BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Five members of the Gov. Livingston baseball team signed letters of intent with colleges Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the high school.
Right-handed pitchers Ryan Devanney and Sam Bass each signed with Division 2 colleges. Devanney will attend Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware. Bass is headed to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Right-handed pitcher Jarod Abram will remain in state to play at Ramapo College. Outfielder Sean McCulloch is going to Susquehanna University. Shortstop Michael Delsordo will attend DeSales University.
Devanney went 4-0 with 17 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings for Gov. Livingston as a junior. He was a starting pitcher last season after pitching in the varsity bullpen as a sophomore.
"I throw a four-seam and a two-seam fastball, which acts like a sinker, a change-up and a slider," Devanney said. "My slider has come along the furthest. It used to be more of a sloppy curve, but now it's a tighter slider that I can throw in any count."
Bass pitched 9 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and one save as a junior, but the right-hander had a breakout summer in the High School Development League after his junior year.
"I had a game against Bayonne last summer and after that game coach Young told me I pitched with swagger," said Bass, whose repertoire includes a fastball, change-up and slider.
Abram posted a 3-1 record in 27 2/3 innings on last year's varsity with 31 strikeouts. With a fastball, curve and slider, he figures to be an integral part of the Highlanders' rotation this spring.
"I'm ready to get on the mound now," said Abram, who chose Ramapo because, he said, "I felt that they could help develop me a lot."
McCulloch scored 17 runs and drove in 15 runs for GL last spring, his first on the varsity.
"I was on the bubble of making the varsity as a sophomore, but when I made the varsity last season, I felt like I made a good impact right away and took on a leadership role," said McCulloch, who said he was impressed with both the coaching staff and the campus at Susquehanna in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Delsordo stepped in and filled some big shoes as the successor to all-stater Dan Serretti as GL's starting shortstop.
"I felt like I met all my goals and expectations last season," said Delsordo, who batted .389 with 13 runs scored and 11 RBI. "I played well, and I focused on hitting line drives the other way."
Delsordo said DeSales, in Center Valley, Pa., was someplace where "I felt at home right from the beginning."