(Fairfield, CT) – Former Sacred Heart University standout baseball and football star Steve Tedesco signed a professional contract this past weekend with the Maui Na Koa Ikaika of the independent North America Baseball League.
Tedesco knocked three hits in both of his two first games for Maui, going 6-9 with two runs and an RBI in back-to-back wins against the Yuma Scorpions. He is second all-time in hits (239) and runs (174) in SHU Baseball history, first in 11 receiving categories in SHU Football history, and ranks among the top-five all-time in numerous receiving categories in Northeast Conference history.
In his final season as a Pioneer, Tedesco helped lead Sacred Heart to its second NEC championship. The first team All-NEC outfielder and NEC Baseball Scholar Athlete of the year finished second on the Pioneers and seventh in the league with a .337 average. He also ranked in the NEC top-10 in stolen bases (second with 16), hits (sixth with 68), runs scored (ninth with 39), and doubles (tenth with 13). Tedesco hit .333 and scored five runs in the NEC Tournament, then rapped out three hits in two NCAA Tournament games. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-District second team, adding to his three All-District selections in football.
In Maui, he will play for manager Garry Templeton, a 16-year major league veteran with the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, and New York Mets. He will also play behind Eri Yoshida, the 19-year old Japanese side-arming knuckleball pitching sensation who last year became the first ever female to play professionally in Japan or the United States.
The Maui Na Koa Ikaika play in the Northern Division of the NAL, which consists of 11 teams located throughout Western USA and Canada.