Baseball: Fairfield Prep Jesuits to play in college

Five Fairfield Prep graduates will be playing baseball in college. Pictured (front row) are: Charlie Hoover (Union College); Karl Johnson (US Military Academy West Point); Jason Marcello (Southern Vermont College); Chris Rotondo (Villanova University); and Matt Zaffino (Hamilton College); (second row) Athletic Director Tom Curran ’05; head coach Rudy Mauritz ’94; and Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

Five members from the Fairfield Prep baseball team, which recently won the SCC Oronoque Division while also advancing to the SCC championship game, were recognized by the school for their decisions to attend college and continue their baseball careers.

Jason Marcello, Matt Zaffino, Chris Rotondo, Karl Johnson and Charlie Hoover have all committed to play college baseball.

Marcello will attend Southern Vermont College. Marcello, who plays catcher and infield for the Jesuits, is also a Magna Cum Laude student and completed his senior service at the Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport this year.

Zaffino, also an infielder for the Jesuits, will be attending Hamilton College. Zaffino is a Magna Cum Laude Student and National Honor Society member. He completed his senior service at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, while also helping out as a New Canaan Youth Baseball coach.

Rotondo, who was recently recognized as All-SCC and picked to play in the Senior All Star Game, will be attending Villanova University. Rotondo is also a Magna Cum Laude student and a member of the National Honor Society. He volunteered at the Redding Boys and Girls Club as well as Operation Hope in Fairfield.

Hoover will be attending Union College. A pitcher for the Jesuits, he is also a Cardinal Key Club member, participates in the Campus Ministry program, and was a speaker at the White Ribbon Campaign assembly. Hoover has completed his senior service at the XLR8 program in Bridgeport.

Johnson had a banner year on the mound throwing a no hitter in the regular season, named All-SCC in 2016 and 2017, as well as earning All-State honors in 2016. Johnson will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to pitch. He completed his senior service at the Kennedy Center Bowling program.

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