After a successful season in 2010, the New Paltz Hawks baseball team has made even more strides in the off-season to become a powerhouse in the SUNYAC. With an army of new players, this years squad looks better than any team in the past. 16 new players have been recruited to the program. Among the newcomers are:
Doug Marshall: Freshman (Mepham High School) – 1st Baseman who led Nassau County in home runs his junior year. During his senior year, Marshall went all-league
Kenny Gentile: Freshman (Lindenhurst High School) – Middle Infielder who led League 1 in batting average his junior year of high school while hitting .475. He was a two-time all league selection and was a part of the 2010 State Champion Lindenhurst Bulldogs.
Christopher Pyz: Freshman (Kings Park High School) – Led Kings Park High School to a Suffolk County Championship in 2010. Because of his efforts on the mound, Chris was named the Suffolk Play-off MVP.
Jimmy Briggs: Freshman (Lindenhurst High School) – Outfielder who was a 2 time All-State selection and a 2 time All-Long Island selection during his 4 years on varsity. In 2009, Briggs won the Silver Slugger award for Suffolk County, hitting 13 home runs. In 2010 he won the Yastrzemski Award which is given to Long Island’s Best player after he batted .552 during his senior year.
James Mckenna: Freshman (Connetquot High School) – Pitcher who was a 2 time all-league selection out of powerhouse program Connetquot.
Dave Lostaglio: Freshman (Marlboro High School) – Catcher who was a 1st team All-State selection and was named the Player of the Year for his league. He was also team captain his senior year.
John Schmidt: Junior (Transfer from Division 1 Fairleigh-Dickinson University/East Islip High School) – John was a All-League selection his senior year playing for one of the best programs on Long Island, The East Islip Redman.
Chris Connolly: Red-shirt Freshman (Transfer from Division 1 College of St. Peters/Saugerties High School) – Chris was a 1st-team MHAL and Daily Freeman selection. He also won a gold medal at the Empire Games in 2009.
Sean Wachtel: Freshman (Saugerties High School) – Outfielder who was a 3 time All-County selection during his 4 year stint on varsity. He started all 4 years and he was team captain his final 2 years.
Jake Cameron: Junior (Transfer from Virgina Wesleyan/South Side High school) – In high school, Jake was named the best offensive player in Nassau County, County MVP, and won the sportsmanship award. He also won the Barash award and was an All-Long Island Selection.
Raymond Courtney: Junior (Transfer from Divison 1 Farleigh-Dickinson University/Bronx High School of Science) – Ray was a 4 year starter for his high school. He won the National Championship with the Bayside Yankees his junior year of High School.
Dylan Babcock: Freshman (Cornwall High School) – Dylan was a 4 year starter for Cornwall High School and won multiple county championships.
William Ruggiero: Junior (Transfer from Stonehill College/St. Anthony’s High School) – Billy was a two-time varsity starter playing for the Friars. He won the John Newman award in 2007 during his freshman year.
Jordan Epstein: Sophmore (Transfer from C.W. Post/Paul Schreiber High School) – Jordan was named All-Conference his junior year and also was named an alternate for the Empire State Games. He also won All-county his senior year.
Matt Prescia: Sophmore (Transfer from Mt. St. Mary’s College/Connetquot High School) – Matt won All-league his senior year and was a starter for the powerhouse Connetquot T-birds.
Pat Herrington: Junior (Transfer from Schenectady Community College/Mohonasen High School) – Pat is a utility player who hit .373 his first 2 years at community college.
Mike Pastorino: Freshman (John Jay High School) – Mike won the Player of the Year award for the Mid-Hudson Athletic Conference his junior year of high school. In his senior year, he went undefeated in 7 starts and was the ace of his staff.
The new players are supported by a solid core of returning players who won 18 games in 2010. Tom Pinnola was voted the SUNYAC Rookie of the year and short stop Paul Merola was a 1st team All SUNYAC selection. Starting pitcher Chris Chismar had a stellar freshmen campaign finishing the season ranked 3rd in the nation for strikeouts per 9 innings. His season was highlighted by a record breaking 20 strikeout complete game performance against Oswego state.
The Hawks will open the 2011 season in Maryland against the nationally ranked Salisbury Seagulls. That will be followed by a 10 game stint in Vero Beach, Florida before returning north to start conference play. GO HAWKS!!!!