Baseball Adds Nine to Class of 2022
EASTON, Pa.- Lafayette baseball head coach Joe Kinney, has announced the addition of nine student-athletes to the Leopards' Class of 2022. The Class of 2022 includes Francis Craska III, Ryan Dorneo, Justin Johnson, Evan Kiah, Ethan O'Connor, Nicholas Maiorano, Dylan Minghini, Zachary Savage, Kyle Subers.
Going into his senior season at Mars Area High School, Francis Craska has been a two-year starter playing first base and pitching. During his junior season, he recorded team highs in wins (6), innings pitched (56), appearances (11), ERA (1.00), batting average (.318) and hits (21). His performance earned him a selection to the WPIAL 5A Section First Team as a pitcher. Mars HS also named him their Most Valuable Player/Pitcher last season. The Mars, Pa. native is also excelling off the field, earning the Mars Area HS Academic Excellence Award during the 2016-17 school year.
A product of St. Peter's Prep, senior Ryan Dorneo begins his third year as a starter at first base. Dorneo will captain the team in 2018. Last season he led the team in triples and on-base percentage. He was also named as an Honorable Mention in Hudson County. Off the field, St. Peter's has awarded Dorneo with two foreign language medals in Latin and Spanish, along with the Ignatian Scholarship.
Heading into his senior season at North Hunterdon High School, Justin Johnson looks to start his fourth year at shortstop position. After helping guide his team to a North 2 Group 4 title last season, Johnson has been named a team captain for the 2018 season. In the classroom, he is a member of the North Hunterdon High School Academic Achievement Society.
Beginning his senior season at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Christopher Kiah will start his second year in the outfield and at first base. Kiah was named to the NSC Academic All-Conference team, and was an honorable mention for the Perfect Game All-American team after posting seven doubles and one homerun last season. Kiah is also having success in the classroom, earning Gold Honor Roll and being a member of the National Honors Society.
Ethan O'Connor is a right-handed pitcher set to begin his second year starting at Pope John XXIII Regional. During his junior season, he helped his team to a NJAC League championship. Off the diamond, O'Connor is an Honor Roll Student.
Starting his third straight season for Bayard Rustin varsity baseball, Nicholas Maiorano looks to build off of a strong junior year performance in the outfield. Last season he posted a .339 batting average, with three homeruns and a .585 slugging percentage. He was named First Team All-Chesmont after helping guide his team to a Chesmont American championship. Off the field, Nicholas is an Honor Roll student.
Set to begin his fourth year starting at catcher, Dylan Minghini looks to lead the Gordon Lee varsity baseball team to another successful season. During his junior season, he posted a .385 batting average with 39 runs batted in. This came after posting a .430 BA and 31 RBIs in his sophomore season. Last season he helped the team to a 2017 State Championship Runner-Up trophy while finishing the postseason with a .520 BA and two homeruns. Minghini was named as the 2017 Walker County Baseball Player of the Year after being named to the All-Area Dream Team in 2016. Minghini has had success in the classroom, earning a 4.0 GPA and being name the senior class valedictorian.
A two-sport athlete at Cape Henlopen High School, Zachary Savage is set to begin his third year as a starter on their varsity baseball team. Savage has also had success on the football field, playing two years as a starter, as well as being named a team captain during his senior season. On the diamond, he plays catcher and has helped guide Cape Henlopen to the state quarter-finals the last two seasons. Off the field, Savage is a member of the National Honor Society.
Entering his senior season, Kyle Subers has been named as a captain for the St. Joseph High School varsity baseball team. In 2017, he helped his team to a Middlesex County Championship posting a 5-2 record with a 1.30 ERA earning an Honorable Mention in the Middlesex County All-Area team. In the classroom Subers is a member of the National Honor Society and has made the president's list for four years.