Jan. 4, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University head baseball coach Shawn Pender has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2006 season. The three newcomers, Justin Trudell, Michael Gers and Chris Prescott will begin play with the Hawks next season.
Trudell has posted an 18-1 record on the mound for Pennsville Memorial High School over the past two seasons. The 6-foot-1-inch right-hander was the winning pitcher as a sophomore and junior while leading Pennsville to three-straight South Jersey Group III titles. The Pennsville, N.J. product went 10-1 with a 1.96 ERA as a junior, earning All-State honors from the Newark Star Ledger and was named Player of the Year in Salem County. He was also named to the Carpenter Cup All-Star team.
A versatile performer, the 6-foot-1-inch Gers batted .369 with three home runs, 16 RBI, 16 runs and 12 steals as a junior at Hatboro-Horsham High School. The Second Team All-Suburban One League choice was named to the 2004 Carpenter Cup All-Star Team. A native of Ambler, Pa., he hit .536 with six homers and 19 runs scored during the Philadelphia Fall Baseball League season.
Prescott batted .339 with two home runs and 12 RBI as an outfielder and also posted a 1-1 record with a 1.10 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 21 innings of work on the mound as a junior to earn Most Valuable Player honors at North Stafford High School. A member of the prestigious Baltimore Oriolanders team, which is selected by scouts from the Major League Baseball club, the Stafford, Va. product was an honorable mention All-Area selection.