Poly Prep senior baseball player Gio Colasante Credit: Poly Prep Athletics

This past Saturday, Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn celebrated the opening of its new athletics fields with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition to the dedication and renaming of the school’s new artificial turf baseball field, attendees were treated to a performance from Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean.

Then, Poly Prep’s Blue Devils took on the nationally ranked Don Bosco Ironmen. One of the standouts for the Blue Devils is senior Gio Colasante, who has been accepted to attend and play baseball at Harvard University.

He is also awaiting word on Major League Baseball’s (MLB) upcoming draft.

Colasante, 18, said his first memories of baseball are watching Yankees games with family. He started playing at age five.

“I used to live in Queens and I played at Bayside Little League,” said Colasante, who now lives in Staten Island. “By 10, that was my first year of playing travel ball, which is when it gets more serious and you start playing in the summer. There were incremental steps from there.”

Poly Prep Country Day School has students from all five boroughs of New York City—45 buses make that possible. Colasante, who now drives himself to school, said the trip from Staten Island is considerably shorter than the trip from Queens, which took about two hours each day.

“The baseball program, Coach [Matt] Roventini, has been a really influential part of my life,” said Colasante. “Baseball, obviously, and there is the leadership and all the things he’s done for the team and for Poly baseball.”
Colasante looks forward to attending Harvard and playing baseball for the Crimson. “It’s an amazing school,” he said. “That’s obviously a big factor. Baseball-wise, I was starting the whole process of recruiting and met the coaches at Harvard. I was at a camp the winter of my sophomore year—right before COVID—and I loved the atmosphere they had created and still do. … I want to be a member of a strong Harvard baseball team.”

The only thing that may keep him from Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a shot at playing professional baseball. “I’m trying to finish off high school baseball strong,” Colasante said. “I’m being followed by scouts from MLB.

They may select me in the draft. … There are a lot of factors that go into making the decision if I’m drafted to choose that path. I’m open to it. I’d like to be able to make the choice. I’m excited to venture out, find myself, mature and grow.”

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