2004 Incoming Players

Brendon Hitchcock
Outfield/ First Base
Laceyville, Pa
Wyalusing Valley High School

Junior season (2002): Hitchcock posted a team-leading .417 batting average. He also had 11 doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI. Hitchcock has been named a Northern Tier League all-star three consecutive years. In the summer of 2002, Hitchcock batted .620 for American Legion Post 534 with four home runs and 22 RBI. He was a Region 5 Legion all-star and was named All-East Pennsylvania American Legion. Hitchcock is also a three-time Keystone Games participant.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: “Very simply, Brendon is a pure hitter. He hits to all part of the field extremely well and has shown the ability to drive the ball out of the park. Brendon runs well, is very athletic and has the ability to play both the outfield and first base at the Division I level.”

Junior Mejia
Center Field
Ventnor, N.J.
Atlantic City High School

Junior season (2002): Mejia batted a team-best .456 with four doubles, three triples and eight home runs. He was named first-team All-Cape Atlantic League, second-team All-South Jersey and third-team all-state. Mejia is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: “Offensively and defensively Junior can flat out play the game. He will bring a dimension to our program that we have been missing for quite some time - a true lead-off hitter and center fielder. Junior has the ability to be a four-year impact player here at Binghamton.”

Pat Haughie
St. James, N.Y.
Smithtown High School

Junior season (2002): Batted .352 with 18 RBI. He was named an academic all-league selection. This past summer, he was the starting catcher for the highly-regarded Long Island Bulls and batted .381.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: “Pat is one of the best catch-throw kids in the state and is very athletic behind the plate. He has outstanding bat speed and projects out to be a very good Division I hitter. Pat also has the type of leadership skills we are looking for from the catcher position.”

Matt Simek
Second Base
Vestal, NY.
Vestal High School

Junior season (2002): Helped led Vestal to the Section IV Class A championship last spring. Posted a team-high .396 batting average. He also led the team in runs, hits, triples and stolen bases. At the conclusion of the 2002 season, Simek was named All-STAC (Southern Tier Athletic Conference). In the summer of 2002, he batted .373 while leading American Legion Vestal Post 89 to the Broome County and District 6 championships.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: “We think Matt might be the best kept secret in New York. He has both the offensive and defensive skills to be an outstanding player in our program. Matt plays the game the way we want the kids in our program to play-with passion and enthusiasm.”

Mike Van Gorder
Vestal, N.Y.
Vestal High School

Junior season (2002): Helped led Vestal to the Section IV Class A championship last spring. Split time between the pitching and shortstop positions. He posted a 2-1 record with a 1.40 ERA. In the summer of 2002, he posted a 4-1 record with a 4.00 ERA with American Legion Vestal Post 89. He also batted over .300 as the starting shortstop.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: “Mike is just starting to scratch the surface with his ability as a pitcher. He has a tremendous upside on the mound and is the most projectable high school pitcher we saw this past summer and fall.”

Zach Groh
Reading, Pa.
The Perkiomen School

Senior season (2003): Got of to a 7-0 start with 56 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA in 42.0 innings.

Junior season (2002): Posted an 8-1 record and an 0.59 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 59.3 innings. He was named first-team All-Keystone State Athletic Conference as well as to the Mercury Newspaper All-Area first-team. In the summer of his junior season, he played for Exeter American Legion and posted a 7-2 record with a 2.51 ERA in 46 strikeouts in 46.3 innings pitched. Heading into his senior season, Groh was rated the 17th best high school prospect in Pennsylvania by Baseball America.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: "Zach is a very polished and protectable high school pitcher. He has a mid-80's fastball and tremendous command of all his pitchers. I expect Zach to be an integral part of our pitching staff for the next four years."

Jeff Monaco
Binghamton, N.Y.
Seton Catholic Central High School

Junior season (2002): Hit .420 with six home runs and 24 RBI. In the summer of 2002 he played with Binghamton American Legion Post 1645 and hit .502 with two home runs.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: "Jeff is an extremely gifted athlete - one of the finest in the Southern Tier. His athleticism makes a very protectable player for our program. I am excited for Jeff to now have the opportunity to concentrate on the development of his baseball skills year round and see where his ability can take him."

David Lind
San Mateo, Calif.
Skyline College (San Bruno, Calif.)

As a sophomore (2003): Appeared in 15 games, making 12 starts, posted a 4-5 record, picked up a save and struck out 61 batters. Lind’s ERA was 2.62. He was Skyline’s number one starter and concluded the season by being named a Coast Conference North first team all-star.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: "David has put up some extremely impressive numbers against great competition in the California Community College League. We expect David to make an immediate impact in our program."

Whitney Powell
Virginia Beach, Va.
Dundalk Community College ( Baltimore, Md.)

As a sophomore (2003): This past spring, he batted .342 with three home runs and 25 RBI. He also had 25 stolen bases. Powell was named to the Maryland Junior College sophomore all-star team.

Quote from Coach Sinicki: "Whitney has tremendous tools both offensively and defensively. He's an impact kid who will add a spark to our lineup and solidify the outfield."

Keith Ford
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Coffeyville Community College (Coffeyville, Kan.)

As a sophomore (2003 season): Hit .329, scored a team-leading 34 runs, belted eight doubles and a pair of triples and was 31-for-33 in stolen bases. Coffeyville competes in the Jayhawk League, which is considered to be one of the top junior college leagues in the country.

Quote From Coach Sinicki: "Keith's a flat-out burner. He has tremendous range defensively and will be counted on to set the table for our middle of the order guys offensively."


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