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Maruri, Arrichiello, Antonicelli named to westchester Count

Posted Monday, July 09, 2007 by Michael Odonnell

John Cucchiarella, Somers: The UNC-Greensboro-bound senior led the Class A-champion Tuskers with a .412 average, three home runs, 24 RBI, nine stolen bases and a .510 on-base percentage. But beyond his offense, Cucchiarella steered Somers in the field with his smooth play at shortstop, anchoring a defense that allowed just 2.5 runs per game.

Brett Gorman, Fox Lane: This Bowdoin-bound senior third baseman is a sabermatrician's dream. At .587 and .861 respectively, the Conference 2 player of the year had both on-base and slugging percentages that ranked among the best in the area. He also belted six home runs, had an area-leading 37 RBI and owned one of the best gloves on the hot corner in the section.

Kyle Mahoney, Carmel: The Rams' senior catcher earned Conference 1 player-of-the-year honors. He batted .400 with a team-leading four home runs and 31 RBI, but was more dominant erasing stolen-base threats from behind the plate. Mahoney, who signed with High Point, will follow in the footsteps of older brothers Collin and Ryan and play Division I baseball.

Stanley Martinez, Sleepy Hollow: The senior outfielder/pitcher became one of the most dominant and versatile players in the section, earning him Conference 3 player-of-the-year honors. He led the area with a .561 average and added five home runs and 33 RBI. On the mound, the 6-foot-1, 235-pound righty finished 9-3 with a 2.23 ERA and 82 strikeouts.

Alex Maruri, Stepinac: Perhaps no hitter in the CHSAA's Bronx-Westchester division was more feared than the Crusaders' junior third baseman. Despite being pitched around for much of the season, he managed to bat .483, drive in 32 runs and - thanks in part to six home runs and eight doubles - post a slugging percentage of .782.

Matt McGovern, Mamaroneck: As a versatile outfielder and reliable pitcher, McGovern helped the Tigers to the top seed in Class AA. But the sophomore southpaw was most effective from the leadoff spot, where he compiled a .526 on-base percentage, scored 35 runs and stole 36 bases to spark one of Section 1's most potent lineups.

Mike Mezansky, Mamaroneck: This senior third baseman/pitcher helped anchor the Tigers' offense the last two seasons, but he truly flourished this year, batting .434 and driving in 36 runs to earn League 1-A player-of-the-year honors. He also pitched to a 3-0 record with a 3.00 ERA. He will try to walk on at the University of Indiana.

Andrew Pezzuto, Hastings: The senior shortstop simply took his play to a new level in the playoffs, belting five home runs in five games. He also tossed a four-hitter as the Yellow Jackets won their second straight Class B title. Pezzuto, who earned a scholarship to Division II Franklin Pierce, finished with a .521 average, eight home runs, 34 RBI and a .957 slugging percentage.

C.J. Riefenhauser, Mahopac: The Indians' junior lefty just won big games. In compiling a 6-1 record with a 2.53 ERA in 61 innings, Riefenhauser beat Section 1 powers Arlington, Carmel (twice), John Jay-East Fishkill, Ketcham and Suffern, earning him League 1-C pitcher-of-the-year honors. His best performance came when he shut out John Jay-EF 1-0 in the Class AA playoffs.

Chad Salem, Iona Prep: The Manhattan-bound senior shortstop led the Gaels to their second straight Bronx-Westchester division championship by flashing a strong glove and batting .383 with nine home runs and 28 RBI. Salem's slugging percentage of .917 was built on tape-measure homers, two of which he hit during must-win games in the final week of the regular season.

Dan Sorine, Eastchester: In a performance beyond his years, the Eagles' sophomore outfielder/pitcher fortified his team's lineup and pitching rotation. He batted .400 with five home runs and 33 RBI, but showed equal promise as a pitcher with high-80s heat. He went 3-2 with a 1.94 ERA and 53 strikeouts, and has already drawn attention from professional and collegiate scouts.

Dan Tracy, Somers: The junior right-hander performed best when it mattered, throwing complete games in the Class A quarterfinals and finals within a four-day span, including a victory over Pearl River ace Sean Giblin to help the Tuskers win the first championship in program history. Tracy, who finished every game he started, went 8-1 with a 1.50 ERA.

Coach of the year

Rocky Pasquale, Keio: For the second straight year, Pasquale coached the Unicorns (22-4) to a Class C championship. This time they advanced to Binghamton, thanks to a squeeze bunt he called for in the seventh inning of the state regional finals. Keio eventually made it to the championship but fell a base hit short of perhaps the first state title in program history.

Second team

Position Name Class School

Pitcher Pat Considine Jr. Putnam Valley

Pitcher Hugh Henry Sr. Mount Vernon

Pitcher Nick Markel Sr. Scarsdale

Catcher Anthony Arrichiello Sr. Stepinac

Infielder J.K. Filauro Jr. John Jay

Infielder Sean Hagan So. Mamaroneck

Infielder Satoshi Ikegaya Sr. Keio

Infielder Mike O'Hanlon Sr. Panas

Outfielder Matt Ciraco Sr. Harrison

Outfielder John Kiechle Jr. Carmel

Outfielder Hadi Raad Sr. Hastings

Utility Tom Luciano Sr. Fox Lane

Utility Dan Zlotnick So. Somers

Honorable mention

Mickey Abbatiello, Jr., Eastchester; Alex Adami, Jr., Iona Prep; Nick Albero, Jr., New Rochelle; Nick Amicucci, Sr., Pleasantville; Anthony Antonicelli, Sr., Stepinac; Rob Ardino, Sr., Iona Prep; Bobby Bailey, Sr., Fox Lane; Trevor Brucato, Sr., Bronxville; Eric Capowski, Jr., Stepinac; Hamilton Carr, Sr., Scarsdale; Anthony Castellitto, Jr., Mahopac; Josh Coppa, Sr., Putnam Valley; Anthony Corona, So., Kennedy; Jon Cosenza, So., Lakeland; Chris Dearwester, Jr., Mamaroneck; Peter Denyssenko, Sr., Mamaroneck; Mike Diorio, Sr., Horace Greeley; Pete Diresta, Jr., Mahopac; Bryce Einhorn, Sr., Edgemont; Zach Espinal, Sr., Lincoln; Christian Federico, Jr., Ossining; Robert Fondu, Sr., Fordham Prep; Joe Frabisile, Sr., Fordham Prep; Marc Garcia, Sr., Carmel; Mike Gimblette, Sr., Yorktown; Kiyota Gomi, Jr., Ardsley; Ben Hertz, Sr., Fordham Prep; Jon Holguin, Sr., Fox Lane; Matt Keller, Jr., Pelham; Jim Kelm, Sr., Lakeland; Kevin Kopec, Sr., Iona Prep; Mike Levine, Sr., Somers; Dan Lopriore, Sr., Hastings; Don Madera, Sr., Pleasantville; Brian Nasti, Jr., Iona Prep; Evan Oleson, Sr., Rye Country Day; Jesse Outhouse, Sr., North Salem; Ryan Pennell, Fr., Rye Neck; Michael Phelps, Jr., Mount Vernon; Brandon Ralat, Sr., Irvington; Joseph Reda, Sr., Byram Hills; Zach Reynolds, Sr., Yorktown; Lowell Robinson, Sr., Tuckahoe; Yonathan Rodriguez, Sr., Sleepy Hollow; Mike Rosenfeld, Fr., Mamaroneck; Frank Scateretico, Jr., Dobbs Ferry; Michael Schorr, Sr., Rye; Zach Small, Jr., Pelham; Kenny Smith, Sr., Ossining; Trevor Suzuki, Sr., Keio; Pat Syzmanski, Jr., Pelham; Ryan Tatnell, Jr., Kennedy; Mike Trainor, Sr., Brewster; Mark Vecchiolla, Sr., Harrison; Charlie Vetrano, Jr., Pelham; Michael Volpe, So., Carmel; Tom Weiner, Sr., Hen Hud.

Important note

The Journal News all-star baseball team was selected with the help of the following coaches: Joe Carlucci, Rye Neck; Mike Chiapparelli, Mamaroneck; Matt Hillis, Fox Lane; Bob Jordon, Pleasantville; Wally Stampfel, Mount St. Michael.

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