It has certainly proven to be the best of ALL worlds for the Kehoe brothers, Michael and Ryan.
St. Peter’s tandem recently signed the National Letters of Intent to attend the College of Staten Island on partial baseball scholarships, Advance has learned.
Michael, a hunter, and Ryan, a pitcher, agreed on everything related to their decision to attend Division 2 school and hope to be a formidable battery during the four years they have been with Willowbrook School.
“My brother and I wanted to be in college together, and the fact that we can do it, stay home and play Division 2 is great – you can not go wrong,” said Ryan. “I’m very pleased with this decision. ”
“We just love everything about signing with CSI,” Michael added. “We’re going to play in front of our family and friends; we’ll see our younger brother (Jack, a first-year student at St. Peter’s) play in high school, and of course I love that I can still play with my brother.
“It was important,” Michael added. “I love playing with him.”
The 16-year-old Kehoe brothers are both three-year-old varsity players who are big in the Eagles’ plans for a season next spring. They have not had an opportunity to discuss their roles with CSI boss Mike Mauro, but are still looking forward to playing at the next level.
Although they missed playing a junior season with the Eagles, they played a shortened schedule with their travel program, Staten Island Orioles, on top of training with each other as often as possible in local parks.
Ryan, a right-handed pitcher, says he throws five different courses, including a quick and two-stitch quick ball; a cutter; a prey and curve ball.
“Obviously, when I come to CSI, I hope to get a place in the rotation and help as much as I can,” Ryan said. “I think it’s a possibility.
“I have felt pretty good when I play.”
Michael, meanwhile, is a backstop who considers himself a contact hitter.
“I hope to compete as soon as I walk in the door,” he said. “That’s all I can do.”
As they have made their entire careers, New Dorp residents will lean on each other with the Dolphins.
“It’s huge to have Michael with me. He knows which lanes to call in different situations and just makes it easier for me when I’m out there,” Ryan said. “We’ve been playing all these years together and we’re not going to stop now.”
“I think it’s great. He knows everything he has to do and makes me look good,” Michael added. “He’s a bulldog on the mound, and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Ryan, who plans to become a nurse, said he also received interest from St. Thomas Aquinas and Mount St. Mary.
Michael, who is going to study physiotherapy, also got interest from Mount St. Mary.