FLEMINGTON, NJ - To further cap-off a successful season for the Morristown High School baseball team, the Colonials were represented by Head Coach Ed Collins as well as by Brennan O’Neill, Tate Ballestero and David Haberman at the 2017 Garden State Baseball Underclass Games held at Diamond Nation on Wednesday June 14.
The event hosts the top underclass baseball prospects in New Jersey. The players are split into four regional teams: Northeast, Northwest, Central and South. Over 55 collegiate and professional scouts from across the country flock to Diamond Nation to see the best talent that New Jersey has to offer on the diamond.
Participating for the Northwest side against the Northeast, was O’Neill, a Seton Hall commit, that got the start on the mound with his teammate Haberman behind the plate. O’Neill would throw his scheduled one inning, surrendering two runs on three hits and striking out two.
“It was his second year at the event,” said Morristown head coach Ed Collins. “I thought it was important for all of our guys to most importantly have fun and appreciate the honor of being selected.”
His battery-mate Haberman, joining his teammate at Seton Hall, had a strong showing behind the dish, throwing out a pair of runners throughout the game. He would also reach base via a walk in one of his two plate appearances on the night.
“Those two other guys definitely belonged here with Brennan,” said Coach Collins. “I thought David [Haberman] did a great job behind the plate tonight and showed off his strong arm.”
The final member of the Colonials that participated in the highly touted event, Ballestero, would see three plate appearances, walking twice and flying out to center. Ballestero is only a rising sophomore and is uncommitted.
“I thought Tate [Ballestero] played very well tonight as well. He was patient at the plate and put on a good performance in the workouts, being only a rising junior it was big for him to get his name out there to the scouts in attendance and I think he did just that.”
Looking forward, the Colonials strong representation at the event points toward a bright future for the program. These three players will be at the helm looking to lead the squad into next year.
“This shows the great talent we have in our program. This is a big event so it shows the hard work they put in as well as how we are in good hands going into next season,” said Coach Collins.
The game concluded after ten scheduled innings with the Northeast squad edging the Northwest by a score of 5-1.