Mike Newland Update:
From Delaware Valley Terrier
to DeSales Bulldog
DeSales University freshman Mike Newland (Frenchtown, NJ / Delaware Valley High School) earned Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year honors in 2008. BJ Spigelmyer, Sports Information Director for the Central Valley, PA school reported that Mike, along with seven of his DeSales teammates and head coach Tim Neiman, received recognition on the 2008 All-Conference team, as announced by the conference office and as voted by the Freedom Conference coaches.
Newlandís selection marked the second straight year that a DeSales Bulldog received Rookie of the Year recognition. As of May 8, Newland had a .389 batting average and a 1-2 record on the mound, with a 5.17 ERA in 47 innings pitched. He assumed starting duties in centerfield mid-way through the season and has been a steady contributor on the mound, earning his first win of the season in the second round of the Freedom Conference playoffs.
College Baseball Corner 2008
by Lowell M. Snare
The Hunterdon connection to college baseball is growing and growing, and I am likely just hitting the surface with the mention of some names in this rendition of 2008 collegiate baseball news.
Three Hunterdon Central grads are playing for the Mercer County Community College Viking baseball team with sophomore lefty Will Blackman, and frosh righty Sean Reindel and infielder Justin Bay all on the roster of coach Matt Wolski.
The Central grad duo of Dan Morogiello and Mike Turner are both mainstays on the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Division I baseball team. Morogiello is coming off a medical red shirt season, and is back in the swing at second base with a .364 average and making the plays.
Turner is off to a super start as a junior with a .360 average, with a homer and three RBI to open the year. As a soph he hit .251 with eight doubles, two homers and as a frosh he was the MVP in the ECAC Division II Regional Tournament, and set a new school mark with 42 RBI in that season.
Clinton Township resident Dan DeGeorge is off to a great junior season as the lead off hitter and shortstop for the Princeton University Tigers. DeGeorge had a great opening series with three doubles and a homer and drove in seven runs as the Tigers won three of four from the Delaware Blue Hens. DeGeorge hit .298 as a sophomore with 11 doubles and 13 RBI while playing short last year for the Tigers. He played his high school baseball at Delbarton.
Pitching for Delaware in that series was North Hunterdon grad Mike Londino, now a frosh bullpen pitcher for the Hens. Heís pitched in three games for the Hens, with a 5.14 ERA, and eight strike outs in seven innings of work.
Steve Gilman, another North Hunterdon grad, is a senior and captain of the Yale Bulldogs baseball team. He is the teamís closer, and in his teamís first series, got his first save of his career with a scoreless ninth inning and two strike outs. He has a 4-5 career record as a starter in his first three seasons at Yale. He started nine games for the Bulldogs last season.
Delaware Valley grads Gerard Vath and Mike Newland are now in the college ranks, with Vath in the rotation at Penn State-Altoona and Newland in the mix for DeSales University.
Hunterdon Central grad Kevin Arico got his first collegiate win for the University of Virginia. The frosh righty got a win over Lehigh with two innings of scoreless relief in a 4-2 win. He fanned two and walked none in his stint to get the win for the unbeaten Cavaliers.
Central grad Rick Neiderhaus is a starter and cleanup hitter for Monmouth University as a junior. He clubbed a two-run homer in a 4-3 win over East Carolina as a DH. Last year he hit .292, with five doubles, two triples and four homers and 35 RBI for the Hawks. He was named the NEC "Rookie of the Year" as a frosh and was all-NEC both years.
Hunterdon Central grad Steve Sanguliano is a frosh pitcher on the Monmouth University baseball team as well.
Brett Rossi is another Hunterdon Central grad that has made good in the college ranks as a starting second baseman for Barry University (Fla.), and is off to a solid start with a .317 average and seven RBI to open the season. He had four hits in the second game of the season. Rossi is the son of Central AD Bob Rossi.
North Hunterdon grad Mike Melillo is a sophomore catcher for the Elon University baseball team, and is off with a .300 average and two doubles to get the season off. As a frosh back-up catcher he drilled five homers, had four doubles and a triple, and drove in 25 runs for the Phoenix. He played in 44 of the 57 games last spring, and started in 26 of them.
North grad James Dolbier is a senior outfielder for the Villanova Wildcats and is off with a bang. The senior right fielder clubbed a three-run homer in a 10-8 win over Bowling Green in the teamís first series, and now has nine career home runs for the Cats.
North grad Drew Geissinger is a frosh infielder for High Point University (NC), and in has gotten some action as a frosh with 3-9 with an RBI in the first games of the spring season.
North grad Dan Ramos-Dominko is in the mix for the College of New Jersey baseball Lions. He is a junior and as a soph he had a 2.35 ERA with a 1-0 mark, and gave up just four earned runs all season.
North grad Tim Stringer is a senior for the Montclair State University Red Hawks. He was an NJAC "Pitcher of the Week" for Montclair, and a s sophomore was the MVP in the NCAA D3 Regional Tournament. He had 10 Kís in 6 2/3 innings in a win over New Jersey City University last spring. He appeared in 14 games, with 11 starts and a 3-6 record. He led the Hawks in strike outs with 69, and as a sophomore with 77.
Hunterdon Central grad Doug Hilgenberg is a starting first baseman for the Caldwell College baseball team, and is coming off a super frosh season where he hit a solid .277 with three homers, 10 multi-hit games and a grand-slam in a win over Dominican College. He also went 4-4 in a win over UMass-Lowell in the Regional Tournament.
North grad John Curreri is a senior shortstop at Arcadia College, and last year hit a great .373 average, with three doubles, two triples and two homers and drove in 22 runs for the Knights.
Hunterdon Central grad Tom Clarke is a sophomore outfielder on the Ursinus University Baseball Bears team. As a frosh in some limited time he hit .471 with a pair of doubles and five RBI. He is hoping to see significant time this spring.
Central grad Kevin Flammia is a freshman catcher on the Stevens Tech (NJ) team, along with North Hunterdon Brian Skocypec a frosh infielder. Skocypec has appeared in two games so far this spring.