And Then There Were 9: Massimo Amantea Commits to SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves

by Jim Stewart

Massimo Amantea became the ninth Titans player to commit to a 2021 school on Saturday when the 18U pitcher committed to play for the SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves in Queensbury, New York.  The graduate of King City Secondary School chose SUNY Adirondack because “they have a good baseball program going on there as well as updated facilities.” In addition to the Timberwolves’ program and park, Amantea also found “the coach was very nice on the phone and they already had plans for me when I get down there next fall.” The Nobleton, Ontario resident will be “majoring in business / entrepreneurship” while attending SUNY Adirondack Community College. He is “really looking forward to living in Queensbury as it’s a nice place to live with lots to do around the area.” When reflecting on his career with the Titans, Amantea opined that his “favourite Titans moment would have to be pitching at Wright State.”  He also expressed his gratitude to the Titans US College Recruiting Team of Lawrence Vera and Denis Bailey who did “an amazing job finding me a school that would fit me perfectly and wasn’t too far away from home; as well, they took all the videos of me pitching and just did the little extra things that made this whole process a lot easier.”  Director of Baseball Operations Lawrence Vera noted that “We are very excited to place Massimo as he is ready to follow in his big brother’s footsteps in competing in Region 3 NJCAA competition.” 18U Head Coach Jeremy Uylenbroek, who coached Massimo for three years, offered this assessment of his pitcher during a recent Zoom call:  “Massimo has been an effective spot starter for us who pitches to contact in a very effective manner.  We’re proud of Massimo’s achievement and wish him the best of luck in Queensbury, New York!” The veteran 18U pitcher offered younger Titans some timely advice as they soldier through another Pandemic lockdown in York Region:  “If I had to give any advice, it would be to just work as hard as you can and even if you think you’re working hard, there’s always someone out there working harder.”  Congratulations, Massimo, on your hard work and your pre-Christmas commitment to the SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves!