Baseball Signs 10 Student-Athletes at Part of Class of 2010

Go Leopards! Head coach Joe Kinney has signed 10 student-athletes as part of the Class of 2010.
Head coach Joe Kinney has signed 10 student-athletes as part of the Class of 2010.

Sept. 1, 2006

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette head baseball coach Joe Kinney has strengthened the 2007 squad with 10 players from seven different stats who join the team as part of the Class of 2010.

"Our recruiting class presents us with depth throughout our team," Kinney said. "Losing only two seniors to graduation, we do not have many holes to fill. However the freshman will challenge returning players and present us with more options as the season goes on."

Kinney brought in five right-handed pitchers. Tom Brown (Wintersville, Ohio/Steubenville) heads the list. The 6-0, 175-pound hurler posted a 23-9 career record while earning three varsity letters. Brown collected Eastern Ohio District 1 and 2 First-Team honors in 2005 and 2006 and was thrice honored All-Ohio Valley (2004-06). Brown was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Texas native Jeremy Atkins (Houston, Texas/John Cooper School) was an all-conference selection in his junior and senior seasons, and he leaves his high school as the all-time leader in wins (20), strikeouts (277) and innings pitched (225). The 6-0, 170-pound Atkins also achieved Male Athlete of the Year honors as a senior following a career in which he earned four varsity letters.

Tyler Chromey (Monmouth Junction, N.J./South Brunswick), comes to Lafayette from the Garden State. He was an all-conference and all-division first-team selection in 2006 when he racked up MVP laurels at the Shore Challenge. The 5-10, 160-pound righty threw a perfect game in his junior year. Brown was also a member of the National Honor Society in high school.

John Livanos (Scarsdale, N.Y./New Rochelle) and Anthony Fenza (Aston, Pa./Mavern Prep) are the final two of three tri-state pitchers, joining Chromey. Livanos, a Scarsdale, N.Y. native, finished off a high school career with all-conference and all-section honors while also being named team MVP. The 6-1, 210-pound Livanos was named All-Section Scholar Athlete in 2006 and also managed to earn four varsity letters in ice hockey.

Fenza is the lone Pennsylvania recruit in the Class of 2010. He was an All-Interac and all-area first-team selection in his final season. The 6-2, 180-pound Fenza was a member of the Carpenter Cup teams in 2005 and 2006.

The lone outfielder and lefthander in the 2010 recruiting class comes to College Hill in the person of Matt Hall (Stuart, Fla./Jensen Beach). The 6-3, 215-pound Hall was a two-sport performer who collected all-conference and all-area awards in football and baseball in 2005 and 2006 while serving as team captain of both squads. Hall was an all-region selection in baseball in 2005 and also adds National Honor Society membership to his resume.

Kinney added three infielders to the mix, signing players from New York, New Jersey and California. The 6-1, 160-pound Alex Crespo (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury), was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and earned two varsity letters at Monroe-Woodbury.

A.J. Pisarri (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) was a three-sport star at Ramapo High School where he competed in baseball, basketball and football on his way to all-conference first-team plaudits in each sport. The 5-10, 175-pound Pisarri was an All-North Jersey Group III selection in 2006 and also earned the Ramapo Male Athlete of the Year award as a senior. Pisarri, who was a team captain in two sports, was a member of the National Honor Society.

The first player during Kinney's coaching tenure to come to Lafayette from California, Justin Shepherd (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) rounds out the incoming crop of infielders. Shepherd, a 5-11, 190-pounder, was an all-conference first-team selection in 2006 and served as his team's captain in 2005 and 2006.

Brad Weiss (Bethlehem, Pa./Blair Academy) looks to be a catcher of the future for the Leopards. Weiss is a Lehigh Valley product from Bethlehem, Pa. who attended Blair Academy. The 6-0, 185-pound Weiss was an All-New Jersey Prep A First-Team selection in 2005 and 2006 and earned similar honors in football in 2006.



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