HERKIMER - The Herkimer County Community College baseball team recently announced the signing of eight high school seniors who look to make an impact for the Generals in 2015.
"We are excited about this start to our recruiting class. We have some big names out there that we are still working hard on to join our family, but we are excited about the group we already have coming in," Herkimer head coach Jason Rathbun said in a news release.
Among those signing was Baylee Hall from Fonda-Fultonville High School.
Fonda-Fultonville senior Baylee Hall, right, signs a letter of intent to play baseball for Herkimer County Community College next season. (Photo submitted)
"Baylee is a versatile infielder with a good swing at the plate. He is also the cousin of former all-region player Tyler Hall, who was a former General. Baylee is a little bigger than Tyler, and we think he has good hands and will help us next year," Rathbun said in the release.
Joining Hall will be pitcher Nick Kuzia from Seymour High School in?Connecticut. His brother, Joe Kuzia, was a starting pitcher for the Generals the past two seasons, where he made great strides on the mound. Joe Kuzia is pitching for the St. John's Red Storm.
"Nick already has a better understanding of how to pitch, with a better fastball at his age than when we got Joe. I think Nick's ceiling is very high," Rathbun said in the release.
Also joining Herkimer in 2015 will be Jake Rouse, Joseph Gagliano, Adam Nell, T.J. Carola, Petar Rumora and Stephen Cardiello.
Rouse plays at Jonathan Law High School in Connecticut.
"Jake is one of the best hitters in the state and can swing the bat from both sides of the plate with power. Jake is a corner infielder that could also move to a corner outfield spot in college. We know the type of impact Jake will have in our lineup," Rathbun said in the release. "We are really excited to get his bat in the middle of our lineup next year."
Gagliano is a 6-8 right-handed pitcher from Passaic County Technical Institute in New Jersey.
"We are really excited to get Joe in and work with him. I think his size is something that can really be a factor on the mound," Rathbun said in the release.
Nell is a 6-4 corner infielder from Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
"Adam is a strong athlete who could also see time in a corner outfield spot, but will work his way into the lineup somehow with his incredible power at the plate," Rahbun said in the release. "Adam is a great student athlete and we are really impressed by his power at the plate. We think he can have a huge impact as a freshman next year."
Carola is a right-handed pitcher from Hicksville High School in Long Island.
"T.J. has a great motion on the mound and really gets after it. We think he can really be an impact arm for us next year," Rathbun said in the release.
Rumora is a left-handed pitcher and infielder who will try to be a dual player for the Generals next year.
"Petar is a strong athlete that we really look forward to developing next year. He will have a big impact in our program," Rathbun said in the release.
Cardiello is a right-handed pitcher from Long Island who competed for Anthony Passalaqua's Long Island Force this past summer.
"This is a great start to our recruiting class next year," Rathbun said in the release. "We are excited to work with all these student athletes and welcome them to our baseball family."