2012 Rover News

Easton Area School District athletes spread holiday joy to Easton families
December 27, 2012

Easton Area High School baseball players Nick Beinlich, upper left, Ryan Briskie, below left, and Rohan Kilpatrick, below right, and coaches Greg Hess and Carm LaDuca experienced the gift of giving during the holiday season.By Peter Panepinto | The Express-Times (Photo Courtesy of Express-Times File Photos)

Some members of Easton Area High School's baseball team recently learned how much better it feels to give than to receive.

Baseball players, coaches, administrators and others brought tears to eyes and put smiles on faces of several families Dec. 13 when they delivered Christmas trees, decorations, lights and gifts to about 40 Easton families.

The charity event started five years ago, when about eight trees were given out, said Greg Hess, assistant athletic director and assistant baseball coach.

It started as a way to support the community, which has been supporting the baseball team for so long, he said.

About 40 trees were delivered this year to doorsteps.

"We've made a difference," Hess said.

Click here to view the entire article over at the Express-Times website

Diamond Club to Host Holiday Social this Friday
December 9, 2012

A Fine Wine and Beer Tasting Event
Accompanied by:

A Delicious Selection of Hors D’oeuvres, Chocolates and Desserts

Musical Entertainment by Chuck Schubert

A gathering of friends and acquaintances

Friday, December 14, 2012

Banquet Room
224 Stockton St.
Phillipsburg, NJ

Sponsored by Easton Baseball Diamond Club

Tickets: $30/person or $50/couple
Call Lori at 610-559-3933 to reserve


Wine available for purchase
Must be 21 years of age to attend
Beer provided by Weyerbachers’ Brewery;
WINE and Food by Mariana’s Café

Christmas Tree Sale and Donations
November 30, 2012

The Easton High School Baseball team is selling Christmas Trees as a fundraiser this Holiday Season. Douglas and Fraser Firs are available in 6-7ft., 7-8ft., and 8ft + sizes. Prices $35/$40/$45/$50

Tree Stands, Tree Bags, Watering Elves, and Decorative Christmas Balls and Grave Blankets available. Prices $25/$35/$45

Wreathes Available - Prices $15 and up

Easton Sportswear Available

Location: EAHS Baseball Field
Hours: 5-8pm weeknights/10am-4pm weekends

Beginning November 30th until stock is gone.

Support the EAHS Baseball Team and Have a great Holiday Season!!!!!!

As you know the Easton Baseball Program is again selling Christmas Trees this Year as a Fundraiser. But what some do not know is we are also taking donations for Trees for Easton School District Students and families who cannot afford it right now.

We know many of us have had to adjust our everyday lifestyles because of the slowing of the economy and this may not be possible for you to help and we totally understand. If you are able to help it would be greatly appreciated. For the past 4 years we have had our Players and Coaches deliver trees to the families and it has given all of us a perspective that we should take time to be thankful for all of the blessings we have and a little more understanding to the people who may not be as blessed. Many of our players have returned to tell us that this event has impacted the way they now look at the Christmas Season. We are also accepting any old ornaments, lights, decorations, and or toys that may help some families have a Joyful Christmas.

If interested please stop by the Baseball Field or contact Coach Laduca at laducac@eastonsd.org or Coach Hess at hessg@eastonsd.org.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Easton High School Baseball

2012 Easton Baseball Fall Apparel Sale
November 13, 2012

Click here to view full details and download the order form

First Diamond Club Meeting Scheduled for 2013 Season
September 20, 2012
The first meeting of the Easton Baseball Diamond Club will be held next Thursday, Sept. 27th at 7PM in room C111 at the high school.

Please plan on attending. The meetings are short but informative. We hope to see the "veterans" as well as many new faces in attendance.

Fundraising plans for the year will be discussed.

Fall Baseball Announcement
August 9, 2012
All players interested in playing Fall Baseball this year will need to contact Coach LaDuca by Saturday August 11, 2012 with your intent. Please notify him by email at laducac@eastonsd.org.

Forthcoming information on dates for practice, games, finances, etc. will be sent out to those who contact him via email by that date.

It is a 10 team high school league running from late August to mid October. The Varsity level team should play 10 games and a single elimination tournament at the end of the league in October.

We are looking to field a lower level team also that should play anywhere from 6-8 games and practice as well. A tournament is planned for them also.

The organizer of the league is Freedom head coach Nick D'Amico in conduction with the other schools. Many LVC teams are involved as well PBurg, Stroudsburg, E. Stroudsburg, Salisbury , etc...

Please contact Coach LaDuca with your interest asap!

Baseball Picnic
May 22, 2012
The end of season picnic for all baseball players (Freshman, JV & Varsity) and their families has been scheduled for this Friday, May 25th at 6:30PM in the senior cafeteria at the high school.

The Diamond Club will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, rolls, condiments, snacks, paper products, etc...

Players will be asked to contribute the following:

Freshman: if last name begins with: A thru E: 12 pack diet soda, F thru M: 12 pack of regular soda N thru Z: salad

JV: Salad

Varsity: Dessert

It will be necessary to RSVP to Maria LaValva at 610-559-1706.

You will need to tell her your name, how many in your family will be in attendance, and what food article you are bringing (as to avoid duplication of salads, desserts, etc).

Rovers Top Hawks to Wrap-Up 2012 Season
May 19, 2012
Courtesy of the Express-Times Sports Staff

Michael LaDuca came through with a two-run single in the fourth inning to give Easton a 3-1 win over Bethlehem Catholic in the Rovers final game of the season.

Zach Olah was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Ian Hayden, Chase Bryant and Wilberth Chevez were all 2-for-3 head coach Carm LaDuca's squad.

Easton finishes the 2012 campaign with a 9-11 record, one victory shy of qualifying for the District 11 playoffs.

Senior Day is Friday May 18th
May 16, 2012
Friday May 18 will be Easton's final game this year and they will celebrate Senior Day against Bethlehem Catholic at 4pm.

Senior Parents will be introduced with their son prior to the game and each player will have a Bio Read about them during that introduction.

The Easton Baseball Program wishes each of our Seniors well as they move on to College and other avenues in life!

We thank them for their time in our program!

The seniors are as follows:

#1 Chris Jackson
#2 Ian Hayden
#3 Richie Llagas
#5 J.J. Jordan
#8 Zach Olah
#10 Michael LaDuca
#11 Wilberth Chevez
#13 Chase Bryant
#15 Dom Mancuso

May Showers Postpone Another Game
May 8, 2012
Todays matchup between Easton and Liberty has been postponed for both the Varsity and JV squads.

No makeup date has been announced.

Bethlehem Catholic makes all the right moves in win over Easton
May 7, 2012
By Brian Fortner, courtesy of the Express-Times

Brayden Knipe was part of a last-minute defensive switch Monday night.

As it turned out, the Bethlehem Catholic High School junior was in perfect position to help keep the Golden Hawks' postseason chances alive.

Knipe scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning and then gunned down the potential tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh to pave the way for Becahi's 3-2 victory over Easton in a key Lehigh Valley Conference East Division contest at Coca-Cola Park.

The Golden Hawks improved to 9-9 overall with three games remaining in the regular season, meaning a 2-1 record the rest of the week will qualify them for a spot in the District 11 Class AAA tournament.

"This was a huge game for us to win," said Knipe, who was inserted at second base for regular starter Zac Sedler, who injured his leg in an ATV accident this past weekend. "It means we only need to go 2-1 instead of winning out."

Sedler's injury forced Golden Hawks coach Mike Grasso to move regular second baseman Dan Niccum to left field and insert Knipe at second.
Becahi (5-7 in the LVC) led 3-2 in the top of the seventh, when Easton's Rohan Kilpatrick reached second on Connor Ryan's throwing error to lead off the inning.
One pitch later, Hawks catcher Evan Cowen's pickoff throw sailed into center field. Kilpatrick took off for third and was waved home by Easton head coach Carm LaDuca when the ball rolled under center fielder Jake Criscuolo's glove.

Criscoulo fired the ball to Knipe, who cut it off and threw a strike to Cowen to cut down Kilpatrick at the plate.

Becahi starting pitcher Connor Casey got the next two hitters -- including Ian Hayden on long fly ball to deep center -- to end the game.

"It's a one-run ball game there," Grasso said. "And everything had to be perfect. And that's the way it was. Everything was lined up and our guys executed perfectly. I think that throw and the one at third base earlier were the two biggest plays in the game."

Criscuolo also threw a runner out at third base to end the top of the fifth.

"In hindsight, the decision (to send Kilpatrick home) was terrible on my part," LaDuca said. "He's at third base with nobody out (Hayden's) fly ball scores him and the game is tied. In that situation it was a poor call on my part."

Easton (8-9, 4-8) also needs to win two of its remaining three games -- at Liberty today, at home against Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday and at Acton Boxborough (Mass.) on Saturday -- to qualify for districts.

Bethlehem Catholic took the lead with a run off starting pitcher Nick Beinlich in the second. Ryan reached on a fielder's choice following clean-up hitter Collin McGeary's lead-off single. Ryan then scored on a wild pitch after Connor Hedash's single.

Beinlich's RBI single off Casey in the fourth tied the game at 1 before Cowen put the Hawks back in the lead by singling home Ryan from second in the bottom of the inning.

"Connor hung in there all game," Grasso said. "He struggled pitching behind hitters a lot of the time, but he stood in there and worked hard."

Casey, who served as the designated hitter for the first couple weeks of the season while nursing a shoulder injury, scattered seven hits, struck out four and walked one.

"I was struggling completely today," said Casey, who threw 104 pitches. "My curveball wasn't working, and in the sixth and seventh inning my fastball was losing some velocity."

Beinlich, who drove in both Easton runs, struck out four and walked one in six innings of work. Kevin Cooley was 3-for-3 with a run for the Red Rovers.

Wet Field Conditions Force Postponement
May 3, 2012
Todays Varsity and JV games against the Freedom Patriots were called off a couple hours ago.

These games will be made up tomorrow May 4th.

Rain Wipes Out Yesterday and Todays Slate
April 23, 2012
The April showers have hit for the second day in a row.

Yesterdays Game at Coca-Cola Park against Bethlehem Catholic was cancelled and rescheduled for May 7th at 4pm. Ple game will be played at Coca-Cola Park.

Todays Varsity and JV games against Emmaus were called off a couple hours ago.

These games will be made up on April 30th.

Stateliners earn 8-3 victory over rival Easton
April 21, 2012
By Tom Hinkle, courtesy of the Express-Times

Amid all the sloppiness, Anthony Ciavarella managed to stay the course on Saturday night.

The senior left-hander pitched a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts to lead Phillipsburg High School's baseball team to an error-filled 8-3 victory over rival Easton at Hackett Park.

Much of the game was played in a steady rain which included a brief rain delay after the third inning.

Ciavarella also defeated the Red Rovers 13-1 in five innings last spring.

"I live for this game every year," Ciavarella said. "It meant a lot to go out there and get the 'W.'"

Tyler Widitz had three hits including a double, run and two RBIs for P'burg. Devin Grade and Tyler Plesnarski each had two hits.

The Stateliners (6-4) committed six errors which led to all of Easton's runs being unearned.

Easton (6-5) was equally inept in the field. The Red Rovers committed seven errors which made things considerably more difficult for starting pitcher Dominic Mancuso, who struck out seven and walked two in five innings.

"Our inability to execute in crucial situations has really hurt us this year," Easton coach Carm LaDuca said. "We have to find a way to change that."

Ciavarella threw 137 pitches, but according to Phillipsburg coach Dave Hinkle, taking Ciavarella out of the game was never an option.

"It's funny," Hinkle said, "but late in the game people were asking me who I should get to warm up. "I said 'Ciavarella.' They asked me who we had in relief. I said 'Ciavarella.' "

Ciavarella struck out at least one batter every inning and fanned the side in the third. Two of the hits he allowed were singles to Easton second baseman Zach Olah.

"I really wanted to finish this game," Ciavarella said. "I didn't care if I threw 150 pitches. I could feel it (fatigue), but I was amped. I was juiced, and I just wanted to give it my all."

Easton scored a run in the first on two errors sandwiched around a hit-batsman.

P'burg answered with four unearned runs in the last of the first which proved to be all the support Ciavarella needed. Brian Gardner's infield hit drove in the fourth run.

The Stateliners tacked on three insurance runs in the last of the sixth. The key hit came when Widitz chopped a two-run double with the bases loaded over the head of first baseman Mike LaDuca.

Ciavarella finished with a flourish by striking out Luis Hernandez and Nick Beinlich to end it.

Fye's three-hitter leads Parkland over Easton
April 11, 2012
By Tom Hinkle, courtesy of the Express-Times

The floodgates opened early on Tuesday afternoon, and Parkland High School's baseball team took full advantage.

Adam Fye pitched a three-hit shutout with six strikeouts and the Trojans erupted for seven runs in the second inning en route to a 10-0 Lehigh Valley Conference victory over visiting Easton in five innings.

It was the second 10-run loss in three games for the Red Rovers (4-2 overall, 2-2 LVC), who fell one game behind first place Liberty in the East Division.

"It's been a recurring theme that when we don't play well things get away from us in a hurry," Easton coach Carm LaDuca said. "It's frustrating for us. We know we're capable of playing much better. We have to fix this in a hurry if we want to be in the mix."

Parkland (4-3, 3-1), which is tied with Nazareth atop the North Division, took a 1-0 lead in the first off Dom Mancuso on doubles by Brandon Evans and Damin Muth.

The Trojans broke it open in the second inning with seven runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batsman. The inning was aided by a passed ball and an error.

"Dom struggled with his command," LaDuca said. "It wasn't from a lack of effort. We have to do a better job with our overall execution."

Kevin Cooley relieved Mancuso with Easton down 6-0 and allowed a two-run double to Jake Rosenblatt.

"We wanted to constantly keep the pressure on," Parkland coach Tony Galucy said. "You can't relax. The other night we led Emmaus 6-0 in the sixth inning and the next thing you knew it was 6-4 with the bases loaded and no outs."

Zach Olah, Chris Jackson and J.J. Jordan had the only hits for Easton.

Trailing 1-0, the Red Rovers threatened in the second inning when Chase Bryant walked with one out. Jackson lined a single to left-center field to advance the runner to third. Evans, the Trojans' center fielder, made a good stop to prevent the ball from getting past him to the wall.

Mike LaDuca walked to load the bases, but Ryan Williams lined out to second base and Fye struck out leadoff hitter Ian Hayden to end the inning.

"I felt pretty good," said Fye, who used a fastball and curveball. "I just tried to throw a bunch of strikes. I knew if I threw strikes I'd be able to get them out."

Hurricanes blow by Rovers 11-1
April 4, 2012
By Tom Hinkle, courtesy of the Express-Times

It was a day to remember for Pete Daland and one to forget for the Easton Red Rovers.

Daland pitched five strong innings and went 4-for-4 with three RBIs on Tuesday to lead Liberty High School's baseball team to an 11-1 Lehigh Valley Conference romp in a battle of unbeatens at Richards Field.

Catcher James Bertolotti, right fielder Ryan Brong and left fielder Robert Bertolotti each had two hits for the Hurricanes (4-0 overall, 2-0 LVC), who pounded 12 hits overall.

"So far so good," Liberty coach Andy Pitsilos said. "We hit the ball and put up a lot of runs to take pressure off our pitchers."

"We're doing pretty good," Daland said, "but we can't get ahead of ourselves. We just have to go one game at a time."

Despite his impressive showing, Daland said it wasn't one of his stronger performances on the mound.

"It was a little rough," said Daland, who struck out seven and walked three. "My catcher (James Bertolotti) helped me out a lot. My fastball was all right, I just wasn't hitting my spots."

Daland walked two in the first inning but wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam. He walked another batter in the second when the Red Rovers (3-1, 1-1) scored their run. Daland settled into a groove from there.

"He's a bulldog," Pitsilos said. "He didn't have it early, but he always guts it out. He minimized the damage."

Easton managed just four singles off Daland and hard-throwing reliever Edward Albertson, who struck out two in one inning.

"We have six, seven, eight pitchers," Pitsilos said. "We're deep. There just aren't enough innings right now to use all of them."

Ian Hayden's second-inning single delivered the only run for Easton, which committed three costly errors.

"If you give a good ball club a lot of extra outs it's going to come back and bite you," Easton coach Carm LaDuca said. "If we make a few of those plays it might be a completely different game. I thought we swung the bats OK but their center fielder (James McCarthy) made two outstanding plays."

Daland had two hits including an RBI single in Liberty's six-run second inning. Daland also had an RBI double in the fourth and a run-scoring single in the sixth.

"That was a big help because I haven't been hitting too good," Daland said. "That gave me a lot of confidence."

April Diamond Club Meeting
March 31, 2012
The April meeting of the Easton Baseball Diamond Club is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th at 7PM at the high school.

Please note that the meeting room has been changed to C111.

Final plans for the Boston Trip will be discussed.

Mark your calendars to attend!

Rovers open season with 7-4 victory over Hazleton
March 25, 2012
By Tom Hinkle, courtesy of the Express-Times

Down to its final six outs, Easton Area High School's baseball team suddenly shifted gears today.

Dom Mancuso's RBI single ignited a six-run sixth inning rally which carried the Red Rovers to a 7-4 independent victory over Hazleton in the season opener at Richards Field.

The Red Rovers (1-0) were held to one run on four hits through five innings against Cougars pitchers Anthony Zalaga and Erik Johnson. Easton suddenly broke loose by bunching seven hits and an intentional walk to score the six runs.

"We're going to scratch for every win, every run, everything," Mancuso said. "This team won't give up very easily."

Ian Hayden led off the last of the sixth with a ground single just to the left of shortstop Carl Cara. Hayden stole second, and alertly came around to score when Mancuso singled to right field.

"I basically just put the ball in play," the left-handed Mancuso said. "I pulled it and just got enough to get it over (second baseman Sal Biasi's) head. (Hayden) was on his horse."

"One thing we have is team speed," said Easton coach Carm LaDuca, whose team overcame several base-running errors. "We're going to push people around. I'll take the aggressive mistakes, not the mental ones."

Mancuso advanced to second on the throw home and went to third on a wild pitch. Zach Olah was walked intentionally. Luis Hernandez ripped an RBI single down the left field line to give Easton a 3-2 lead.

Nick Beinlich followed with a run-scoring single to center. Chase Bryant, who went 3-for-3, blasted a two-run triple to deep left center. Kevin Cooley capped the scoring when he blooped an RBI hit over a drawn-in infield.

"We elevated some pitches, got them up in the zone," Hazleton coach Gino Cara said. "They hit the ball. We didn't miss plays. Easton is a heck of a team."

Cooley got the win in relief of starter Mancuso, who pitched five effective innings. Mancuso ran into trouble in the third when he walked two straight batters, the latter forcing in a run which gave Hazleton (0-1) a 2-1 lead. Mancuso got out of it by throwing a called third strike past T.J. Chirico on a 3-2 pitch.

"I felt pretty good," Mancuso said. "My arm was good. I have a little back issue and I wasn't really trusting it, but it worked out good."

Mancuso also wiggled out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the fourth. Hazleton threatened with two runs and had two runners on in the seventh, but Beinlich struck out Jared Carrelli, the potential tying run, to end it.

"It was a team effort across the board," LaDuca said. "I'm really excited the way this group of kids has come together. It was a great way to start the year."

Diamond Club Meeting
March 21, 2012
Spring into action and attend the next Easton Baseball Diamond Club meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 6 at 7PM at the high school, room D208.

Final plans for the bingo and Easter Egg Hunt will be discussed.

EAHS Baseball Team to honor Dr. Terry Bartolet through out the 2012 Season
Varsity Team to wear commemorative patches on uniform as a tribute
March 12, 2012
To commemorate the life and recognize the passing of Dr. Terry Bartolet, the Easton Area High School Baseball Team will don uniform patches for the 2012 season.

Dr. Terry Lee Bartolet played shortstop and captained the back-to-back District XI Easton Area High School Baseball Teams in 1958 and 1959. Bartolet was a left-handed hitter with gap-to-gap power. It was said if you needed a key hit it was Terry you wanted at the plate. He possessed a very strong throwing arm and was a fantastic fielder. Dr. Bartolet quarterbacked the undefeated 1958 Football Team, and holds the Basketball school record for points (48) in a single game. Dr. Bartolet served as the Easton Area High School Team Physician while in private practice.

Dr. Bartolet passed away on March 4, 2012. His wife Virginia, children, daughter Dr. Lora Levin and her husband, Dr. Jared Levin; son Daniel Bartolet and his wife, Tamara; son Terry Bartolet; and 4 grand children survive him.

March Diamond Club Meeting
February 17, 2012
Spring into action and attend the next Easton Baseball Diamond Club meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 6 at 7PM at the high school, room D208.

Final plans for the bingo and Easter Egg Hunt will be discussed.

February Diamond Club Meeting
January 20, 2012
The February meeting of the Easton Baseball Diamond Club will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 7PM in Room D208, Easton Area High School. Final plans for the dance will be discussed as well as details of the Boston Trip.

January 10th Diamond Club Meeting Postponed
January 6, 2012
Easton Baseball Diamond Club's January 10th meeting has been postponed. The January meeting will now be held on Wednesday the 18th at 7PM in room D208 at the high school. 2012 is shaping up to be a great year, see you at the meeting.

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