By Jerry Del Priore
Last week, Rawlings Sporting Goods Company and Perfect Game announced its annual Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American and All-Region Baseball Squads, that recognizes the top senior high school baseball athletes in the U.S.
On that list is two Delbarton Green Wave student-athletes: pitcher Jack Leiter and shortstop/second baseman Anthony Volpe.
With the honor, Delbarton, a baseball powerhouse prep school in Morristown, New Jersey, has two of the 50 top baseball players in the country.
Leiter, the son Al Leiter, who pitched 19 seasons in MLB, including seven campaigns with the New York Mets, has fired a no-hitter against Don Bosco Prep in the playoffs in 2018, while Volpe is a talented player in his own right.
Volpe, who’s hails from Watchung, New Jersey, played all nine games at second base of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships with the 18U U.S. National Team, which the Stars and Stripes won.
For his spectacular efforts, Volpe earned all-tournament team honors and also took home some hardware for scoring the most runs in the tournament with 17. Plus, the five-foot-eleven, 180-pounder slashed an impressive .459/.556/.568 with 14 RBI, 17 hits and six stolen bases.
While both players are already committed to Vanderbilt University come this September, they could be selected in the June MLB Amateur Draft.
The Green Wave kicked off its regular season schedule in North Carolina before returning home for their actual home opener on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. at Fleury Field.