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Fall Tryout Information

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As the summer season winds down, the New York Nine is actively preparing for the upcoming fall season. If you are between the ages of 12-18, athletically qualified and looking for premium baseball instruction and opportunity, the New York Nine is the place for you. Since 2006, we have helped over 200 athletes continue to play baseball in college and over 40 players have signed professional contracts. Click here to fill out the form (or fill out the form below) to register for the upcoming free August tryouts, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the exact date, time and location.

UPDATE: Tryouts will be held at Blind Brook High School on Sunday August 9 and August 16 from 9 am to 1 pm. Please report at the appropriate starting time.

Position (and dual position) players: 9 am
All pitcher only players: 11 am.

All catchers will remain to catch live pitching.

You will be assessed on your running, throwing, fielding and hitting ability as well as current and projectable level of athleticism. For hitters ages 13 and up please bring a wooden bat if you have one.

Future 15s Win Blue Chip Prospect Tournament & Reach Quarters in Texas

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The New York Nine Future 15s played in two tournaments recently, reaching the quarterfinals at the Premier Freshman Championships in Farmers Branch, Texas and winning Blue Chip Prospect Tournament at Baseball Heaven. Congratulations to players and coaches on their hard work and fantastic finishes!

To start off the Premier Freshman Championships, the New York Nine Future 15s defeated the Amarillo Titans 3-1. Danny Lotito scattered 5 hits and did not surrender an earned run in a very well pitched game. Lotito also went 2-3 at the plate.

Next up for the Nine was a game against the Austin Wings. The team battled but lost an extra-inning heartbreaker by the score of 4-3. Mike Popaleo pitched a fantastic game and only allowed a single run to score. Aaron Sabato and CJ McCarthy each had two hits and an RBI in the loss.

New York Nine then beat the Arlington A’s 6-3. Danny Giangrande threw 5.2 innings in relief to help the team win the game. Danny Lotito and Chris Corrado each had 2 hits. With the win, the Future 15s qualified for the Championship Round.

In the Championship Pool, the Nine beat the St. Louis Rawlings Prospects 4-1. Jack Ryan limited St. Louis to 2 hits and 0 earned runs in the complete game effort. Chris Corrado was 2-3 with an RBI and 2 stolen bases and Henry Davis’s base-clearing double in the 6th inning sealed the victory.

Next up was the #6 seed, Midwest Nationals. Andrew Gurgitano did not surrender an earned run, allowing four hits in a 5-1 victory. At the plate, Danny Lotito went 2-3 with 2 RBI.

In the final Championship Pool game, the Nine lost 7-4 to West Texas ABA. 9 walks were too much to overcome. West Texas ABA scored six runs in the first inning on four hits and three walks and never looked back. Fortunately, the New York Nine had already won their Pool and qualified for the quarterfinals going into the game against West Texas ABA.

In the quarterfinal, the Nine was shut down by the Building Champions Baseball and lost by the score of 8-0.

To start off the Blue Chip Prospect Tournament at Baseball Heaven, Tyler Mandel was 3-3 with 4 RBI in a 10-7 win over the East Coast Eagles (MA). Danny Lotito gave up 1 run and had 7 strikeouts in 4 innings of work.

Next up was a win vs Garden City, 3-0. Andy Francella gave up 1 hit with 7 strikeouts in six innings of work. Aaron Sabato was 2-3 on the day.

Future 15s then lost 3-2 to Babylon Pride. The Nine were held to 4 hits in the 3-2 loss. Andrew Gurgitano surrendered 4 hits while striking out 5 in the complete game effort.

New York Nine played Diamond Buddies. Jack Ryan recorded 8 strikeouts over 6 innings of work in the 7-5 victory. Aaron Sabato went 2-3 with a double, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.

In the semifinal game, New York Nine defeated LI Titans-Blue 3-1. Cameron Johnson went the distance, allowing only 2 hits. Aggressive base running with timely hitting by Aaron Sabato and Tyler Mandel secured the victory and a spot in the championship game.

In the championship game, Danny Lotito surrendered one hit in a complete game shutout over the Long Island Titans-Gold. CJ McCarthy doubles in both the 5th and the 7th innings – along with Aaron Sabato’s 2 run double in the sixth – put the game out of reach and clinched the tournament for the Nine Check Out Your URL.

Tryout For New York Nine Will Be Announced Shortly

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After a very successful tryout at Blind Brook High School, the New York Nine will announce its series of tryouts for prospective New York Nine players in the next week. The 2014 season already has seen the Nine Program win 5 tournament championships, a World Series national quarter final finish, our Rookies finish 5-1 at the Premier World Series and 4 alumni drafted. Once again, The Nine will be looking for dedicated student athletes for our upcoming fall season. The areas premier amateur baseball development program, with our quality staff, are looking to take you and your game to the next level. Please fill out an online player questionnaire for an invite to our next series of tryout camps! Stay tuned for announcement of exact time and place.

Future 15s Claim Triple Crown July 4th Classic TItle

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The Future 15s helped celebrate America’s birthday in Bergen Country, New Jersey by winning the Triple Crown July 4th Classic. In game 1, Aaron Sabato went 2-3 with 2 RBI and Mike Popaleo gave up 1 earned run over 5 innings. Jack Ryan closed the game with a scoreless 7th in a 3-2 win over the LIB Expos American.

In game 2 of the main pool, Andy Francella gave up 1 earned run through 6 innings of work in a 7-2 win over the Putnam Dutchess Diamondbacks. The offensive stars were Aaron Sabato who went 3-3 with 2 RBI and Danny Lotito who got 2 hits.

In the Quarter Finals, Cameron Johnson struck out four of the last six batters he faced to preserve a 6-5 win over the LI Titans Blue. Chris Corrado’s successful safety squeeze late in the game plated the winning win.

Jack Ryan threw a gutsy complete game in a 4-3 win over the #1 seeded Hackensack Comets to reach the championship game. Eric Mini and Tyler Mandel doubled in two runs each.

In the championship game vs the New York Steelheads, Tyler Mandel went 2-3 with a double and Matt Hegarty went 2-3 with 2 RBI in a 4-3 win. Andrew Gurgitano threw four strong innings in relief to preserve the title game.

This impressive showing came on the heels of their semi-final finish at the North East Collegiate Tournament in New Britain, Connecticut. The New York Nine Organization was represented well both on and off the field by the Future 15s players and coaches.

Futures Claim North East Collegiate Tournament Crown

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The New York Nine Futures captured the North East Collegiate crown after a grueling 6 games in 3 day stretch. On Friday, June 25, the Futures coughed up a late game lead en route to a 6-6 tie with the Westchester A’s. In game 2, the New York Nine entered the bottom of the 7th down by one run. Ryan Popp quickly led off with a triple, and Jon Michael Dolgetta singled him home on a ground ball to left field. Robert Donis was inserted as a pinch runner for Dolgetta immediately before Ted Sabato, Jr. laced a double into the left centerfield gap, ending the game for the Futures in dramatic, walk-off fashion.
On Saturday, Robert Donis fired a 3-hit shutout against the Brooklyn Bonnies in a game that saw the Futures dominate. Connor Redahan, Justin Tavaras, Jon Michael Dolgetta, and Randy Ramirez all paced the offense with 2 hits apiece.

Sunday’s quarterfinal game was a rematch between the Westchester A’s and the Futures. Starting pitcher Chandler Brierley fanned 6 while allowing only 1 hit in a 4 inning run-rule shortened game. Chris Pichardo led the offense with 3 hits while 8 different players crossed the plate for the Nine.

In the semi-final vs the #2 seed, the Connecticut Capitals, starting pitcher Jake Hertz gave the Nine a gutsy complete game. The offense was provided by Ted Sabato’s 2 hits, one of which was a triple, and 2 RBI; while Ryan Popp scored 2 runs.

The championship game pitted the Futures against the #1 seeded South Troy Dodgers. The game was a scoreless battle heading into the 4th inning, when the Futures busted out for 5 runs and took advantage of some key miscues by the Dodgers. Leandy Castro led off the inning with a single, which was quickly followed by a Randy Ramirez triple and Ryan Popp double. This was all the offense the Nine needed because Trevor Johnson only gave up 1 run while striking out 4 in a complete game to secure the championship.

The weekend proved to be a stellar one for the New York Nine organization, with the Future 15s performing admirably and earning a berth in the playoffs, where they defeated the Connecticut Blue Jays by the score of 4-2 behind a complete game by Danny Giangrande. In the semis, Danny Lotito kept the Future 15s within striking distance before ultimately falling by the score of 4-1.

New York Nine Summer Coaches

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We are pleased to announce the coaching staffs of each New York Nine team. They are as follows:

Select (12u): Eric Alessio (Head Coach), Joe Kelter

Rookies (14u): Gabe Guerrero (Head Coach), Joe Berardi and Kelvin Espinosa

Future15s (15u): Matt Otteman (Head Coach), Christopher McCarthy and Chris Petraglia

Futures (16u): Ian Millman (Head Coach), Anthony Smith, Frank Gracesqui, Kirk Castro, Ted Sabato

Showcase (17u): Stanley Latimer (Head Coach), James Mondesir and Michael Mondesir