Christian Brothers Academy junior pitcher Luca Dalatri and junior catcher Brandon Martorano were named to USA Today High School Sports All-USA New Jersey Baseball Team first team and Colts’ coach was named Marty Kenney was named USA Today’s New Jersey’s Baseball Coach of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.
Jackson Memorial senior shortstop Brandon Janofsky was named to the second team.
Dalatri, who was the Asbury Park Press’ Shore Conference Player of the Year, went 9-0 with a 0.88 earned run average and 122 strikeouts and just seven walks in 71 innings.
He pitched a four-hitter, struck out 12, walked one, hit a batter and homered in CBA’s 7-0 win over then 29-0 Don Bosco Prep in the NJSIAA Non-Public A championship game.
That win enabled CBA to become the second Shore Conference team and first since 2004 to win the “Quadruple Crown” (overall state group championship, Shore Conference Tournament title, county tournament championship and Shore Conference divisional title).
CBA (27-5) won the SCT and Monmouth County Tournament titles and shared the Shore Conference Class A North championship with Middletown South. The Colts won their final 14 games, 11 of which were in tournament play, and finished ranked No. 1 in the Asbury Park Press’ Shore Conference Top 10.
Dalatri was the winning pitcher in the MCT title game. He also hit .402 with nine home runs and a Shore Conference-leading 44 RBI.
Martorano hit a Shore Conference-leading 11 homers, had 31 RBI and a .444 batting average. He had the game-winning hit in several of the Colts’ late season games, including a double in the bottom of the seventh inning in tthe 5-4 win over Wall in the MCT championship game.
He was an Asbury Park Press First Team All-Shore selection.
Martorano hit a two-run, opposite field homer to right in the top of the first in the Non-Public A state championship game and a solo homer in the bottom of the second in the 2-0 win over Bishop Eustace in the Non-Public South A championship game.
Kenney, who was the Asbury Park Press’ Coach of the Season for the spring, completed his 42nd season as the head coach at his scholastic alma mater.
He is New Jersey’s second all-time winningiest baseball coach with 756, behind legendary Toms River High School South head coach Ken Frank (825).
Kenney has coached CBA to three Non-Public A state championships, eight Non-Public South A sectional titles, six Shore Conference Tournament championships, seven Monmouth County Tournament titles and 16 Shore Conference Class A North divisional championships.
Janofsky, an Asbury Park Press First Team All-Shore selection, hit .426 with six home runs, 29 RBI and helped the Jaguars win the Ocean County Tournament title.