Five Delaware Tech Baseball Players Earn All-Region Honors – Town Square Delaware LIVE

Mike Pagliei, Matt Rodriguez, Jonathan Golebiowksi, Chris Friend, Zach Hart left to right, photos courtesy of Delaware Tech Baseball

While the Delaware Tech baseball team had hoped for further progress in the 2022 NJCAA Region 19 Baseball Tournament, the team’s hugely successful regular season did not go unnoticed.

Five of the best players on the 2022 season team recently received honors from all NJCAA regions – pitcher Zach Hart, first baseman Matt Rodriguez, center fielder Mike Pagliei, designated hitter Chris Friend have all earned first-team honors and outfielder Jonathan Golebiowksi was named to second-team.

“I’m extremely proud of each of these young men,” said head coach Stu Madden. “Matt, Mike, Chris and Jon are a huge reason for the steps we’ve taken as a program. Zach has all the potential to continue to improve and help us take the next step as a team.

In his freshman season at Delaware Tech, Hart immediately established himself as one of the region’s top pitchers by posting a 6-0 regular season record, winning a playoff game, and finishing the year with a 1.93 MPM.

“Zach Hart came here to be the ace of the pitching staff, and he did just that,” Madden said.

Rodriguez had an offensive season that placed him near the top of all players in the region. He finished the year with a .453 batting average, .590 on-base percentage, 53 hits, 45 RBIs and 8 homers. He led the team in most offensive statistics.

“Matt Rodriguez has become a real leader and has worked really hard to come out and be one of the best hitters in the country all season,” Madden said.

Pagliei was not only a reliable central defender, but he was also a clutch hitter. He finished the year with 53 RBIs and led the team with 9 home runs, while batting .352 with a .416 on-base percentage.

“Mike Pagliei was one of the best hitters in the country, and he’s as good as he can get playing center,” Madden said.

Friend held his own in key situations with multiple hits – posting a .588 hitting percentage with 31 RBIs and 8 homers.

“Chris Friend is the type of player who can just get out of bed and punch, and he continues to do that on a regular basis,” Madden said.

Golebiowski made several athletic plays in the outfield almost every game and was a key contributor at home plate with 36 hits, 25 RBIs and 6 homers.

“Jonathan Golebiowski has become a true leader and has continued to be one of the best players in our region,” Madden said.

Of the five players, only Hart will return to the squad next year. The number one goal for the 2023 team will be not only to compete for the regional championship, but to win.

“To those who are leaving, I wish them luck and they know I’m always there for them,” Madden said. “To those who return, let’s make a special 2023 season.

“The coaching staff, returning players and new incoming players are all extremely motivated to get back to work and have a run at a championship. We feel like we have unfinished business to attend to. It’s tough to win, but we’re ready to get to work.

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Matt Rodriguez – Delmar High School

Zach Hart – St. Georges Tech High School

Mike Pagliei – Brandywine High School

Chris Friend – Cesar Rodney High School

Jonathan Golebiowski – Delaware Military Academy

Jason Burley

Public Relations Manager

Delaware Tech Owens Campus

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