Hofstra University recently announced its recruits for the upcoming baseball season with representatives from Bellmore and Merrick being featured.
Kevin Hiss, a right handed pitcher that stands six-foot-four and is set to graduate from Calhoun High School will start in the fall. He's also a resident of Merrick. Also, Kieran Ryan, a six-foot-five right handed pitcher that goes to St. Dominic High School will be an incoming freshman. He lives in Bellmore.
Hiss Lettered in baseball, soccer and basketball at Calhoun, and he helped the Colts to a 21-3 record, Nassau County and Long Island Championship victories, and a third place New York State finish in 2012. He was also an All-conference selection in baseball after posting a 6-0 record on the hill.
"Kevin is a tremendous athlete," Hofstra Coach John Russo said. "He plays three sports at Calhoun High School for Coach Joe Corea. He was an all-conference selection in baseball, helping Calhoun to a Nassau County championship and third place finish in the New York State playoffs."
"Kevin is 6-5, and we project him to be a dominant presence on the mound in college, much like he has done at Calhoun," Russo added. "He also comes from good baseball lineage as his father, William, was a third round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 1975 MLB Draft."
Ryan also lettered in baseball and basketball at St. Dominic High School, where he served as team captain. He was also the recipient of the Scholar-Athlete award.
"Kieran is another pitcher we are bringing in that exemplifies size and potential," Russo said. "At 6-5 Kieran is already throwing 87 with three pitches in play. He is a very dedicated athlete and an exceptional student. Kieran flat out competes and understands what it will take to be successful at the Division I level."
"We feel like he can be as good as he wants to be," Russo added. "Kieran plays for Coach Rick Garrett at St. Dominic High School, where he also has been a four-year star on the basketball court."
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