A pair of Union-Endicott senior baseball players have signed their National Letters of Intent to play college baseball at the Division I Level. 

Both Jude Abbadessa and Owen Hoyt made their commitments official on Wednesday.  

Abbadessa will be playing for the University of Connecticut Huskies. As a member of Maine-Endwell's 2016 Little League World Series Champion team, Abbadessa already has one of baseball’s biggest accomplishments under his belt. Along with that he has played in all sorts of high-level tournaments across the country including recently being a member of the Kansas City Royals Scout Team, pitching in the Perfect Game World Championships. Abbadessa says his experiences in Williamsport have played a big role in preparing him for the college game. 

“I feel like I have no pressure anymore playing the game,” says Abbadessa. “I go out there like I’m a little kid, like I’m 6 years old playing in the back yard. I’ve had the experience of playing in front of big crowds so now it’s just like go out there, have fun and do my thing, it’s great.” 

He says he’s looking forward to the chance to play with the Huskies in Omaha at the College World Series. A member of National Honor Society, he is currently unsure of what he will be majoring in. 

Owen Hoyt will be taking his talents to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has traveled the country playing baseball for an Elite Travel team based out of Long Island. Hoyt has also pitched in the Perfect Game World Championships and is the #11 ranked left-handed pitcher in all of New York State. He says he knew he was meant to play for the River Hawks once he sat in their dugout.  

“The family feel right off the bat,” says Hoyt. “When I started talking to the school, I knew there was a connection with the coaches that I was not going to get anywhere else.”  

Hoyt will be Majoring in Finance and hopes to pursue a career in real estate.