RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Three returning Felician College baseball players – senior-to-be Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) and rising sophomores Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) and John Holland (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) – have been selected for the all-star teams of their summer collegiate leagues.
Brill, a shortstop, and first-baseman De Jong are teammates on the Wellsville Nitros of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL). In 24 games for the Nitros, Brill is batting .330 with five home runs, 18 runs scored, 18 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases. He was a Division-II All-East Region honoree for Felician in the spring.
De Jong has set a single-season NYCBL record with 11 home runs. He is hitting .323 in 23 games, leads the league with 33 RBI, and is second in runs scored with 24.
The Nitros are coached by 2001 Felician graduate Anthony Barone, who was a member of the first two baseball teams in Golden Falcon history.
The NYCBL All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday night in Geneva, N.Y. De Jong is scheduled to participate in the league's Home Run Derby that afternoon.
Holland is a right-handed pitcher for the Langan Baseball Falcons of the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL). In six appearances for the Falcons, he is 0-1 with a 3.38 earned-run average. He has recorded 14 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings.
The ABCCL All-Star Game was staged on Saturday in Union, N.J. Holland tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the contest. The game is named in honor of former Felician player Ryan Iannelli, who, as a Marine First Lieutenant, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2011.
Both the NYCBL and ABCCL use wooden bats.