Randy's Weekly Honors, '17

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   Randy Seidman is again giving out college honors to Philly Guys playing college baseball and below is his list of all players. Very cool!  Randy graduated from Washington, which his two sons also attended. Randy is an award-winning producer of televised sporting events and now works in The Comcast Network studio as a producer for pre- and post-game shows. His career highlight -- producing games, on back-to-back days, when Julius Erving scored his 30,000th point and Mike Schmidt slammed his 500th homer. He may be reached at rseidman9@aol.com.
   Follow Randy on Twitter . . . @rseidman9.
   Randy's awards from 2006 & 2007 & 2008 & 2009
  
& 2010 & 2011 & 2012 & 2013 & 2014 & 2015 & 2016


HOMETOWN PHILLY COLLEGE BASEBALL AWARDS BACK FOR 12th SEASON
 
College baseball players from the three Philly High School Leagues will once again be showcased as The Hometown Philly College Baseball Awards return for season #12. Hometown Philly is devoted to the former players of the Philadelphia Inter-Academic, Catholic and Public Leagues who have taken their talents to the next level. They will be featured weekly on the long-standing Philly high school sports website, tedsilary.com. In addition, daily updates will be posted on Twitter @rseidman9 using the hashtag #HometownPhillyCollegeBaseball
  In 2017, our guys are scattered up and down the east coast, through Tennessee, Louisiana, Indiana, Missouri and out to California. Look for the roster of Hometown Philly players in the next few weeks. There will be over 200 players from 96 colleges, with close to 80 freshmen.

 


 

Hometown Philly Player of the Week for week ending March 19, 2017
DOUG TRIMBLE
DELAWARE sr IF/DH (EPISCOPAL ACADEMY)
HT: 6-0.....WT: 200.....ROSEMONT, PA

Last week: 4 GP, .412 BA (7-17), 3 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Extended hitting streak to 14 games
** Batting .393 (22-56) during hit streak with 3 HR, 18 RBI, 18 R, 7 doubles, 4 steals 
** Has at least one RBI in 11 of last 13 games
** Blue Hens swept 3-game series at Happy Valley, outscoring Penn State 19-1
Honorable Mention 
* Zachary Roberson, Franklin & Marshall sr OF (Episcopal Academy) 7 GP, .500 BA (13-26), 10 R, 10 RBI, .552 OBP
* Johnny Aiello, Wake Forest soph SS (Germantown Academy) 4 GP, .357 BA (5-14), 3 HR, 4 RBI, .550 OBP
* Riley Mihalick, Rider soph 1B (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) 5 GP, .421 BA (8-19), 2 doubles, HR, 5 runs
* Joe Santospago, Kutztown jr OF (Archbishop Wood) March 15 vs Barton: 5-5, 2 doubles, 4 runs, 1 SB

Hometown Philly Pitcher of the Week for week ending March 19, 2017
SCOTT BOCHES
MARIST jr RHP (ARCHBISHOP WOOD)
HT: 6-4.....WT: 195.....FEASTERVILLE, PA
March 19 vs Penn (at Bel Air, MD): Win, 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K 
First career shutout, fourth career complete game 
** Red Foxes won two games in 3-game series vs Penn Quakers 
** Career: 7-7 record, 32 APP, 23 starts
** First Team All-Catholic in 2013 under head coach Jim DiGuiseppe Jr.
Honorable Mention
* Will Latcham, Coastal Carolina jr RHP (Cardinal O'Hara) first career save, March 18 at Texas State: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
* Gardner Nutter, Eckerd (FL) jr RHP (Malvern Prep) two scoreless appearances, including win vs Bridgeport
* Mike Fitzgerald, Northeastern sr
 RHP (Germantown Academy) no decision at Cincinnati: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
* Gino Tripodi, Gwynedd Mercy soph RHP (Neumann-Goretti) no decision vs Haverford: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K
 

Hometown Philly Rookie of the Week for week ending March 19, 2017
BRIAN NIEVES
ROWAN BURLINGTON SS (SWENSON)
PHILADELPHIA, PA
 

Last week: 10 GP, .410 BA (16-39), 10 runs, 5 RBI, 7 RBI, 3 stolen bases
** Batted .404 with 13 runs scored during 13-game hit streak, snapped March 18

** Barons leadoff batter has reached base safely in all 17 games this season 
** RCBC (9-8) started season 1-6, then won eight of next ten games 
Honorable Mention
* Joe Peluso, West Chester RHP (La Salle HS) earned win in collegiate debut: 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 K vs Wayne State
* John Braun, Gettysburg RHP (La Salle HS) first collegiate save March 13 vs Messiah: 4 IP, 2 ER, 3 K 
* Brent Greeley, Tufts (MA) RHP (Malvern Prep) perfect relief inning in collegiate debut vs St. Vincent (FO-GO-GO) 
* Ishmael Bracy, Rowan Burlington 1B (Washington) .600 BA (6-10), double, 4-game hit streak


 

Home Runs Last Week

* Johnny Aiello (6, 7, 8), Wake Forest soph SS (Germantown Academy) 3-4, solo HR, 2 walks, 3 runs in 18-8 road win at High Point (NC), March 14 ... 2-run HR & solo HR in 8-4 win at Duke, March 17
* Doug Trimble (3), Delaware sr DH (Episcopal Academy) homered in last at bat of game to extend hit streak to 13 games, 5-0 win vs Penn State, March 18
* Dan Healey (2), Camden County College soph IF/OF (Bonner-Prendie) single, double, HR, 2 RBI in 9-8 win vs Westmoreland , March 18
* Riley Mihalick (2)
, Rider soph DH (SCH Academy) 2-run first inning HR in 11-5 loss at Radford, March 19

 

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Hometown Philly Player of the Week for week ending March 12, 2017
ZACH JANCARSKI
MARYLAND jr CF (SPRINGSIDE CHESTNUT HILL ACADEMY)
HT: 6-0.....WT: 185.....EAST NORRITON, PA

Last week: 6 GP, .450 BA (9-20), .542 OBP, 6 runs, 6 RBI, 3 stolen bases, 3 doubles
Terrapins have won eight straight games after starting season 1-5
** Current Big Ten Player of the Week
** Raised batting average from .250 to .321 last week
** Reached base safely in 13 of 14 games this season out of the leadoff spot 
Honorable Mention 
* Doug Trimble, Delaware sr DH (Episcopal Academy) 6 GP, .455 BA (10-22), HR, 8 RBI, 12 R, 10-game hit streak
* Jimmy Herron, Duke soph OF (La Salle HS) 5 GP, .348 BA (8-23), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 4 SB, 3 doubles
* Chris Salvey, Cumberland County College soph 1B (Cardinal O'Hara) 5 GP, .333 BA (5-15), HR, 8 RBI (season: hit safely 12 of 13 gms)

* Chase Standen, Scranton jr RF (St. Joseph's Prep) March 12 vs Gallaudet: 2-2, double, triple, walk, 5 RBI

Hometown Philly Pitcher of the Week for week ending March 12, 2017
JAKE KURTZ
MISERICORDIA soph RHP (GAMP)
HT: 5-9.....PHILADELPHIA, PA

Winning pitcher in first start of season vs LaRoche College
6 IP, 3 hits, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K (innings & strikeouts are career-highs)
** Career: 5-1 record, 10 APP, 5 starts, 35 K in 36 IP
** First Team All-Public as a junior and senior under GAMP Pioneers head coach Art Kratchman
** Second Team All-Public as a sophomore
Honorable Mention
* Luke Reilly, La Salle U grad LHP (Germantown Academy) March 9 vs South Carolina Upstate: Win, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K
* Gino Tripodi, Gwynedd Mercy soph RHP (Neumann-Goretti) Season debut vs Wentworth (MA): Win, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
* Alex Gusikoff, Dickinson jr
 RHP (Malvern Prep) Perfect relief inning vs Hood College (career: 1.13 ERA, 15 APP, 24 IP)
* Ross Mintzer, Rowan Gloucester soph RHP (SCH Academy) Two wins last week, 12 strikeouts in 8.2 IP 
 

Hometown Philly Rookie of the Week for week ending March 12, 2017
RYAN CALHOUN
HARFORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1B (GERMANTOWN ACADEMY)
HT: 6-1.....WT: 210.....NORTH WALES, PA
 

Last week: 4 GP, .500 BA (6-12), ,571 OBP, 8 runs, 5 RBI, 2 doubles
Fighting Owls outscored opponents 71-7 last week
** Current 8-game hit streak: .478 BA, 10 runs 
** Gulf Coast State College transfer
** TJ Pagan (Penn Charter) now pitching for Pitt Panthers, helped lead Harford to JUCO World Series in 2016 
Honorable Mention
* Billy Meyer, Mercer County CC (Conwell-Egan/Neshaminy) March 12 vs Genesee: Win (CG), 7 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
* Max Schwartz, Franklin & Marshall 3B (Germantown Academy) 3 GP, .333 BA (3-9), 4 RBI, 1 double, 1 sac bunt
* Dan Hammer, Pittsburgh RHP (Father Judge) Shutout inning of relief vs fourth-ranked Louisville Cardinals 
* Elianel Mejia, Bucks County CC IF (Northeast) Collegiate debut vs Williamson: 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

 
Home Runs Last Week 

* Johnny Aiello (4, 5), Wake Forest soph SS (Germantown Academy) 2-run HR in sixth gave Deamon Deacons some breathing room, 13-8 win vs #18 Coastal Carolina, March 8 ... RBI double & solo HR to CF in 6-4 win vs #20 NC State, March 10
* Jimmy Herron (2, 3), Duke soph LF (La Salle HS) 2-run HR in second inning gave Duke a 4-2 lead, in an 8-4 loss at Liberty, March 7 ... double, HR, 2 runs, BB, SB in 6-5 win vs Virginia Tech, March 11
* Matt Masi (2), Penn State Brandywine jr 1B (Cardinal O’Hara) fourth inning solo HR, 6-1 loss vs West Virginia Tech at Vero Beach, FL, March 8
* Doug Trimble (2), Delaware sr DH (Episcopal Academy) 2-run HR in first inning, double, 3 runs scored, 15-7 win vs Wagner, March 10
* Craig Alleyne (1), Rowan Gloucester soph OF (SCH Academy) triple, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI in 10-0 win vs Kishwaukee (IL), March 10
* Stephan Fitzgerald (1), Lehigh sr CF (Haverford School) first career HR, 3-run shot to CF, 15-7 loss vs Iowa, March 12
* Shahir Gates (1), Clark Atlanta jr 3B (Northeast) 3-run HR in sixth gave Panthers extra insurance runs, 8-3 win vs Morehouse College, March 11
* Nick Lafferty (1), Kutztown soph C/1B (Archbishop Wood) pinch hit 2-run HR in fifth of 4-3 loss in 11 innings vs West Virginia Weslayan, March 11
* Riley Mihalick (1), Rider soph DH (SCH Academy) 2-run first inning HR in 8-5 loss at Delaware, March 6

 

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Hometown Philly Player of the Week for week ending March 5, 2017
JIMMY HERRON
DUKE soph LF (La Salle HS)
HT: 6-1.....WT: 195.....HARLEYSVILLE, PA
 
5 GP (Duke: 4-1), .353 BA (6-17), .476 OBP, 5 runs, 5 stolen bases 
Extends hitting streak to seven games
** Blue Devils leadoff hitter has played in all 70 career games (69 starts)
** Second team All-ACC last season
** Career: .320 BA, .410 OBP, 25 doubles, 29 stolen bases 
Honorable Mention 
* Brad Schneider, Scranton jr SS (La Salle HS) 3 GP, .429 BA (3-7), .667 OBP, 4 runs
* Johnny Aiello, Wake Forest soph IF (Germantown Academy) 5 GP, .389 BA (7-18), .542 OBP, current 8-gm hit streak
* Austin Mikula, Penn State Abington jr C/RF (Father Judge) 5 GP, .474 BA (9-19), 6 R, 4 RBI, 4 SB, 2 triples
* Josh Lopez, Gwynedd-Mercy soph C (Archbishop Ryan) 2 GP, .750 BA (3-4), 4 RBI, 2 doubles

Hometown Philly Pitcher of the Week for week ending March 5, 2017
MATTHEW KRESS
CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE jr RHP (LANSDALE CATHOLIC)
HT: 6-2.....WT: 180.....LANSDALE, PA
 
Winning pitcher in season debut vs Wilkes University
6 IP, 2 hits, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K (third career game with 9+ strikeouts)
** Second season with Griffins after freshman year with Saint Joseph's Hawks
** Last season: 4-3 record in 13 appearances (7 starts, 2 complete games)
** Lettered in baseball and basketball at Lansdale Catholic
Honorable Mention
* Scott Boches, Marist jr RHP (Archbishop Wood) 4-1 win vs George Mason: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (sixth career win) 
* Pat Vanderslice, Saint Joseph's sr
 RHP (Bonner-Prendie) Kept Hawks in game (loss vs UConn): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
* John LaMotta, Marymount (VA) sr RHP (Neumann-Goretti) relieved in 3 straight games, earning win vs Otterbein (OH) 
* Luke Reilly, La Salle U grad LHP (Germantown Academy) Losing pitcher vs Niagara: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K
 

Hometown Philly Rookie of the Week for week ending March 5, 2017
BILLY MEYER
MERCER COUNTY COLLEGE RHP (CONWELL-EGAN/NESHAMINY)
HT: 6-3.....WT: 215.....LEVITTOWN, PA
 

Earned first collegiate save, 4-1 win vs Anne Arundel CC (MD)
2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks
** Worked out at "Dave Gallagher Baseball" a top NJ baseball organization, run by former major leaguer
** Pitched in 2015 Carpenter Cup (Catholic League) and 2016 Carpenter Cup (Suburban One League National)
** Other Philly guys on Mercer Vikings: Vinny Vaccone (N-G), Erik Bowren (Wood), Zach Wielgus (Penn Charter) 
Honorable Mention
* Emmett Harkins, George Washington U RHP (Germantown Academy) first two collegiate appearances: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
* Christian Barletta, City College of New York RHP (St. Joseph's Prep) collegiate debut vs unbeaten (10-0) Shenandoah: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K 
* Roniel Diaz, Eastern RHP (Edison) earned win in relief in collegiate debut vs Houghton: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K 
* Daniel Zamarin, Dickinson OF (Germantown Academy) pinch-hit RBI double in collegiate debut vs Salisbury

 
Home Runs Last Week 
 

* Bay To, Prince George's CC (MD) SS (Neumann-Goretti) triple, HR, stolen base, 2 runs in 13-8 win vs Bergen CC, March 5

* Matt Masi, Penn State Brandywine jr 1B (Cardinal O'Hara) first inning inside-the-park HR & third inning RBI single, 10-8 loss vs Grace (IN), March 5

Note: Last week there were 20 HR hit, this week, just two dingers

 

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Hometown Philly Player of the Week for week ending February 26, 2017
JOE SANTOSPAGO
KUTZTOWN sr OF (ARCHBISHOP WOOD)
HT: 6-0.....WT: 215.....DOYLESTOWN, PA
 
Season opening weekend, Builder Invitational-Newport News, VA (5 games, 4 starts) 
.533 BA (8-15), .556 OBP, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 8 runs, 1 sac fly, 1 sac bunt
** Homered in each of his four starts
** Second season with Golden Bears after two seasons at Mercer County CC
** Career: 130 games, .345 BA, 10 HR, 94 RBI, 142 hits 
Honorable Mention 
* Johnny Aiello, Wake Forest soph 3B (Germantown Academy) 4 GP, .467 BA (7-15), 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 doubles
* Dom Cuoci, Saint Joseph's jr 1B (La Salle HS) 3 GP, .462 BA (6-13), .533 OBP, 2 HR, 9 RBI
* John Banes, Cumberland County CC jr SS (Cardinal O'Hara) 4 GP, .529 BA (9-17), 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R (season: 3 HR, 9 RBI)
* Joe Poduslenko
, Seton Hall sr IF (Malvern Prep) 3 GP, .723 BA (8-11), HR, 4 RBI (season: .618 OBP)

Hometown Philly Pitcher of the Week for week ending February 26, 2017
JOE KINEE
WEST CHESTER sr RHP (NEUMANN-GORETTI)
HT: 6-0.....WT: 185.....PHILADELPHIA, PA
 
Winning pitcher in season opener vs Shepherd Univ (WV) 
3.1 IP (relief), 4 hits, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
** Third season with Golden Rams after freshman year with Maine Black Bears
** Career: 2-1 record in 13 appearances
** At Neumann-Goretti: 2011 & 2012 Catholic League champs, class president for three years 
Honorable Mention
Charlie Jerla, Marist jr LHP (Neumann-Goretti) 9-3 win vs Indiana State: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (season: 2-0, 1.42 ERA) 
* Mark Washington, Lehigh jr RHP (Episcopal Academy) season-opening win vs FDU: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER (career: 9-3, 2.82 ERA) 
* Will Latcham, Coastal Carolina jr RHP (Cardinal O'Hara) 2 APP, 2.2 IP, 0 R, 2 K (season: 4 IP, 0 R, 5 K) 
* Dan Goggin, Cumberland County CC soph RHP (Bonner-Prendie) First collegiate win: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

 

Hometown Philly Rookie of the Week for week ending February 26, 2017
BILLY NEILL 
KING'S COLLEGE LHP (CARDINAL O'HARA)
HT: 5-9.....WT: 165.....RIDLEY PARK, PA
 
Earned save in collegiate debut, 8-0 win vs Clarks Summit
3 perfect innings, 2 flyouts, 5 groundouts, 2 strikeouts
** Ace of Cardinal O'Hara staff in 2016 under head coach John Grossi
** 2016 Third Team All-Catholic League
** Other Catholic Leaguer for King's College Monarchs: sr captain Tom Gibbons (Lansdale Catholic)
Honorable Mention
* Bay To, Prince George's CC (MD) SS (Neumann-Goretti) 3 GP, .333 BA (3-9), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R (season: 9 GP, .440 BA, 11 R)
* Edgardo Bernard, Monroe College (NY) 1B (Frankford) 2-run single in collegiate debut, 6-2 win vs Rowan Burlington  
* Werton Bellamy, Morehouse College (GA) IF (Roman Catholic) 2 GP, .429 BA (3-7), 2 R, 1 SB (season: 6 GP, 5 R) 
* Billy Brittingham, Muhlenberg 1B (Germantown Academy) pinch-hit single in collegiate debut, 10-4 win at Gallaudet (DC)

 
Home Runs Last Week 
 

Joe Santospago (1, 2, 3, 4), Kutztown sr OF (Archbishop Wood) 2-run HR in 11-6 season-opening win vs Indiana (PA), Feb. 23 … homered in second straight game to start season, 7-0 win vs Apprentice (VA), Feb. 24 ... homered in third straight game to start season, 17-11 win vs Bloomsburg, Feb. 25 ... fourth HR of Builder Invitational weekend (had 2 HR last season), Feb. 26

Johnny Aiello (2, 3), Wake Forest soph SS (Germantown Academy) homered in back-to-back games vs Southern Cal, Feb. 24 & Feb. 25

John Banes (3), Cumberland County jr IF (Cardinal O’Hara) solo HR in 9-8 win vs Luzerne County CC, Feb. 26

Dom Cuoci (1, 2), Saint Joseph’s jr 1B (La Salle HS) solo HR & 3-run HR in 16-9 loss vs Kentucky, Feb. 24

Joe Poduslenko (2), Seton Hall sr 3B (Malvern Prep) 4-5, RBI double, 2-run HR in 10-5 win at San Diego State, Feb. 25

Bobby Romano (2), FDU jr 3B (Archbishop Ryan) 4-5, 2-run HR, 3 R in 12-9 loss vs UMass Lowell, Feb. 25

Nick Bateman (1), West Chester sr OF (Malvern Prep) double, HR, sac fly, 5 RBI in season-opening 15-6 win vs Shepherd, Feb. 24

Erik Bowren (1), Mercer County CC soph SS (Archbishop Wood) 2-run HR in 4th inning of 10-1 rout of Harford CC, Feb. 26

Jimmy Herron (1), Duke soph LF (La Salle HS) led game off with first homer of career, 14-6 win vs North Carolina Central, Feb. 21

Zach Jancarski (1), Maryland jr CF (SCH Academy) double, solo HR in 9-5 loss at second-ranked LSU, Feb. 26

Clay Koniencki (1), Monmouth soph C (Malvern Prep) first career HR in 12-5 loss vs Furman, Feb. 25

Matt Maul (1), Saint Joseph’s jr SS (Malvern Prep) 3-4, solo HR, 2 R, SB in 10-8 loss vs Delaware, Feb. 25

Chris Salvey (1), Cumberland County soph 1B/DH (Cardinal O’Hara) doubleheader sweep vs Luzerne County CC: 5-9, HR, 5 RBI, 3 doubles, Feb. 26

Bay To (1), Prince George’s CC (MD) fr SS (Neumann-Goretti) solo HR, walk in 6-5 win vs Orange County CC, Feb. 26

Doug Trimble (1), Delaware sr DH (Episcopal Academy) 2-run single & inside-the-park HR in comeback 10-8 win vs Saint Joseph’s, Feb. 25

 

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Hometown Philly Player of the Week for week ending February 19, 2017
JOE PODUSLENKO
SETON HALL sr 3B (MALVERN PREP)
HT: 6-0.....WT: 185.....GLEN MILLS, PA

Season opening weekend in Port St. Lucie, FL (4 games)
.333 BA (5-15), .500 OBP, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 runs, 1 double, 1 stolen base
** RBI single, double, 2 walks in season opening 5-4 win vs Michigan, Feb. 17
** Hit game-winning 3-run HR in 8-6 win vs Michigan, Feb. 19
** Career: 116 games, .263 BA, .403 OBP, 4 HR, 54 RBI, 29 steals
Honorable Mention
* Bobby Romano, FDU jr 3B (Archbishop Ryan) 3-game series at Savannah State: .333 BA (4-12), 1 HR (5th career), 4 RBI, double, SF
* Doug Trimble, Delaware sr 1B (Episcopal Academy) 4 GP, .375 BA (6-16), 2 doubles, 2 steals (career .303 BA)
* Matt Masi, Penn State Brandywine soph 1B (Cardinal O'Hara) season opening doubleheader vs Cabrini: 3 H, 6 AB, 2 runs, 2 triples, 2 walks
* Dante Millilo, Penn State Abington jr IF (Roman Catholic) hit safely in all 3 games played at Fayetteville, NC (batted .357 last season)

Hometown Philly Pitcher of the Week for week ending February 19, 2017
CHARLIE JERLA
MARIST jr LHP (NEUMANN-GORETTI)
HT: 6-1.....WT: 185.....PHILADELPHIA, PA

Starting and winning pitcher in season opener vs Bucknell
5.2 IP, 2 hits, NO runs, 3 BB, 8 K
** appeared in 15 games as a soph (all starts, with 2 CG)
** Career: 11-6 record, 3.58 ERA in 34 appearances (18 starts)
** Fellow Catholic Leaguer Scott Boches (Archbishop Wood) also pitches for Poughkeepsie, NY's Marist Red Foxes
Honorable Mention
* Luke Reilly, La Salle sr LHP (Germantown Academy) season-opening start vs Butler: ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
* Will Latcham, Coastal Carolina jr RHP (Cardinal O'Hara) Cumberland County transfer pitched 2 perfect innings (3 K) vs JMU for NCAA defending champions
* John LaMotta, Marymount (VA) sr RHP (Neumann-Goretti) season opener: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (led NCAA D-III with 27 APP last season)* Tim Menninger, California Tech sr RHP/C (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) Feb. 19: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (2nd APP in 2017, had not pitched since freshman season)

Hometown Philly Rookie of the Week for week ending February 19, 2017
DAN HAMMER

PITTSBURGH RHP (FATHER JUDGE)
HT: 6-2.....WT: 175.....PHILADELPHIA, PA

Collegiate debut in 3-2 win vs Delaware: no decision, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
** 2016 Catholic League MVP
** Four-year letterwinner at Father Judge under head coaches Kenny Devenney and Tim Ginter
** Other Pitt pitches from Philly: Dan Furman (Bonner-Prendie) and TJ Pagan (Penn Charter, transfer from Harford CC, MD)
Honorable Mention
* Kevin Sessa, Penn State Brandywine RHP (Cardinal O'Hara) collegiate debut: 3 scoreless relief innings, no hits, 2 BB, 3 K
* Pat Doudican, Polk State (FL) fr LHP (Neumann-Goretti) 2 APP last week: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (season: 1-0, 7.2 IP, 13 K, 7 APP)
* Jesse James Murphy & Kevin Glynn, (Cabrini/Roman Catholic) played in both games (wins) of inaugural season of Cabrini baseball* ZJ Zabinski, Davidson (NC) LHP (Germantown Academy) collegiate debut vs Georgetown: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Home Runs This Season
John Banes (1, 2), Cumberland County jr IF (Cardinal O’Hara) homered in both games of season-opening doubleheader vs Mercer County CC, Feb. 19
Johnny Aiello (1),
Wake Forest soph SS (Germantown Academy) solo HR to straightaway center field, 12-5 loss vs Nicholls, Feb.18
Ryan Calhoun (1)
, Harford (MD) fr 1B (Germantown Academy) 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI in collegiate debut, 13-11 win vs South Carolina Sumter, Feb. 18
Joe Poduslenko (1),
Seton Hall sr 3B (Malvern Prep) game-winning 3-run HR in 9th, 8-6 win vs Michigan, Feb. 19
Bobby Romano (1),
FDU jr 3B (Archbishop Ryan) HR, SF, HP, 2 R, 3 RBI in 10-9 loss at Savannah State, Feb. 19
Shane Williams (1),
Saint Leo (FL) sr 1B (St. Joe’s Prep) solo HR, single, walk, 9-4 loss vs Lee U (TN), Feb. 11