BCC Baseball & Softball Players Recieve All Region Honors

Brookdale, which was previously ranked number one in the National Division III softball poll earlier this season, has  five players who recived All-Region honors.  Four players earned first-team honors in freshman pitcher Kerilyn Svenson (Raritan), freshman first baseman Tracey Stern (Shore Regional), freshman outfielder Amanda Svenson (Middletown North) and sophomore catcher Christina Masitti (Freehold Township). Honored for the second consecutive year, sophomore utility player Samantha Deixler (Southern Regional) earned a nod on the second team.

Svenson, who transferred in after one semester at the University of New Haven, has a record of 23-3 and has only allowed 20 earned runs in 153 innings of work good for an National sixth-best ERA of .915.  She averages 1.24 strike outs per inning, which is fourth in the NJCAA, and is equally impressive in the batters’ box.  The Middletown product is hitting .357 with 20 RBIs.

The national leader in homeruns, Stern has powered 12 long balls in 43 games and leads the team in RBIs with 56 while also scoring 45 runs of her own.  Her batting average currently sits at .396.

A rightfielder with a cannon for an arm, Svenson has made a name for herself in the power department, as well.  With seven homeruns, which is eighth on the National leaderboard, and 15 RBIs, this .417 hitter is leading the team with 55 hits.

Making the transition from outfield to catcher proved not to be a daunting task for sophomore Masitti.  In fact, she is enjoying her best season yet, hitting .355 with four homeruns.

Deixler was named to the all-tournament team during last year’s National tournament run for the Jersey Blues and hasn’t let up on being a seniority figure this year.  With 42 RBIS, 14 doubles and three homeruns, Deixler’s batting average sits at .386 heading into the postseason.

All five players have kept their respective positions for the all-Garden State Athletic Conference team.

The Lady Blues, who earned the second-seed in the Region XIX tournament, have earned a bye in first-round play but will return to action next weekend (May 7-8) when Ocean County College hosts the 2010 Region XIX softball tournament.

On the baseball side of things, seven players from the nationally-ranked team earned All-Region XIX honors, as announced by the league Wednesday.  Five Jersey Blues garnered spots on the first team with sophomore catcher Nick Gaeta (Montville), second baseman David Nunez(Belmar), sophomore outfielder Andrew Archer (St. John Vianney), freshman designated hitter Leiby Gonzalez (Santo Domingo, D.R) and sophomore pitcher JC Menna (Red Bank Catholic) receiving nods, while sophomore outfielder Eddie Martin (Raritin) and freshman pitcher Brian Conrad (Souderton) were named to the second team.

Menna, whose fastball has been clocked upwards of 94 MPH this year, has a record that currently sits at 4-1.  In 27.1 innings pitched, the righty has let up only four earned runs and has struck out 34 batters.  His ERA is a stingy 1.317.

Conrad made an immediate impact on the Jersey Blues squad.  A transfer from LaSalle, his record thus far is 3-1 and he holds a 1.57 ERA while fanning 27 batters in just 23 innings of work.

A mainstay behind the plate, Gaeta is as consistent on defense as he is in the batter’s box.  The Montville native is hitting .406 and has team-high 24 RBIs.

A speedy lead-off man, Gonzalez’s on-base percentage is just under .500  and hit .390 on the year with 19 runs and 24 RBIs.

Although Nunez doesn’t necessarily carry a heavy bat, he has a knack for finding the gaps, belting a team-high 12 extra base hits while hitting .410.

A pair of leaders in the outfield, Martin and Archer have combined for 20 doubles and 44 runs this season.  Archer, however, leads the team in batting average with a blazing .426 while Martin bats .378.

All five first-team Region XIX honorees have also earned first-team Garden State Athletic Conference honors, and Martin is the sole Jersey Blue representative on the all-GSAC second team.

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