2011 Watertown Wizards (courtesy WatertownWizards.com)
The Watertown Wizards of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have announced their first player signings for the 2012 summer baseball season. Wizards General Manager Todd Kirkey has released a list of six players that have agreed to suit up for the Purple and Gold in their second PGCBL campaign.
Brandon Cipolla, College of the Holy Cross
Hometown: Abington, Mass.
Brandon Cipolla is one of two members of the Wizards’ 2011 team that have signed to return for a second season. Cipolla’s initial campaign with the Purple and Gold was cut short because of injury and he appeared in only nine games. The Holy Cross outfielder batted .355 (11-for-31), drove in seven runs, tripled twice and stole three bases. His best performance came on June 26 in a 13-inning marathon against the eventual league champion Newark Pilots at Newark’s Colburn Park. Cipolla went 4-for-6 with three RBI, a double and a triple. The Abington, Mass., native played in 29 games for Holy Cross last spring.
Jordan Enos, College of the Holy Cross
Position: First Base/Catcher
Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
Jordan Enos is entering his junior season with the Patriot League’s Crusaders. Enos will be in the mix for more playing time behind the plate or at first base for Holy Cross after taking part in only 18 games as a sophomore. He posted a .375 batting average despite recording just 24 at-bats. Enos collected nine hits including two doubles and a pinch-hit home run (against league rival Lehigh). The Stockton, Calif., native was a member of the Carolinas-Virginia Collegiate League’s Carolina Hurricanes this past summer after spending the summer of 2010 with the Stockton Glory. He was selected to play in the 2011 CVCBL All-Star Game. Prior to Holy Cross, Enos was a two-sport star at Stockton’s Lincoln High School in football and baseball.
Ryan Filipowicz, College of the Holy Cross
Hometown: Yardley, Pa.
Ryan Filipowicz is a freshman pitcher at the College of the Holy Cross. Last spring, Filipowicz was a Bucks County Courier Times
All-Golden Team selection as a pitcher for Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pa. As a senior for the Holy Ghost Firebirds, Filipowicz was 5-1 with two saves and a 2.03 earned run average. He struck out 43 and walked 15 in 38.0 innings. The Yardley, Pa., native was named All-Bicentennial League first team and he participated in the Carpenter Cup Classic. Filipowicz is a graduate of the Philly Bandits club program. The 6-foot-3 pitcher played with the Bandits at the 2010 Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association 2011 Grads or 17U National Championship in Jupiter, Fla.
John Robertson, Wabash Valley (Ill.) Community College
Hometown: Bloomington, Ind.
John Robertson is a freshman catcher at JUCO powerhouse Wabash Valley Community College. The Warriors have won a combined total of 95 games over the last two seasons and finished 2010 ranked sixth in NJCAA Division I. Robertson joined the Warriors after a prep career at Bloomington South High School in Bloomington, Ind. He was named to the Bloomington Herald Times
All-Area team in the spring and was listed as the “perhaps the best defensive catcher in the area.” Robertson was also tabbed All-Conference Indiana honorable mention. The Bloomington South backstop accrued a .993 fielding percentage as a junior.
Jeremy Tejada, Southern New Hampshire University
Position: Middle Infield
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Jeremy Tejada is a freshman middle infielder at NCAA Division II Southern New Hampshire University. The Penmen compete in the Northeast-10 conference. Tejada prepped at All Hallows High School in the Bronx. All Hallows advanced to New York City’s Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) “AA” championship game just over three months ago. Tejada served as the lead-off hitter and right fielder for the Gaels. He registered a .289 batting average during the regular season but erupted offensively in the playoffs. In an elimination game victory against Iona Prep, Tejada reached base four times and drove in two runs. Jeremy has also played for the New York Gothams club team. He participated in the 2010 Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association World Championship in Jupiter, Fla.
Zach Weaver, St. John Fisher College
Hometown: Canajoharie, N.Y.
Zach Weaver enjoyed a brief stint with the Wizards at the tail end of the 2011 PGCBL season. He went 1-1 with a 1.50 earned run average and yielded just two combined earned runs in two starts. Weaver struck out six batters in 12 innings and lasted at least six frames in each of his appearances. The 6-foot-2 hurler beat Albany at the Plumeri Sports Complex and suffered a hard-luck loss to eventual league champion Newark at Colburn Park. Weaver pitches collegiately for Division III St. John Fisher College where he fanned 20 batters in 16 innings last spring. The Cardinals won the Empire 8 regular season championship.