DeVito Continues to Roll

St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School graduate Ricky DeVito has not allowed an earned run in his last three outings, lowering his earned run average from 10.13 to 3.38.

In his most recent outing on July 26, DeVito allowed two hits and one walk, and struck out five over four innings for the Danville Braves in a 2-0 Appalachian League loss to the Bluefield Blue Jays.

Danville is a Class A short-season affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. DeVito was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the eighth round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of Seton Hall University.

LaSorsa Fires 3 Shutout Innings

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out four for the Hudson Valley Renegades in a 12-2 New York-Penn League baseball victory over Vermont at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill on Tuesday.

The Renegades held a 4-2 lead when LaSorsa entered the game in the sixth inning.

For the season, LaSorsa is 3-1 with a 0.79 earned run average. In 22 2/3 innings, he’s allowed two earned runs on 11 hits and two walks. He has 21 strikeouts.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. John’s University. The Renegades are the Class A short-season affiliate of the Rays.

 

Citron Excels for Team USA

Sonia Citron of The Ursuline School helped Team USA win the 2019 International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) U16 Americas Championship in Chile.

The rising junior at Ursuline earned all-tournament honors and received college athletic scholarships from Pac-12 powers Stanford and Oregon when she returned from Chile.

Click here to read the her story from Catholic New York.

PHOTO COURTESY OF USA BASKETBALL

DeVito Rebounds in Last 2 Outings

St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School graduate Ricky DeVito fired scoreless baseball in his last two outings for the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League.

DeVito allowed no earned runs on two hits and struck out seven 6 2/3 innings over two starts, the first two starts of his professional career. His recent starts followed two relief appearances where he gave up six earned runs over 3 1/3 innings.

DeVito, an eighth-round pick of the Atlanta Braves out of Seton Hall University, is 0-0 with a 4.50 earned run average and 15 strikeouts over 12 innings for Danville. Prior to his promotion to Danville, he pitched a scoreless inning for the Gulf Coast Rookie League Braves.

 

Santos Earns Tryout for Team USA

Mount St. Michael Academy pitcher Alex Santos earned the opportunity to try out for Team USA’s U18 team that will compete in the World Cup in South Korea.

Santos is one of 40 players heading to Los Angeles for the tryout in August. Twenty players will be chosen for the World Cup team.

Click here to read Santos’ story from this week’s Catholic New York.

PHOTO: Alex Santos stands with former Yankees captain Derek Jeter at a camp held at IMG Academy in Florida June 13-July 4.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX SANTOS

 

LaSorsa Earns Third Win

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa picked up his third win of the summer as the Hudson Valley Renegades defeated the Staten Island Yankees, 10-4, in a New York-Penn League Class A short-season baseball game at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill July 12.

LaSorsa allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks over four innings, his longest relief outing of the season. He struck out two.

For the season, the 21 year old is 3-0 with one save and a 0.49 earned run average. He’s allowed one earned run on nine hits and two walks over 18 1/3 innings. He has 17 strikeouts.

LaSorsa was an 18-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. John’s University.

 

Espinal Pitching on Cape

Cardinal Spellman High School School graduate Blake Espinal is pitching for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Baseball League, considered the top collegiate baseball summer league in the country.

After surrendering two earned runs in each of his first three relief outings, the 21 year old has pitched a shutout inning in each of his last two outings.

Espinal, a pitcher for Seton Hall University, is 0-0 with a 5.58 earned run average, allowing six earned runs on six hits and four walks over 9 2/3 innings. He struck out 11.

Espinal’s ERA has dropped from 7.04 to 5.58 over his last two outings.

The Cape Cod All-Star Game is Sunday in Orleans. The league produces nearly half of the first-round picks each year in the Major League Baseball Draft. In 2018, St. Joseph by-the–Sea graduate Ricky DeVito and Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa both pitched for Harwich and each was selected in this year’s MLB Draft.

CYO Golf Instruction

Ulster County CYO and Green Acres Golf Course are sponsoring CYO golf instruction with PGA Golf Pro John Magaletta as part of the Hook  A Kid on Golf program.

Golf instruction is scheduled for July 22-26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Green Acres in Kingston. The program, limited to the first eight registered golfers per session, is for children ages 10-16 with some golfing experience, but children under 10 may be permitted to participate following a skills evaluation.

Click here for more information and to register.

LaSorsa Still Firing Zeros

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa is still sporting a 0.00 earned run average.

The left-handed pitcher for the Hudson Valley Renegades, the New York-Penn League Class A short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, has allowed zero earned runs, scattered six hits, walked zero hitters and struck out 15 over 14 1/3 innings in six games. He is 2-0 with a save, earning his second win and first save in his last two outings.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. John’s University.

 

Baseball Miracles Visits Albuquerque

Baseball Miracles completed a baseball-themed mission trip to New Mexico that included a community service project and baseball clinic.

The non-profit group assisted the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in cleaning the San Juan Diego Friary and building a new fence for the friars before teaching boys and girls the game of baseball in a clinic at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque.

Baseball Miracles brings together baseball and community service to underserved domestic and international communities. The group has visited locations in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Kenya, Honduras, South Africa, the Philippines and Ireland.

Click here to learn more about Baseball Miracles.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BASEBALL MIRACLES