Baseball Inks Seven in Early Signing Period

Tony Rossi

Nov. 21, 2013

Siena baseball coach Tony Rossi confirmed the signing of seven student athletes to binding National Letters of Intent during the National Signing Period. Joe Drpich of South Salem, N.Y., Jordan Bishop of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Dan Lowndes of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Tyler Childrose of Averill Park, N.Y., Ryan Bellomo of Rutland, Vt., Ben Moxley of Oneonta, N.Y., and Fred Smart of Evanston, Ill. will each arrive on campus next fall.

"We are extremely excited to have this group of young men in our program," Rossi said. "It's a very talented class. Each has a chance to have an impact athletic career at Siena, and they will be a positive part of the Siena community. We have addressed some important needs for the long and short term by bringing in some outstanding positional players and a quality pitcher to help replace our talented senior class. Assistant coaches Michael Kellar and Elliot Glynn did an outstanding job assembling this talented group."

In recent years, Siena has had a great deal of success recruiting, gaining significant contributions from freshmen and other incoming players.

"We try to address significant needs with each class, but our general philosophy is to attract the best athletes possible." Rossi said. "We are always looking for the top arms and athletes available, and this group achieves that goal."

Drpich is a first baseman who attends John Jay Cross River High School. He was named All-League his sophomore and junior years at Kennedy Catholic, and played for the strong Taconic Rangers program in the summer and fall, emerging as one of the top hitters in the program. He was one of the top hitters at Kennedy his junior year with a .375 batting average to go along with four homeruns and 25 RBI. He is a powerful and talented left-handed hitter who should see playing time immediately.



"Joe is an outstanding hitter with raw power." Rossi said. "He is a polished hitter who has played against outstanding competition during the summer and will be ready to make a major contribution as a freshman."

Bishop is a talented shortstop who attends Roy C. Ketcham High School. In high school, he has hit .457 with 37 hits and 27 RBI's and an on-base percentage of .569. He was an All-League, All-County, All-Section and All-State pick and was the Dutchess County Player of the Year in 2013.

"Jordan is an outstanding shortstop with a great upside," Rossi said. "He can hit, but more important he is an outstanding shortstop with a great arm. Jordan is expected to receive immediate playing time. He is a welcome addition to our school and community."

Lowndes is an outfielder who attends Arlington High School. He was an All-League and All-County performer last year after hitting .333 with a team leading 30 hits. Lowndes is another player who played with the strong Taconic Rangers program the last two years.

"We feel that Dan's aggressive style will enable him to gain quality playing time his first year," Rossi said. "He will be a major addition to our program and community."

Childrose is a 6-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher who attends nearby Averill Park High School. He was an Honorable Mention All-League performer his sophomore and junior years on the mound, and was also one of his team's top hitters with a .329 batting average. During his summer season he was 5-2 in 51 2/3 innings with a 2.79 ERA and 35 strikeouts. "Tyler is a diamond in the rough," Rossi said. "He is a raw talent with a huge upside. He has a power arm with a sharp breaking pitch. He should get quality innings immediately."

Bellomo is a 5-10, 180-pound right-handed pitcher who attended Rutland High School. He was a 3-year varsity performer and an All-League and All-State selection at shortstop and pitcher as a junior and senior.

"Ryan is a power pitcher with a lights-out slider," Rossi said. "We are excited to have him join the program and feel that in a very short time he could be a dominate force on our staff. He also is an outstanding shortstop who may be able to help us out in that area as well."

Moxley is a 6-2, 185-pound right-handed pitcher who attended Oneonta High School, and currently attends Herkimer County Community College. In high school, he was a Southern Tier Athletic Conference All-Star, a New York State Class B Player of the Year, and a member of Oneonta's New York State Championship Team. He also set the single season high school wins record going 8-0, and was undefeated with an overall 11-0 record for his career. Moxley had the third lowest era in program history at 0.70. As a freshman at Herkimer, he was 3-3 with a 2.01 ERA and struck out 36 batters in 40 1/3 innings with seven complete games.

"Ben is a solid student who should provide immediate help," Rossi said. "He will challenge for one of the starting rotation slots. The staff is extremely happy to have him in the program"

Smart is a 6-4, 215-pound outfielder/first baseman from Evanston, Ill. He attended the prestigious Loyola Academy in Chicago, and currently attends Oakton Community College. At Loyola, Smart made the All-Area Team and the All-Chicago Catholic League All-Star Team. He played in the prestigious Chicago Catholic/Public League All-Star game and was the recipient of the Coaches X3 Award. Smart had an overall .370 batting average with an on-base percentage of .501. He also played basketball and football in high school. He's coming off a very strong fall season at Oakton, where he hit .512 with two home runs and 14 RBI and an on-base percentage of .622.

"We are extremely happy that Fred has chosen to finish out his college career at Siena," Rossi said. "He is a top student who will be a major run producer for Oakton this coming season. The staff feels in a short period of time he will be a major run producer at Siena."