St. Dominic High School third basemen, and Syosset resident Troy Scocca has recently committed to play baseball at Fairfield University.
Since Troy was young he always had always dreamt about playing baseball at the college level. "I can remember when I was three, picking up a bat for the first time with my dad out in front of our house." Troy said that it was these memories in his youth that developed his passion for baseball.
Troy's father Joe Scocca remembers how determined his son was to improve any way he could. "As Troy got older, he kept wanting to get better and he always had the motivation to do so." Joe went on to say, "Even to this day we are always making sure he gets his swings in, and does what he needs to do to maintain a certain level of play. Troy and I both know how important practice and repetition is to baseball."
Troy knew that it would take hard work to get to where he is today. "Honestly, it came down to how much I wanted to do well, if I really didn't care enough I wouldn't have put all the time in that I did."
When Troy entered high school, it was obvious he was one of the best players on the field. Before his sophomore year at Syosset High School, the Scocca's decided to enroll Troy at St. Dominic's.
"It certainly wasn't an easy call," Joe Scocca said. "It came down to the combination of academics and baseball, we loved what St. Dom's had to offer."
There, Troy continued both his academic and athletic success. As a junior, Troy was announced as MSG Varsity's Top 25 Nassau County Baseball Prospects for his graduating year.
"To be mentioned in the same breath as some of the guys on that list is an honor. I've played with a lot of those guys, and they are all fantastic ball players."
Troy looks forward to starting another achievement in his life when he enrolls at Fairfield University in the fall of 2013. He will continue to play baseball with his new team, the Fairfield Stags. Fairfield baseball is in the MAAC, which is a very competitive D1 conference.
"For me personally, I feel I have a great chance to help the Stags (Fairfield) get to the top of their conference and eventually an NCAA Tournament birth."
The coach of Fairfield, Bill Currier is looking forward to Troy on the roster.
"Troy will be a middle of the order hitter for us and our starting third basemen as a freshman, which is very rare to have. We have struggled in recent years at the hot corner, and by having Troy out there he will be a great asset."
Scocca concluded, "Fairfield was just the best fit, both academically and athletically. The campus is beautiful and I feel the coaching staff will be able to help improve my tools so I can play at the next level."
Scocca still remains focused at school and as a loyal teammate to the Bayhawks at St. Dominic High School, and looks forward to this 2013 baseball season.