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The Tablet’s Boys’ HS All-Star Baseball Team

Jaylen Palmer, Holy Cross
Ryan O'Hagan, Holy Cross
Angelo Alessandro, Holy Cross
John Callahan,Holy Cross
Max Mastrototaro, Holy Cross
Phil Damiano, Holy Cross
Bryan Jerez, Christ the King
Joshua Vega, Christ the King
Justen Martinez, Christ the King
Lou Lombardi, St. Edmund Prep
Rashaan Browne, Bishop Loughlin
Antonio Pena, Bishop Loughlin
Will Polanco, Bishop Loughlin

With another competitive season of CHSAA baseball in the books, here’s a look at The Tablet’s 2018 diocesan All-Star team:

‘AA’ All-Stars

Infielders

Jaylen Palmer: Holy Cross H.S., Flushing; senior; batted .406, 24 hits, seven doubles, four triples, 12 RBIs, 21 runs scored, 13 stolen bases, .585 on-base percentage; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League First Team; Mayor’s Cup Game; committed to play at Long Island University Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn; selected by the New York Mets in the 22nd round of the 2018 MLB draft; 2017 Tablet All-Star

Ryan O’Hagan: Holy Cross; senior; team captain; batted .367, 22 hits, eight doubles, 14 RBIs, 13 runs scored, .493 on-base percentage; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League First Team; Mayor’s Cup Game; will attend Pace University, Pleasantville, N.Y.; 2017 Tablet All-Star

Angelo Alessandro: Holy Cross; senior; batted .387, 19 hits, five doubles, one home run, 13 RBIs, 14 runs scored, .500 on-base percentage

Justin Betancourt: St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows; senior; team co-captain; batted .358, six doubles, one triple, one home run, 26 RBIs, 18 runs scored; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League Honorable Mention; won team Edward Kent Memorial Award; will attend the University at Albany, N.Y.

Christopher Betancourt: St. Francis Prep; senior; team co-captain; batted .325, four doubles, one home run, 18 RBIs, 18 runs scored; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League Honorable Mention; Mayor’s Cup Game; won team Robert Williams Memorial Award; will attend Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Shamus Connolly: Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge; senior; batted .302, four doubles, one home run, seven RBIs; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League First Team; Mayor’s Cup Game; won team Gold Glove Award; named M.V.P. of City Championship Game; will attend Wagner College, Staten Island

Outfielders

Tommy Papadopoulos: Xaverian; senior; batted .534, 31 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, 23 RBIs, 18 runs scored, 15 stolen bases, .775 slugging percentage, .563 on-base percentage; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League Honorable Mention; won team Leading Hitter Award; will attend St. John’s University, Jamaica

Jared Lerner: Xaverian; senior; batted .278, 23 runs scored, 28 stolen bases, .493 on-base percentage; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League First Team; Mayor’s Cup Game; won team M.V.P. Award; will attend Scranton University, Pa.; 2017 Tablet All-Star

Max Mastrototaro: Holy Cross; junior; batted .382, 26 hits, four doubles, one triple, three home runs, 15 RBIs, 13 runs scored, .454 on-base percentage; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League Second Team

Catcher

Kyle Schaefer: Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst; senior; batted .275, three home runs, 18 RBIs, threw out 80 percent of attempted base stealers; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League First Team; Mayor’s Cup Game; will attend Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va.; 2017 Tablet All-Star

Designated Hitter

Mike Lewishall: Xaverian; junior; batted .340, four doubles, one home run, 16 RBIs, 12 runs scored, .489 slugging percentage, .493 on-base percentage

Pitchers

Shane Mugnolo: Xaverian; senior; 6-0, 38.0 innings pitched, 52 strikeouts, 2.20 ERA; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League Second Team; Mayor’s Cup Game; winning pitcher in City Championship Game; won team co-Pitcher of the Year Award; will attend Cortland University, N.Y.; 2017 Tablet All-Star

Joe D’Amato: Xaverian; senior; 6-1, 35.1 innings pitched, 37 strikeouts, 0.79 ERA; won team co-Pitcher of the Year Award; will attend the College of Staten Island

Ryan Martin: St. Francis Prep; junior; 4-1, 38 strikeouts, 1.58 ERA; won team Prime Time Player Award

Nicholas Perez: St. Francis Prep; sophomore; 4-3, 42 strikeouts, 2.01 ERA, batted .305, four doubles, 14 RBIs, 15 runs scored; won team Vincent Agusta Memorial Award; 2017 Tablet All-Star

John Callahan: Holy Cross; junior; 5-3, one save, 49.0 innings pitched, 39 strikeouts, 1.85 ERA, batted .282, 12 hits, two doubles, nine RBIs; CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League Honorable Mention

Phil Damiano: Holy Cross; senior; 5-2, 40.0 innings pitched, 45 strikeouts, 2.45 ERA; will attend St. John’s University

Jack Carr: Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood; sophomore; 45.0 innings pitched, 56 strikeouts, 1.56 ERA, batted .306, two doubles

‘A’ All-Stars

Infielders

Lou Lombardi: St. Edmund Prep H.S., Sheepshead Bay; senior; team co-captain; batted .425, 12 doubles, .495 on-base percentage; Mayor’s Cup Game; won CHSAA ‘A’ Division Player of the Year Award; won team co-M.V.P. Award; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League First Team; will attend St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, Clinton Hill; 2017 Tablet All-Star

Justin McDuffie: Nazareth H.S., East Flatbush; sophomore; batted .351, 17 stolen bases, 15 runs scored; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League First Team

Antonio Pena: Bishop Loughlin H.S., Fort Greene; freshman; batted .300; won team Rookie of the Year Award

Rashaan Browne: Bishop Loughlin; junior; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League Second Team

Bryan Jerez: Christ the King H.S., Middle Village; sophomore; batted .295, 14 runs scored; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League First Team

Outfielders

Christopher Zinser: St. Edmund Prep; senior; team co-captain; batted .390, 15 stolen bases; won team co-M.V.P. Award; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League First Team; will attend St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, Clinton Hill

Robert Miglino: St. Edmund Prep; senior; team co-captain; batted .280, 10 stolen bases; will attend the College of Staten Island

Henry Garcia: Bishop Loughlin; freshman; batted .450; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League Second Team; won team Outstanding Hitter Award

Luis Duran: Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S., Flatbush; junior

Catchers

Zack Schweit: St. John’s Prep, Astoria; senior; batted .300, three doubles, one triple; won team M.V.P. Award

Robert Simpson: Bishop Loughlin; senior; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League First Team

Jalen Taveras: Cristo Rey Brooklyn; junior; team co-captain

Pitchers

Anthony Camastro: Cathedral Prep and Seminary, Elmhurst; junior; pitched a no-hitter this season; won team M.V.P. Award

Richard Simon: St. Edmund Prep; senior; 4-1, 4.24 ERA, batted .260; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League First Team; will attend St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, Clinton Hill

John Riviera-Vejas: Bishop Loughlin; senior; team captain; won team M.V.P. Award; will attend Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Va.

Will Polanco: Bishop Loughlin; freshman; pitched two no-hitters this season; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League Second Team; won team Outstanding Pitcher Award

Joshua Vega: Christ the King; junior; 3-1, 31.2 innings pitched, 50 strikeouts, 2.88 ERA, recorded 16 strikeouts in a game this season, batted .469, 23 hits, eight doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs, .673 slugging percentage, .491 on-base percentage; CHSAA ‘A’ All-League First Team; won school’s Baseball Player of the Year Award

Yarony Paulino: Cristo Rey Brooklyn; junior; team co-captain


Contact Jim Mancari via email at jmmanc@gmail.com.

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