Bridgewater-Raynham Class of 2015 third baseman Andrew Noviello has been selected to the Perfect Game Underclass All-American Team, one of only two New Englanders chosen.
Each year, Perfect Game selects the nation's best rising juniors to compete in a showcase-style workout, followed by a series of games. This year's games will be played at the University of San Diego's Cunningham Stadium on August 12th and 13th.
Noviello was informed of his selection to the team after the World Wood Bat Association's 17U National Championship in Georgia, where he represented the Evoshield Canes as a pitcher and third baseman. Noviello went 4-for-10 on the week with two home runs, a triple and a double, and also struck out nine batters in six innings.
New Canaan (Conn.) outfielder Alex LaPolice was the only other New Englander selected to the event. For the full roster, CLICK HERE.
Last spring, the 6-foot Noviello was a key cog for B-R, which won the MIAA Division 1 State Championship for the first time in school history. On the season for the Trojans -- who play in a wood bat-only league, the Old Colony League -- he hit .280 with a .419 on-base percentage, 20 RBI, six stolen bases and two home runs. On the mound, he was very efficient with his high-80's fastball, going 5-1 with two saves, striking out 67 batters in 46 innings with an ERA of 0.61.
Noviello is the latest Trojan product to fly up the recruiting radar this summer, receiving varying amounts of interest from schools such as LSU, South Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, NC State and Central Florida. Earlier this summer, 2014 catcher Joe Freiday and 2015 righthander Jack Connolly committed to Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, respectively.