NJ Super 17 players K.C. Hunt and Joey DeChiaro were named to the NJ.com All-State team, leading a large contingent of players in the Diamond Jacks program out of Diamond Nation who received statewide recognition by the state’s largest publication.
Hunt, a senior at Ramapo High School, was named First Team All-State after the 6-3, 180-pound shortstop/pitcher batted .468 with five HRs and 27 RBI. Hunt (pictured above) concluded his senior season as Ramapo’s career hits leader. The righthander went 4-2 with a 2.14 ERA and struck out 50 in 30 innings. His next stop is Mississippi State.
DeChiaro, a 6-2, 195-pound lefthander from Hunterdon Central in Flemington, went 5-2 with a 1.04 ERA to earn Third Team All-State recognition a year after being selected to the First Team. DeChiaro, a senior, leaves Hunterdon Central for Old Dominion having set his high school’s career wins record at 26.
DeChiaro was also named the Skyland Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season.
The All-State committee also awards honors by NJSIAA group size as Hunt was a First Team All-Group 3 selection. Earning Third Team All-Group 3 honors were Diamond Jacks Devin Hack (.329, 14 SBs) of Somerville and Zach Sylvester (.390) of Montville. Hack, a talented center fielder and speedy leadoff hitter, will play for Seton Hall University in the fall. Sylvester, who just completed his junior season, was named as a utility player for his ability to play multiple positions.
Diamond Jacks Alex Stone of Newton and Kyle Adorno (.440, 40 hits) of Johnson of Clark were named to Second Team All-Group 2. Stone is a hard-hitting junior catcher already committed to Duke and Adorno is an outstanding sophomore outfielder.
Five more Diamond Jacks earned All-Non-Public recognition. Jack Eichler (.392, 21 RBI), a senior second baseman at Seton Hall Prep, Felix Diaz (.337, 5 HRs), a senior third baseman at Immaculata and Adam Boucher (6-3, 2.44 ERA, 72K, 43 IP), a junior righthander also committed to Duke, were each named to All-Non-Public Second Team. Boucher plays for St. Joseph of Metuchen. Earning Third Team All-Non-Public are freshman Donovan Zsak (5-2, 44K, 26.1 IP) of St. Joseph of Metuchen and sophomore Ryan Rumsey (4-1) of Paul VI of Haddonfield.
Zsak, a freshman lefthander, has already committed to Virginia. Rumsey is a sophomore righty also used as a corner infielder.
The Diamond Jacks also had a trio of talented players earn honors competing in the Prep School ranks for The Hun School in Princeton. Jack Erbeck, a gifted two-way player, went 6-0 with a 0.32 ERA while batting .393 and hitting six HRs against stiff competition. Teammates McGwire Tuffy (.500, 24 RBI), who is headed to Quinnipiac in Connecticut, and Erbeck’s younger brother, Ricky Erbeck, a sophomore righthander and infielder, were also honored on All-Prep. Hun won its conference, the Mid-Atlantic Prep League, and the state Prep A championship this spring.
Former Diamond Jack Anthony Volpe of Delbarton, who was selected 30th overall in the First-Year Players Draft by the New York Yankees, was named the State Player of the Year. Volpe, a remarkably gifted shortstop who spent his formative years with the Diamond Jacks program, batted .477, scored 42 runs and drove home 36 runs while ripping seven triples and hitting eight HRs. He hit critical home runs for his team in one-run victories in the Morris County Tournament final and the Non-Public A state championship game.