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LIers Michael Donadio, Jesse Berardi make Big East first team baseball

Suffolk shortstop Jesse Berardi of Commack dives to

Suffolk shortstop Jesse Berardi of Commack dives to make a play during the Grand Slam Challenge against Nassau senior all-stars at Farmingdale State College on Monday, June 16, 2014. Photo Credit: James Escher

A pair of Long Island baseball players earned All-Big East first-team honors for St. John’s. Mount Sinai’s Michael Donadio and Commack’s Jesse Berardi, who starred for their hometown high schools, earned the distinction.

For Donadio, it was the fourth time he made the first team. Donadio started all 50 games for No. 20 St. John’s (40-10) and ranked second on the team with a .374 batting average and first with 55 runs scored. He reached base at a .479 clip and slugged .559 with four homers, five triples, 14 doubles and 35 RBIs in 195 at-bats.

Berardi, a junior, also started all 50 games and led the Red Storm with 46 RBIs. He posted a .359/.462/.476 slash line with four homers, one triple and 10 doubles.

America East honors LIers

Northport’s Brian Herrmann (Stony Brook University), Smithtown’s Dominic Savino (Albany) and Rockville Centre’s Connor Powers (Albany) earned America East first-team honors. Ronkonkoma’s Casey Baker (Stony Brook) made the second team, and Centereach’s Greg Marino (Stony Brook) and Ronkonkoma’s Marc Wangenstein joined Herrmann on the All-Rookie team.

LIers spark St. Thomas Aquinas

With several Long Islanders leading the way, the St. Thomas Aquinas baseball team reached its second straight Division II NCAA Tournament. The Spartans (42-15) will face UC San Diego on Sunday at 4 p.m. in their opening game.

Rocky Point’s Frankie Moscatiello, who was named ECC Pitcher of the Year, is 9-1 with a 1.59 ERA, 86 strikeouts and 34 walks in 79 1⁄3 innings. Ward Melville’s Chris Cepeda also has been a cog in the rotation. He is 7-3 with a 3.08 ERA.

Commack’s Greg Dawber (.327/.372/.421) and North Shore’s Nicholas Lucchese (.293/.317/.389) have played important roles in the lineup.

Herzog, Kaufman star

Riverhead’s Nick Herzog was named most outstanding player of the regional championship, and Farmingdale’s Bryan Kaufman, who was the Little East Tournament MVP, made the all-tournament team as UMass Boston advanced to the second Division III World Series in program history. Kaufman’s 1.08 ERA in 58 ⅓ innings is UMass Boston’s single-season record.

Palmer honored

Fresh off three dominant performances in the Northeast-10 Tournament, East Islip’s David Palmer collected a handful of honors. The junior, who allowed two earned runs and struck out 19 in 15 innings of tournament play, was named to the all-conference and ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region first teams and the NCBWA All-East Region second team.

More LIers honored

In addition to being named Skyline Pitcher of the Year, St. Joseph’s senior Josh Outsen (Lindenhurst) earned ABCA/Rawlings New York All-Region first-team honors Tuesday. He went 7-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 54 1⁄3 innings . . . Adelphi’s Brenna Martini was named an NFCA All-American softball player for the second straight year. She hit .483 with 18 home runs . . . Hofstra’s Teddy Cillis was named to the All-CAA baseball first team. Cillis struck out 96 in 75 innings and hit .280 with six homers, six doubles and 27 RBIs.

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