Posted by Glenn Fredricks on Jun 25 2011 at 05:00PM PDT

Baseball 2011 NJ All-State selections

Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 4:00 AM     Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 12:56 PM


Cody Brown, Gloucester Catholic, 5-11, 170, Senior

The senior left-hander, bound for Central Connecticut State, posted a 12-0 record with a 0.79 ERA, striking out 79 and walking 20 in 70 innings. Brown gave up just two runs in 16 post-season innings. He pitched a no-hitter in the South Jersey, Non-Public B final against Holy Cross and a five-inning two-hitter in the state final against Newark Academy, a game in which he also hit a home run.

David Palladino, Emerson, 6-8, 245, Senior
The imposing right-hander was 10-1 with 1.07 ERA in a remarkable campaign in which he pitched four no-hitters, two one-hitters and two two-hitters. South Carolina-bound pitcher struck out 131 and walked 43 in 72.1 innings, permitting just 17 hits and 11 earned runs. He batted .488, hit eight homers and drove in 33 runs while amassing a .585 on-base percentage and slugging at an .872 clip.
Emilio Calderon.JPGEmilio Calderon of Perth Amboy is a First Team All-State baseball selection by The Star-Ledger for 2011.
Emilio Calderon, Perth Amboy, 6-2, 179, Senior
The Kean-bound southpaw led the state with 153 strikeouts while walking just 33 over 87 2/3 innings. He compiled an 11-2 record with a 2.08 ERA , five complete games and two shutouts and held opponents to a .191 batting average while pitching for a team that reached a sectional final for the first time since 1962.

Sean Keselica, Voorhees, 6-2, 210, Senior
The Virginia Tech-bound left-hander set single-season school records in strikeouts (121) and wins (10) and career home runs (17). He ended 10-1 with a 1.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and held opponents to a .125 batting average in 60 1/3 innings. He also hit .420 with an .826 slugging percentage with six home runs, 10 doubles and 24 RBI.

A.J. Murray, Westfield, 6-1, 215, Senior
The state’s Player of the Year was instrumental in Westfield's 25-5 season that culminated in a first-ever trip to the Group 4 final. The Georgia Tech-bound catcher batted .540 (54-for-100) with 52 runs, 45 RBI, 14 doubles, and nine homers. A 48th-round draft pick by the Astros, he made just one error and did not allow a passed ball.

Alex DeBellis, Pope John, 6-0, 205, Senior

UConn-bound catcher holds the Sussex County record for hits (179) and is Pope John's career leader in  runs (107), doubles (60), home runs (23), RBI (139) and batting average (.526). He threw out 73 percent of would-be base stealers and hit .532 with an .899 slugging percentage, four homers, 35 RBI, 13 doubles and stole 23 bases without getting caught.

Mark Zagunis, Holy Cross, 6-1, 187, Senior
Like the other two talented catchers on this backstop-rich team, Zagunis boasts an ability to run, stealing 25 bases and scoring 47 runs. But it was his outstanding defense, arm and bat that turned most heads. Headed to Virginia Tech, he batted an alarming .643 while drawing 31 walks. He had six doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 44 RBI.

John Brue, Gloucester Catholic, 6-1, 180, Junior
Considering his team's productive top of the batting order, the insertion of Brue at the clean-up spot was almost too cruel to opponents. The first baseman exploited every advantage his teammates provided, batting .557 (54-for-97) and driving in 56 runs. He also had 10 doubles, one triple and nine home runs and scored 42 runs for state's No. 1 team.  

Nick Henriquez, Paramus, 5-10, 190, Senior

One of the state's best kept secrets, Henriques was thoroughly consistent for the Group 3 runner-up. Third baseman went 7-for-11 in his last three state tournament games. He batted .593 with 53 hits, 16 doubles, two triples, seven homers and 46 RBI. He scored a stunning 54 runs and, equally amazing, struck out just once in 109 plate appearances. He has an offer from St. Peter's College.

Jason Vosler, Don Bosco Prep, 6-1, 185, Senior
Lefty-hitting shortstop bound for Northeastern triggered the potent Don Bosco Prep. Vosler batted .518 (44-85) with 10 doubles, two triples and two homers and scored 36 runs. His 35 RBI from the leadoff spot highlighted his clutch ability. The Bergen County Tournament MVP also drew 15 walks and struck out just four times in 106 plate appearances.

Ed Charlton, St. Augustine, 5-10, 170, Senior
Right fielder set the table for one of the state's more ferocious offenses. He batted .465 (47-101) with 14 doubles and nine home runs and drove in 39 runs from the leadoff spot. Bound for NJIT, he scored 42 runs and stole 12 bases. One of the right-hander's victories in a  5-0 season came in the Non-Public A  final when he shut out Pope John over the final four innings in a nine-inning 8-7 victory.

Mark Tomei, South Plainfield, 5-9, 185, Junior
The left-handed hitting outfielder batted .496 with a whopping 58 hits, 34 for extra bases, including 20 doubles, five triples and nine home runs. Drove in 26 runs as lead-off batter with a .983 slugging percentage and 1.522 OPS, ended his season with a 16-game winning streak.

Tim Carney, Brick, 5-10, 215, Senior
Carney’s value and impact was wide ranging. The right-hander went 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 77 strikeouts, hit .386 with 12 homers, 37 RBI and 26 runs and his defense at third base was stellar for the Ocean County Tournament champion. He blasted nine of his home runs over the final six games of the season.

Jake Winston, Manalapan, 6-2, 195, Senior
The versatile Elon University recruit put together a 6-1 mark and helped his cause by fielding his position with unmatched polish. Winston also emerged as a force offensively, hitting .453 with 34 hits, including six doubles, 21 runs and a .559 on-base percentage. He also swiped 10 bases for Group 4 champion.


Kevin Comer, Seneca
Kenny Roder, Hoboken
Kyle Rubbinaccio, Manalapan
Matt Rakus, St. Augustine
Tommy Burns, Don Bosco Prep
Anderson Rosa, Perth Amboy
Keith Skinner, Gov. Livingston
Dan Kerr, Westfield
Jake DeWitt, Florence
Ryan Karl, Montville
Rich Ricciardi, Manalapan
Carl Thomore, East Brunswick
Kidane Rutty, St. Mary (Ruth.)
Matt Ackerman, Pope John


David Jesch, West Essex
Will Siegfried, Middletown South
Brendan Mayers, Pope John
Sam Burum, Robbinsville
Connor White, Wall
Tyler Boyd, Roxbury
Rob Fonseca, Seton Hall Prep
Mike Rampone, Randolph
Jackson Baird, Morris Knolls
Chris Suseck, Hunterdon Central
Matt Meleo, Jackson
Mike Tolerico, Wayne Valley
Donnie Cimino, Westwood
James Locklear, Steinert

Emilio Calderon, Perth Amboy
A.J. Murray, Westfield
Jake Winston, Manalapan
Kyle Rubbinaccio, Manalapan
Anderson Rosa, Perth Amboy
Dan Kerr, Westfield
Carl Thomore, East Brunswick
Rich Ricciardi, Manalapan
Tyler Boyd, Roxbury
Mike Rampone, Randolph
Jackson Baird, Morris Knolls
Chris Suseck, Hunterdon Central
Matt Meleo, Jackson
James Locklear, Steinert

Jon Young, Old Bridge
Chris Baird, Manalapan
Nick Dini, Monroe
Andy Lopez, Jackson
James O’Rourke, Westfield
Devon Hedgepeth, Rancocas Valley
Andrew Biggs, Millville
J.B. Kole, Ridge
Connor Kaden, Toms River South
Jeff McGarry, Lenape
Mike Murray, Phillipsburg
Josh Ake, Hunterdon Central
Robert Hererra, Union City
Paul Mammino, Hillsborough

Cavan Penberthy, Bloomfield
Brian Drapeau, Livingston
Kevin Alonzo, North Bergen
Mike Clarke, Woodbridge
Dan Sheldon, Hillsborough
Vinnie Oliveri, Morris Knolls
Greg Scassera, Hunterdon Central
Anthony Ciavarella, Phillipsburg
Alex DeCastro, Manalapan
Joe Ogren, Jackson
Jesse Baiza, North Bergen
Jimmy Small, Monroe
Richard Hunt, Watchung Hills
Chris McKenna, Toms River South



Nick Henriquez, Paramus
Tim Carney, Brick
Mark Tomei, South Plainfield
Kevin Comer, Seneca
Ryan Karl, Montville
Will Siegfried, Middletown South
Connor White, Wall
Mike Tolerico, Wayne Valley
Kevin Bradley, Hopewell Valley
Ryan Williams, Seneca
Greg Matlosz, Cranford
Brandon Downes, South Plainfield
T.J. Hunt, Ramapo
Jordan Gajdos, Montville

Sean Feeney, Cranford
Kyle Grimm, Bergenfield
Tom Mazurkiewicz, Somerville
Andrew Niech, Colonia
Nick Panduri, Ocean Twp.
Chris Covello, Paramus
Jon Roszel, Manchester Twp.
Eric Fernandez, Lakeland
Joe Pingitore, Ocean Twp.
Nick Vitale, Brick
Andrew Furber, Wayne Valley
Troy Zaffino, Wayne Hills
Zach Wilson, Ocean Twp.
Brendan Monahan, Sparta

Kurt Rutmayer, Cranford
Will Fitzgerald, Millburn
Nick Maguire, Mendham
Charles Fletcher, Passaic Valley
Pat Sheldrick, Central Reg.
Jason Avedissian, Wayne Hills
John Holland, Jackson Liberty
K.C. Abel, Wayne Valley
Austin Thomas, Neptune
Tom Gaccione, Passaic Valley
Frank Colasante, Paramus
Gabe Santone, Seneca
Evan Miller, Hopewell Valley
Ari Kaufman, Ramapo



Sean Keselica, Voorhees
Keith Skinner, Gov. Livingston
David Jesch, West Essex
Sam Burum, Robbinsville
Donnie Cimino, Westwood
P.J. Lawless, West Essex
Mike Cranston, Gov. Livingston
Mike Donellan, Dumont
Mark Naseef, Lyndhurst
Brandon Block, Mahwah
Jim Kenny, West Essex
Tommy Marcinczyk, Middlesex
Matt Reynolds, Hackettstown
Clayton Cerrato, Parsippany

Tony Urban, West Deptford
Deven DelPriore, Point Pleasant Boro
Nick Gencarelli, Pequannock
Dan Gautieri, West Essex
Mark Wilson, Johnson
John Jennings, Gov. Livingston
Jon Steele, Pompton Lakes
Tom Walls, Hawthorne
Adam Young, Hackettstown
Anthony D’Aiuto, Lenape Valley
Tom Jakubowski, West Deptford
Rob Johnson, Middlesex
Nick Macaione, North Warren
Mike Coss, Pompton Lakes

Eric Strano, Robbinsville
Matt Lawsky, Glen Rock
Tyler Martis, Gov. Livingston
Mike Richter, Dumont
Frank Tasielli, Hanover Park
Dan Miller, Rumson
Jake Vanderveer, Raritan
Alex Brownlee, Madison
Andrew Dundon, Boonton
Keith Murphy, Point Pleasant Boro
Bill Jackson, Buena
Manny Colon, Buena
Joe DiSarno, Gov. Livingston
Anthony Mautone, Caldwell



David Palladino, Emerson
Kenny Roder, Hoboken
Jake DeWitt, Florence
Eric Greenwald, Waldwick
Criss Sullivan, Wallington
James Spadaccini, Butler
Nick Longo, Roselle Park
David Rondesko, South River
Anthony Ferriero, Harrison
Sal Mendez, Weehawken
Mark Bruscino, Secaucus
Al Krause, Secaucus
Bret Phillips, Audubon
Brian Flacco, Audubon

Boomer Wickersham, Audubon
Zach Carroll, Park Ridge
James Dertouzos, Waldwick
Mike Stec, Emerson
Johnny Dunn, Pitman
Dan MacAteer, Pitman
Anthony Feltre, Metuchen
Tommy Losito, Dayton
Duke McCourt, Hoboken
Colin Daley, Point Pleasant Beach
Ryan Houghton, Hoboken
Doug Pastore, New Providence
Steve Raum, Cedar Grove
Steve Ventura, Wallington

Tyler Bujnowski, Dayton
Luis Amaro, Roselle Park
Alan Nieto, Point Pleasant Beach
Mike Origoni, Emerson
Charlie Vellis, Wallington
Ben Vietze, Highland Park
David Strandberg, Weehawken
Nick Fiore, Point Pleasant Beach
Matt Walters, Metuchen
Danny O’Neill, Cedar Grove
Abe Groomes, Hoboken
Stephen Fortuna, Metuchen
Rich Mate, Brearley
Chris Fehr, Audubon


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