COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- Junior Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, MA) of the Merrimack baseball team has been recognized as an All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
This year, 225 collegiate and high school athletes received the annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award. The award recognizes the student-athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning.
The combination of work ethic and high standards has made Joe a standout in the weight room and on the diamond. He has made a name for himself by his dedication to physical development. He sets the bar very high for himself and demands it of his teammates as well," said head strength and conditioning coach Mike Kamal, who nominated Mantoni for his award.
The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 33rd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, TN fitness product leader.
This spring, Mantoni ranks third on the squad with a batting average of .299. He has collected 29 base hits, driven in 13 RBIs and scored nine runs this season.
On the mound, the junior co-captain owns a 4.45 ERA with a team-leading 4-2 record in seven starts. Mantoni is second on the Warriors' pitching staff with 33 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.
Merrimack sports a 14-16 overall record this year with a 3-5 mark in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference. The Warriors will visit UMass Lowell April 11 in a divisional tilt under the lights at LaLacheur Park at 7 pm.