FAIRFIELD, CT – The Sacred Heart Baseball team announced the signing of six to National Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon. The incoming Fall of 2014 class consists of 3 position players and 3 left-handed pitchers. The newest Pioneers are LHP Ethan Lonardelli and outfielder/ RHP Dan Schock from Cheshire High School, LHP Nick Rubino from Guilford High School, catcher Cody Dolye of Avon Old Farms, infielder Alex Perry of Syosset High School in Long Island, and LHP James Taubl from Christian Heritage High School.
Ethan Lonardelli, 6-1/215, LHP, Cheshire High School
Lonardelli has put up fantastic numbers for the Cheshire Rams and Head Coach Bill Mrowka in his first three seasons. As a junior, Lonardelli posted a 2.30 ERA through 45.2 innings, while throwing 3 complete games. Lonadelli had a breakout summer following his junior high school season fo r the CT Bombers under Head Coach Joe Reitano and pitching Coach Greg Simler.
"Ethan is a fierce competitor with quality stuff and great command," Sacred Heart Head Coach Nick Giaquinto said. "I am looking forward to Ethan's arrival on campus."
Dan Schock, 5-11/190, OF/LHP, Cheshire High School
Schock has also been playing under Head Coach Bill Mrowka at Cheshire High School. Through two seasons of varsity baseball, Schock has batted an impressive .372 with 51 hits, 25 RBI's, 15 2B's, 5 3B's and 3 ho meruns. He has also shown great speed and base running instincts by stealing 15 bases on 18 attempts. In addition to hitting, Schock has posted a 4.33 ERA in 55 innings on the mound. Schock has played his summer ball for Cheshire Legion and Coach Bill Robertson.
"Dan has the ability to be a middle of the order hitter and is a quality outfielder with a strong arm and good range," Coach Giaquinto said. "Dan also has the ability to earn substantial innings out of the bullpen."
Nick Rubino, 6-4/185, LHP, Guilford High School
Rubino has been an important part of Brian Hayden's program at Guilford High School for the last few years. Rubino posted a 4.13 ERA with 5 wins and 55 strikeouts, over a total of 42.1 innings pitched during his junior season. Rubino ranked 12th in the state in strikeouts and combined for 2 no-hitters and a 2-hitter. In addition, he has led the Hammonassett Division in strikeouts for the past two seasons. Nick played his summ er ball for the CT Bombers and Coach Bob Turcio.
"Nick is an extremely talented left handed pitcher with a high upside," Coach Giaquinto stated. "His unique combination of size and athleticism will help him come in and compete immediately. "
Cody Doyle, 5-11/180, C, Avon Old Farms
Doyle played his high school ball for Coach Rob Dowling at Avon Old Farms. As a junior, Doyle started 20 of 22 games behind the plate and posted a .311 batting average. Doyle was a member of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Founders League and Colonial League Championship teams. He had a breakout summer following his junior year of high school playing for Avon Senior Legion, coached by his father Brian Doyle. Doyle hit .357 on the summer and totaled 31 hits.
According to Coach Giaquinto; "Cody is an exceptionally talented receiver behind the plate and has the ability to compete offensively at a high level. I am excited to see him come in and compete for a job next fall."
Alex Perry, 5-8/165 IF, Syosset High School
Perry has been the starting shortstop for Syosset High School under head coach Patrick Fitzgerald for the past three seasons. Perry hit .402 during his junior season and was a 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All-American honorable mention. In addition to his offensive production, Alex topped out at 88 mph off the mound and r ecorded 10k's in 4 1 /3 innings last season. He was also ranked in the top 500 players for the class of 2014 by Perfect Game. Perry plays his summer ball with the Long Island Whalers and coach Kieran Black."Alex is a solid defensive infielder with a strong arm and good speed,"
Coach Giaquinto said. "In addition to competing for a spot in the infield his freshman year, Alex has the arm strength and make-up to compete for a spot out of the bullpen."
James Taubl, 5-10/160, LHP,Christian Heritage High School
Taubl has been playing for Coach Gregory Vasil at Christian Heritage High School for the past three seasons. Over that time, the lefty has posted a 2.4 ERA and totaled 249 strikeouts while only giving up 98 hits and 32 walks. In addition, he was varsity MVP for his freshman and sophomore seasons. Taubl has played his summer ball for the New Haven Knights, coached by his father John Taubl.
"James has put up some terrific numbers over the past three years and with the quality of his pitches, he should have a fluid transition to the college level," Coach Giaquinto said.
The 2014 Pioneers will begin their season on February 28th, opening up the 2014 campaign with an eight game road trip in Louisiana.