Teammate competes for national team spot
Alex Callaway, who hit .413 with four homers, 24 RBIs and 17 runs, and also had a 1.14 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings as a pitcher for Beacon High School, has been named regional Player of the Year by the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Callaway, who will play next year for SUNY Cortland, was also named to the All-Section 1 team and selected by the Dutchess County Coaches Association as Large Schools Player of the Year.
His teammate, Lenny Torres, a rising senior who has committed to St. John’s University, also was named to the Journal team and earned All-Section 1 honors. The righthander, who has thrown a 96 mph fastball, went 5-2 with a 1.22 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.
In addition, on July 10, after participating in the Tournament of Stars in North Carolina, Torres was named to the 40-man roster of the USA Baseball Under-18 national team. (He was invited to the tournament after striking out five of six batters at a showcase in Florida on June 17.) The next set of try-outs begins Aug. 19 in Minneapolis, with the roster cut to 20 players on Aug. 24.
Justin Conklin, Jalen Echandy and Frankie Fusco also received honorable mentions on the Journal All-Star team, as did Brian Haines, Kyle Kisslinger and Daniel Santos of Haldane.