Shore Baseball Standouts Make College Commitments
A deep group of baseball talent in the Shore Conference Class of 2014 has added more Division I recruits to its ranks.
Howell senior pitcher/shortstop Ryan Wares verbally committed to Rutgers as a pitcher on Tuesday, according to head coach Eric Johnson. Red Bank Catholic senior pitcher Tom Puza has committed to St. Peter's College, according to coach Buddy Hausmann, and Puza will be joined there by Brick Memorial senior pitcher Anthony Assante, according to coach Evan Rizzitello. Last week, St. John Vianney pitcher/infielder Chris Morris committed to Seton Hall, according to coach Mike Morgan, and Freehold Township senior outfielder Julius Saporito committed to Quinnipiac, according to coach Todd Smith. Marlboro shortstop Justin Trochiano has committed to Monmouth University, according to coach Jim Ferraro.
Morris's teammate, standout senior infielder Joe Rotelli, is headed to Carson Newman College, a high-level Division II program in Tennessee. Trochiano's teammates, catcher Jeff Goldrosen (Bard College) and pitcher Marshall Kramsky (NYU), also made commitments. Keyport senior shortstop Corey Romanetz, a top returner for the Red Raiders, will continue his career at Castleton (Vt.) State College. Anthony Ferlise, the starting first baseman from last year's No. 1 team, Toms River North, said he will continue his career at Catholic University.
The commitment by Morris makes five Shore Conference players committed to Seton Hall, while Wares becomes the fourth Shore recruit headed to Rutgers.
Wares, Puza, Saporito, Morris and Trochiano are the latest Division I recruits in a 2014 Shore Conference recruiting class that includes Ocean pitcher Ryan Lillie (Rhode Island); Colts Neck right-hander Gianni Magliaro (Rutgers); Middletown South shortstop Kyle Brey (Wagner); Jackson Liberty pitcher/second baseman James Sofield (NJIT); Central pitcher Andrew DiPiazza (Alabama); Brick Memorial outfielder Kyle Cala (Wagner); Toms River South outfielder Russell Messler (Rutgers); St. John Vianney outfielder Evan Pietronico (NJIT) and his teammates, catcher Anthony Santoro (Rutgers) and pitcher Justin Chin (NJIT); Rumson-Fair Haven pitcher Shane McCarthy (Seton Hall); Manchester pitcher/infielder/outfielder Devin Tomei (Campbell); Christian Brothers Academy outfielders Ryan Ramiz (Seton Hall), Will Morgan (Old Dominion) and Pete Papcun (Monmouth University); Red Bank Catholic catcher Mike Alescio (Seton Hall); Jackson Liberty pitcher Dan Serreino (Seton Hall); Wall pitcher Tyler Swiggart (George Washington); Shore Regional pitcher/outfielder Matt Cosentino (George Washington); and RBC pitcher/shortstop Al Molina (Coastal Carolina).