Baseball's LaManna Signs with Prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League
APE COD, Mass. – It has been an outstanding spring and summer for Brandon LaManna (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West), as the rising junior was selected to compete for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League on Wednesday. LaManna becomes the first Charger in over three decades to compete in the Cape Cod League, following Mark Hatje '87, New Haven Hall of Fame Class of 2017, who played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 1985. LaManna completed the 2018 season for the Chargers with a 0.79 ERA, surrendering just three earned runs in 34.0 innings pitched while fanning 35 batters. In addition, LaManna racked up five saves which finished second on the team and tied for fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference. For his efforts, he was named to the NE10 All-Conference First Team before earning D2CCA All-Region First Team and NCBWA and D2CCA All-America honors. "Brandon came to our program as a walk-on and has worked his way to becoming a first team All-Region selection and honorable mention All-American in just two seasons," said New Haven head coach, Chris Celano. "Getting an opportunity to pitch in the Cape is a direct result and pay-off of all the hard work he has put in to becoming a better pitcher. The Cape is without question the best collegiate league in the country. It is great for our program to have a player represent the University of New Haven." The right-hander spent the front half of the summer playing for the Long Island Road Warriors of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, where he made 16 appearances, pitching 17.2 innings, striking out 18. He also appeared in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League All-Star game and NEIBA All-Star game. For the Harbor Hawks, LaManna will compete alongside players from various Division I top-25 teams such as Ole Miss, Clemson, Minnesota, and Auburn. The Harbor Hawks currently boast a 24-16-3 record and stand in second place in the Cape's West Division, with the first round of playoffs set to begin on Saturday, August 4.