2017 All-New Jersey Region Baseball Second Team and Honorable Mention

by Gregg Lerner on
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 11:24 PM — @gregglerner

Updated Sat, Jun 17, 2017 11:39 AM
2017 All-New Jersey Region Baseball Second Team and Honorable Mention
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ALL-NEW JERSEY REGION SECOND TEAM

Pitchers

SEAN ROBERTS

Pope John, committed to Marist

The 6-3 right-hander headlined one of the top – and perhaps unsung – pitching staffs in New Jersey, constructing a 7-2 mark that included 68 strikeouts and 0.48 ERA. Roberts collected a number of notable wins, including a 7-0 shutout over High Point in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament final, and two victories against Don Bosco. Her fanned nine during a five-inning perfect game against Newton.

COLLIN KIERNAN

Verona, committed to Rutgers

The hard-throwing righty piled up a state-best 121 strikeouts on his way to an 8-1 mark. Over 64 2/3 innings, Kiernan surrendered 37 hits while his command yielded just 16 walks. He struck out 10 or more six times, marked by a season-high 17 during a one-hitter that resulted in a 3-1 victory over Cedar Grove.

KYLE ANGEL

St. Joseph (Met.), committed to Northeastern

The 6-4, 225-pound right hander casts an imposing shadow atop the mound and has the numbers to prove it. He stamped 7-0 campaign by emerging from a pitchers’ duel with Monroe’s Eric Heatter to spin a three-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 win for the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament championship. He struck out 8-, walked 15, allowed eight earn runs and pitched to a 1.11 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.

TOMMY SHEEHAN

Manasquan, committed to Notre Dame

The senior southpaw finished 6-2 and punched out 85 batters over 54 innings for the Group 2 state champion. He struck out a season-high 15 while spinning a two-hitter in a 3-1 victory against Long Branch and fanned 10 or more six times. Sheehan could also handle himself at the plate, hitting at a .474 clip with 10 doubles, three triples, three homers and 23 RBI.

CATCHER

PETER SERRUTO (Junior)

Millburn

Serruto had few peers in terms of his defensive tools. Base runners thought twice about challenging his live arm, a point made when he threw one out in the state final to help preserve the Millers win over Hunterdon Central for the Group 4 crown. He was quite effective digging in at the plate, hitting .359 with 28 RBI.

FIRST BASE

MATT ALAIMO (Junior)

St. Joseph Regional

Already drawing loads of college interest as a tight end, the 6-5, 230-pounder is catching the eyes of baseball bird dogs as well. His power is an enchanting feature and was at the root of .435 average fueled by seven doubles, three triples and three home runs. He drove in 25 runs at the heart of the Green Knights’ order.

INFIELDERS

MIKE NYISZTOR

Toms River North, committed to Rutgers

A smooth, effortless style played well both at shortstop and at the plate for the Ocean County and Shore Conference Tournament champions. His slick range cut off ground balls in the hole while his bat found plenty of voids, connecting at a .458 rate driven by 38 hits. He ended his career with a school-record .436 batting average.

JOEY CASTELLANOS

St. Mary (Ruth.), committed to UMass-Lowell

Castellanos topped the state with 51 hits, giving way to a gaudy .537 average. He not only set the table by scoring 43 runs, he cleaned the dishes as well, driving in 32. His consistency at the plate was matched by his defensive reliability at shortstop.

THIRD BASE

JAKE BARBIERE

Randolph, committed to Rider

How dependable was the senior’s bat? It crafted a 20-game hit streak that powered Barbiere to a .425 average. The No. 3 hitter in the Randolph order, Barbiere not only had 34 hits, he scored 25 times and swiped nine bases.

OUTFIELDERS

DANNY CARTER

Bloomfield, committed to William Paterson

The senior led by example for the Bengals, using 42 hits, including 15 doubles, three triples and two homers, to hit .488. Carter scored 29 runs to complement 20 RBI and swiped 21 bases on 24 attempts.

STEPHEN REID (Sophomore)

Gov. Livingston, committed to Georgia Tech

Only a sophomore, Reid elevated his stock with a breakout performance. Beyond his 32 hits, he showed promising pop in the gaps, amassing eight doubles, three triples and five home runs while backing 36 runs scored with 32 RBI to go with a .468 average.

CONNOR ADAMS (Junior)

South Plainfield

His explosive first step out of the box instantly applied pressure on an opposing defense and helped Adams quietly build an impressive resume. He counted eight doubles and three triples among his 42 hits and scored 24 times while hitting a whopping .532.

DESIGNATED HITTER

JUSTIN HENRY

Rutgers Prep, committed to Cabrini

The senior slugger surpassed 100 hits for his career with 10 of his 34 this spring of the long-ball variety. Henry didn’t just hit for power but was timely with his contact, driving in 33 runs while batting .366 for the Somerset County Tournament champion.

UTILITY

MATT SHIFFER

Toms River South

Shiffer answered many a need for the Indians. Out of the leadoff spot, he hit .442 with 38 hits, 23 runs and 14 RBI. His defense was reliable at second base and he was 3-1 on the mound has someone Toms River South leaned on out of the bullpen.

HONORABLE MENTION

PITCHERS

TOM BABALIS (Junior)
Somerville

TREVOR BACKMAN
Pope John, committed to Marist

SAM BECK
Rutgers Prep, committed to Skidmore

JARED BELLISSIMO (Junior)
Toms River North, committed to Rutgers

JACK BRODSKY (Junior)
Pascack Hills

TYLER BURNHAM
East Brunswick, committed to Seton Hall

JACK CAREY (Junior)
St. Peter’s Prep, committed to Duke

JOE CARMOSINO (Sophomore)
Emerson

DAN CHIUSANO
Freehold Boro, committed to Kean

NICKY COCCHIA
Gov. Livingston, committed to Montclair State

TREY DOMBROSKI (Sophomore)
Wall

JUSTIN FALL
Toms River South, committed to St. John’s

DAURI GENAO
Memorial

JACOB GOMEZ (Freshman)
Rutherford

BEN HAMPSON
Pequannock

ERIC HEATTER
Monroe, committed to Rutgers

NICK HOUGHTON (Junior)
Nottingham

TOM IPPOLITO
Randolph

JORDAN ISSACKEDES (Junior)
Pascack Valley

BRIAN KANE
Notre Dame

CONNOR LALLY
Millburn

JACK MAHALA
Seton Hall Prep, committed to Harvard

RYAN McLINSKEY
Don Bosco, committed to Seton Hall

CONNOR MULY
Manasquan, committed to Old Dominion

AUSTIN NAPPI (Junior)
Red Bank Catholic

KYLE NEPTON (Junior)
Middlesex

BRENNAN O’NEILL (Junior)
Morristown

ETHAN OSGOOD
Voorhees

NICK PAYERO (Junior
Monroe, committed to Seton Hall

KEVIN POLANCO
Ferris

BILLY PRICE (Junior)
Delbarton, committed to Virginia

DANIEL RAGLIEVICH
Dumont, committed to Post

JASON RIVERA
Clifton

JEAN SAPINI
South Plainfield

KYLE SEARS
Indian Hills

CONNOR SCANLON
Westfield

PARKER SCOTT (Junior)
Ridgewood

MATT STAMFORD (Junior)
Chatham

DAVID STEC
Steinert, committed to Mercer CCC

JAMES STEINDL
Old Tappan, committed to LIU

KEVIN SYLVESTRI
Watchung Hills, committed to George Washington

RONNIE VOACOLO
Nottingham, committed to Mercer CC

HUNTER WALDIS
Delbarton, committed to Seton Hall

RILEY WEIS
Pascack Valley, committed to Ramapo

KEVIN YOUNG
Seton Hall Prep

CATCHERS

ANDY AXELSON (Junior)
Roxbury

DAN BAROFF
Gov. Livingston, committed to Franklin & Marshall

MATT CAROVILLANO
Middlesex

DIEGO DeLEON
Passaic Tech

JON DeMATTHEIS (Junior)
Caldwell

DARIUS DIAZ (Junior)
Perth Amboy

JAMES DOLAGHAN
Rutherford, committed to UConn

ANTHONY GUARINO
St. Mary (Ruth.)

JOSH JACKSON
Monmouth, committed to Delaware State

BRODY MAYPOTHER (Junior)
St. Rose

DAVID MELFI (Sophomore)
Jackson Liberty

RAUL ORTEGA (Junior)
St. Joseph Regional

SHANE PARADINE (Sophomore)
Bayonne

JEFF POGGI (Junior)
Watchung Hills

KYLE TEEL (Freshman)
Mahwah

BRANDON WARICK
St. Joseph (Met.)

STEVE YELIN
River Dell, committed to FDU

FIRST BASE

STEVEN BULLEN
Manalapan

EVAN GEISLER
Lodi

MATT GOEHRIG
Paramus Catholic, committed to Post

TOM HOLDORF
Freehold Boro, committed to Seton Hall

ROBBIE HOLMES
Bernards, committed to Monmouth

MATT FITZPATRICK
Toms River South, committed to TCNJ

RYAN HUTH
Allentown

MIKE SALERNO
Middlesex

MATT VOLPE
Metuchen

CHRIS WAGNER (Junior)
Westfield

CARSON WEIS
Pascack Valley, committed to William Paterson

ANGELO WEBER
Montclair Kimberley

MIDDLE INFIELDERS

AARON AHN
Red Bank Catholic, committed to Navy

LIAM ANDERSON (Junior)
Mount Olive

SHANE BENSON (Junior)
Cedar Grove

NICK CARNEVALE
Lodi

MICHAEL CHRISTADORE
Hanover Park

ALEX CLYDE (Junior)
Old Tappan

DAVID ESTEVEZ (Junior)
River Dell

ANDREW GOLD
Morristown

ELIAN GUZMAN (Junior)
Lodi

KC HUNT (Sophomore)
Ramapo

ANTHONY KUZMENKO
Rutgers Prep

MATT LaCORTE
Westfield

ANTHONY LAUREANO
Emerson, committed to Scranton

MATT McDERMOTT
St. Peter’s Prep, committed to William & Mary

PHIL MAHLIK (Junior)
Bernards

CARLOS MARTE (Junior)
Woodbridge

RYAN MORASH (Junior)
Gill St. Bernard’s

BRIAN OBLACHINSKI
Cranford

ALEX PANSINI
Westfield, committed to Marist

MICHAEL PATRIZIO
Montgomery

NICK PRONTI
Wood-Ridge

JOE RUFO
Cedat Grove

JOEY SACCO (Junior)
Steinert

VALENTINO SALGADO (Sophomore)
Hudson Catholic

DANNY SERRETI (Junior)
Gov. Livingston, committed to St. John’s

EDUARDO SUED (Sophomore)
Eastside

KEVIN WOLL
Wayne Valley

THIRD BASE

CHRIS BRITO (Junior)
Perth Amboy, committed to Rutges

DREW COMPTON (Sophomore)
Gov. Livingston, committed to Georgia Tech

CASEY DANA
Don Bosco, committed to Seton Hall

NICK EGNATUK
Immaculata, committed to Pittsburgh

JUSTYN-HENRY MALLOY (Junior)
St. Joseph Regional, committed to Vanderbilt

NICK MANCUSO
Notre Dame, committed to LaSalle

RILEY MAYPOTHER (Junior)
St. Rose

JASON ROMERO (Junior)
Paramus Catholic

OUTFIELDERS

RYAN BAKIE
Cranford

BRIAN BARANOK (Freshman)
Bayonne

JAKE BEYER
Steinert, committed to Mercer CCC

DANTE BOZZUTI (Sophomore)
Somerville

CAMERON CANE
Hopewell Valley, committed to TCNJ

ROB CAPPADONA
Bergen Catholic

RYAN CARR (Junior)
Don Bosco, committed to Notre Dame

FRANK CASCIO
Pascack Valley, committed to Quinnipiac

DONATO CASOLARO
Hanover Park

MIKE CAVALLO
Caldwell

JAYSON DeMILD
Sayreville

NATE BYRD
DePaul

MATT COIANTE
Allentown

TOMMY COURTNEY (Junior)
Don Bosco

STEPHEN DiGIROLAMO
Dumont, committed to William Paterson

JAKE HALL
Hackettstown

ALEX HAVILCEK (Junior)
Indian Hills

CHRISTIAN HLINKA (Junior)
Delaware Valley, committed to Virginia

NICK HOHENSTEIN (Junior)
Christian Brothers

DAVE JACHERA (Junior)
Pequannock

SEAN KLIMEK (Junior)
Pequannock

TIMMY LALLIS
Bernards, committed to Delaware Valley

JOHN LEWIS
Montclair

ROSS MAERTZ
St. Joseph (Met.)

BRANDON MAGNOTTA
Jefferson, committed to Rowan

RYAN MOSTRANGELI
Steinert, committed to Mercer CCC

JUSTIN SCOTTO (Junior)
Monmouth

TJ SCUDERI (Junior)
Toms River South

JON SOT (Junior)
St. Joseph (Met.)

JT VENTO
Spotswood, committed to Coastal Carolina

MAX VIGLIOTTI
Lyndhurst

JACK ZYSKA (Junior)
Seton Hall Prep, committed to Notre Dame

UTILITY

JOHN APGAR
Waldwick

JOHN BARONE
Wayne Hills

BRIAN CLARKE (Junior)
Whippany Park

ANTHONY ELEFANTE
Lacey

CHRISTIAN FERRARA (Sophomore)
Pompton Lakes

CRAIG LARSEN (Junior)
Toms River North

ROBBIE LEUCK
Emerson

JOE POSSUMATO
Pingry

TYLER RAS (Junior)
Middletown North, committed to Alabama

AUGUST SAMEK
Teaneck

ALJO SUJAK
Tenafly, committed to William & Mary

DYLAN TALIAFERRO
Neptune

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