Dover, Del. (Dec. 19, 2017) --- Delaware State head baseball coach J.P. Blandin has announced that four high school seniors have taken advantage of the early signing period to accept offers from DSU and compete for the Hornets beginning next Fall. The list includes three Delaware high school standouts and one from Maryland.
The future Hornets are: LHP/OF Austin Warrington of St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington; RHP C.J. Loper of Middletown (Del.) High School; RHP Jeremy Carrow of Smyrna (Del.) High School; and INF/C/RHP Amani Stevens of Randallstown (Md.) High School.
Warrington helped lead St. Mark’s to the 2017 state tournament championship game. His two-run double in extra innings propelled the Spartans past Appoquinimink in the state quarterfinals last season. He’s also expected to be a major contributor as a starting pitcher for St. Mark’s this coming season.
Loper posted a 2.86 earned run average, struck out 19 batters and recorded one complete game in 22 innings as a junior at Middletown in 2017. He also threw 25 scoreless innings in summer ball following his junior season. As a hitter, he posted a .428 batting average with the Cavaliers last year.
Carrow was 2-2 with a 1.62 earned run average, while striking out 71 batters and walking just 16 as a junior at Smyrna last season.
Stevens was an All-Maryland Second Team selection as a junior in 2017. In 16 games, the left-handed hitter had a .479 batting average, .559 on-base percentage , 20 runs batted in, 25 runs scored and was perfect on 19 stolen base attempts. He also posted a 3-1 record on the mound with a 3.82 ERA and team leading .111 opponents’ batting average. In addition to being selected as Randallstown Player- of- the- Year, Stevens also earned All-Division First Team and All-Baltimore County First Team honors.