One of the state’s premier power hitters had one vital number to prove it: a state-leading 62 RBI, a .856 slugging percentage with 21 extra-base hits (11 doubles, 1 triple, 9 homers). He hit .443 and scored 28 runs. He served as DH when not starting at a corner infield spot as he recovered from a UCL tear suffered in 2012.
|2B||Marc Monks||North Hunterdon||Jr.|
Switched from short to second early in his first varsity season and didn’t make an error after April 27. He hit .396, helping the Lions advance to the North 2 Group IV final. He had 10 doubles, a triple, three homers and 19 RBI. He’ll be back at quarterback in the fall for the Lions.
Wagner showed his versatility on defense, playing a flawless center field to start the season, then moving to third base where he was just as good. The Phillies drafted the lefty-swinging slugger in the 39th round of the first-year players draft.
|SS||Jeremy Ake||Hunterdon Central||Sr.|
The smooth-fielding shortstop batted .372 with 18 extra to help Central win a Central Group IV title. Ake, headed to the University of Delaware, led the team in RBI (28), doubles (11), homers (7) and runs scored (33). He struck out just eight times in 113 plate appearances.
Jankowski hit .360 with eight doubles, a homer and 17 RBI in 75 at bats. Coach Max Newill said Jankowski ‘did everything for us.’ That included throwing out 20 runners — 12 caught stealing and eight pickoffs.
|OF||Anthony Brocato||Rutgers Prep||Jr.|
Led Rutgers Prep to its first Non-Public B championship, batting .500 while leading the state with 29 extra-base hits (17 doubles, 4 triples, 8 homers). paced the Argonauts with 42 RBI, 46 hits and 36 runs. Stole 8 bases in as many attempts. Did not commit an error in 57 chances and had two assists
The Courier News’ Player of the Year batted and pitched the Blue Jays to Group I title. Went 11-0 with 0.89 ERA. Hurled 63 innings. Batted .557 with 49 hits including 19 for extra bases (12 doubles, 7 triples). Paced squad with 45 runs scored and 35 RBI. Will attend Rutgers on baseball scholarship.
|OF||Aidan McDermott||South Plainfield||Jr.|
Paced Tigers to North 2 Group III final and GMCT semifinal with team-leading .417 batting average. Collected 43 hits, 24 runs, 20 RBI, 14 doubles and a homer. Boasted a .583 slugging percentage. Committed just one error in 51 chances for .981 fielding percentage.
He’ll be a lineman at the University of San Diego, but he certainly wasn’t looking ahead. He led the team to its first Somerset County Tournament title since 1986. He hit .426 with 27 RBI and 28 runs scored and was 6-1 on the mound with a 2.55. He pitched a complete game in the county final to beat Immaculata and also hit a bases-clearing triple in the 6-5 win.
Sparkplug to school’s first state title since 2007. Leadoff batter led GMC with 52 hits. Scored 42 runs and had 25 RBI. Boasted a .464 batting average and a .527 on-base percentage. Committed just seven errors in more than 100 chances for a .912 fielding percentage.
|P||Joey Rocchietti||Watchung Hills||Sr.|
He’ll pitch for Manhattan College and the Jaspers’ coaching staff must be happy about what they saw. He went 8-1, striking out 70 and walking nine in 73 1/3 innings with a 0.95 earned run average. He held batters to a .180 average in 261 at bats.
The Tufts University-bound righty went 7-2 with a 3.96 earned run average. He delivered an outstanding effort in the Union County Tournament semifinal, helping the Blue Devils reach the county final with a 6-4 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
|P||Billy Maier||Hunterdon Central||Sr.|
Maier, who’ll pitch at Iona, went 7-2 with a 1.84 earned run average. Among the highlights were a shutout of Vernon in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex final, a 2-1 seven-hitter victory over Brick Memorial in a Central Group IV final and a great relief performance in the 2-1 state semifinal loss to state champ Eastern.
The Skyland Delaware Division champs set a single-season program earned run average low of 1.64. The left-handed Bumstead (0.78) led the way, going 5-2, striking out 23 and walking nine in a team-leading 44 innings. He threw a two-hit shutout in his first start, a 2-0 win over Bridgewater-Raritan, went six innings to earn a 4-1 win over Watchung Hills and threw a three-hitter in beating Hillsborough 5-1 in a county quarterfinal. He shut out Hillsborough 7-0 nine days later on a three-hitter, not allowing a walk.
|1B||Scott Skripko||Delaware Valley||Sr.|
|2B||Brett McManus||Hunterdon Central||So.|
|3B||Malcolm Kelsey||Rutgers Prep||Sr.|
|SS||Tom Giaimo||Watchung Hills||Sr.|
|OF||Kevin Sauma||Watchung Hills||Sr.|
|OF||Ryan Jennings||Governor Livingston||Sr.|
|OF||John Maddaluna III||Bernards||Sr.|
|UT||Christian Zazzali||Scotch Plains-Fanwood||Jr.|
|P||Eric Soranno||Watchung Hills||Sr.|
|P||P.J. Strahm||Rutgers Prep||So.|
|1B||A.J. Celentano||South Plainfield||Sr.|
|SS||Robbie Young||North Hunterdon||Sr.|
|C||Colby Smith||Rutgers Prep||Sr.|
|OF||Spencer Diggins||Rutgers Prep||Sr.|
|OF||Geggie Russomagno||Hunterdon Central||Sr.|
Bernards: Brendan Ball, Joe Carle, Matt Dean, Jon Iaione; Bound Brook: Ryan Doerr, Paul Konysz, James Orofino; Bridgewater-Raritan: Glenn Boehme, Nick Norcia, Drew Petillo, Brian Schepf; Delaware Valley: Chris Fiaschetti, Ryan Hann, Chris Pilone, Reed Williams; Dunellen: Dylan Hoskie, Tony McGuane, Mike DeMaria; Franklin Pedro Aldaca; Gill St. Bernards: Mark Leonhard, Nick Blackman; Governor Livingston: Steve Duda, Pat Mahoney, Ethan Frohman, Barron Natelli; Hillsborough: Matt Hornich, Matt Tackach, Rob Foti; Hunterdon Central: Brett Mele, Mike Novello, Matt Toke; Immaculata: Jimmy Rice; Manville: Anthony Zuhone, Erick Warren; Middlesex: Dan Berardi, Kris Fellin, Anthony Keri; Montgomery: Sam Capolongo; Ben Verducci, Zach DeVincenzo; New Providence: Mike Felezzola, Marc Giacalone, Jordan Morang, Bryan Sherman; North Hunterdon: Shane Brown, Drew Gianos, Griffin Hatton, Andrew Meiners; North Plainfield: Kyle Grant, Antrell McGee; Pingry: Ryan Toomey, Cole Mc Collum; Piscataway: Casey Poulsen, Charles Mitchell, George Nesler, Jordan Scott; Piscataway Tech: Vincent Delemo; Plainfield: Will Medina, Alejandro Lopez; Ridge: Ryan Bell, Zach Bontempi, Matt Graziano, Andrew Hartjen, Joe Vindici, Liam McArthur; Rutgers Prep: Mike Coiro, Paul Nemergut; Scotch Plains-Fanwood: Brad Alleman, Kevin Maxwell; Somerset Tech: Tom Bucek, A.J. Wilt; Somerville: Blaze Aranzullo, Eric Ciresa, Connor DePace, Patrick Ryan; South Hunterdon: Toby Coleman, Jake Phillips, Jimmy Smiegocki; South Plainfield: Taylor Born, Pat Boyle, Justin Marks, Nick Muglia, Jeff Pellegrino; Timothy Christian: Jeff Parker, Matt Zgorzynski; Union Catholic: Anthony Colletti, Ryan Khan; Voorhees: Dan Barone, Andrew Haspel, Justin Hausler; Wardlaw-Hartridge: Noah Ganz, John Anderson-Schmidt; Watchung Hills: Frank Urso, Justin Howell; Westfield: Tyler Bowman, Brad DeMartino, Eric Demers, Mike Ionta