Manhattan Baseball Inks Three NLIs
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - First year head coach Jim Duffy announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 academic year. The former Seton Hall assistant used his New Jersey roots to ink three standout athletes who will bolster the defending MAAC Champions roster at a variety of positions. The Jaspers welcome to Riverdale utility man Chris Liquori (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo), pitcher Casey Meyers (Brookside, N.J./Mendham) and catcher Chris Reynolds (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose).
Liquori, a 5'10" product of Ramapo High School, was a consistent starter during his sophomore and junior campaigns and helped guide the Raiders to the 2011 Big North Division Championship. A clutch performer with a fastball in the upper-80s, the righty was utilized as a closer in many late game situations playing for head coach Mickey Hunt. Liquori also batted nearly .400 last season and tied for the team lead in home runs while finishing second on the squad with 25 RBI. Starting in all 27 games, Liquori was unanimously voted First Team All-League and an honorable mention All-County.
Meyers will add a reliable arm that has made big starts already in his young career. A First Team All-Morris County performer, Meyers picked up the win over the #11 state ranked Cranford High School in the New Jersey sectional quarterfinals. The 6'2" right hander pitched six strong innings and gave up only two earned runs. Meyers was also a force at the plate as a junior batting .462 with five homers and 28 RBI helping Mendham advance to the New Jersey Sectional Championship game. For his superb performance as a junior, Meyers was named First Team All New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Reynolds enters his third season as the starting catcher at St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J. The 5'9" right hander has above average speed as he put on display in 2011 with 25 stolen bases. Reynolds hit a solid .395 last season with two long balls and 27 runs batted in. He was among the New Jersey Star Ledger leaders in doubles, RBI and runs scored. His play earned him a spot on the Shore Conference's All-Division First Team. Reynolds was a part of the St. Rose 2009 New Jersey State Championship Team and as a sophomore he made significant contributions to a 22-4 overall record en route to the Shore Conference, B Central Division title.
This class represents the first three signees of Duffy's tenure as head coach. He takes over a program that won its second MAAC Championship last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history.
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