By Gavin Menu
Pierson senior Colman Vila capped a brilliant high school baseball career this week by being named All-Long Island by the staff at Newsday. He also pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Monday night’s RTC Grand Slam Challenge, which annually pits the best players from Suffolk County against their counterparts from Nassau.
The Suffolk pitching staff, which included the lefty Vila, dominated the action and came away with a 3-1 win at Farmingdale State College.
“I pitched one inning, had two strikeouts, a walk,” Vila said on Tuesday. “In an all-star game every pitcher gets a single inning. It was fun to meet and play with all the other kids that were All-Long Island.”
Vila finished the year with a 9-1 record, his lone loss coming against Seton Catholic in a 1-0 heartbreaker in a New York State semifinal. He also tied a state record by posting a 0.00 earned run average for the entire season, a feat matched by only two other players in the recorded history of high school baseball in New York. In addition, Vila had two no-hitters and 141 strikeouts while allowing just 19 hits in 69.2 innings.
“It’s a tremendous honor and accomplishment for Colman to be part of the All-Long Island team,” Pierson head coach Jon Tortorella said. “He has definitely earned that award with his performance this year and we are very proud of him.”
Vila, who plays for the Long Island Titans travel team in the summer, will attend the University of Delaware in the fall and will attempt to walk-on to the school’s Division I baseball team, which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens finished the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 31-27, and 17-13 in conference play, which was good for third place.