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2017 All-Long Island Baseball First Team

by Eddie G on
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 8:14 PM

Updated Thu, Jun 15, 2017 8:26 PM
2017 All-Long Island Baseball First Team
Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan

2017 All-Long Island Baseball Player of the Year

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Brian Morrell
Brian Morrell

Committed to:Notre Dame

Grade:Senior
Position:Pitcher/Designated Hitter

The senior was a legend – both at the plate and on the mound – as he led Shoreham-Wading River to the Suffolk Class A title. On the varsity since eighth grade, the Notre Dame-bound senior has been a must watch on Long Island. A two-time Carl Yastrzemski Award winner, Morrell set school records for home runs (27), career wins (29) and single-season hits (44). This year, Morrell went 10-1 with 93 strikeouts in 67.1 innings and hit .500 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs. 

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2017 All-Long Island Baseball Coach of the Year

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Keith Sachs
Keith Sachs

Position:Head coach

It was a pretty good year for Keith Sachs, who guided the Wantagh football team to an undefeated season and a Long Island Class III title before heading the baseball team back to the NYS Class A final for a season straight year. Wantagh entered the postseason as the No. 9 seed, but the Warriors championship-pedigree was evident when it mattered most with Wantagh capturing a second straight Long Island title for the first time in program history. 

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2017 All-Long Island Baseball First Team

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Dylan Judd
Dylan Judd

Grade:Junior
Position:Catcher

The Conference AA-I MVP helped lead the Sailors to back-to-back conference titles. The junior showcased great power and was one of the toughest catchers to run on Nassau County. 

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Chris Stefl
Chris Stefl

Committed to:St John's

Grade:Senior
Position:First Base

The St. John’s-bound first baseman hit four home runs on the season, his biggest coming against AJ Cain in a first-round upset of Seaford in the Nassau Class A playoffs. The smooth-hitting lefty was also a force on the mound. 

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Mark Faello
Mark Faello

Committed to:Hofstra (verbal)

Grade:Junior
Position:Second Base

The Hofstra-bound junior was a dual threat. He opened the season with a one-hit shutout against East Meadow and was 3-0 in the postseason, earning the Diamond Award as Nassau’s top pitcher. Faello hit .372 with an on-base percentage of .450 with two home runs, 23 RBIs and 22 runs scored and had an RBI-triple in a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Massapequa in Game 1 of the Nassau ‘AA’ finals 

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Anthony D'Onofrio
Anthony D'Onofrio

Committed to:Hofstra (verbal)

Grade:Junior
Position:Shortstop

Another Hofstra-bound junior and arguably the best leadoff hitter on Long Island, D’Onofrio helped lead Wantagh to back-to-back Long Island Class A titles. 

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Jimmy Joyce
Jimmy Joyce

Committed to:Hofstra

Grade:Senior
Position:Third Base

The Hofstra-bound helped lead Wantagh to consecutive Long Island titles for the first time in school history. Joyce, who won the Diamond Award as Nassau’s top positional player, hit .495 with six home runs, 39 RBIs and 40 RBIs and was 11-of-11 in stolen bases. On the hill, Joyce was 9-2 with a 1.27 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 66 innings. 

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Dylan Claussen
Dylan Claussen

Grade:Senior
Position:Outfield

The dual-threat senior helped lead the Setters to a perfect 20-0 record and a Long Island championship. He racked up 10 wins on the mound, including the victory over East Rockaway that clinched the LIC. 

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Nick Manesis
Nick Manesis

Grade:Senior
Position:Outfield

He had probably the biggest shoes to fill, batting cleanup behind Brian Morrell, but the senior did that and more. He was the home run leader on a Wildcats team that more than 30 on the season. 

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Pete Theodorellis
Pete Theodorellis

Grade:Senior
Position:Outfield

The senior was a constant threat at the plate and on the mound, helping lead the Cougars to their first Suffolk title in 20 years. He hit .574 with 10 doubles, seven triples, 24 RBIs, 29 runs scored and only struck out twice. He tossed a gem in a 2-1 nine-inning win over West Islip in Game 1 of the finals and his RBI double in the sixth tied the game in Game 2. 

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Brock Murtha
Brock Murtha

Grade:Freshman
Position:Utility/Designated Hitter

The freshman led all of Long Island with 10 home runs, was named League VI MVP and went the distance in a victory over Rocky Point to clinch the division title. 

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Chris Cappas
Chris Cappas

Committed to:Pittsburgh

Grade:Senior
Position:Pitcher

The Pittsburgh-bound senior capped a stunning career by winning both the NSCHSAA Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year after guiding the Firebirds to back-to-back titles. Cappas batted .438 with three home runs, two doubles and two triples and a league-leading 22 RBIs. On the mound, Cappas was 6-1 with an ERA of 0.18 – he only gave up one earned runs in 39 innings – and struck out 39. 

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Nick Collins
Nick Collins

Grade:Junior
Position:Pitcher

The junior pitched gem after gem in the postseason, picking up wins over Plainview JFK in the Nassau Class AA finals and Commack in the Long Island ‘AA’ final. He went 5-1 with 50 strikeouts and a 0.30 ERA in 46.1 innings pitched, only allowing two earned runs all season. 

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Jason Diaz
Jason Diaz

Committed to:Miami (verbal)

Grade:Sophomore
Position:Pitcher

A Miami commit before he threw his first varsity pitch, the flame-throwing sophomore dazzled with a 5-1 record, 53 strikeouts and a 0.53 earned run average. He was masterful in a complete-game 1-0 win over St. John the Baptist to clinch the NSCHSAA title. 

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Patch Dooley
Patch Dooley

Grade:Senior
Position:Pitcher

The senior was a threat to toss a no-hitter every time he stepped on the hill and helped Hills East to a League III regular season title. The Paul Gibson Award winner was 7-0 with 70 strikeouts and a 0.70 ERA. He finished his career with a 15-4 record and 191 strikeouts. 

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Anthony Fontana
Anthony Fontana

Grade:Junior
Position:Pitcher

No one was able to quiet the Shoreham-Wading River bats, that is until Fontana faced the Wildcats. The tough-as-nails junior lefty lifted the Warriors to a 4-2 win over Shoreham-Wading River in the LIC and helped Wantagh get back to the NYS ‘A’ final after beating Sutherland, 5-1. 

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