IAN GLASSMAN NAMED THE STAR-LEDGER PREP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2011 All-American Myles Diggins
2011 All-American Ian Glassman
2011 Prep "B" State Champions
2011 ALL-PREP BASEBALL-"B" DIVISION
ZACH RACUSIN SR. GILL ST. BERNARD'S
TRAVERS NAMMACK SR. MONTCLAIR KIMBERLEY
KEITH DEARDEN SR. PENNINGTON
JACK FLEMING SR. MORRISTOWN BEARD
DAVID WEBSTER SR. NEWARK ACADEMY
MYLES DIGGINS SR. RUTGERS PREP
IAN GLASSMAN SR. RUTGERS PREP
JAMES BUNN SR. PENNINGTON
SCHUYLER SAMSE SR. PRINCETON DAY
BRANDON DEGER SR. ORATORY PREP
ZACH GRAY JR. MORRISTOWN BEARD
MAX HERRMAN JR. MONTCLAIR KIMBERLEY
MIKE KLINGER JR. RUTGERS PREP
MALCOLM KELSEY SO. RUTGERS PREP
RYAN DONOVAN SR. PENNINGTON
TOM MOORE SR. MORRISTOWN BEARD
ZACH TAFFET SR. NEWARK ACADEMY
BEN RADIN SR. RUTGERS PREP
CHRIS WIRTH SR. PENNINGTON
COLBY SMITH SO. RUTGERS PREP
JON WALKER SR. PRINCETON DAY
ALEX MARKHAM SR. GILL ST. BERNARD'S
JOHN PLANTEMOLI SR. ORATORY PREP
MIKE SASSO JR. MONTCLAIR KIMBERLEY
ANTHONY MEA JR. GILL ST. BERNARD'S
JOHN BECK JR. MONTCLAIR KIMBERLEY
JACKSON KRAMER JR. MORRISTOWN BEARD
GERRY DeFILIPPO JR. ORATORY PREP
MATT LYNCH ORATORY PREP
JACK ANDONIAN ORATORY PREP
TYLER PARK NEWARK ACADEMY
RANDALL KEUR NEWARK ACADEMY
SPENCER DIGGINS RUTGERS PREP
JOE PICCIRILLO RUTGERS PREP
NICK NAPLES MORRISTOWN BEARD
TRAVIS NARDIN MORRISTOWN BEARD
CONNOR DONOVAN PENNINGTON
PHIL PECORA PENNINGTON
NICK MASTERSON MONTCLAIR KIMBERLEY
ROB PANNULLO MONTCLAIR KIMBERLEY
BRIAN DUDECK PRINCETON DAY
SEAN McCOY PRINCETON DAY
ANDREW RAMEY GILL ST. BERNARD'S
MARK LEONHARD GILL ST. BERNARD'S
UP - Dave Rondesko, South River
Rutgers Prep's baseball program has come quite a distance. From the days when the Argonauts were reluctant to enter the Somerset County Tournament, to one that has made consecutive trips to the county semifinals.
That is not enough for a program that stopped thinking of those kinds of milestones as moral victories several years ago.
"We have a lot to prove, to get through big games that we've stalled out in," said Prep coach Larry Santowasso, who's starting his 15th season. "We have upped the schedule to see if we can break through. I think we have a lot of talent, anything is possible. We pretty much have everybody back with some fresh faces.
"We felt we were more talented than we showed (last year)," Santowasso said, "especially throughout some struggles. We got off to great start, but Ian (Glassman) hurt his arm, we lost six straight. There are peaks and valleys to a season, but we want to be consistently good."
Rutgers Prep has two Division-I scholarship players in their lineup who want to make every last effort to get their teammates into another round of the counties and possibly help deliver the Argonauts their first county championship.
Senior shortstop/pitcher Glassman (University of Maryland at Baltimore County) and senior third baseman/pitcher Myles Diggins (University or Rhode Island) think the Argonauts can do it.
Last year, the Argonauts lost a six-inning 11-1 mercy-rule decision to county champ Montgomery in the county semifinals. The next day they suffered a 9-2 drubbing by Princeton Day in the state Prep B final.
It was an ugly finish to what had been such a promising season. The team finished 14-11 with a Patriot Conference title, but, like Santowasso said, there's still a lot to be proven.
"We've definitely taken a different mindset," said Glassman, who was 5-1 with a 2.02 earned run average and hit .514 with 36 hits and 22 RBI. "Every year we want to win. It's not every year you get to the county semis and the state finals in two days. It was a rough couple of days.
"Our goal is to win the counties and states," he added.
The team got a boost both on and off the field before last season when Far Hills' resident Diggins transferred over from perennial Non-Public A state title contender Seton Hall Prep. He took the train to West Orange from Bernardsville, then a cab over to the Seton Hall Prep campus as a freshman and sophomore, and tired of it. Diggins said he may have tried too hard last season to impress his new teammates. He batted .370 with nine homers and 34 RBI.
He said he appreciated the looser atmosphere that surrounded him at Rutgers Prep, but said the competition wasn't much different than what the Pirates faced in the regular season.
"I came in on that small field (at Rutgers Prep) and I tried to impress everybody," he said. "I don't feel that anymore."
Diggins said that the team has to play better around Glassman.
"We have to take some pressure off Ian on the mound, we have to score," he said.
Glassman said that the key will be staying away from issuing walks, pitching well and hitting. It sounds simplistic enough.
"We've all been there before, some of us multiple times, we're begging to win," Glassman said. "We need to go out with a bang."
Congratulations to Ian Glassman, Myles Diggins, and Michael Klinger on being named team captains for the 2011 season.
Ian Glassman is a senior 4-year starter who will be attending the University of Maryland Baltimore County next year. Ian has a career pitching record of 12-4 having pitched RPS into the Somerset County Semi-Finals the past 2 seasons. Ian has a career batting average of .500 and going into the 2011 season has a career total of 92 hits. Ian's resume includes 2010 Perfect Game All-American, 2011 Louisville Slugger and 2011 Under Armour All-American.
Myles Diggins is a senior 2-year starter who will be attending the University of Rhode Island next year. Myles joined RPS as a transfer last season and went on to break the school record for homeruns in a season with 9. Myles hit .370 last year and plays a tremendous 3rd base. Myles was named 1st team ALL-Prep, 1st team ALL-PREP "B", and 3rd team ALL-AREA.
Michael Klinger is a junior 3 year starter who has played in 2 Somerset County Semi-Finals and 1 Prep state Final. Michael has a career .322 average and plays shortstop, 2nd base, and pitches. Michael excels on the defensive side of the ball playing shortstop in all the big games. Michael has received 3rd team ALL-Prep in 2009 and 2010, Honorable Mention ALL-AREA in 2009 and 2010, and has receive ALL-PREP "B" honorable mention in 2009 and 2nd team in 2010.
PLAYER TO WATCH ,
Rutgers Prep received the second seed in the Somerset County Tournament -- its highest ever -- andIan Glassman
had a lot to do with it. The senior shortstop/pitcher leads the team with a robust .581 batting average and 13 stolen bases. His .658 on-base percentage is tied for the club lead with Myles Diggins.
Glassman already has accumulated three three-hit games and one four-hit game. A pure contact hitter with a keen eye, he's only struck out once in 38 plate appearances, while drawing seven walks.
2011 Somerset County Baseball Tournament
2. Rutgers Prep
4. Watchung Hills
9. Gill St. Benards
10. North Plainfield
14. Bound Brook
15. Somerset Vo Tech