LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Rider University baseball coach Barry Davis, the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year, has signed four players for the 2017 season.
Pete Soporowski of South Amboy, NJ, Joe Simone of Wayne, NJ, Kyle Johnson of Jackson, NJ and Tyler Stockwell of LaPlata, Maryland have all signed national letters of intent to further their education and baseball careers at Rider.
“This class hits all of our needs adding to our overall depth,” Davis said. “Each player has leadership qualities and a tremendous work ethic. We feel very fortunate to have them in our baseball program. They will push for playing time immediately.”
Soporowski, a senior left-handed pitcher at Sayreville War memorial high School, won five games as a junior with a 1.68 earned run average. He compiled 67 strikeouts in 57 innings, earning First Team All-Conference and Third Team All-Group 4 honors.
“Anytime you can get a left-handed pitcher who can spot the fastball plus add multiple off speed pitches, it is a bonus,” Davis said of Soporowski. “He could pitch in a number of roles for us and he adds to the depth of an already deep staff.”
As a sophomore Soporowski was a Third Team All-Conference selection when he compiled a 1.82 earned run average.
Simone, a senior outfielder at Wayne Hills High School, batted .321 as a junior with 25 hits and 17 RBI in 27 games, earning Second Team All-County honors. On the base paths the speedy outfielder was 14 for 14 in stolen bases.
“Joe Simone is an outfielder who can play all three positions,” Davis said. “He displays the arm strength and speed needed to play at this level. Offensively he can create problems with his speed and potential power.”
Johnson, a senior shortstop at Jackson Memorial, earned New Jersey All-Group 4 honors and was a member of the Jersey Shore Carpenter Cup team. A First Team All-Shore Conference and All-Division selection, Johnson batted .426 as a junior with 40 hits, including 11 doubles, and compiled 25 RBI in 29 games. In three seasons on the varsity Johnson has 87 hits and 43 RBI in 85 games.
“Kyle Johnson is versatile,” Davis said. “He can play second base, shortstop, and third. He has the arm strength, range and the hands necessary to make all of the plays. He can also play the outfield using his better than average speed. Offensively he will be able to play the style we like. He is a blue collar guy.”
Stockwell, a senior catcher at LaPlata High School, was his team MVP as a junior, earning First Team All-County and Second Team All-Conference honors. As a sophomore Stockwell was a Second Team All-County selection.
“Tyler Stockwell has been a dynamic hitter and shows the ability to make all of the throws,” Davis said. “He has leadership skills and as a catcher this is a plus.”
The 2015 Broncs finished in first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season. Rider won MAAC Championship Tournaments in 2010 and 2008, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: November 20, 2015