WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School senior Sullivan ( Sully) Bean opened up the 2017 season as the starting pitcher for the NJABL's Metropolitan League Torre Based Training’s Lyndhurst Black Sox and in so doing became the youngest opening day starter in the team’s history.
At the time of the game against the Rutherford Rays on May 21, Bean was eight days shy of his 18th birthday.
The NJABL's Metro League is comprised of teams with current and post college players who still enjoy competing at a high level of baseball. This was Bean's first competitive game action of the season as he skipped baseball at Watchung Hills this spring. His pitching line was 2 2/3 innings pitched allowing 2 hits, 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Limited to 59 pitches while he builds up his arm strength, he "looked good for his first time out" said coach AJ Torre. "We knew of Sully's ability from last year when he helped us out by pitching 5 innings for a win while we were playing for a spot in the Under 40 World Series in Michigan. We are impressed with his poise and talent in a league where the average age of the players is in the mid 20's. Sully certainly plays at a higher level than his age." In the second game of the season Bean had his first hit in his first at bat of the season.
For the young season he is currently hitting .200 going 1/5 but has a .600 on base percentage having drawn a walk and hit by a pitch. “Sullivan’s bat will pick up as he gets more live at bats” said Coach Torre. “Sully has shown the ability to play multiple positions having also played second base and the outfield for us.”
Bean will be attending Harding University in Arkansas in the fall studying public administration.