Former DJacks DeChiaro, Mason collide in Norfolk

By Bob Behre | March 2, 2022

Former Diamond Jacks and Hunterdon Central High School teammates Joey DeChiaro and Colin Mason renewed their friendship in Norfolk, Virginia last weekend when Binghamton University traveled to Old Dominion.

DeChiaro, a 6-2, 220-pound sophomore lefthander, pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief as the Monarchs (5-1) rallied from a 7-1 deficit to defeat Binghamton (2-4), 8-7 in Sunday’s rubber match in a three-game series at Old Dominion.

Mason, a 6-3, 190 junior outfielder, did not get an at bat in the series and is 0-for-1 on the season thus far. DeChiaro has permitted one run on four hits over 4.2 innings in the early going for Old Dominion, striking out two and walking one while posting a 1.93 ERA. All of his innings are accounted for in two relief performances.

DeChiaro and Mason were integral ingredients in Hunterdon Central’s run to the NJSIAA Group 4 championship in 2018. Mason was a senior, a reliable bat and rock solid outfielder on that outstanding Red Devils club. DeChiaro was a junior on his way to setting his school’s career victories record. Each also had a long and distinguished career with the Diamond Jacks program out of Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J.

Top, former Diamond Jacks Joey DeChiaro of Old Dominion and Colin Mason of Binghamton. Below, the baseball buddies, in reverse order, from their days at Hunterdon Central High School.
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