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Baseball Win Featured in Newsday

May 10, 2022
Franco (PC: Gabriella Sun)

On April 30, the baseball team traveled to Phillips Academy Andover and battled one of the top teams in the Northeast in a 2-0 victory. This weekend, Brian Heyman of Newsday profiled the win.

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Stony Brook’s Biggest Win

Jon Brewer saw many great high school pitchers in 12 years coaching in Georgia. Then Stony Brook School’s new coach saw Thomas White.

“Thomas White was, to date, the best pitcher I’ve ever seen at the high school level,” Brewer said.

And Brewer’s Bears managed to beat him.   

They traveled to Andover, MA, and split a doubleheader with heralded Phillips Academy on April 30. Stony Brook won the opener, 2-0, hanging a tough loss on Perfect Game’s top-ranked pitcher and third-ranked player overall in the country’s junior class. White has committed to Vanderbilt, but the 6′ 5″ lefty is expected to be a high first round pick in 2023.

“From what everyone tells me,” Brewer said, “it’s definitely the biggest win in school history among athletics.”

Brewer said White was throwing 96 mph heat. He dominated, yielding one run and one hit and fanning 11 in five innings. But Stony Brook junior righty Johan Franco, who was throwing 88, tossed a three-hit shutout.

“He mixed it up and kept Phillips Academy off-balance,” said Brewer, who also credited the fielding behind Franco and the work of freshman catcher Devon McMorris.

Franco, who had just one strikeout, also doubled in the 2nd, putting two in scoring position. The Bears scored when White balked. They added another run off a reliever in the 6th. 

Syosset’s Sebastian Perez, a sophomore right fielder/pitcher, tripled and later scored. Brewer said, “He’s going to be a big name.”

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