a great fit for our program.” – Coach Carroll

Fordham Baseball Announces Recruiting Class for 2013 Season

Fordham Baseball Announces Recruiting Class for 2013 Season
12/27/2011, 6:08pm (EST)
By Fordham University Baseball, Photo by Ellen Schuerger
Rams Add Nine Players For Next Season
Bronx, N.Y. – Ford

Joseph DeVito – Holy Trinity High Schoolham head baseball coach Kevin Leighton announced the addition of nine student-athletes to play baseball at Fordham University, starting with the 2013 season. The nine student-athletes are infielder Joseph DeVito (Plainview, N.Y./Holy Trinity), infielder Ian Edmiston (Charlotte, N.C./Lake Norman), left-handed pitcher Connor Fuller (Auburn, Mass./Auburn), catcher Charles Galiano (Dix Hills, N.Y./Commack), right-handed pitcher Cody Johnson (Sea Cliff, N.Y./North Shore), right-handed pitcher Brett Kennedy (Brigantine, N.J./Atlantic City), outfielder Ryan McNally (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII), infielder Joseph Runco (Spring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono), and right-handed pitcher Joseph Serrapica (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan).

“We are very excited about this group of young men who will further their education and baseball careers here at Fordham,” said Leighton. “I want to thank Coach Jimmy Jackson and Coach Jerry DeFabbia for their hard work recruiting this year’s class.”

DeVito, a 6-0 infielder from Plainview, New York, is a three-year varsity starter at Holy Trinity High School and ranked in the top 100 players in New York State by Baseball Player Magazine. As a junior, he batted .406 in the Catholic League, good for sixth in the conference. He received both All-League recognition and the coaches’ award for his performance on the diamond. He also played summer ball for the Taconic Rangers, coached by Bob Fletcher. Away from the field, DeVito is a member of the Holy Trinity honor roll.

Edmiston, a 5-11 infielder from Charlotte, North Carolina, is coming off an excellent junior campaign, where he was a nominee for the Conference Player of the Year Award. He set a school record with 41 hits and was an All-County selection. He batted .466 overall (.574 in conference play) to go with 13 doubles, 23 RBI, and a .670 slugging percentage. In 2009, he helped Lake Norman to the 3A State Championship and was a part of the 2010 & 2011 N.C. State Games team for Region 7. For summer ball, Edmiston plays for the CBC O’s Navy and coach Jeff Schaefer. In the classroom, he has a 4.3 GPA and is a Beta Club member.

Fuller, a 5-11 left-handed pitcher from Auburn, Massachusetts, is a two-year varsity baseball captain at Auburn High School. He was a First Team Worcester County League All-Star as a junior and a Northeast Top 40 prospect by Perfect Game. He played summer ball for Northeast Baseball and coach Scott Patterson. In addition to baseball, Fuller was also a captain of the Auburn football team.

Galiano, a 6-0 catcher from Dix Hills, New York, is a three-year starting catcher for the varsity baseball team at Commack High School. He is an All-County and All-League selection after an outstanding junior campaign, which saw him receive Commack’s Male Athlete of the Year Award. He hit .410 with a .776 slugging percentage, an on-base percentage of .515, 13 doubles, and five home runs. In addition to those accolades, Galiano was selected to the Bobby Valentine All-American Team, the Under Armour National Baseball Team, and the Philadelphia Phillies Dominican Republic Scout Team.

Johnson, a 6-4 right-handed pitcher from Sea Cliff, New York, is a two-year captain of the baseball team at North Shore High School, serving as one of the team’s top arms. Over the past two seasons, he has compiled a 10-4 record with 113 strikeouts to just 27 walks. He received All-Conference honors as a sophomore and All-County accolades as a junior after posting a 0.62 ERA. During the summer, Johnson has been extremely effective over the past two years, recording 14 wins, six saves, and 132 strikeouts. In the classroom, he has been named to the North Shore honor roll for 13 semesters and received the Scholar-Athlete Award seven…

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Ranks St. John’s No. 11 In Preseason Poll

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Ranks St. John’s No. 11 In Preseason Poll
12/27/2011, 9:48am (EST)
By Article and Photo by St. John’s University
Red Storm returns 18 letterwinners from 2011 squad that finished 36-22.

QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s baseball team is ranked No. 11 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Top-40 Poll, the first preseason poll released for the upcoming 2012 season. The oldest college baseball poll in the country, the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll was first published during the 1957 baseball season. One of two BIG EAST schools to appear in the poll, St. John’s is joined by Louisville (No. 15).

The Red Storm returns 18 letterwinners, including six starting position players and the entire starting rotation, from a squad that went 36-22 a year ago and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after finishing second in both the BIG EAST Tournament and regular season.

Two-time first team All-BIG EAST selection Jeremy Baltz and Matt Wessinger, who returns for his senior year after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals, lead the offense. Two-time All-BIG EAST selection and two-time American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Northeast Region honoree Kyle Hansen leads the pitching staff.

The Red Storm opens the 2012 season on Feb. 17 against Michigan State as part of the fourth annual Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge. The 56-game slate features 24 home games and a total of 11 contests against six teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Vitamin Water Baseball Player Magazine Tournament Schedule

Vitamin Water Baseball Player Magazine Tournament Schedule
12/23/2011, 8:44pm (EST)
By Kieran Black, Photo by YSPN Photography

Whalers 17U Middle Infielder, Lukas Pracher (Manhasset H.S.)
Vitamin Water and Baseball Player Magazine are proud to bring competitive amateur baseball tournaments to Nassau County.

Each tournament will be held at Mitchell Park, Eisenhower Park and surrounding Nassau County locations. These tournaments include Elite Championship Tournament Baseball (ECTB), Virginia Sports Complex, and Baseball Player Magazine Qualifiers with built in paid births to future tournaments.

Tournament Director, Kevin O’Keeffe said “we’re hoping to attract the top tier teams to these events by inviting Division I & II college coaches to the 17/18u tournaments and by including bids to future tournaments for all ages.

BPM is also proud to announce reduced tournament fees for 2012! Click here to view the Vitamin Water BPM schedule.