The Batter's Box provides the latest baseball news coverage of the area's top teams, prospects and happenings from around Connecticut's diamond.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
GOOD EYE: Housatonic's Willy Yahn commits to UConn
“Basically it was whatever school was the best fit for me, the coaches were really great and I fell in love with the campus,” said Yahn, who like Risedorf, is going into his senior year. “It always fun playing with Zach, it was a plus.”
Yahn was looking at UConn along with, Virginia Tech, Boston College, the University of Maine and Stony Brook before deciding to stay in state.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
GOOD EYE: ND-West Haven John Amendola commits to Northeastern U
Notre Dame-West Haven pitcher John Amendola, who will be a senior this fall, said he committed to Northeastern University. The Division I Boston, Ma., school sought after the pitcher after he went 6-3 with a 96 strikeouts and a 1.23 ERA last season.
Amendola said in addition to Northeastern, which plays in the Colonial Athletic Conference, six or seven other schools were interested in him. He said Marist and Maine were his top choices with Northwestern. Fairfield University offered at the beginning of the summer, too. However, Amendola said Northeastern was the best place for him.
“It was the best fit for me academically, baseball-wise and will prepare me the best for my future,” he said.
Amendola, who is a starting pitcher on Branford’s 25-1 American Legion team, said he is glad to get this commitment out of the way.
“Now I can focus on legion and trying to help my team win a state title,” Amendola said. “I won’t have to fill out multiple applications in the fall.”
He said he will most likely major in finance or political science.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
GOOD EYE: East Haven's Nick Lamberti commits to UConn
Lamberti, who will be a senior in the fall, said the scholarship offer is still being discussed and that he is going to use his senior year to decide what he will major in.
He was also getting looks from St. John's, Hartford and Southern Connecticut State University, but said he is pleased with his choice and happy to get this weight off his shoulders before his senior year.
"I'm really happy, now I can just go into every game and play like no one's watching me," he said. "I've already committed, I don't have to worry about anything."
The outfielder said defending Big East champion UConn's future is bright and he wants to be a part of it. He joins a long list of the state's best high school players to stay home and play for UConn. All-State players like Amity pitcher Sam Nepiarsky, Foran catcher Joe Zanghi and Fitch shortstop Aaron Hill have all decided to play for the Huskies.
"I think they've got a shot to go to the World Series in Omaha," Lamberti said. "They're in a new conference, new teams, a lot of travel. This is Division I baseball and its one of the best schools in the northwest."