Sacred Heart Baseball Announces Incoming Freshman Class

Sacred Heart Baseball Announces Incoming Freshman Class

Fairfield, CT – The Sacred Heart Baseball team has announced their incoming class of 2017 recruiting class. The class consists of Zack Short from Hurley, NY, Ted Shaw from Southington, CT, Jason Foley from Bellmore, NY and Keith Klebart from Woodbridge, CT.

Short, a Hurley, NY native attends Kingston high school.  This past spring, he hit a stellar .410, notched 12 doubles (a school record), 11 stole eleven bases, and recorded a  team leading 32 RBI's. Starting at short stop, Short Co-Captained the Class AA NYS Champion Kingston Tigers for Coach Mike Groppuso. For his efforts, Zack collected All-League, All-Section, and All-State honors.  Short also plays varsity basketball for Kingston. This past summer Zack played for Bob Fletcher and the Taconic Rangers travel organization.  

 "I love everything about Sacred Heart and it gives me the best chance to succeed," said Short.

Shaw is a 5'10" 165 pound short stop who attends Southington High School and plays varsity baseball for Charlie Lembo and Legion Baseball in the summer for Marc Verderame. Last season, Ted helped lead the Blue Knights to the state LL semi-finals. For his efforts, Ted was selected for the Junior Select Connecticut All Star Game as well the Connecticut vs. Massachusetts All Star game. Ted was also a three year member of the Southington HS varsity basketball team.

"Sacred Heart was a perfect fit because all the coaches and players are great people to be around, and the school in general is just that one place where I would like to spend my college career," commented Shaw on why he chose SHU.

Foley, a 6'3 190 pound RHP attends W.C. Mepham HS in Bellmore, NY. Jason plays varsity baseball for Bill Murphy and played this fall for Joe Mongiello and the LI Prospects Travel Team. The hard throwing righty has been an honor roll member every semester and was given Perfect Game All American distinction.

"SHU has a very nice campus, with great campus life and has solid athletics and academics," Foley said.

Keith, a 175 pound infielder attends Amity Regional HS in Woodbridge, CT. He played varsity baseball for Sal Coppola and competed this past summer for the Baseball U Travel Organization for Pat Vigilio.  As a junior Keith hit .320 and was a perfect 16-16 in stolen base attempts. He helped the Spartans capture the Housatonic Division on route to winning the 2012 Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) title. He was selected to participate in the Junior Select Connecticut All Star Game.  

"Right when I stepped on campus, it felt like home," Klebart remarked.

"We are excited about the additions of Zack, Keith, Ted and Jason to the Pioneer baseball program", Said Head Coach Nick Giaquinto. "Our coaching staff is confident these young men will be prepared to maintain the excellence on the field and in the classroom that Pioneer baseball has come to represent"

 The Pioneers open their 2013 campaign on March 1st in Louisiana, coming off back-to-back NEC Championships.