Baseball Player Magazine College Coaches Camps

10/22/2012, 12:15pm EDT
By Wayne Mazzoni

Brian Castles (Committed to Sacred Heart) was discovered at the 2011 College Coaches Camp

10/27/12 – 12N-5P – Baseball Player Magazine College Coaches Camp
Some Of The NCAA’s Premiere Division I & II Baseball Schools Will Be In Attendance.
$200 Per Player Confirmed Colleges Register *

Camp Details

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.

General Information

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.

Coaches for 2012 Camp:

Molloy College
University of Connecticut
Concordia College
Post University (CT)
St. Thomas Aquinas
New York Institute of Technology
Manhattan College
Mercy College
Marist University
St. John’s University
Bucknell University
St. Augustine University (North Carolina)
York College
Brown University
Sacred Heart U
Bryant University

Camp Refund Policy

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.

Camp Check-In

Please check in at 11:15am

Directions to Camp

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

Meals at Camp

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

Camp Accommodations

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

Airport Pick-up / Drop-off Information

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

Contact Info

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.


Pracher Headed to Davidson

10/22/2012, 3:00am EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Rick Pracher)
Lukas Pracher

Lukas Pracher of Manhasset accepted an offer to attend Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and to play baseball for the Wildcats. Davidson plays in the competitive Southern Conference, the fifth-oldest NCAA Division 1 college athletic association.

“The most important thing to me was to find a great academic school where I could contribute in a significant way,” said Pracher. Although going to school in the South was not really on his radar, a combination of factors contributed to this opportunity.

Pracher had significant interest from a number of schools. He consistently performs well, and seems to be given opportunities to make memorable plays in games where lots of people are watching. And Pracher rarely has disappointed over the last two years.

Lukas Pracher

“I was concentrating on the northeast and narrowed my choices to 4 great schools and made a point of visiting each of them. I thought my decision was made,” explained Pracher. “But when Coach Taylor at Davidson contacted me after watching my video and then seeing me play at Head First, I wanted to see what the southeast was all about. My visit went great. The campus and community was very impressive and the coaches were direct and honest and made me feel like I could be a core player in the growth of the program.”

“I was also very impressed by Head Coach Cooke. He made a point of meeting with me three different times even though he had just been released from a week in the hospital with serious injuries. He made me feel like the the team was part of his family.”

With all the positives for Pracher selecting Davidson, it was not as easy of a decision as one might imagine.

Pracher told us “it was a tough decision because I also had the opportunity to be close to home where my family could see every game, but in the end I realized the combination of academic excellence and the opportunity to contribute immediately at middle infield was a great combination. Also playing in the 7th ranked conference with non-league opponents from the ACC and SEC is exciting.”

“I can’t be more proud of Lukas,” stated Pracher’s father, Rick. “He had attractive options early on yet stayed true to his goal of finding the best fit possible. Davidson came on late in the process, but the coaches were very focused and energetic. All of Lukas’s visits went well and I’m sure he would have been happy at all of them but Davidson left the best impression. I think it is the combination of great academics, their honor code, the tight-knit community, and even southern hospitality that made Davidson stand out. I see Davidson College broadening Luke’s horizons while nurturing the great man I know he will become.”

Pracher plans to major in economics, with a concentration in applied mathematics.

Whalers 14U Wins Boys of Summer Columbus Day Tournament

10/10/2012, 8:00pm EDT
By Brandon Kurz & Kieran Black

The Whalers Beat the Long Island Titans 7-0 in the Championship Game.

The Whalers 14U team won the Boys of Summer Columbus Day Tournament Championship on Monday, beating the Long Island Titans 7-0.

The Whalers completed their weekend with four wins and one loss, outscoring opponents 17-11 overall. Pitching held the Whalers together after getting a complete game, 2 hit shutout from Dylan Judd in the semi-finals and a combined no hitter from TJ Lainiotis (Championship MVP) and Shawn Korabez in the Championship.

The Whalers rallied behind TJ Lainiotis on the mound and at the plate and followed up his 5 RBIs with a stellar defensive performance including run saving catches by Tyler Judd and consistant shortstop play by Matt Herzog.

“The players on this team grinded it out all year, and deserved a ‘Whalers Moment’ “, said Director of Player Development, Kieran Black, “It was clear from the start of the Championship Game, that this team was under control, and every player contributed toward taking home the trophy.”
“It was a complete team win. Everyone contributed and the kids had a lot of fun,” said Head Coach Mike Callahan, who is the reigning 17u Boys of Summer Championship Head Coach and Whalers Coach of the Year. “It was great to see it all come together this weekend.”

Fall Games with a Purpose

10/08/2012, 6:00pm EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

Tournament raises money to help cure Juvenile Diabetes

Pitch for a Cure 2012
Pitch for a Cure 2012

Brookville, NY, October 8, 2012

It’s rare that college-level baseball games in the Fall have much significance in the scope of baseball or life in general. However, this past weekend a clear exception was evident. The Inaugural “Pitch For a Cure: Strike Out Juvenile Diabetes” Baseball Tournament was held this past weekend at LIU Post in Brookville, NY.

Baseball teams from Concordia College, LIU Post, Molloy College, and Monroe College gathered at the LIU Post baseball field.  New York Mets third base coach (and former World Champion) Tim Teufel threw out the first pitch before the first game on Saturday. Malloy played Monroe in the first game, followed by Post hosting Concordia. Well over 150 ballplayers attended the games, and more than 200 spectators watched and participated with donations and purchases to help the charity.

Pitch for a Cure 2012
Pitch for a Cure 2012 banner signed by pro ballplayers

There were auctions, a 50/50 raffle, sales of donated items, and a snack table. All together, the event raised over $3,200. for the charity, according to LIU Post assistant coach and Pitch For a Cure (PFAC) Tournament Coordinator Jon Mauchan. Participating schools also donated funds.

When discussing the event, Mauchan stated, “It turned out great. The first game went fourteen innings, that was a little curveball, but really all that did was help raise more money. More food got sold. More drinks got sold. It was great.”

John Susino, a pitcher on the LIU roster, contracted Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 11. His sister just got diagnosed; she’s 11. That hit close to home for Mauchan. PFAC tries to help many just like them. PFAC helps kids by trying to get their mind off of their disease and how it affects their lives. One of the ways is by inviting youngsters to baseball events like these.

John Mauchan and Rob Dromerhauser
Pitch for a Cure 2012 Tournament organizers John Mauchan and Rob Dromerhauser

“Most kids have insulin pumps now, directly into their stomach,” explained Mauchan. Some pumps have wires connecting them to battery packs, some are wireless. “It’s (OK), other than the ‘honeymoon period.’ When they first get it put in, they’re not used to the way their body feels. They (usually) don’t remember anything for two weeks. But once they get used to it, with the exception of having to walk around with a pump in your pocket, and checking your blood six to eight times a day, before meals, after meals, it’s (still) a pain.”

Rob Dromerhauser, founder of PFAC, was inspired to help youngester afflicted with Juvenile Diabetes after his son Connor was diagnosed. Dromerhauser, a former catcher, was drafted and played professional baseball in the 1980’s.

All four teams played a second game on Sunday. In the championship game, Concordia bested Monroe for the first ever Tournament trophy.

“Pitch for a Cure” for Juvenile Diabetes

09/29/2012, 8:22am EDT

Great Games for Great Charity, October 6 & 7 at LIU Post

Pitch for a Cure

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (September 28, 2012) – The LIU Post baseball team will join Concordia College,  Molloy College, and Monroe College this October to “Pitch For a Cure: Strike Out Juvenile Diabetes”, raising awareness for juvenile diabetes in a weekend baseball tournament on October 6-7 at the LIU Post baseball field.  Headlining the event will be 1986 World Champion and current New York Mets third base coach Tim Teufel, who will be on hand to throw out the first pitch before the first game on Saturday.

The schedule for the weekend will be as follows:
Saturday, October 6:
10:30 a.m. – Molloy vs. Monroe
1:00 p.m. – LIU Post vs. Concordia
Sunday, October 7:
9 a.m. – Championship game

Pitch for a Cure is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to sick and needy children in any capacity, fulfilling children’s wish list throughout the year, supporting families with financial assistance to defray medical expenses and providing assistance to hospitals and childcare facilities in any capacity.

The tournament will be run as a charity event by LIU Post assistant coach Jon Mauchan.

“I am running this tournament for a great cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said Mauchan. “A family friend was stricken with this disease in 2006.  As many as 3 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. Forty children per day are diagnosed (15,000 per year). Children that are diagnosed with type 1 are dependent on insulin injections or pumped insulin for life!. The hope is that with proceeds raised from events like this, we can some day find a cure….and someday in the near future!”

You can bring donations to the game or go to the website (below) and donate directly on the site.

For more information on Saturday’s even, please visit the facebook page. For more information on “Pitch For a Cure: Strike Out Juvenile Diabetes”, please visit