A 2016 West Islip High School graduate and former varsity baseball player has just been awarded a prestigious 2018 Collegiate Rawlings Gold Glove Award by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The announcement was made by Suffolk County Community College this week.

James Mattera was also voted First Team All Region XV and was a Third Team NJCAA All Academic Honoree with a 3.76 GPA for the 2017-2018 academic year, according to the school.

Mattera will be continuing his baseball and academic career at SUNY/Farmingdale.

“Jimmy’s performance is not only outstanding on the field, but in the classroom as well. We wish Jimmy the best of luck in his academic and baseball career,” said SCCC head baseball coach Brian Klammer.

Photo (L-R): Suffolk County Community College Assistant Baseball Coach Jason Galbraith, James Mattera, and Head Baseball Coach Brian Klammer