JJ Istvan

JJ Istvan

Congratulations go out to the In The Zone 18U Knights Showcase team for their performance this past weekend at the Mid Atlantic Elite Showcase Tournament which took place at Rutgers & Rider University.

The team started strong in Friday’s game 1 vs Boston Prospects behind pitcher JJ Istvan. JJ was very efficient in the outing, allowing him to come back again in the championship game on Sunday.


Elvis Lopez

The team split their 2 pool games on Saturday, but finished as pool winners. Thomas Ippolito battled in the 2nd game Saturday through a tough inning defensively that put the team behind 8-2 going into the 3rd. He was able to hold the opposing team to only 1 more run the rest of the way and the 18U Knights turned on the offense, coming back to take the lead and win the game 11-9.

At the plate, nearly everyone contributed through the weekend with Jake Hall leading the way, making it to base safely by a hit or walk in nearly every at bat. Joe Paladino, Aldo Vallorosi, Steve Czyzyk, Chris Nunez, and Tim Lallis had great offensive production as well through the weekend. Catcher’s Justin Melick and Elvis Lopez were very strong behind the plate on what turned out to be the hottest weekend yet this year.

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JJ Istvan, Ethan Brown & Thomas Ippolito

Sunday’s semi-final playoff game was a good close game, and with Ethan Brown on the mound, the ITZ Knights were able to hold on to their 7-6 lead over Matrix Prospects to advance to the championship game. Ethan showed great composure, getting out of a couple tough spots and maintaining a consistent approach to give his offense a chance to lock up the victory.

In Sunday’s final game at Rutgers University, JJ Istvan was handed the ball by head coach Andre Narvaez and he was unwavering in his performance. He gave the 18U Knights exactly what they needed to finish the tournament as champions. Through his complete game performance, JJ limited the Northern Valley Hurricanes to only 3 runs which came after ITZ put up 4.




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The 2016 In The Zone 18U Knights Showcase team roster:

Ethan Brown – 2018
Rich Curto – 2016
Steve Czyzyk – 2017
Edmund Foley – 2016
Jake Hall – 2017
Thomas Ippolito – 2017
Gilbert Irrizary – 2017
JJ Istvan – 2017
Devon King – 2016
Tim Lallis – 2017
Elvis Lopez – 2018
Dylan Maslowski – 2016
Justin Melick – 2018
Chris Nunez – 2017
Joe Paladino – 2016
Matt Wunder – 2016
Aldo Vallorosi – 2017

Head Coach: Andre Narvaez
Asst Coach: Chris Bates

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Photos courtesy of Scott Melick and John Istvan