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Johnson named MSG Varsity Connecticut Player of the Year

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June 21, 2016 – Scout team center fielder Trevor Johnson brought home some serious hardware, being named the 2016 MSG Varsity Connecticut High School Baseball Player of the Year. The Dartmouth bound Johnson batted .470 with four home runs, 23 runs scored and 24 RBI leading The Brunswick School to their second consecutive FAA conference championship.

When asked about the accomplishment, the team-first and always humble Johnson stated, “Coming into Brunswick my sophomore year I knew that we had a talented and devoted group of guys in my class. We all shared a great work ethic and a bundle of talent which lead us to being one of the best teams around. In the end, winning the FAA championship and being ranked as the 38th best team in the nation by perfect game, were great honors that reflected the work we put in. Personally, winning the player of the year award for Connecticut was a great honor that I couldn’t have achieved without the help of my teammates and coaching staff. As a whole I couldn’t have asked for a better senior season.”

Johnson is a top of the lineup catalyst for the Scout Team who consistently sets the tone both with his on field ability and off the charts competitive nature. “Trevor leads his teammates by example,” stated Scout Team Manager Ian Millman. “He has an advanced feel for the game, off the chart instincts, and a competitive drive that most players his age should have but don’t. I think multiple MLB organizations missed on this kid this past June, and they will take careful notice of him at Dartmouth. He is a legitimate two-way threat and I won’t be surprised if his name is all over our record board by summer’s end.”

When asked about his return to the Nine for his important pre-freshman season he stated, “I decided to play with the Nine Scout team to continue within a competitive, winning culture and play tough competition in order improve my game every day. This will best prepare me for Dartmouth.”

Here are two links to Johnson’s distinctive and well deserved accolades:

http://www.msgvarsity.com/2016-all-connecticut-baseball-first-team-1.1807625

http://www.msgvarsity.com/hudson-valley/2016-all-metro-baseball-first-team-1.1807453

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Scout Team’s Alfonzo, Papazoglou and DeMartini Capture PSAL Crown

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The “D Train” rumbled through the Bronx and roared into Yankee Stadium yesterday for the PSAL AA Championship game.

LHP Dimitri Papazoglou was masterful in a nine strikeout performance, leading the Bayside Commodores to it’s first ever city title. Papazoglou allowed no earned runs through six frames for the win. For the 2016 post season, he posted a 3-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. After the game, Papazoglou added, “It was an amazing experience and I was glad to have been able to be the starting pitcher. We played with much heart knowing that this was our year to win it all.”

Infielder Daniel Alfonzo paced the offense going 2-3 with an RBI. “It is an amazing feeling winning the city championship, All of the hard work paid off,” said Alfonzo. “Now my next goal is to win the national title with the Nine”.

Matt DeMartini secured the save with a roller coaster seventh, as the first two runners reached base, but a comeback liner to DeMartini turned into a double play at second. After the final ground ball out, the celebration began. “Playing in the PSAL Championship was a great experience.” said DeMartini. “Being able to end my last High School season at Yankee Stadium and being able to win was just a dream. We played with heart and we knew what we had to do.”

Congrats to these three fine New York Nine student athletes and the Bayside Commodores.

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Alumni Dunn, Sheffield selected in First Round of 2016 Amateur Draft

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New York Nine Alum Justin Dunn, a right handed pitcher from Boston College and Team New York Alum Jordan Sheffield, a right handed pitcher from Vanderbilt University were both first round selections in the Rule 4 draft yesterday.

Dunn, who was selected 19th overall by the New York Mets, is currently 4-1 with a 1.49 era. He has fanned 66 batters in 60 1/3 innings while only allowing 46 hits and a .208 batting average against him. He was named an All-American, and his 11-strikeout performance in his last outing against Tulane helped lead BC to winning the Oxford regional.

Sheffield, a Tennessee native, was snagged by the Los Angeles Dodgers with pick number 36. Sheffield was a three time winner of the SEC pitcher of the week award while leading the Commodore staff with 8 wins, a 3.01 era and 113 strikeouts. At one point this season Sheffield didn’t allow an earned run for 32 consecutive innings.

We wish these two outstanding young men well as they advance their careers at the professional level.

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New York Nine: A Decade of Excellence

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The start of the summer season marks the 10th anniversary of the New York Nine. In our first decade, we have enjoyed watching hundreds of our athletes enter the collegiate and pro ranks as well as the workforce and gone on to great success. Now that some of our alumni have begun to have families of their own, one of the the things that we have learned is helping our current players and families connect with our alumni and their families is very important. Our off field focus this year will be connecting with our alumni. We will be doing alumni player capsules over the course of 2016. Each player has a story to tell and an experience to share, and collectively, their stories and experiences make the New York Nine.

Unfortunately we had our database crash and we lost many of our alumni contacts. We are asking any and all New York Nine/Team New York alumni to contact us at alumni@newyorknine.org.

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Winter Update & Winter Workout News

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As the winter continues, with temperatures in the low-60s, the New York Nine wanted to officially announce that the 2016 winter workout/tryout will take place at Riesenberg Gymnasium at SUNY Maritime. The 1,200 person arena has recently had a new floor installed. The gym affords us a high quality, well lit, large space to help you get the most out of our winter workout.

As the second mini-camp has concluded, the New York Nine coaches and pro staff were thrilled with the effort of our participants. It is great to see the both New York Nine members and New York Nine hopefuls dedicating themselves for a solid three hours special info. Unfortunately, it is too late to join us for this year’s mini-camp, but there is still availability at the winter workout/tryout next month.

A very happy holiday season to all of our New York Nine players, alumni and their families, as well as everyone who checks in on the organization and its members. 

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New York Nine Mini Camp at Pro Swing

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The New York Nine is excited to offer our off-season mini camp for three sessions in December. This will be the perfect opportunity to get back to work under the watchful eye of our coaches and guest instructors. It is also a time to work with our pro players who are home and preparing for their upcoming seasons and get your winter baseball fix in an safe environment, mindful of the off-season injury risks. At this time of year if a professional player doing something, you shouldn’t either.

Our mini camp will focus on good reps with offensive and defensive adjustments made by the coaching staff. Pitchers will learn how to get stronger physically and mechanically in a way that will prepare them for the upcoming season and not tax their arms.

There will be a dynamic warm up and cool down as well as full sets of offseason conditioning. This will be a mini (camp) version of the acclaimed winter workout which follows in January and early February.

You do not have to be a member of the Nine, nor want to participate in the summer 2016 to attend.

This mini camp will take place on December 5, 12, 19th from 6 – 8:45 pm at Pro Swing of Port Chester.

The cost for the mini camp is $275, however, if you want register and secure payment before November 15th, the cost will be $200. Please click here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to register.

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New York Nine Win Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament

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October 18, 2015 (Yaphank, LI) – The Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament, run by Sal Agostinelli to raise funds for cancer awareness, took place over the weekend at Baseball Heaven. The 40-team tournament invites the areas top clubs and is the final big event of the calendar baseball year.

NY Nine 1, East Coast LumberJacks 0 – In the tournament opener, the Nine rode the right arm of RHP Cameron Johnson who retired the last 11 batters he faced en route to the complete game shutout. John Marti’s third inning sacrifice fly plated Jake Hertz giving Johnson the only run he would have to work with.

New York Nine 8, Shrub Oak 4 – In a game where there was a twenty mph crosswind, making things difficult for everybody, the Nine jumped out to a short lived four run lead in the bottom of the second as Jeremia Bueno, Hector Coco, CJ McCarthy and John Marti all singled and ultimately crossed the plate ahead of Nick Vella’s two-run double. Winning pitcher RHP John Zapata, was victimized by two wind-aided two-run singles setting up a dramatic fifth inning as time expired. With the score tied, Darien Rivas and Nick Vella singled and stole second and third base respectively. After a strikeout, Aaron Sabato was hit with a two-strike offering to load the bases. Following a critical strikeout for the second out, Bueno’s opposite field grand slam capped the dramatic win for the Nine.

NY Nine 5, Long Island Prospects 1 – In a winner advances pool play finale, the Nine fell behind early. The Nine, however, took the lead 2-1 on Trevor Johnson’s two-run single that scored both CJ McCarthy and Jake Hertz. The Nine put the game away as Hertz and Johnson both scored on Jeremia Bueno’s single ahead of Ryan Popp’s RBI double. RHP Spencer Lodes picked up the victory as the Nine closed pool play 3-0.

PLAYOFF ROUND

Quarterfinals, NY Nine 9, Long Island Storm 3 – RHP Austin Cole battled through early command issues and fell behind in this contest 1-0 with the bases loaded and no one out in the first, but escaped further damage. The Nine offense exploded in the second inning for seven runs. Trevor Johnson finished 2-2 with a run scored and stolen base, Daniel Alfonzo was 1-1 with a walk, single and two runs scored, Nick Vella was 2-2 with a double, single and run scored and Anthony Martinez was 2-2 with a single and mammoth two-run home run to right field giving Cole the victory after five gutsy innings.

Semi-Finals, NY Nine 6, Long Island Titans 0 – The Nine opened the scoring with three runs in the second and tacked on two more in the third and one more in the fourth inning. RHP Ryan Steffens was outstanding spinning five shutout innings as RHP Andrew Pena came on to close the door. Trevor Johnson was 2-3 with a walk, run scored and stolen base, Ryan Popp was 2-4 with a run scored, And Daniel Alfonzo, Jeremia Bueno, Justin Tavaras and Nick Vella all scored for the Nine as they shut out the bracket’s #1 seed.

Finals, NY Nine 10, New Jersey Super 18s 2 – With a first pitch temperature of 37 degrees, and playing in their fourth game of the day, with the first being at 8am, the talented and tired roster dug deep one last time. LHP Matteo Flamio was masterful through the front four innings pitching out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the fourth while LHP Vladimir Baez tossed the fifth frame in the mercy shortened contest against the #2 seed Super 18s. Both Jake Hertz and Anthony Martinez doubled, singled and scored a run. Danny Alfonzo singled and scored a run,Ryan Popp added a 2-RBI triple and scored and Trevor Johnson was 2-2 with a triple, single, two walks and three runs scored.

Tournament Notes

The Nine went 6-0, winning all six games in a two-day span including four victories in fourteen hours. Johnson was named Agostonelli tournament MVP finishing with an .800 average (8-10) with three walks and six runs scored. The Nine scored 39 runs against allowing just 10. Martinez was 6-9 with three extra base hits including a home run. Jeremia Bueno was 10 for 17 (.588) with a grand slam, Nick Vella was 7 for 15 (.467) and Jake Hertz scored 5 runs.

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We Appreciate Your Efforts

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We wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of our prospective players who attended our multiple tryout camps over the past few weeks at Blind Brook High School as well as our optional workouts at John Jay HS in Cross River. This year we had a record number of players try out, which means that, unfortunately we had to turn away a record number as well. We want to take a moment and remind potential players that they should continue to put in the hard work and keep your passion for the game. We have had many players who initially did not make a New York Nine roster come back, join us for the winter workouts showing their skill improvements and finding great success in our uniforms. For those whose paths we will cross on the diamond, we look forward to seeing your improvement, even at our expense.

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New York Nine at the Metropolitan Baseball Classic

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Three New York Nine standouts recently took part in the invitation only Metropolitan Baseball Classic, played at MCU park in Brooklyn and Hofstra University on Long Island. The tournament was run by the New York Mets Scouting Department. Two of the clubs the Mets sponsored and put together were the Northeast Mets and the National Mets. There were also other top national baseball organizations such as the Evoshield Canes and Chet Lemon’s Juice and FTB, among others.

Senior first baseman and Villanova commit, Ryan Popp, from Brunswick High School and Junior third baseman Daniel Alfonzo anchored the Northeast Mets club. Dartmouth commit Trevor Johnson played center and hit atop the order for the National Mets, which had a lineup loaded with southern based players. When asked about the experience, Johnson stated, “This was a great experience to play against the best competition in the country and also be able to compete in such close games. It was also interesting to see how I stacked up on my own roster with what the Scouts say were the best players from the south.”

Daniel Alfonzo was his typical low-key self saying, “It was really competitive. Most of the pitchers were 90+ MPH. Every day you faced someone who could really throw. This was a great experience, lots of fun. Playing for the Nine helped me get ready for this”. Alfonzo’s run scoring double in the title game helped earn the Northeast Mets the crown.

Popp anchored the Northeast Mets offense hitting cleanup and helping guide them to the championship game. Popp added, “It was an honor and a privilege to have been selected to play for the Northeast Mets two years in a row in the Metropolitan Baseball Classic. It was fun and a great experience to have played with some of the best high school players in the country and many future professional ball players. The coaches were awesome and long term friendships were made on the team. Best of all was our team winning the Metropolitan Baseball Classic for the first time ever.”

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New York Nine Roster Spots Available For Top Players

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As the fall season approaches we are still looking for select student athletes who fit the New York Nine organization singulair dosage. After reading our fall philosophy, decide if your current program is accomplishing all you need them to do for both your individual growth and development, as well as giving you the proper coaching and scheduling to achieve your collegiate goals. We still have roster space available for players who believe they are performing at the level of the top ten percent of ballplayers in the northeast. If this is you, contact us at info@newyorknine.org to explore an opportunity within the Nine.

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