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Fulco LS'10, US'14 brings rival high school players together for 20-win season

Not bad for your first full year as a head coach. Christopher Fulco LS'10, US'14 led the New Rochelle Braves 14-and-under, a baseball team comprised of players from four area high schools--including six Iona Prep Gaels--to a 20-10-1 season in the Westchester Baseball Association and tournament play.

A sports marketing major at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and former Lower School basketball coach from 2012-2013, Fulco guided the Braves through a gauntlet of tournaments that included Baseball Heaven in Long Island and the Ripken Baseball National Tournament in Aberdeen, Md.

The Braves entered the latter as the No. 2 seed and posted a walk-off win in the opening round. They would finish the tourney with a 3-1 record, losing in the semifinals.

"The team had good pitching, played stellar defense and was in every game," Fulco said. "The boys were always smiling and having fun and it showed when they played the game. It was a pleasure coaching this group of boys."

That group included six junior varsity players from Iona Prep in Louis Berardi, Tyler Dorsainvil, Tyler Fulco, Anthony Fama, Alex Jeraci and Owen Kelly. Freshman Nick Sozio was added to the roster during tournament play.

Interestingly, the all-New Rochelle team also featured two boys from Fordham Preparatory School and one from Archbishop Stepinac, two of Iona Prep's rival institutions in athletics.

"To have had Gaels (Iona Prep), Crusaders (Stepinac), Rams (Fordham Prep) and Huguenots (New Rochelle) on the field at the same time makes it even more special," assistant coach Christopher Fulco LS'81, US'85, P'14,'18 said, "as during the school year, they will be rivals."

For a summer at least, they were teammates and 20-game winners.

Source: New Rochelle Daily Voice