Georgetown University head baseball coach Pete Wilk announced the commitment of seven newcomers in the spring of 2008.
Dec. 12, 2006
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown University head baseball coach Pete Wilk announced that seven student-athletes have made an early commitment to play baseball for the Hoyas starting in the spring of 2008.
"This is the best class we've had here at Georgetown," said Wilk who is in his eighth season." Coach (Mark) VanAmeyde, deserves some credit for bringing in the right kind of student-athlete to help us improve in the BIG EAST."
Dan Berardo (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) is a 5-10 right-handed pitcher who played for coach Mickey Hunt at Ramapo H.S. Berardo helped RHS to the Group 3 state finals as a sophomore in 2005 and was named All-NBIL first team and All-County honorable mention as a pitcher in 2006. Berardo struck out 46 batters in 45 high school innings in 2006 posting a 2.33 ERA with two shutouts and two strikeouts. Berardo also plays for the N.J. Twins in the summertime.
"Dan has outstanding stuff," said Wilk. "He should help us right away and get innings early in his career."
Will George (Dripping Springs, Texas/Dripping Springs) is a 5-8, 170-pound catcher that was named All-District honorable mention in 2006 after batting .425 with five homers, nine triples and 21 RBI for Dripping Springs H.S and coach Chris Payne. George has batted over .400 and drove in more then 30 runs in each of the past two summers for the Austin Wings and coach James Ellison. George's Austin Wings team won the Premier National Championship in 2006.
"Will is one of the best catch-and-throw guys out there," noted Wilk. "He has the ability to shut down our opponent's running game as well as help handle our pitching staff."
Dan Godefroi (Andover, Mass./Andover) is a 6-1 left-handed pitcher and outfielder who is playing his prep ball at Andover H.S. for coach Ken Maglio. Godefroi was named Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006, garnered Player of the Year honors by both the Boston Globe and Lawrence Eagle Tribune and took home Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year accolades. Godefroi earned eight wins on the mound pitching to an ERA of 0.40 over 43.1 innings in 2006 to go along with a hefty .424 batting average with 23 runs scored and 18 RBI.
"Danny's one of the best athletes in New England," said Wilk. "He's a switch-hitter who shows some pop from both sides and as a pitcher, consistently pounds the strike-zone with three pitches."
Tommy Isaacs (Livingston, N.J./The Bolles School) is a 6-1 right-handed pitcher who is playing for coach Mike Boswell at The Bolles School. In 2005, Issacs compiled a 1.25 ERA as the team's ace and was named All-County, All-District and All-State while leading his team to a district and a regional title, along with a spot in the State Championship. Issacs also has experience on the club level having played for the Jacksonville Bomb Squad, Storm, and Warriors over the past three summers. Issacs also plays running back and linebacker for his high school's football team.
"Tommy has a great future ahead of him, with a great pitcher's frame and the stuff to go along with it. He should pitch very early in his career here at Georgetown," added Wilk.
Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) is a 6-2, 210-pound third baseman who is playing for coach Rocky Manuel at Bellaire High School. Last season, Lamont was named First Team All-District as a third baseman, after being named to the team the year before as a catcher. Heading into this season, Lamont has been named to the All-Greater Houston Preseason High School Team. Last year, Lamont batted.491 and finished with 18 RBI. In the summer, Lamont has played for the Bellaire Offseason Baseball club team for the past three years.
"Sean's one of the most physicaly talented kids we've seen," Wilk said. "He'll help us by playing a strong third base as well as bringing a middle of the order, right-handed power bat to our lineup."
Ethan Root (West Palm Beach, Fla./Forest Hill) is a 5-11 left-handed pitcher and outfielder who is playing for coach Russ Miliken at Forest Hill High School. Last season, Root was named Second Team All-Palm Beach County and was recognized with the team's Varsity Best Pitcher Award. His season was highlighted by a 12-strikeout, no-hitter against Okeechobee High School then matching that performance with a two-hit shutout against John Leonard High School Root compiled a 2.83 ERA and struck out 61 batters in 42 innings of work, while hitting .407 with 18 runs and 18 stolen bases, tops in the county. During the summer, Root competed on the 2005 Junior Olympic Team and his American Legion Post 12 team. Root is also a member of the cross-country and golf team at Forest Hill.
"Ethan's another very good athlete who can play two positions at the college level," said Wilk. "He is another future Hoya who can pound the strike zone with three pitches from the left side and he runs very well when he plays the outfield."
Pablo Vincent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) is a 5-10 right-handed pitcher who currently plays for coach Tony Meilan at Belen Jesuit Prep School. Vincent helped lead his team to a district quarterfinals appearance in 2005, and a district semifinal appearance last season.
"Pablo is a great competitor who can have a bright future on the hill," added Wilk.