Baseball Adds Four Players to 2018 Signing Class

L-R: Blake Benyo, Marco DeFalco, John Ritter, Dylan Swarmer
L-R: Blake Benyo, Marco DeFalco, John Ritter, Dylan Swarmer

The Youngstown State baseball program has added four student-athletes from Ohio and Pennsylvania to its 2018 signing class, Head Coach Dan Bertolini announced on Wednesday.

The additions include Ohioans Blake Benyo, Marco DeFalco and John Ritter, as well as Pennsylvania native Dylan Swarmer. Benyo, Ritter and Swarmer are position players, while DeFalco will play two ways as both a left-handed pitcher and outfielder.


Blake Benyo

OF | 6'0 | 175 | Austintown, Ohio | IMG Academy (Florida)

Highlights: Played for Coach Chris Sabo at IMG Academy... Posted a .308 batting average and .429 OBP while playing for IMG National... Won the outfield Gold Glove Award at IMG... IMG ranked as high as fourth in the country and first in the state of Florida last year... Won the Coach Bob Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona... Consolation Champions at the IMG National Classic in Anaheim, California... One-year letterwinner at Austintown Fitch High School... Played summer ball for the Astro Falcons of the Youngstown Class B League under Coach Andy Timko… Parents are Alex and Victoria... Older brother Kyle is a junior on the YSU baseball team.


Marco DeFalco

LHP/OF | 5'9 | 170 | Niles, Ohio | Niles McKinley High School

Highlights: Three-year starter for Coach Mike Guarnieri at Niles McKinley High School... Two-time AAC Player of the Year... Three-time first-team all-conference selection... Three career no hitters... Posted a 17-4 record, 209 strikeouts and a 1.97 ERA during his prep career... Opposing batters hit just .139 against him… Registered 101 hits, a .380 average and a .408 OBP as a hitter.... Played summer ball for the Astro Falcons of the Youngstown Class B League under Coach Andy Timko… Parents are John and Kathy.


John Ritter

C | 6'2 | 205 | New Middletown, Ohio | Springfield Local High School

Highlights: Played for Terry Dobson at Springfield Local High School... Selected to the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) All-Star Team... Named First-Team All-MVAC as a senior... Named Second-Team All-MVAC as a junior... Played travel ball for Knightline under Coach Tom Otto… Parents are David and Paula.


Dylan Swarmer

C | 5'11 | 190 | Saxonburg, Pa. | Knoch High School

Highlights: Three-year starter and letterwinner at Knoch High School... Coaches were Sean O'Donnell and Steve Hall... Named First-Team All-Section in both 2017 and 2018... Drove in 20 runs as a senior to help the Knights defend their Section 1-4A championship... Represented Team Ohio Valley in 17U USA Baseball NTIS... 2018 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-Region... Played for Baird Brothers 18U team during the summer of 2018, which won championships in the Youngstown Class B League, National Amateur Baseball Federation Senior Division World Series and Pony Palomino East Zone tournament... Also played summer ball for Team All-American under Coach Dan Ninemire… Parents are Denny and Lisa.