Baseball – Dalatri Commits to UNC
A little more than two months after completing one of the best pitching seasons in school history and recent Shore Conference history, Christian Brothers Academy Class of 2016 right-hander Luca Dalatri announced his verbal commitment to play baseball at the University of North Carolina. Dalatri announced his decision on his Twitter account.
During his sophomore season this past spring, Dalatri went 11-0 with a 0.39 earned-run average for the Colts, including 90 strikeouts and 12 walks in 72 1/3 innings.
Dalatri joins CBA classmate and battery mate Brandon Martorano as a North Carolina commit on the CBA roster for the next two seasons. Martorano - a Shore Sports Network third team All-Shore catcher - announced his commitment last summer.
The Colts pair are slated to reunite with former teammate Joe Dudek, who just completed his freshman season with the Tar Heels. Dudek led the Shore Conference in home runs and RBI during his senior season at CBA in 2013, which yielded him a first-team All-Shore selection.
In total, the 2013 CBA team featured five Atlantic Coast Conference players on its roster, including the North Carolina trio, Wake Forest right-hander John McCarren and Pittsburgh right-hander Matt Pidich.
North Carolina also earned a commitment from the top pitcher in N.J. from the 2014 class, St. Augustine's Joe Gatto, who signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after the Angels made him the 53rd pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. With a four-pitch mix and fastball - which topped out at 93 miles-per-hour during his sophomore season - that he can cut and sink and a solid 6-foot-4, 200-plus pound frame, Dalatri figures to draw interest from MLB clubs over his final two years of high school baseball.