Getting fan mail after winning a championship isn’t anything new in sports. Receiving a letter from yourself days after winning one championship, and right before taking the mound in another – now that’s something different.
In sixth grade, Luke Filippi and his classmates wrote letters to themselves. Those letters were to be delivered to them as seniors. Filippi received his after leading the Port Jefferson baseball team to a Suffolk Class C title, and days before the Long Island Class C final.
What did Filippi say he wanted his senior self to accomplish?
“I wrote, ‘I just want to win a championship for Port Jefferson,'" Filippi said. "It happened and it was awesome. Especially with the kids on our team. It was a fun group of guys.”
Filippi, a senior shortstop/pitcher, helped Port Jefferson capture the Long Island Class C championship on June 3. On Monday, Filippi added individual hardware to his collection. He won the Silver Slugger Award, given to Suffolk’s best hitter.
“I’m very excited about that," said Filippi, who is committed to play at Albany. "I’ve been working for a long time to be able to do something like this.”
He had four home runs, 41 RBIs, 32 runs scored and 42 stolen bases this spring with a .750/.850/1.196 slash line.
“I’ve joked about it,” coach Jesse Rosen. “Luke’s numbers looked like if somebody was playing Sunday morning softball or somebody was hitting against a pitching machine. They were unreal. And the fact he did it against live humans, is unheard of.”
Rosen and Filippi’s relationship dates back to T-ball, Rosen said. Filippi made the varsity team as a freshman, and Rosen knew immediately he had a rare talent with an uncanny drive to win.
“Whether it’s playing baseball or anything else he does in life, the first impression you have of Luke Filippi is that he’s a winner," Rosen said.
Filippi also went 8-0 with 79 strikeouts and did not allow and earned run on the mound during the regular season. He struck out eight batters and allowed one run on five hits in a complete game 6-1 victory over Carle Place, to lead the Royals to the Class C Southeast Regional Final this year.
Said Rosen, “When the moment was there for Luke to be the superstar, there wasn’t a time all year he let us down.”
And even though it seems impossible to overlook Filippi’s stats this spring, Rosen said he’s even better than the numbers.
“He was just absolutely unbelievable from a statistical standpoint but that doesn’t really even do it justice when you look at it from the eye test,” Rosen said. “Whether it’s been statistically or just the eye test, I don’t know if anyone’s ever had a high school baseball season in Suffolk County like Luke’s had.”
Filippi is honored to cap off his senior year with both a county and Long Island title, and now individual accomplishments.
“It’s pretty cool, it just shows how hard I’ve worked,” Filippi said. “I’ve put a lot of work into it and obviously it paid off pretty well.”