FLEMINGTON, NJ - Spotswood High School junior JT Vento will be taking the field in the 2016 Garden State Underclassmen Game at Diamond Nation on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Vento is on the Central squad along with 28 other New Jersey high school baseball players.
Players were also chosen for the Northeast, Northwest and South teams. Each team represents a different region of the state. The first Garden State Underclassmen Game was played in 2012 and was designed to showcase the high school baseball talent in New Jersey. Players are picked based on how each player is projected to be a potential NCAA Division One recruit.
In addition to proud parents and fans, the game will be attended by numerous professional and college scouts that want to get a closer look at next year's draft prospects.
The four teams will play a simultaneous doubleheader on adjacent fields. Batting practice will begin at 5 p.m with first pitches scheduled to be thrown at 7 p.m. The Central team will take on the Northwest on Field Four while the South team will play the Northeast on Field One. Spectators will be able to view both games due to the close proximity of the fields.
Joining Vento on the roster will be Spotswood High School baseball coach, Mike Korneski. Korneski was one of three coaches chosen for the Central squad.
Vento is an outfielder for the SHS boys varsity baseball team. The Spotswood native finished the 2016 season with a .431 batting average. In 65 at bats, Vento got 28 hits. He batted in 20 RBIs and hit nine doubles, five triples and four homeruns along with stealing five bases.
Diamond Nation is located on 129 River Road in Flemington. It is a 65-acre baseball complex.