GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Germantown (Md.) native Charlie Cononie, who has close ties to Somerset County, has been chosen to represent the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. The annual contest, also dubbed the Mid-Summer Classic, will take place at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., on Tuesday.
Charlie’s father Stephen and grandfather John, a former baseball standout in the Somerset County League, reside in Windber. Of course, they are both very proud of the young pitcher’s accomplishments.
The 6-foot-7-inch right-hander who throws sidearm is one of 10 pitchers to be named to the American League squad and joins pitching teammates Robert Dickmann and Parker Markel — both of whom are in the midst of their second season with Hudson Valley.
So far this season, Cononie has appeared in 12 games, pitching 23 innings where he has given up just two runs and surrendered only 11 hits. He ranks among the league’s best with six saves on the season and his 0.39 ERA is the best in the 14-team league among closers, edging out current save leader and fellow all-star, Staten Island’s Branden Pinder (10 saves, 0.50 ERA).
The 22-year-old pitching sensation was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 24th round of the recent Major League Baseball draft.
The transition from college to pro baseball for Cononie has been a fairly smooth one, according to the Towson Tigers website. He pitched his final game for Towson University in late May and by June 15, he was on the bus to New York. He made his professional debut June 21 against Staten Island, where he pitched two hitless shutout innings.
Cononie will be returning to Towson University this fall — but not as a baseball player. He has a couple of credits to earn before he officially graduates.