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Baseball News & Highlights

May 02, 2014

Eagles Have Five Honored By Conference


Eastern Baseball had five players recognized by the Freedom Conference. Four players were awarded honorable mentions (from top left): Eric Rossi, Andrew Check, Ryan McMenamin and Joe Grato. Andrew DiFerdinando (far right) was named to the Freedom First Team.

ANNVILLE, Pa.—Eastern Baseball had five players recognized by the Freedom Conference on Friday for their play this season.

Eastern outfielder Andrew DiFerdinando earned a spot on the Freedom Conference First Team and Andrew Check, Joe Grato, Ryan McMenamin and Eric Rossi named honorable mention players.

DiFerdinando, a senior outfielder from West Friendship, Md. (Marriotts Ridge), had a career year in 2014, batting .411 with three home runs, 10 doubles and 31 RBIs. DiFerdinando also had a team-best on-base percentage of .511. DiFerdinando had 11 multi-hit games this year and had an eight-game hitting streak and a 10-game hitting streak as well. In the final week of the season, he won conference player-of-the-week honors in a week where he batted .652 and had a game with six RBIs and another with eight RBIs.

Andrew Check (Doylestown, Pa./ CB West), a sophomore outfielder who transferred to Eastern this season, made an immediate impact with his new team. Check led off the year with an eight-game hit streak en route to a .342 season at the plate. Check, who batted towards the top of the Eagles’ lineup for the most part, scored 25 runs and knocked in 17 runs. He also had eight doubles and a triple.

Ryan McMenamin (Pottstown, Pa./ Pottsgrove), a junior infielder, assembled the second-longest hit streak in Eastern’s history, starting the 2014 season with a 21-game streak. McMenamin batted .333 for the year and led the Eagles with 14 steals.

Eric Rossi (Malvern, Pa./ Conestoga) earned an honorable mention this season after leading the Eagles in extra-base hits with nine doubles, two triples and three home runs. Rossi also finished second in RBIs with 29.

Sophomore first baseman Joe Grato (Madison, N.J./ Madison) earned an honorable mention after putting together an even .300 batting average over the course of the season. Grato knocked in 23 RBIs and had six doubles, one triple and three home runs. Grato had the highlight of the year when he completed Eastern’s 14-run comeback against LVC with a walk-off grand slam.


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Updated: Monday, 07 July 2014


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