- Last Updated: 2:03 AM, June 23, 2012
- Posted: 2:29 AM, June 22, 2012
It wasn’t a typical year for The Bronx.
Fordham Prep made the CHSAA Class AA intersectional finals in the CHSAA, St. Raymond won the Bronx/Manhattan title and All Hallows, like those teams, reached the Class AA championship round.
In the PSAL, though, it was a down season. Monroe made its first Class A quarterfinals in two seasons, but not a single team reached the semifinals.
Fieldston had a big year in the Ivy Prep League, beating Poly Prep in the regular season and reaching the NYSAISAA final, where Poly got revenge, for the first time. Riverdale and Horace Mann also had solid seasons in the private school league.
All-Bronx baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Velazquez, Fordham Prep
When he reached base with a single, he’d almost always end up on third base with his blazing speed. He started off the season with three home runs in his first three games. He played a nearly flawless – and sometimes spectacular – shortstop.
That’s the reason why the Diamondbacks took Velazquez in the seventh round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, making him the highest CHSAA player taken directly out of high school in a decade. The senior, who has signed with the Arizona organization, led Fordham Prep to the CHSAA Class AA finals.
“He does it all – he’s a five-tool player,” Fordham coach Pat Deane said. “He can run, he can hit, he hits for average, he hits for power, he’ll take a walk. As he goes, we go.”
All-Bronx baseball Coach of the Year: Marc DeLuca, St. Raymond
Last year, DeLuca was upset with what he felt was a subpar performance by his team. It was the former assistant coach’s first season at the helm of the program and the last thing he wanted to do was tarnish the legacy left by longtime head man Ron Patnosh.
In 2012, St. Raymond came back strong, DeLuca guiding a team that didn’t have a lot of star power to a CHSAA Bronx/Manhattan title and trip to the Class AA championship round.
SS Stephen Alemais, All Hallows
The Tulane-bound junior has a chance to be the best player in the city next year with his five-tool ability. This year, he was a significant force in All Hallows’ lineup and also the team's closer en route to the CHSAA Class AA championship round.
CF Harrison Bader, Horace Mann
A five-tool player headed to Maryland after de-committing from Pittsburgh, Bader enjoyed a solid senior season as Horace Mann’s top hitter and rock in centerfield. He played a major role in the Lions’ fourth-place finish in the Ivy Prep League and will be nearly impossible to replace next spring.Follow @NYPostsports