This past June, Shelton High ace right-hander Ryan Testani helped the Gaels win their first state baseball title in nearly 40 years.
On Monday morning, Testani put pen to paper and signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball and academic career at Seton Hall University.
“It’s a great school, both academically and athletically,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to further my baseball career, and also get a great education.”
Testani is coming off of a junior year where he went 9-3 overall with a 1.31 earned run average and struck out 64 batters. He earned a spot on the New Haven Register All-Area team, the Connecticut Post All-Star team, the Southern Connecticut Conference All-Housatonic team and was named second-team All-State.
A recipient of the Scott Fauci Memorial Scholarship Award and The Walter A. Biercevicz, Sr. “For The Love of The Game” Award, Testani was also pick to play in the Junior Select Baseball Game.
“He’s by far our hardest working player,” Shelton baseball coach Scott Gura said. “He leads by example.”
Academically, Testani is a CAPT Scholar. He is also a member of the Italian Club and the World Language National Honor Society.
Said Shelton Athletic Director John Niski: “It’s always the hope when you have a talented young student-athlete that they get the opportunity not only to play ball at the next level, but to be able to attend such a prestigious university as Seton Hall.”
In the fall, Testani will head down to South Orange, N.J. and suit up for head coach Rob Sheppard’s Pirates, who are coming off of a 34-24 campaign.
Seton Hall has a rich tradition of producing professional talent, with former Major Leaguers Craig Biggio, Rick Cerone, Matt Morris, John Valentin and Mo Vaughn having attended the university.
“They really develop players,” Testani said. “Baseball is my passion and if I have the chance to make it to the next level, then that’s just a gift.”
Before moving on to the Garden State, Testani and the Gaels will look to defend their Class LL championship and their perch atop the state baseball poll.
“Now I can just go out there and do my thing, hopefully win another championship,” Testani said. “It takes a lot of stress off.”
One person especially glad to have Testani back in the fold for one more season is Gura, who lost his staff co-ace Ryan Daiss to Georgia Southern University this fall.
“I expect big things from him,” Gura said of Testani. “He has an incredible future ahead of him. We’re lucky to have him for another year. I’m proud to say I’m his coach.”