The fact that Seacrest Country Day center fielder Donato DiNorcia has been one of the best leadoff hitters in the area is no surprise. Thanks to quick hands and tremendous speed, the senior is batting .433 with five triples and 10 stolen bases this season.
What has been a bit of surprise, however, is the strides he has made on the mound to become the team’s ace. Now the Le Moyne College commit has been helping the Stingrays roll through opponents with both his bat and his arm.
“It’s tough being a two-way guy. It is two different ways of throwing when you are on the mound or in the outfield,” Stingrays coach Mark Marsala said.
DiNorcia helped his team stay perfect in its district with three more wins last week. In a 12-0 shutout of Evangelical Christian, DiNorcia pitched four innings of one-hit ball while striking out five. At the plate, he had a triple and a double, stole a pair of bases and drove in four. He stole two bases and scored three times in a 12-0 win over Moore Haven.
“We’re on a roll right now. We are really starting to come around as a team,” DiNorcia said.
In a tight game against Canterbury School, DiNorcia came on to pitch in relief with his team trailing 2-1. He held the opposition in check, throwing four scoreless innings and striking out three as the Stingrays stormed back to earn him a victory. He was also a part of the offensive come back, doubling and scoring three of the team’s runs. He stole two more bags in the game.
An improved breaking ball has been the biggest reason he has yet to give up an earned run in 20 innings this season.
“He’s out there with a lot of confidence. He really hit the weight room (in the offseason) and once he was able to develop his secondary pitches, he’s improved tenfold,” Marsala said. “It’s because of the improvement of his curve. Last year it was kind of flat and now it has a good, hard bite to it.”
Despite the success he has had this year on the mound, DiNorcia still feels more comfortable in the batter’s box.
“Up at the plate, nothing else matters. It is just me and the pitcher,” he said.
Sam Granoff, Naples baseball — Picked up the win after he held Gulf Coast hitless for five innings in the Eagles’ 2-1 victory.
David Prue, Seacrest tennis — Went a perfect 5-0 during the week, including a win against one of the top seeds in the District from Canterbury.
Ryan Keegan, Estero baseball — Hit a two-run, go-ahead home run to give the Wildcats a 3-2 win over Riverdale.
Natrone Means, Immokalee basketball — Hit the winning basket and led all scorers in the Collier County Senior Showcase with 18 points.