Billy Schlich Bound for Holy Cross

09/18/2012, 7:46pm EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

ImageBilly Schlich of Massapequa will be attending the College of the Holy Cross in the fall of 2013. He has verbally accepted an offer to attend the school in Worcester, Massachusetts, and will have a roster spot on the Crusaders baseball team. The Crusaders play in the competitive Patriot League.

Schlich is in his senior year at Massapequa High School, where he excels both athletically and in a number of positions on the field. He also plays varsity golf and varsity basketball for the Chiefs. This summer, Schlich played for the Long Island Whalers 17 Navy team, batting .370 with an OPS of .961. 

“It’s a great academic school, and it’s got a competitive team, which is exactly what I was looking for,” said Schlich when asked why Holy Cross became his choice. “I love the campus, and the feeling. I like the small school.”

“I first heard of the school three or four years ago, when my sister was looking at it,” Schlick stated of Holy Cross. “Baseball-wise, I heard of it when I went to the Yale (University) camp in the middle of July.” At the camp, Crusaders Head Baseball Coach Greg DiCenzo told Schlich that his size and athleticism caught his eye. He said that it’s rare to have a kid as big as him and be able to move as much and play as many positions.

“They sent me an email, asked me to come up and visit, (so) I went up about two weeks later, and he (DiCenzo) ‘offered’ me then. He said if I played well, I’ll have the opportunity to compete for a spot,” said Schlich.

Schlich had visited four other schools in the Northeast before his visit to Holy Cross. All were highly competitive academic institutions. Schlich plans on studying economics or engineering at Holy Cross.

Last year, Holy Cross made it to the Patriot League Championship. They won a school record 33 games. Additionally, twelve seniors will graduate in 2013, making room for possibilities for the remaining and incoming ballplayers.

“It’s always been Billy’s goal to play at a high academic school, and hopefully at a Division 1 level,” stated his father Bill. “We are thrilled that the Holy Cross offer came across, because we think it’s absolutely the right fit academically and baseball-wise.”

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Sean Gordon Verbally Commits to Molloy College

09/17/2012, 8:59am EDT

By Brandon Kurz & Kieran Black

The Whalers are pleased to congratulate Sean Gordon for verbally committing to Molloy College after receiving a baseball scholarship.

Sean joins his coach for the past two years Mike Callahan (17 White), who is also Molloy College’s pitching coach. “They have a special relationship. Since the first time Mike saw Sean pitch, he saw major potential,” said Whalers Director of Player Development & College Recruiting Kieran Black.

Sean’s fastball has progressed each season. In his most recent season, Sean’s fastball reached as high as 87 mph. Sean also features an outstanding knuckle drop.

In 2013, Sean ranked first on the team with appearances (16) and games started (14). He was also second on the team in innings pitched (58), strikeouts (53), and earned run average (2.16).

“Sean has come a long, long way in three seasons with the Whalers. He has progressed each season because of his determination to become a better pitcher. He is one of the hardest working players in the Whalers system and we couldn’t be more proud of any player,” said Whalers owner Brandon Kurz.

The Whalers would like to thank Tom and Barbara Gordon for their loyalty to the Whalers family over the past three years. The Whalers are also very excited to have Sean’s younger brother Danny, another outstanding pitching prospect, in the system.

The Whalers are looking forward to next summer when Sean plays for the 18u team and prepares for college. The Whalers also hope to sign him to one of our collegiate teams in 2014.

Congratulations again to Sean. We wish you all the best at Molloy College!

Greg Weissert Verbally Commits to Fordham University

09/12/2012, 4:26pm EDT
By Brandon Kurz & Kieran Black

Greg Weissert earned All-County honors in his junior season at Bay Shore H.S.

The Long Island Whalers are pleased to congratulate Greg Weissert of Bay Shore High School for verbally committing to Fordham University in early July.

Greg was the first Whalers player to verbally committ to a college in 2012. He was also being pursued by other universities, but he ultimately decided to choose Fordham because of their high level academic record.

Greg is an outstanding student and one of the Whalers top players in the organization. He is an excellent “two way” player meaning he can play both a position and pitch at a high level. Greg focuses on playing third base for Bay Shore H.S. however for the Whalers he plays third base, second base, first base and outfield.

Greg finished the season second in innings pitched, strikeouts, earned run average, and he led the team with fewest walks per nine innings.

Greg has been a Whaler since he was 15 years old and the Whalers are also pleased to have his younger brother Brian in the organization. The Whalers would like to thank Greg, Brian and their parents Ray and Liz for their loyalty to the Whalers organization and the 17 Navy roster, which was coached by long time Whalers coaches Matt Lemanczyk and Jason Galbraith.

We wish Greg nothing but the best in his future playing for Coach Leighton at Fordham University.

Hopes Chooses Johns Hopkins

09/12/2012, 11:33am EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

Robbie Hopes of Massapequa has chosen to accept an offer to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Hopes was offered a roster spot on the baseball team. The Blue Jays play in the competitive Centenial Conference.

Hopes is beginning his senior year at Chaminade High School where he will play first base. He batted nearly .400 this summer on the Long Island Whalers 17 Navy team. His OPS was an astounding 1.089.

“I got my SAT score back in June. I went on to email them (Hopkins) about possibly playing there,” explained Hopes. “I received an email right back from Coach (Bob) Babb. After reviewing my videos, then they saw me at… a showcase on Long Island. After a bunch of emails back and forth, we set up a visit for late August. I went down there and we hit it off really well.”

“I sent out a bunch of emails saying that i was going to be there (at the camp),” said Hopes. “A lot of the schools on my list were actually going to be there anyway. I got a lot of interest from that once I played there. And a lot of other schools that I had not even contacted, i got a lot of interest from them as well.”

In the end, about a half dozen schools extended serious offers to Hopes. But he decided that Johns Hopkins was the place he wanted to be for the next four years.

Johns Hopkins is a very competitive environment athletically as well as academically. Hopes will be competing for the starting first baseman’s job as a freshman.

“We are all very proud of Robbie’s accomplishments both on and off the field” stated Robert Hopes, Robbie’s father. “Johns Hopkins is one of the most well respected universities in the country. As a parent, I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of Robbie attending such great school. Deciding on the right fit has been a very long process as we made 26 campus visits to some really great schools. Johns Hopkins has everything that Robbie was looking for and I am positive that this is the perfect fit and he will thrive there.”

Hopes plans to start his studies in economics, and then transferring into their business school.

Perfect Game Names Southampton’s Paez Top Prospect in ACBL

09/01/2012, 7:57am EDT
By ACBL

Lefthander Led League in Wins and Ks En Route To Most Valuable Pitcher Accolades

Perfect Game USA released its list of the top 25 prospects in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League in 2012. Lefthander Paul Paez (Rio Hondo JC), the ace for Hampton Division champion Southampton, was ranked No. 1 after leading the league in wins (7) and strikeouts (82).

Paez, an 18th-round draft pick of the New York Mets in June, went 7-2 with a 1.65 earned run average. In his 60 innings of work, he gave up just 35 hits, featuring a low-90s fastball and a repertoire of four pitches. Paez picked up the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award for his efforts. He was also named the top prospect in the league according to Baseball America.

Four of top five prospects played with the Breakers. After Paez, lefthander Patrick Peterson (Temple) was ranked, righthander Eric Peterson (Temple) fourth and outfielder Brenton Allen (UCLA) fifth. The only other player in the top five was righthander Kyle McGowin (Savannah State), the two-year member of his hometown Sag Harbor Whalers. McGowin came in third on the PG list.

The league champion North Jersey Eagles were represented by righthander Pat Butler (UConn), who was ranked 16th. The top Kaiser Division prospect was Steve Goldstein (Stony Brook); the All-Star outfielder from the expansion Long Island Shamrocks came in at No. 8.

To view the complete list, visit the Perfect Game website at http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=7579