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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Baseball Welcomes Aboard Nine Recruits for the 2015 Season

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 07/14/2014
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NEW YORK – Head baseball coach Brett Boretti has announced the addition of nine newcomers, five position players and four pitchers, to the roster for the 2015 season.

POSITION PLAYERS

Mark Flynn – Outfield – Huntington, N.Y. – St. Dominic HS
Flynn was a three-sport athlete at St. Dominic High School, competing and earning three letters in football, basketball and baseball. A leader on each of the playing surfaces, Flynn captained the football team for three seasons, the basketball team two seasons and the baseball team as a senior. As a member of the outfield at St. Dominic, he hit at a .448 clip with 30 RBI and five home runs to earn all-league honors. Flynn also captured all-league honors on the hardwood as a junior, averaging 17.4 ppg and 13.9 rpg.

Randell Kanemaru – Infield/Outfield – Santa Ana, Calif. – Foothill HS
Kanemaru is one of four players joining the Lions from California. He earned three letters in four years with the baseball team at Foothill High School and served as the captain his junior and senior seasons. He earned team MVP honors in 2013 after batting .324. His senior season culminated with a spot on the All-Century League first team with 20 runs scored and 21 RBI. His stellar play at the hot corner help Foothill with the Century League and finish as the CIF Division 1 runner-up.

Matt Karo – Catcher – Pacific Palisades, Calif. – Harvard-Westlake School
Karo is the second member of the California contingent joining Columbia this season after a four-year career at Harvard-Westlake High School. He earned a pair of letters with the Wolverines behind the plate. Harvard-Westlake had a spectacular season in 2013, winning the Mission League, the CIF-SS D1, Cali-Hi State titles, as well as the Perfect Game and America National championships. Karo’s senior campaign began with the Los Angeles Daily News recognizing him as a Preseason Player to Watch. His year continued with a selection to the 2014 Perfect Game California Region Honorable Mention squad after throwing out 62 percent of attempted base stealers.

Lane Robinette – Catcher – Sunnyvale, Calif. – Homestead HS
In continuing with the west coast theme, Robinette is a four-year catcher out of Homestead High School in Sunnyvale, California. He lettered for three seasons at Homestead, starting 90 games and averaging .300 at the dish. Robinette, who captained the team his senior year, collected all-league recognition each year of high school and was named team co-MVP his junior campaign. Robinette also played for a the 2012 and 2013 Colt World Series Championship squads, while also earning a third place finish at the 17U Perfect Game World Series.

Chris Smutny – Infield/Outfield – Fresno, Calif. – Bullard HS
The Golden State crew completes with Smutny, who earned three varsity letters in baseball at Bullard High School in Fresno, California. Smutny saw playing time in the outfield, as well as at short stop and third base, earning a spot on the All-CMAC honorable mention team as an outfielder and first team accolades as a senior at shortstop. During his sophomore season he batted .302, as Bullard won the California Central Section D1 title. As a junior his average improved to .319 with only four striekouts and 10 stolen bases, while no committing an error in the field. His career culminated with a .325 average and four homers.

PITCHERS

Zack Bahm – RHP – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Mount Lebanon HS
Bahm is a four-time letterwinner out of Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A captain his senior season, Bahm led the Blue Devils to a section title in 2014. During his sophomore campaign, Mount Lebanon finished as the WPIAL runner-up and the reached the quarterfinals of the PIAA state tournament. For his efforts in 2012, Bahm was selected as the Almanac Rookie of the Year. His junior year included a selection to the Almanac Diamond Dozen and his first of two all-section nods. His senior year was capped with a WPIAL all-star selection. Over the course of his high school career, Bahm posted 14 wins and 101 career strikeouts. Pitching for the Steel City Wildcats during the summer of 2013, he notched a 5-0 record with a 0.95 ERRA, leading the squad to the championship.

Bryce Barr – RHP – Austin, Texas – Lake Travis HS
A Lone Star State product, Barr joins the Lions after a successful four-year career at Lake Travis High School. Splitting his time between the mound and third base, Barr earned three letters and was the team captain his senior year. Boasting a 1.67 ERA and a .360 batting average during his senior year, Barr was named team MVP, an all-district pitcher and an Austin All-Region All-Star at third base. With Barr’s stellar play, Lake Travis picked up the District 15-5A championship this past season.

Brett Gannaway – RHP – McKinney, Texas – McKinney HS
Gannaway is a two-sport athlete from McKinney High School in Texas. A member of the baseball team for four years and the football team for two, earning a combine four letters, Gannaway accumulated a number of awards during his high school career. During the 2013 season, he was named a District 10-5A first team pitcher, as well as earning Perfect Game Underclass honorable mention distinction. In his senior year, Gannaway garnered a spot on the Perfect Game Texas All-Region second team. To go with his athletic prowess, Gannaway was selected to the district academic first team three times as a baseball player and once on the gridiron.

Matthew Ratner – RHP – Short Hills, N.J. – Newark Academy
Ratner is a right-handed hurler from nearby Short Hills, New Jersey that is set to bring a winning pedigree to Columbia. Newark Academy twice finished as the NJSIAA North Jersey Non-Public State Champions and the runner-up in the state championship, as well as winning the Super Essex Conference Liberty Division title in 2013. The Minutemen had a great deal of success thanks to Ratner’s production on the mound and at the dish. Over three seasons, he racked up a 21-3 record and 214 strikeouts with a 2.37 ERA. In the batter’s box, Ratner posted a .370 batting average, seven homers, 71 RBI and 23 doubles. His individual efforts earned him a spot on the All-Super Essex Conference first team as a pitcher three times and All-Essex County as a pitcher and designated hitter twice.

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