Back again TO Enterprise: Senior Nick Danbrowney and the Barnegat baseball crew have their operate slice out for them to challenge for a Shore Convention division title this spring. (File photo by David Biggy)
Final summertime, most of the younger adult men returning to their significant college baseball squads for 2020-21 obtained an possibility they could not pass up. Just after all, the spring year experienced been rendered useless by the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the Barnegat and Southern Regional groups fulfilled in an opening spherical clash of locals, the recreation went down to the wire. Barnegat managed to score a pair of operates in the base of the fifth to earn a 3-2 choice. However, what that game confirmed was additional a glimpse of the future for both of those squads.
Effectively, the long run is now. While delayed a number of months, as opposed to when they normally get started a time, the Bengals’ and Rams’ 2021 seasons are here, starting this week.
“Our team has a prospect to be unique,” stated Barnegat head coach Dan McCoy. “Our crew is pretty athletic and will place the ball in engage in. Our pitching is deep and pretty good, but having them all up to video game velocity will be the challenge. The faster we do that, the much better we will be.”
With only a single player returning from the 2019 squad and a couple of seniors in the combine this season, Barnegat will want young gamers to rise to efficient varsity amount. Thankfully, the Bengals will have a whole time to get into equipment.
Depth on the mound will be essential to the Bengals’ results. McCoy is counting on the arms of seniors Nick Danbrowney and Tyler DelPercio and juniors Ryan Kulpa, P.J. Craig, Jared Schworn and Rafael Dominquez to have the pounds to hold their team in game titles although the offense tries to manufacture operates.
Danbrowney also will engage in 2nd base, while Kulpa will see time at shortstop, Dominquez primarily will participate in 3rd base and Schworn will perform a function in the outfield. As for the relaxation of the defense, senior Ryan Tully will person 1st foundation and classmate Kyle Moore will occupy the area guiding household plate at occasions, though Andrew Vernieri most likely will play share second foundation and Kris Pollack will be in the outfield.
Somewhere else in the field, juniors will roam – Anthony Molfino (C), Brian Snowden (SS), Justin Bye (OF), Joseph Fiorentino (OF) and Noah Jeremias (INF). Infielder Bryce Davenport is the only sophomore on the team.
Completely ready FOR Motion: Southern Regional is a senior-major team this spring, and Jack Plesniarski (still left) and Killian Horne are among the the Rams coach Keith Cocuzza is counting on to lead the way. (File picture by David Biggy)
Meanwhile, at Southern the lineup is dominated by seniors, together with returning starters Mike Gallaro (C), Jack Plesniarski (P/SS), Xavier Hendricks (OF) and Kevin Cooney (OF). The Rams also have depth on the hill. Besides Plesniarski and Hendricks, Mike Mucci, Taylor Munt, Nick Desiderio and Killian Horne will toe the rubber at moments. Horne also plays 2nd base and returning senior Brad Mills will be at initially foundation.
The relaxation of the roster involves junior infielders Brennan E book and Stephen Stafford as perfectly as sophomore Dominic Miranda, who can engage in third base and catcher.
“We have a whole lot of gamers returning that have been starters as sophomores, so expectations are higher for our staff,” explained head mentor Keith Cocuzza. “We want to compete for a division title this season.”
Pinelands Light on Varsity Practical experience
Two springs back, the Pinelands Regional workforce was loaded with knowledgeable seniors, and benefited from players who comprehended varsity baseball. This time, the Wildcats are extremely gentle on knowledge. New head coach Dan Mulligan will count on an overall cast of newcomers at the varsity level as they try out to contend in Shore Meeting Class B South.
“I’m using over a program that has grow to be competitive calendar year in and 12 months out. I have been on the coaching workers for additional than 8 many years, and look to create on what the previous coaches have built,” Mulligan mentioned. “We will glimpse to be competitive in the division this yr by taking part in seem protection, and we’ll battle offensively.”
If protection is the setting up stage, it all starts off with junior returning starter Rian O’Rourke, who not only will enjoy at shortstop but also will be amongst the pitching crew and one of the very likely starters on the hill from the outset.
From there, returning seniors Jack Lawrie (OF/P), Mike Schaffer (2B/P), Alex Ulrich (C/OF/P) and Anthony Weedo (1B) will be questioned to guide the way this period. Also returning to the squad from two seasons in the past are juniors Casey Baglivio (3B) and Ethan Edwards (1B/DH). In addition to O’Rourke, count on junior Stephen DeMilio to see a whole lot of time on the pitcher’s mound.
As for the relaxation of the crew, it comprises of seniors Cameron Starke (INF) and Brendan Sweeney (2B) juniors Chris Mitchell (P) and T.J. Ross (OF) sophomores Joe Cardillo (2B), Bobby Gordon (OF), Gavin Wagner (P), Jake Fowler (C) and Hunter Theuret (P/OF) and freshman Logan Russo (OF/C/P).
— David Biggy