2020 Rover News


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Fall Baseball
August 10, 2020

The Easton Baseball program is moving forward with a fall baseball program as we have in recent years because we believe it is an important part of the development of our program. Covid 19 has changed the landscape of what is happening currently though. So until we know exactly what is happening with school and the PIAA and sports in the fall for sure, the information we currently have is not finalized and we as of this time don't know whether we will be able to use school facilities or not. Our intention is to have a fall league with other schools as in the past playing at least twice during the week.

When specific information becomes available - we will distribute that immediately and that information will be posted here at www.roverbaseball.com and also on Twitter @roverbaseball

Soon there will be a sign up registration sheet that will be posted or directions to follow for those who are interested....please pay close attention to the website and Twitter for details. Any questions may be directed to laducac@eastonsd.org

Thank you!

Luke Storm has options: Will he be drafted or head to Duke University?
June 7, 2020

Easton High School baseball player Luke Storm signs his letter of intent for Duke University last December while surrounded by coaches Greg Hess (left) and Carm LaDuca (right). (Amy Shortell/The Morning Call)


By Keith Groller | The Morning Call
Photo courtesy of Amy Shortell | The Morning Call

The coronavirus pandemic not only cost Luke Storm his senior baseball season at Easton Area High School, but it also may have taken away his opportunity to be drafted by a major league organization.

The drastically slimmed-down MLB amateur draft begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN and the MLB Network. In past years, it was a 40-round marathon. As a cost-saving measure, it was reduced to five rounds this year featuring just 160 picks.

Storm, who is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state by Prep Baseball Report, No. 1 at shortstop in Pennsylvania and No. 10 in the nation at the position, will watch the draft knowing that his chances were trimmed along with the draft's length.

At one point during the winter, he was told by one franchise that he is projected to go between the second and fifth rounds, but the reshaping of the MLB landscape with a vast amount of players being released may have changed that projection.

"There's still an outside chance I'll be drafted," he said. "If it actually happens, it would be really cool and a special moment."

If it doesn't, he'll likely continue with his plans to attend Duke University where he has been set to go for more than two years.

"I made my commitment to Duke in the beginning of my sophomore year," Storm said. "From the moment I stepped on campus, I loved everything about it there. I met guys on the team and the place had a welcoming environment. I felt like I was part of the family right away."

Storm has been talking to his adviser, Jeff Randazzo from Philadelphia, who represents Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks among others. A difficult decision would have to be made if he was among the 160 guys drafted.

"My ultimate goal is to play professional baseball," he said. "The fastest route to get there is the route I am going to follow. It's all up in the air right now, but in the meantime I am doing what I can to stay baseball-ready and stay in shape."

The draft-round reduction will save MLB clubs nearly $30 million in signing bonus money according to the Associated Press. Players not taken in the draft are limited to $20,000 signing bonuses.

Even drafted players will have their signing bonuses deferred due to MLB's economic crisis because no games are being played. Each slot is assigned a value with Detroit having the No. 1 pick at a signing slot of $8.4 million.

However, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has reported MLB teams will pay drafted players a maximum of $100,000 this year and 50 percent of what is left next year and the other 50 percent in 2022.

Storm would receive a partial scholarship at Duke since Division I programs must split 11.7 allotted scholarships among as many as 30 players.

All of this will be factored into Storm's decision.

"I have a feeling most guys who are not drafted will be reached out to," he said. "Teams will still see if they can sign a guy. For me, $20,000 wouldn't really be an option. I'd be going to school."

According to multiple sources, Storm is the only area high school player who was expected to be drafted prior to the shrinkage of the draft.

Storm hit .448 as a junior at Easton last spring, while slugging .866 with an on-base percentage of .589. He was voted first-team all-Eastern Pennsylvania Conference at shortstop last year and was the EPC MVP.

He is also an outstanding student, ranking in the top 10 percent of his senior class, and was chosen to the National Honor Society and selected to represent Easton on the EPC's Student-Athlete Character Council.

He was recently selected the Coordinated Health male athlete of the year despite never getting on the field this spring.

Storm gained national attention playing for the Diamond Jacks, a renowned AAU program based in Flemington, New Jersey, started by former major leaguer Jack Cust.

"We had about 10 Division I players on the team last year and we faced a lot of good competition, playing in Georgia and Florida," Storm said. "It was a great experience playing with a lot of top-talent guys."

But Storm said his first priority was always Easton and that's why it hurts missing out on one last season representing the Red Rovers.

"My coaches [Carm LaDuca and Greg Hess] put me in the best situations ever since I became a part of the program and I really appreciate everything they've done for me," he said. "I am going to miss it, especially since I missed my senior year. I feel like it really hasn't hit me yet. I try not to think about what could have been or would have been. We had a great team this year and it sucks. But I hope the guys can take care of business next year."

LaDuca and Hess know Storm will take care of business whether his next stop is in Durham, N.C., or in the minor league system of a MLB franchise.

"He's a fantastic kid," LaDuca said. "He's very humble. He's a great teammate."

"In my 32 years of coaching high school athletes, he's in the top five of the most level-headed kids I've coached," Hess said. "He will make the right decision for him. He has been in contact with the Duke coaches and they will steer him in the right direction if he does get drafted. I know Luke really loves Duke. He'll be disappointed if he doesn't get drafted, but he'll be just fine with going to Duke."

Wherever he goes, Storm will always be a Red Rover at heart.

"Over the years at Easton, I've definitely evolved into being a leader," Storm said. "Last year, I was the captain of our team as a junior and I've learned a lot from the great coaches and teammates I've had. Whatever route I take, whether it's Duke or a pro team, I will take those leaderships skills with me and I will always be thankful for my time and opportunities as a Red Rover."

2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 25
May 25, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 25 - Cole Transue

Cole Transue Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 24
May 24, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 24 - Nick Depuy

Nick Depuy Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 23
May 23, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 23 - Isaak Torres

Isaak Torres Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 22
May 22, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 22 - Keegan Stem

Keegan Stem Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 21
May 21, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 21 - Max Squarcia

Max Squarcia Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 19
May 19, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 19 - Ethan Reccek

Ethan Reccek Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 18
May 18, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 18 - Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 17
May 17, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 17 - Derek Hammerstone

Derek Hammerstone Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 16
May 16, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 16 - Ethan Goldman

Ethan Goldman Profle


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 15
May 15, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 15 - Drew Crossman

Drew Crossman Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 13
May 13, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 13 - Frank Castrovinci

Frank Castrovinci Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 12
May 12, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 12 - Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 11
May 11, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 11 - Josh Braido

Josh Braido Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 10
May 10, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 10 - David Boettger

David Boettger Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 9
May 9, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 9 - Nick Zingales

Nick Zingales Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 8
May 8, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 8 - Luke Storm

Luke Storm Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 7
May 7, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 7 - Brett Stewart

Brett Stewart Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 6
May 6, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 6 - Connor Michel

Connor Michel Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 5
May 5, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 5 - Dylan Matase

Dylan Matase Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 4
May 4, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 4 - Eric Gustofson

Eric Gustofson Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 3
May 3, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 3 - Chris DiGangi

Chris DiGangi Profile


2020 Varsity Player Profile for May 2
May 2, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 2 - Vincent Ambrosino

Vincent Ambrosino Profile


Rover Baseball to Honor the 2020 Varsity Players in month of May
May 1, 2020

To honor the 2020 Rover Baseball team we will be introducing one Varsity player every day for the month of May. The Covid 19 virus took our season away from us and these fine young men worked so hard to prepare but never had the chance to perform and compete in 2020. Please take the time to read each player profile carefully to understand each player.

May 1 - David Allan

David Allan Profile


Luke Storm Named The Morning Call Athlete of the Week
April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement

By Morning Call Staff | The Morning Call
Picture Courtesy of The Morning Call

Luke Storm has been voted Athlete of the Week winner for his performance on the field last season, as well as his achievements off the field.

Click here to read the complete article


Updated COVID-19 Announcement
April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement


COVID-19 Announcement
March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement


2020 Spike and Turf Store Now Open
March 5, 2020

The 2020 Spike and Turf Store is now open. Click the link below to visit the store.

Click here to View the Spike and Turf Store



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