Prep baseball: Naples' Platt to UCF, Seacrest's DiNorcia to Le Moyne

A pair of Collier County baseball players recently announced they've accepted scholarship offers to play in college.

Naples High catcher Hayden Platt has committed to Central Florida, while Seacrest outfielder Donato DiNorcia will play at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Both players are seniors and can't sign letters of intent until the NCAA early signing period in November.

Platt took a recruiting visit to UCF this winter. Once he was on the Orlando campus, Knights coaches offered the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Platt a scholarship and he accepted on the spot.

"I saw a place I can get better as a baseball player and as a person," Platt said. "I love the coaches. There's nothing bad I can say about the school."

UCF has qualified for the NCAA tournament the past two seasons. Last year the Knights played for the regional championship and were ranked as high as No. 7 in the country.

Platt, a Daily News all-area selection, led Naples with a .409 batting average as a junior. He was a big reason the Golden Eagles went 20-9 and advanced to the regional finals.

Seacrest's DiNorcia also will play for a strong college program. Le Moyne won a school-record 43 games last season and advanced to the Division II regional championship game.

"I have the opportunity to get a great education and chase the dream," said DiNorcia, who will receive a combination athletic and academic scholarship. "I couldn't ask for much more."

DiNorcia was a Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-state selection last season as a junior. He hit .435 and scored 34 runs for the Stingrays.

DiNorcia is the second Seacrest baseball player to commit to a Division II school in the offseason. This summer, senior Jay Jenkins committed to Flagler.

Platt is the second area player to earn a scholarship offer from a major Division I baseball program. Barron Collier senior Karl Ellison, also a catcher, is committed to Vanderbilt, a Southeastern Conference team that played in the NCAA tournament last season.

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