4 Student Athletes To Be Honored At Hot Stove Awards Dinner

MOUNTAINSIDE –Four local student athletes will be honored at the Union County Baseball Association’s 75th annual Hot Stove League Awards Dinner at L’Affaire Banquet Center in Mountainside on Sunday, Feb. 13.

The student honorees include Jonathan Jones of Kean University, Allie Zazzali of Johns Hopkins University, Joe D’Annunzio of Rutgers University, and Katie Pires of Syracuse University.


Jones, a senior forward at Kean University, had a double-double in each of his first 15 games with the Cougars this season to lead Division III in that category. He also led all NCAA divisions in rebounding. He became the 30th member of the 1,000 point club at Kean in December and has been written about in Sports Illustrated magazine. Jones graduated from Linden High School.

Zazzali was named captain of the Johns Hopkins University women’s soccer team in 2009 and 2010, the two most successful years in the history of the school. She is the sixth all-time leading scorer in the history of Johns Hopkins, and is the school’s all-time leading scorer in the NCAA tournament. She was First Team All-County playing soccer and basketball at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

D’Annunzio batted .538 with six home runs, 55 runs, 40 runs batted in, and 11 stolen bases in 11 attempts last year when the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders went 25-6 and reached the Union County Tournament and the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 semi-final rounds. He was a Star Ledger First Team All-State member in senior year. He currently attends Rutgers.

Pires played center field and batted .474 for Gov. Livingston High School in the spring of 2010, with 47 runs scored and 31 stolen bases in the leadoff spot as the Highlanders compiled a 24-5 record en route to the Union County Tournament final and the State Group 2 semi-final round. She was named to the Second Team All-State by the Star Ledger. Pires currently attends Syracuse University.

Robert Brewster of Westfield High School, Jack Byrnes of Union Catholic High School and American Legion Baseball, and Brian Sheekey of Roselle Catholic High School will be inducted into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame at the dinner. James L. Iozzi of Scotch Plains, the long-time president of the Union County Baseball Association, will also be honored.

Tickets for the dinner are $40, with proceeds going to help fund the Union County Summer Youth Baseball League for youngsters 8 to 15 years, and the Fall Teen League. Call 1-908-789-3686 to purchase tickets or for more information.

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