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This morning, the Gatorade Player of the Year winners were announced for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Bridgewater-Raynham catcher Joe Freiday was named the winner for Massachusetts. Here are the winners for the other five New England states:
CONNECTICUT: RONNIE ROSSOMANDO, BUNNELL
The 6-foot-5, 242-pound junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman has led the Bulldogs to a 16-4 record and a berth in the Class L state tournament. Entering the postseason, Rossomando owned a 5-1 record and a 1.65 ERA on the mound along with a .313 batting average and 17 RBI. He had 69 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched, surrendering just 22 hits and issuing 14 walks. Rossomando was a First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State selection as a sophomore.
Rossomando has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and his school’s Unified Sports teams, for students with disabilities.
“Rossomando is a man amongst boys,” said Jeff Rago, head coach at Joel Barlow High. “He’s just at a different level than other high school pitchers.”
Rossomando will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
RHODE ISLAND: GIAN MARTELLINI, BISHOP HENDRICKEN
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior catcher led the Hawks to a 17-1 record and a berth in the Division I state tournament, scheduled to begin May 28. A returning Second Team All-State selection as named by the Providence Journal, Martellini batted .467 with 14 extra-base hits, 25 runs scored and 41 RBI while committing just one error behind the plate through 18 games. A member of the All-Tournament Team at this past summer’s 2013 World Wood Bat Association Underclass World Championship, he started for Bishop Hendricken’s 2013 Division I state championship team as a sophomore.
Martellini has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and his school’s peer-mentoring program for students with educational and developmental disabilities.
“Gian Martellini is basically a college catcher playing high school baseball,” said Paul Murphy, head coach of rival Cumberland High. “He’s special. He’s a quiet leader and leads by example.”
Martellini has verbally committed to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Vanderbilt University beginning in the fall of 2015.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: ROB DEL SIGNORE, LONDONDERRY
The 6-foot, 185-pound senior left-handed pitcher and first baseman had led the Lancers to a 10-5 record at the time of his selection. Del Signore owned a 4-1 record and a 0.38 ERA through 15 games along with a .306 average and 17 RBI. He recorded 69 strikeouts in 37 innings pitched, surrendering just 16 hits and issuing 12 walks. Del Signore is a two-time First Team All-State honoree.
Del Signore has maintained a 3.53 GPA in the classroom. A student mentor in his school system, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth baseball camps.
“He’s got an above-average fastball, good control and a devastating curveball,” said Dan Keleher, head coach at Salem High. “He’s also a good position player who can hit the ball, and he’s an outstanding kid.”
Del Signore has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Southern New Hampshire University this fall.
MAINE: BEN GREENBERG, SCARBOROUGH
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior right-handed pitcher and infielder owned a 3-1 record and a 1.17 ERA on the mound for the Red Storm (6-5) at the time of his selection. The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Greenberg also compiled a .519 batting average with six RBI and a .675 on-base percentage through 11 games. He was the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year and the Southern Maine Athletic Association Most Valuable Player as a junior.
Greenberg has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities, youth baseball programs and community-cleanup initiatives. He has also raised funds to aid a school in Haiti.
“Greenberg is a great two-way player,” said Eric Fernandes, head coach at Marshwood High. “He swings a very good bat, and he’s a bulldog on the mound.”
Greenberg has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Fordham University this fall.
VERMONT: RAYNE SUPPLE, CHAMPLAIN VALLEY UNION
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior right-handed pitcher and shortstop owned a 4-1 record and a 1.17 ERA for the Redhawks (10-2) at the time of his selection. Through 12 games, Supple fanned 36 batters in 24 innings pitched, surrendering just 10 hits. He also compiled a .343 batting average and drove in 17 runs. A Second Team All-Metro selection as a sophomore, he is a two-time Perfect Game Honorable Mention Underclass All-American.
Supple has maintained a 3.25 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs.
“Supple is a very impressive player,” said Jim Carter, head coach at Mt. Mansfield Union. “He throws very hard, maybe in the low 90s, and he’s a good hitter. He’s got a lot of natural talent.”
Supple will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
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