Twelve Comprise Baseball's Class of 2016
July 12, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Head Coach Joe Kinney has announced his incoming Class of 2016, which will join the Lafayette baseball team beginning this fall. Kinney's latest crop of recruits consists of six position players, five pitchers and one two-way player representing eight different states.
"We are very pleased with our 2012 recruiting class. This group of 12 young men will immediately strengthen our roster after graduating nine seniors last May," said Kinney, who has completed 13 seasons in the dugout at Kamine Stadium.
A switch-hitting infielder from Orono, Minn., Tyler Hudson comes to College Hill from The Breck School, where he was a three-time All-Tri-Metro Conference selection. Hudson also earned all-conference honors in football on two occasions while serving as team captain on both the diamond and the gridiron.
Also joining the Leopards' infield is Jackson Kramer, a right-hander from New Vernon, N.J. Kramer was lauded as NJ All-Prep, All-Liberty League, All-Morris County and All-Non Public as a senior at The Morristown-Beard School.
Andrew Landolfi, a native of Springfield, Pa., is the third newcomer vying for a position around the horn. Landolfi brings a right-handed bat into the fray from The Haverford School, where he entered his senior campaign as an Under Armour Preseason All-American and went on earn All-Delaware County and All-Inter-Ac laurels as team captain of the Fords.
One of three members of the Class of 2016 to stand at 6-3, Campbell Lipe joins the Leopards as a right-handed first baseman from Winnetka, Ill. Lipe played scholastically at New Trier High School, where he was named All-Central Region by Perfect Game and collected all-conference honors in football as a defensive starter for the Trevians while captaining both squads.
Three newcomers will patrol the outfield at Kamine Stadium, including Matt Lawrence from Lake Bluff, Ill. The right-hander earned All-North Suburban Conference, All-Pioneer Press Lake Shore and NSC Academic All-Star status as both a junior and senior at Lake Forest High School.
Another right-handed bat entering the fold will be Mark Louis, an outfielder from The St. John's School in Houston, Texas. Louis was named All-South Zone in the Southern Preparatory Conference in 2012 and was selected to play in the Texas Private School Coaching Association All-Star Game.
A right-hander from Wyckoff, N.J. Alex Nickles is the most versatile of the incoming 12 student-athletes. Nickles is projected to see time in the outfield and join the Leopards' pitching staff following a senior season at Ramapo High School in which he earned Rawlings All-Northeast Region, ESPN All-State, All-Bergen County and All-Big North Conference laurels. He was also selected the Perfect Game All-Underclass Team following his junior campaign in 2011.
One of Nickles' high school teammates will also join him on the pitching staff, as southpaw Ari Kaufman comes to College Hill this fall. Kaufman, who checks in at 6-1 and 220 lbs., was a two-time All-Bergen County and All-Big North honoree while serving as team captain of the Raiders as well as student body president at Ramapo.
Ryan Callanan, also a left-hander, was First Team All-Fairfield County on the mound, pitching for Ridgefield (Conn.) High School. In addition to being ranked as one of the top pitchers in the Nutmeg State by MaxPreps, Callanan is a National Honor Society member and received the Ridgefield Scholar-Athlete Award in 2012.
Right-hander Dan Dymecki is a 2011 graduate of Wellesley (Mass.) High School and recently completed a post-graduate year at Phillips Andover Academy. Dymecki was the 2012 Central New England Prep Most Valuable Player after leading Andover to a conference championship. Additionally, he was an ESPN All-State pick and Bay State Conference MVP at Wellesley in 2011, as well as a two-time Massachusetts Coaches Associate All-Star and a three-time Boston Globe All-Star.
A 6-3 right-hander from Rye, N.Y., Mitch Leeds anchored a pitching staff for Avon Old Farms (Conn.) High School, which claimed both the Colonial and Founders League Championships in 2011. Leeds claimed All-Colonial League honors as senior captain of the Beavers.
Rounding out the pitchers is Connor McMahon from Randolph (N.J.) High School. McMahon, another 6-3 righty, was a two-time All-Northwest Jersey Conference honoree as well as a 2012 All-Morris County and All-New Jersey Group IV selection. He was also an all-conference basketball player for the Rams.
These 12 student-athletes will join 19 returning letterwinners on Coach Kinney's squad. The fall 2012 semester in set to begin in late August, with fall workouts to commence in early September. Lafayette is seeking its third consecutive trip to the Patriot League Tournament.