Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSosra pitched a perfect eighth inning in his pro debut for the Hudson Valley Renegades in a 7-3 New York-Penn League loss to the Vermont Lake Monsters in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday.
LaSorsa was selected in the 18th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, who assigned him to their Class A short-season affiliate in Hudson Valley.
LaSorsa pitched three seasons at St. John’s University before being drafted. He was 6-5 with a 1.66 earned run average in 2019.
The Major League Baseball Draft starts tonight with the first round and it’ll be interesting to see who is selected from the archdiocese.
One player to watch is Ricky DeVito, a junior pitcher from Seton Hall University who was the 2018 Big East Pitcher of the Year and an All-American. He also had a good summer in 2018 competing against college baseball’s top players in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
According to an MLB video, the graduate of St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School on Staten Island has a fastball that tops out at 94 miles per hour and he could be selected in the top five or six rounds of the draft.
Click here to see the video.
Marist College is hosting a CYO Night when the men’s basketball team hosts rival Siena in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game on Friday night.
ESPNU is televising the game at 7 p.m.
A CYO player wearing his or her jersey will be admitted free with a paying adult.
Click here for more information on Marist athletics.
Sarah Flynn, a rising senior and national champion relay runner at The Ursuline School, is organizing a charity event called Laps for Love, the first event listed on the 2018 CYO New York cross country schedule on Sept. 9 from noon-3 p.m. at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle.
The event is open to men and women of all ages. All of the men will be running or walking to raise money for Right to Play charity, and all of the women will be raising money for Girls on the Run.
Click here to learn more about the event and see the complete 2018 CYO New York cross country schedule.
Ricky DeVito and Joe La Sorsa completed their Cape Cod Baseball League seasons as members of the Harwich Mariners, who lost in the opening round of the playoffs to the Chatham Anglers.
DeVito was 1-1 with a 2.45 earned run average, giving up 27 hits and 13 walks, and struck out 35 in 29 1/3 regular-season innings. In one playoff game, he struck out four in three innings.
DeVito is the 2018 Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year and a second-team All-American. The graduate of St. Joseph by-the-Sea on Staten Island is a pitcher for Seton Hall University.
La Sorsa pitched 23 1/3 innings of relief, finishing 3-2 with a 5.78 earned run average. He allowed 26 hits and nine walks, and struck out 25. In one playoff game, he surrendered one earned run and struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings.
La Sorsa, a graduate of Iona Prep, is a pitcher for St. John’s University.
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School graduate Gavin Garay is hitting .350 in the early season for the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League.
Garay is 7 for 20 with a home run and six RBIs.
The 21 year old, a 26th round pick of the Mets in 2017, hit .246 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 2017.
Brad Case, a graduate of Iona Prep, was drafted Wednesday by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round, becoming the first graduate of an archdiocese Catholic high school to be selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.
Case, the 504th pick overall in the draft, had a 5-6 record with a 3.46 earned run average in 2018 for Rollins College in Florida. In 96.1 innings, he allowed 37 earned runs on 106 hits and struck out 74.