8 Matt Colantonio
8 Matt Colantonio
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Year: Junior
Hometown: Garden City, NY
High School: Chaminade
Position: C
Bats/Throws: L/R

2010: Had a resurgent season at the plate, finishing third on the team with a .346 batting average while starting in every game as either the catcher or designated hitter … Named to the First Team All-Ivy … Set several career marks at the plate, including four home runs, two triples, 33 runs scored, and 30 RBI’s … Also added six doubles, pushing his slugging percentage to .487 for the season … Led the team in walks by a wide margin, drawing 35 free passes, and had a team-high .467 on base percentage … Stole five bases in seven attempts.

2009: Started a career-high 41 games, while appearing in all but one of Brown’s contests … Batted .246, but drew a team-high 21 walks to push his on base percentage to a solid .356 … Of his 34 hits, five were doubles, with one home run … Also showed off good speed for a catcher, stealing two bases in three attempts … Third on the team in fielding percentage among regulars, making just four errors in 253 attempts for a .984 percentage.

2008: Played in 42 games, with 39 starts … Was second on the team with a .368 batting average, the best of any returning player … Displayed terrific plate discipline, leading the team with 25 walks to push his on base percentage to a team-high .482 … Had a .426 slugging percentage, as he knocked in eight doubles … Also recorded 25 RBI’s … Equally impressive in the field, notching 251 put outs and 25 assists, while making only four errors.

Before Brown: Graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y. … Lettered in baseball for four years, playing catcher, first base, and third base … Was captain and MVP of Chaminade his senior year, and was named All-County, All-League, a Long Island All-Star and Academic All-League … Led Chaminade to a CHSAA League Championship, with team highs in obp (.685) and RBI's (26) … Led all league catchers in fielding percentage (.994) and percentage of base stealers thrown out (96.7%) … Was team captain for 2006 Junior Olympics team … Puma Pre-season All-American in 2006 and 2007 … Team One East Top 10 Prospect in 2006 … Perfect Game Northeast All-Star and Top Prospect in 2006 … Led Long Island Titans club team to Metro League and FABL Championships … Also lettered in football for three years, playing middle linebacker and placekicking, and in basketball for one year as a guard … National Honor Society member … Recipient of numerous scholarship awards … RVC Citizenship Award winner … Jump Start Foundation, Inc., president and three-year ambassador … Nassau County Executive Youth Council … Long Island Good Deeds Award winner.

Personal: Matthew Anthony Colantonio is the son of Anthony and Elizabeth Colantonio of Garden City, New York … Has two siblings, Christina and Daniel … Is a certified life guard … Enjoys snowboarding, music, the beach, and dodgeball.