The incoming freshman class of players will add athleticism and skill to an already talented team, Middlesex County College baseball coach CJ Mooney said.
Of the fourteen players to sign letters of intent to play for the Blue Colts, 11 are from Middlesex County: Zack Honimar, Nick Charmello and Kyle Gasiewski from South Amboy; Zach Tighe and Sam Duffy from Woodbridge, Ryan Massett and Christopher Born from South Plainfield; Kenneth Tunison from Dunellen; Andrew Deceglie from Old Bridge; Jayson Mahmood from Piscataway and Mike Romanello Jr. from Sayreville.
Ryan McNamara (Bayonne), Jake Ferraro (Rahway) and Kenneth Spadaccini (Cresskill) have also signed to play for the Blue Colts, who are coming off a 26-14 season and a berth in the Region XIX postseason.
“I really enjoy the group of young men who are coming into our baseball program,” Mooney said. “They all seem eager to get to work on the ball field, but more importantly, in the classroom. I believe that the two biggest strengths of this recruiting class is their athleticism and versatility. Many of these student athletes can play multiple positions around the diamond as well as contribute on the mound. I am very excited to get to work with the incoming class and our returning sophomore group.”
Mooney said he hopes to play some games in the fall. Middlesex County College is slated to start play in the highly competitive Garden State Athletic Conference when it hosts Salem County College on March 13.
The incoming crop of Blue Colts will add depth to the infield.
Duffy, a first-team All-GMC White Division selection, batted .400 with four homers and 21 RBI last season. Honimar and Gasiewski were All-Gold Division selections. Honimar hit .414 with 13 RBI and 10 stolen bases and Gasiewski hit .409 with 12 stolen bases and 25 runs scored.
Tunison was a third-team All-GMC pick after batting .449 with three homers and 27 RBI last season. Spadicini hit .351 with 23 RBI and 14 runs scored.
In the outfield, Born hit .328 while earning All-White Division honors.
Charmello and Mahmood will bolster the pitching staff.
Mahmood, an All-Red Division pick, won three games and posted a 3.20 earned-run average and Charmello went 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 47 strikeouts.
Charmello was an All-Gold Division selection.