Hoy's power, speed lead Germantown Academy baseball past Council Rock

Posted: April 07, 2012

If his team's early-season showing is any indication, new Germantown Academy skipper Tyler Stampone, 24, has been able to bridge the relatively small age gap between himself and his players.

"We have the greatest respect for him," senior shortstop Dan Hoy said. "Everybody feels comfortable around him. And because he's a little younger, he easily relates to us."

On Saturday, with Hoy producing a three-run home run and stealing four bases, the Patriots ripped visiting Council Rock North, 13-2, in a five-inning contest.

GA, which used nine hits to build an 8-0 advantage, improved to 10-1-1. The Patriots have won seven straight, including a pair of Inter-Academic League contests, since returning from a five-game stint in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"The kids worked really hard in the offseason," Stampone said. "It's great to have such a positive vibe going on."

In 2005, as a senior second baseman for GA, Stampone earned first-team all-league honors. The year before, he helped the Patriots to a 32-2 record and the area's No. 1 ranking.

He played collegiately, as a third baseman, at Holy Cross and then William and Mary. In 2009 and 2010, he rotated between third and first base in the Baltimore Orioles' minor-league system.

Before the job opened at GA, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Stampone, slowed by a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, considered playing professionally in Italy.

"This was a great opportunity," said Stampone, who works in GA's business office. "I couldn't pass on it. It's where I'm supposed to be."

Against C.R. North, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound Hoy went 2 for 2, walked twice, and scored three runs. He singled and scored in a five-run second inning, and blasted a 3-2 fastball over the left-field fence in the fourth to make it 13-1.

Hoy, a leadoff man and three-year starter, is ticketed for Princeton. He chose the Tigers over Harvard, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Duke.

Righthanders Logan Sneed (four innings) and Mike Garbose held the Indians (2-2) to two hits. Third baseman John Aiello (3 for 3, two runs), catcher Zeke Zabinski (two-run single in the first), and first baseman Luke Reilly (two-run triple in the second) helped ignite the offense.

Last fall, Hoy, of Sellersville, played forward for GA's soccer team and also found time to play for the All-Star Baseball Academy.

"He's our best hitter," Stampone said. "He has incredible bat speed for a high school kid. He's a smaller guy, but he's definitely got power."

Council Rock North   001 01 – 222

Germantown Academy   350 5X – 13121

WP: Logan Sneed. LP: Nate English. 2B: GA–Zeke Zabinski, Andrew Leopold, John Aiello. 3B: GA–Luke Reilly. HR: GA–Dan Hoy.

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