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November 2, 2017

Junior Ducks Baseball Organization have reached an agreement with Zoned Sports Academy College Recruiting Program


Islip, NY. & Bridgewater, NJ Zoned Sports Academy is an industry leader in the area of baseball, college recruiting and player placement. Zoned has placed over 500 players in college programs since 2002. As the sports landscape continues to evolve, the Junior Ducks continue to strive to be the leaders in the growth of youth baseball. On November 1st 2017, the Junior Ducks and Zoned Sports Recruiting Services have framed a partnership that will enable players from the Junior Ducks to have the opportunity to progress their academic and baseball careers. The organizations have established a program that will streamline the burden placed on parents and students regarding the process of proper college recruiting and placement.

Former professional baseball player and college coach Tom Caputo, the Director of Baseball Development for the Junior Ducks, “As the Junior Ducks began the process of building a relationship to ensure our players have the opportunity to continue their academic and playing careers we found no company stood out more than Zoned. Their one on one technique and their personal relationships with college coaches throughout the NCAA made them a simple choice.”

Zoned Sports Academy will provide our players and families with numerous recruiting tools as well as information for their future in College Athletics. This program will consist of three phases. The first is a recruiting informational seminar where families will be given information on how to build a resume as well as NCAA rules and regulations. Second, a personal evaluation placing our players on the scope of where they range nationally. Finally, everyone will participate in a private college showcase. “Today is an exciting day for Zoned Sports Academy and college recruiting program teaming up with an elite organization such as the Junior Ducks. An organization with pride in player development and expertise in educating as well as motivating makes them a perfect partner for Zoned.” Duke Baxter, CEO at Zones Sports Academy.

Junior Ducks President Vic Picone states, “This program will provide our players and parents with the proper techniques giving them the advantages needed in the college recruiting process. We are excited about the beginning of this program and know this relationship will grow in years to come.”

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Congrats to Ryan Earl on our 10U Rising Star Team!

Ryan recently won the Suffolk Zone Award! Big Achievement! 

14u Jr Ducks Chris Balatto & NY Mets Ace, Steven Matz at a recent clinic at Ward Melville.

14u Jr Ducks Chris Balatto & NY Mets Ace, Steven Matz at a recent clinic at Ward Melville.

Penalver STEALS home for 4-3 walk off win for Jr Ducks 12u Legends

12u Legends Parents -- sitting in the OF at BBH. Great bunch of parents!

A congratulations to 8th grader Ryan Thompson, 14u Jr Ducks, for making the East Islip JV baseball team. Congrats Ryan!

8th Grader - 14u MoJo Jr Ducks Connor Ruland throw out runner during Islip Varsity game!

Ryan Lin earns starting job on Harborfields JV Baseball Team. Congrats Ryan and also to fellow Jr Ducks Alex Kropp,Brian Coyne & Ryan Sullivan

A Jr Ducks shout out to Michael Guglielmi of the 15u Black team who made the H. Frank Carey Junior Varsity baseball Team in Franklin Square!  


For the second year, 13u Powershowcase Jr Ducks Jason Schwartz made the Northport Middle School baseball team. So - he is playing with them for 7th and 8th grade.

Congratulations Jason


Just announced: 13u Players Matt Argentino  & Justin Demetres have both made their Dawnwood MS teams! Great job boys!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Congratulations to  our own Kieran Minihane who made the Eastport South Manor Jr High Baseball team.

"We know all of the great coaching he's been getting with the Ducks helped him get here." Thankful Mom


14u Jr Ducks Gold player John Jimenez announced as starting CF for Half Hollow Hills West JV Baseball team..... Congrats to John and his family!


Our own 14u Michael Campbell has just been named to the starting lineup for the Sachem North JV Baseball team. Very proud of the hard work this young man has put in! Effort=Results


Congratulations to 16u LI Jr Ducks Zach Martin for making the Divison Varsity Baseball team. Make us proud Zach!


More great news as the following Jr Ducks have made their school teams! Keep up the great work boys!

Mark Millan, Sammy Bautista & Santiago Peguero -  Queens HS of Teaching Varsity

Justin Rajab - Longwood JV team


"Brandon Vlacancich made the Commack JV Team , thanks to you and the coaches for getting him ready!"



14u Justin Rahab -- congratulations for making your school team!!

Jr Ducks 15u/16u Orange player Michael Manzolillo - Newfield HS Starting Pitcher 2017

Jr Ducks 15u/16u Orange player Michael Manzolillo - Newfield HS Starting Pitcher 2017

9u James Minutillo slams HR to propel Jr Ducks to 11-2 win

Congratulations to 16u Rising Star Jr Ducks Nick Harvey!

Tuesday May 16, 2017 at Smithtown East

Sachem East

Overall 12-8 | Conference 12-7

Smithtown East

Overall 13-7 | Conference 12-6

TEAMS           F

Sachem East    1

Smithtown East           5


Smithtown East 5, Sachem East 1: 16u Rising Star Jr Ducks Nick Harvey struck out six, pitched a complete game and had two hits and an RBI as No. 9 Smithtown East moved past No. 8 Sachem East in the first round of the Suffolk AA playoffs. Andrew Canino went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Smithtown East will visit No. 1 Ward Melville Wednesday at 4 p.m.


SACHEM EAST         WP      LP       HR

Roman Derosh 0          1          0


Nick Harvey    1          0          0