Beacon High School pitcher Tony Romanelli has made a verbal commitment to play his college baseball at Wake Forest.
Romanelli just finished his sophomore year for Beacon. The 6-foot-2 left-hander went 6-3 with a 0.41 ERA. He struck out 75 and walked 18 in 51 innings.
After allowing three runs in his first start of the season against Spackenkill, Romanelli did not allow an earned run for the remainder of the season.
Romanelli was named the Large Schools Pitcher of the Year by the Dutchess County Baseball Coaches Association.
“Tony is successful because he has an innate ability to throw his fastball, curveball and changeup for strikes at any time in the count, which makes him very difficult to hit,” Beacon coach Bob Atwell said.
“Verbally committing to a competitive ACC school this early is a tremendous individual accomplishment for him.”
As a member of the class of 2014, Romanelli cannot sign a National Letter of Intent until early November 2013.
“The coaches at Wake really made me feel comfortable,” Romanelli said. “I am very sure of my decision, and even with all the time until I can sign, I doubt I will change my mind.”
Last season, Wake Forest finished 33-24 overall with a 13-17 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Demon Deacons were eliminated after going 1-2 in the pool-play stage of the ACC Tournament.
“It was the right offer from the right school,” Romanelli said. “It was the best fit for me where I will be able to get on the field and play.”
Romanelli has also played first base for Beacon.
This past season, he batted .343 with three home runs, 16 RBI and 16 runs scored.