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 Our goal is to provide an environment that encourages athletes to develop on and off the playing field, to create a positive learning environment in good and bad times. Established in 2006 as an elite 18U organization with the likes of Rick Porcello, the program has grown into an organization with competitive and developmental teams from 9U to 18U.

 

We believe that a player's involvement in the program will help them to become more successful in life thru the education and exposure that we provide.

Players already in the organization do not need to attend tryouts

EVALUATION
Players will be evaluated in the following areas: 
1) Arm strength 2) Running Speed 3) Hitting Ability 4) Defense 5) Make-Up

DEVELOPMENT
Player development is the primary focus. We have one of the finest coaching staffs around to help players of all ages and abilities raise their game to the next level through physical and mental training.

COMPETITION
Players are selected and placed based on ability and it is important to challenge and play competition appropriate to their abilities. We compete mostly in local events so that our players recognize the level they need to achieve while competing in their respective age groups.

EXPOSURE
The organization provides events at Diamond Nation, Perfect Game as well as a variety of traveling venues for the higher-level players enabling them the opportunity to play in front of college recruiters.

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2025'S

DATES TOURNAMENT
JUNE 7 - JUNE 9 NORTHEAST COLLEGE PROSPECT TEAM SHOWCASE JERSEY CITY, NJ
JUNE 14 - JUNE 16 MONTCLAIR STATE TEAM SHOWCASE MONTCLAIR, NJ
JUNE 21 - JUNE 23 NORTHEAST COLLEGE PROSPECT TEAM SHOWCASE JERSEY CITY, NJ
JUNE 24 - JUNE 27 DIAMOND NATION SUPER 17 INVITATIONAL FLEMINGTON, NJ
JUNE 28 - JUNE 30 RUTGERS TEAM CAMP PISCATAWAY, NJ
JULY 6 - JULY 11 BOSTON PROSPECT BOSTON, MA
JULY 12 - JULY 14 NORTHEAST COLLEGE PROSPECT TEAM SHOWCASE JERSEY CITY, NJ
JULY 19 - JULY 21 ST. JOES TEAM CAMP PHILADELPHIA, PA
JULY 29 - AUGUST 1 DIAMOND NATION BLUE CHIP FLEMINGTON, NJ
AUGUST 2 - AUGUST 4 NORTHEAST COLLEGE PROSPECT TEAM SHOWCASE JERSEY CITY, NJ

Dasti launches, Lynn deals as Cardinals close season in style By Bob Behre | August 2, 2023


Cardinals Robbie Lynn deals to Next Level’s James Dixon during his four shutout innings.

Three critical elements permeated the North Jersey Cardinals 25’s 8-3 victory over the Next Level Prospects on Wednesday at Diamond Nation.

The Cardinals received a tidy performance from starting pitcher Robbie Lynn. Their No. 3 hitter Frank Dasti delivered the big blast of the game. And the Union-Essex County-based club showed a ravenous ability to feast on its opponent’s gift-giving.

The Cardinals closed their stay at the 17/18U Blue Chip Prospects tournament with a third victory in four tries this week but more than likely will find themselves just a bit on the outside looking in at the qualifiers for the Super 17 Top 20 that is scheduled for Aug. 14-18.

The Cardinals, however, have very little to be disappointed about after a summer in which the team – while playing predominantly up a grade level – registered an impressive 28-4 record.

“We’re a 2025 group and we mostly competed against ‘24s this summer,” said Cardinals coach Frank Dasti, Frank’s father. “They’ve played very well together.” When this group of rising juniors did play against their peers, in Georgia, the results were even more inspiring.

The 2025 Cardinals went 5-0 in pool play in Georgia before falling in the semifinals to the eventual tournament champion, finishing 6-1 on an especially satisfying trip south.

The only real trouble Lynn experienced against Next Level came in the bottom of the first inning when he surrendered singles to Giancarlo Rengifo and Julio Frometa around a pair of outs. But Lynn got out of that early jam unscathed and would allow just one baserunner over his final three innings.

Lynn used a steady diet of curveballs, in all counts, to vex Next Level’s batters.

“I like the curveball-fastball combination,” said Lynn, who plays shortstop for Livingston High School. The curveball was working, so I stayed with it.” He often started batters with the breaking ball and even got one batter swinging at a bender on a 3-2 count.

BEFORE: Cardinals’ Frank Dasti eyeballs a fastball with two on in the third inning.

“I’m not going to blow it by anyone, but I want to limit the walks and let my fielders, who I trust, field the ball behind me,” said Lynn.

Lynn permitted no runs on just three hits over four innings, striking out three and walking none. “Robbie competes,” said coach Dasti. “His breaking ball complements his fastball and he keeps it in the strike zone.”

Lynn received some quick support from his teammates, who struck for four runs in the top of the first inning on a single hit, an error and three free bases provided by Next Level’s starter Joe Pritchard.

Nick Filipponi led off and was hit by a pitch before Julian Schultz and Dasti

Drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with none out. Alex Adornato then hit a bouncer toward the middle that looked like a possible double play, but the exchange at second was mishandled as Filipponi scored the game’s first run.

Dylan Gardner followed with a two-run bloop single to right-center field and Mike Ramirez brought home Adornato on a sac fly to left to cap the four-run uprising.

AFTER: Frank Dasti drove that fastball over the fence in left field for a three-run home run.

Filipponi and Schultz each drew a walk with one out in the third to bring Dasti to the plate. The Dayton High shortstop, who has had a busy first two days of August fielding inquiries from Division 1 coaches, jumped on the second pitch from Pritchard and drove it over the left field fence for a three-run home run and a 7-0 lead.

“He threw me a breaking ball low on the first pitch,” said Dasti. “I was looking for a fastball that I could hit hard somewhere. It’s a great feeling seeing the ball go over the fence, especially with a wood bat.”

Harry Woodard helped create another run for the Cardinals in the fourth inning. He reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and came all the way around to score on Tyler Weber’s infield hit. Weber beat out a slow bouncer to the left side as Woodward raced to third. The shortstop’s hurried throw to first pulled the first baseman off the bag on the right field side of the base. Woodward never broke stride and raced home before the first baseman could recover in time to get him at the plate.

Next Level, also 3-1 in the Blue Chip, was in danger of losing via the eight-run mercy rule when it came to bat in the bottom of the fifth. But Gardner, who came in to relieve Lynn, walked the bases loaded around a strikeout.

He then induced a fly ball to right field for the second out, but the fly was deep enough to enable James Dixon to tag and score his team’s first run, buying it at least another at bat in the sixth. Mike Schwartz then hit a bouncer toward the middle that the Cardinals second baseman bobbled, allowing Marcus Harrison to score from third. Vito LaRosa scored the third run of the inning all the way from second base on what started as a pickoff attempt at first and ended as a wild throw to third to try to get LaRosa.

Gardner ended Next Level’s rally right there with a strikeout and Abinet Huff closed out the final two innings for the Cardinals. Huff hit the first batter he faced in the sixth, but catcher Filipponi quickly gunned him down trying to steal second. Huff then retired the next five batters he faced in order to send the Cardinals home for the summer.

NOTES: Dasti’s phone has been busy since yesterday (Aug. 1), the first day Division 1 coaches can contact players. He said he had seven Division 1 inquiries yesterday and a few more today (Aug. 2).

“It’s a fun experience and something you can’t take for granted,” he said. “All my hard work is paying off.”

The “contact period” is Aug. 1-20 during which Division 1 college coaches may contact players. A recruiting “quiet period” follows before another “contact period” opens again Sept. 15-to-Oct. 8.

Dasti’s outstanding summer followed a terrific high school campaign in which the sophomore batted .489 with 43 hits, 31 runs, 16 doubles and 26 RBI. His Group 1 Jonathan Dayton (Springfield) squad was 15-12 last spring and returns almost its entire roster next spring.

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THE NORTH JERSEY CARDINALS 15U RED HIT LIKE THE GASHOUSE GANG IN 15U WS DIAMOND NATION!!!

By Joe Hofmann

One baserunner crossed home plate. Another followed. And another … and another … and another.

Would the top of the third inning ever end?

It did – 14 runs, 10 hits, seven walks, and a whole lotta high-fives later.

Those weren’t the Bugs Bunny’s Gashouse Gorillas. They were the North Jersey Cardinals and they did what they do best – crush the baseball.

The Cardinals went on to beat Futures White, 22-8, in the 15U Diamond Nation World Series on Wednesday.

Coach Frank Dasti’s team pounded out 14 hits, including four triples and three doubles.

The Cardinals have now piled up 45 runs in running their record to 3-0 in the tournament.

But they never put things together quite like they did during that third inning on Wednesday – and likely never will again.

“We know that we have a strong lineup,” Dasti said. “We have 11 guys who can hit. Even guys on our bench can hit.”


Chris Rodriguez of the Cardinals watches the flight of his shot down the right side.


Cardinals’ Jason Habedank eyes a pitch in 15U World Series game at Diamond Nation.

THE NORTH JERSEY CARDINALS 14U RED DO ALL THE LITTLE THINGS RIGHT DIAMOND NATION

By Rich Bevensee

Liam Melvin and Dominic Labisi provided the offensive fireworks but even these heavy hitters acknowledge that batters box intangibles like aggressive at bats, execution of small details and putting the ball in play are the ingredients for getting crooked numbers on the scoreboard.

The North Jersey Cardinals 14U Red squad had 10 of its 11 players put the ball in play, they collected eight hits, accounted for two sacrifice bunts which set the stage for crucial runs and took advantage of four errors in an 8-3 victory over Cage Academy Elite in the Spring Fever Tournament on Friday evening at Diamond Nation in Flemington. 

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Juan Soto poses for a photo with the North Jersey Cardinals Little League team

FRANK DASTI COMMITS TO ST. JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY!!!

COMMITTED FRANK DASTI ST. JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY

Congratulations to our Cardinals 15/16U team - winners of the Teener League 2023 summer league with a 4-3 win over a very tough South Plainfield team.


Cardinals 12U Red beat the Fairfield Pirates 9 to 1 in game one of the 7th Inning Stretch Tournament at Sports At the Beach in Delaware . Two games today before bracket play. Gavin Rodriguez started and got the W with 2+ scoreless innings of relief from M


Another W in the books! Our Cardinals 2025 squad knocked off East Cobb Astros Orange 5-4 behind the pitching of (l-r) Frankie Dasti, Domenic Erbafina, & Julian Schultz. On to the Final Four at PBR Southeast Select in Georgia.


Robbie Lynn goes the distance in the Cardinals 2025 7-2 win over Twitty City to finish pool play 5-0. We’re the #3 seed heading into the final day of play on Tuesday at PBR Southeast Select in Georgia.


4-0! Cardinals 2025 pitchers Michael Liloia and Vinny Graham combined to hold the Ontario Blue Jays to just 4 hits in the Cardinals 4-3 come-from-behind win at PBR Southeast Select in Georgia.


That’s Cardinals 2025 pitcher Robbie Lynn on the mound in today’s 10-0 over Georgia Jackets 16U at PBR Southeast Select in Georgia. The Cardinals are 3-0 heading into Sunday’s action.


NO-HITTER ALERT! Congratulations to Cardinals 12U pitcher Kyle Sargis shown here with catchers Nathan Grau and Raleigh Nolte (l-r) on a complete game no-hitter. The Cardinals notched a 2-0 win.


Game 2 at PBR Southeast Select in Georgia - Cardinals 2025 with a 7 to 3 win over BC Athletics 2025 Mitchell.


Our Cardinals 2025’s beat the Georgia Roadrunners 10 to 3 Thursday in game one at PBR Southeast Select in Georgia. Prep Baseball Report

THE NORTH JERSEY CARDINALS CONGRATULATES 15/16U RED A COMBINED NO-HITTER AT UNION TEENER LEAGUE!!! MASON ARENS, KEVIN SCATIGNO, CATCHER HENRY ROMANSKI, ETHAN POWELL & JONATHAN NIDHAN

THE NORTH JERSEY CARDINALS CONGRATULATES MICHAEL LILOIA, FRANKIE DASTI & ROBBIE LYNN AT PBR NEW JERSEY 2023 STATE GAMES AT FDU FLOR-MAD!!!

THE NORTH JERSEY CARDINALS CONGRATULATES 12U RED NO-HITTER!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO 12U RED PITCHER GAVIN RODRIGUEZ & CATCHER GABE TRUSCINSKI ON COMPLETE GAME NO-HITTER IN 7-0 WIN IN THE USABL STARS & STRIPES CLASSIC AT MOUNTAIN VIEW PARK, HILLSBOROUGH

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NORTH JERSEY CARDINALS PLAYERS UNDERCLASSMEN QUAD-COUNTY 2023 ALL-STAR GAME

JULIAN SCHULTZ, FRANKIE DASTI, MICHAEL RAMIREZ & EJ FRAYNE

THE NORTH JERSEY CARDINALS CONGRATULATES 2025'S USABL FATHER'S DAY SHOWDOWN CHAMPIONS 2023!!!