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College Baseball Stars from Middletown High Schools Gone All-State

CBA's Mike Galeontafiore gone all-state

Christian Brothers Academy graduate Mike Galeotafiore, who is now The College of New Jersey's (TCNJ) junior catcher, was named to the New Jersey Baseball Association Division II/III All-State First Team.

The 6-foot, 205 pound Galeotafiore, of Brick Township, started all 37 games for the 25-12 Lions.  He had the third-best batting average at .354 (52-for-147), scoring 30 runs.  He had a team-high 37 RBI, 14 doubles, three  home runs and a slugging percentage of .524.  He had an one-base average of .451.

Selected to the NJBA’s second team was senior pitcher Joe Marchitelli, a graduate of Jackson Memorial High School.

Out of the bullpen, the 6-foot-2 Marchitelli closed out eight games.  He had a team-best 1.88 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 24 innings.

Galeotafiore and Marchitelli are waiting to see if TCNJ receives an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Baseball Regional Championship Tournament.

The announcement from the NCAA selection committee will come on Monday morning.

After being eliminated from the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament, TCNJ lost its chance to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional, which is awarded to the NJAC tourney winner. Kean University earned that right and will compete in the region site it is hosting at First Energy Park in Lakewood.

It is a near certainty that Rowan University (30-11-1) will receive an at-large bid from the committee based on its regular season record, strength of schedule, and performance in the conference tournament. NJAC foes Rutgers University-Newark (22-18) and Ramapo College (29-11) are also programs that are in contention for a bid.

Overall record and strength of schedule are both on the plus-side for the Lions. What works against TCNJ is finishing fifth in the conference and being eliminated early from the post-season tournament.

The fifth-place finish is somewhat muted, however, because in the eyes of the committee, it's a tie for third. The Scarlet Raiders and Roadrunners had identical 11-7 records along with TCNJ, but were seeded higher in the tournament due to tie-breakers.

The Lions are ranked eighth in the latest Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings. TCNJ is behind sixth-ranked Ramapo and seventh-ranked Rutgers-Newark.

Also on the TCNJ roster are: senior outfielder Anthony Palmiotto, a graduate of Manchester High School; senior pitcher Sean Stewart, a graduate of Freehold Township from Howell; freshman infielder Gerald Ihnhen, a graduate of Barnegat High School; freshman catcher Paul Searles, a graduate of Holmdel High School; freshmen infielders Michael Greene, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy from Colts Neck, and Matt Salomonsen, a graduate of Middletown High School South.

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