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Mercer Baseball Coach Expects Big Boost From New Recruits


WEST WINDSOR –The Mercer County Community College baseball team will welcome a class of 20 new recruits this fall, including multiple players who have earned all-county, all-conference, and all-state honors as high school athletes.

"This recruiting class represents top talent from Mercer County’s strong high school baseball programs, along with players from various counties and multiple states," said Vikings Head Coach Kevin Kerins.

The Vikings baseball team posted a solid 2013 season, earning a no. 12 national ranking in Division II and went into the Region 19 Tournament as the no. 1 seed with a 32-15 record. This is the second recruiting class under Kerins, who was named Region 19 Coach of the Year. Two Mercer players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft over the last three years.

According to Kerins, this incoming class shows a lot of promise.

“This group showcases several strong academic performers, multiple all-state players, and all-around quality young men,” Kerins said.



Mercer Baseball Coach Kevin Kerins


In addition to a significant number of Mercer County recruits, other players will come to MCCC from New York, Pennsylvania, and other parts of New Jersey. Close to three-quarters of the recruits have all-state, all-conference, or all-county honors to their credit.

Incoming players for the 2013-14 Vikings baseball team, with name, position, high school, and honors include:

    • Joseph Burgund, LHP, Tottenville, N.Y.; All-Northeast Region.
    • Greg Santora, C, Seneca, N.J.; 2012-13 All-County, Carpenter Cup selection.
    • Joe Santospago, OF, Archbishop Wood, Pa.; All-Philadelphia Catholic League.
    • C.J. Rasille, OF, North Hunterdon, N.J.
    • Mike Pfieffer, LHP, North Brunswick, N.J.; 2013 All-County, 2013-All-Area, Middlesex County All Star.
    • Brandon DeBreu, OF, Rancocas Valley, N.J.; 2013 All-Conference.
    • Matt Gall, LHP, Seneca, N.J.; 2012 All-County Selection.
    • Eddie Ahsley, OF, Steinert, N.J.; 2012-13 Carpenter Cup selection, 2012-13 All-County, 2013 All-State.
    • Dave Osnato, C,  Hamilton West, N.J.; All time Mercer County hits leader, 2011-13 All-County, 2013 Carpenter Cup selection, 2013 All-State.
    • Tommy Cockill, LHP, LaSalle College H.S., Pa.; 2013 All-Philadelphia Catholic League.
    • Tyler Markovic, RHP, Hatboro-Horsham, Pa.; On-Deck Baseball Academy member.
    • Brandon Kirk, SS/3B, Hamilton West, N.J.; 2013 Carpenter Cup selection, 2013 All-State.
    • Jesse Lammers, 1B/OF, Woodbridge, N.J.; 2013 All-County; Middlesex County All-Star.
    • Devon Bowker; MIF, Truman, Pa.; 2012 Bucks County Legion Most Improved Player.
    • Mike Petrizzi, MIF, Conwell Egan, Pa.; 2013 All-Philadelphia Catholic League.
    • Mark Sitek, OF, West Windsor Plainsboro South, N.J.
    • Sunny Singh, RHP, West Windsor Plainsboro South, N.J.
    • Jayson Richard, OF/RHP, Neptune, N.J.; 2013 Preseason All-B North Team, 2013 Monmouth County All Star.
    • Shane Monaghan, 3B, Truman, Pa.; 2013 All-County.
    • James Rice, MIF, Immaculatta High, N.J.; 2013 All County.



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