Players from Mount Pleasant, Conrad and Appoquinimink high schools among those committing to the Lightning
Goldey-Beacom College’s baseball team, coming off a successful inaugural Division II season, has signed 10 players to National Letters of Intent.
The college in Pike Creek signed the following players:
Mitch Guerrieri (Greentown, PA/Wallenpaupack) is a great athlete who played shortstop and pitcher in addition to being a great basketball player. A solid competitor who played for a tremendous high school team, the staff is eager to see what he can do when focusing on just one sport.
Jake Heskett (Washington, DC/St John’s College HS) is a big right-handed pitcher who arrives from one of the best high school programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. He enters with a great deal of potential and will be one of many looking for a starting role on the mound.
Trevor Jump (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) enters as a right-handed pitcher who is expected to make an immediate impact. Picked honorable mention all-state last spring, he regularly throws at least 80 miles per hour and will challenge for a spot in the starting rotation.
Dylan Lenard (West Middletown, DE/Appoquinimink) comes from a great high school program and should see plenty of action on the mound. Standing 6’6” and throwing roughly 80 miles per hour, Lenard is expected by the staff to develop into a big-time arm.
Anthony Madonna (Wilmington, DE/Conrad School of Science) is an outfielder who the staff is eager to get on the field. He played solidly his senior year in leading Conrad to the state final and Delaware North to the Carpenter Cup final. He is an athletic and strong-armed player who the staff thinks will bring power to the offense.
Kevin Russo (Wilmington, DE/Conrad School of Science) was one of Madonna’s teammates for both Conrad and Delaware North, also enjoying trips to the state and Carpenter Cup finals. Russo is a solid defensive infielder, possesses a strong baseball IQ and also is a solid hitter.
Andy Salzmann (Scranton, PA/Dunmore) played catcher for the Baseball U. program and is a strong switch-hitter who the Goldey-Beacom staff expects to challenge for a starting role. He also can play some first base, but the staff is committed to having him catch and are confident the pitchers will love throwing to him.
Jay Smith (Zeeland, MI/Tiffin U.) batted .310 last season for Tiffin with 16 extra-base hits, 33 RBI, a .402 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage. At Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2016 as a teammate of senior Keegan Marsden (Stratford, ON), Smith was picked first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and All-Region XII. The outfielder who helped Tiffin reach the conference final is hoped by the coaching staff to solidify the middle of the batting order.
Bailey Spence (Bear, DE/Cecil College) is another solid right-handed pitcher who can reach over 80 miles per hour and also will be among many challenging for time on the mound.
Tre Wilson (Lancaster, PA/Harford CC) pitched last season for Harford Community College for a team that went 51-10-1, won the Region 20 junior college title and played in the junior college district tournament. He can reach 91 miles per hour, possesses a great breaking ball and is expected to give a lift to the Lightning’s bullpen.
Goldey-Beacom (10-35, 5-17 CACC) had an impressive first season under coach Tom Riley after the program was introduced in the fall of 2015. The squad played its first game as a Division II member Feb. 18 at Barton, its first home game March 5 against Queens (NY), notched its first victory March 24 at Chestnut Hill and its first doubleheader sweep April 21 against Chestnut Hill.
Goldey-Beacom also won the Conference Sportsmanship Award, given to the team which best displays class, character, sportsmanship and competitive spirit. The conference presents one such award for every sport each academic year.
Founded in 1886, the Goldey-Beacom College offers graduate and undergraduate degrees with majors in psychology, economics, criminal justice, English and all areas of business. With alumni from 26 states and 66 nations, Goldey-Beacom College is located in Pike Creek Valley, a suburb of Wilmington. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education.