High School baseball begins pre-season practices today in New Jersey while Pennsylvania schools are already a week into their first swings and throws of the 2023 season.
Appropriately, Diamond Nation honored 24 senior ball players on Saturday afternoon for their respective commitments to play baseball in college. It was another pleasant return to normal as the facility’s signing party had been derailed the past two years due to COVID pandemic restrictions.
It was also a send off, of sorts, to the players in the organization who have grown as ball players and young men from the days on the small field, through their subsequent five years of experiences on the big field.
Kevin Cust, Diamond Nation’s director of baseball operations, led the festivities and thanked the Diamond Jacks for their years of hard work and development that led to them committing to play ball in college. Diamond Jack coaches Mike Buckelew, Travis Anderson and Walter Cleary all gave their thoughts on the players’ experiences the past several years.
Many of the honored Diamond Jacks have been with the organization as many as five, six, seven or even eight years. Now, with their freshman year of college in sight, it’s time for each player to refocus their energies and close out their high school career with a flourish.
DIAMOND JACK COLLEGE SIGNEES
Christian Azcona (St. Joseph Met.), Eastern Kentucky
Jack Bacolo (Nazareth, Pa.), East Stroudsburg
Robbie Carvelli (St. Joseph Met.), Lehigh University
Jordan Chui (Central Bucks South, Pa.), Juniata College
Jake Dally (Nazareth, Pa.), Binghamton University
Logan Eilbacher (Notre Dame), Catholic University
Lance Eilbacher (Notre Dame), Catholic University
Elijah Foster (Seton Hall Prep), Sacred Heart University
Martin Howell (Watchung Hills), Penn State University
Ian Kaiser (Montville), Binghamton University
Brayden Keller (Somerville), University of Scranton
Jack Kopera (Jefferson), FDU-Florham
Nick Lorenzo (Pingry), University of Richmond
Marco Maselli (Delbarton), Holy Cross
Beckham McNally (Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.), Catholic University
Jimmy Mulvaney (St. Joseph Met.), Fairfield University
Spencer Nicely (Summit), Sacred Heart University
Brett Patten (Manasquan), St. John’s University
Graham Ross (Hillsborough), Drew University
James Scott (Hunterdon Central), Bloomsburg University
Zach Smethers (Nazareth, Pa.), Goldey-Beacom College
Kolbie Stellpflug (Somerville), Rhode Island College
Matthew Wescott (Hillsborough), Moravian University