Also being honored at the awards dinner are Al Ashmont
of Clark, Chuck Fernicola of Mountainside, and Rich Pender of Elizabeth, all of whom will be inducted into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame
was the most dominant pitcher in Union County
from 1982-1984.In the course of those years, he led Union Catholic High School to two Watchung Conference titles, plus a Union County title and a State Parochial title.Al
compiled a three-year pitching record of 32-6 at Union Catholic
and had a high school career batting average of over .400.He
was selected First Team All-Union County in 1983 and 1984, as well as First Team All Parochial and First Team All-State.
In 1984, he
was picked for the All-American
High School team, and was named New Jersey Player of the Year.He
helped Union Catholic win the Star-Ledger trophy for the number one voted team in the state.Al Ashmont also compiled a 20-2 pitching record with a .450 batting average while playing for Westfield in American Legion baseball for two summers.He
was drafted in the seventh round by the Chicago Cubs and was awarded a full scholarship to Florida State University
With a fastball clocked in the low to mid 90's, the big right-hander from Winfield Park compiled a 5-0 record as a freshman at Florida State as the team finished the 1985 season at 59-23.Unfortunately, Al
elbow in the fall of his
sophomore year and had his
career cut short because of two elbow surgeries.
In 2000, the Star-Ledger
selected Al Ashmont
as a member of the New Jersey All-Century Team
.He is also a member of the Union Catholic Hall of Fame.
Today, Al Ashmont
, a retired Union County Sheriff's officer, resides in Clark with his wife, Patricia, and their sons, Mickey and Tyler.