Baseball – 2014 Preview: Howell
Head Coach: Eric Johnson, fifth season
Record Last Year: 12-11 (9-5, tied for second in A North)
|Returning Starters||Yr.||Position||2013 Batting Stats||2013 Pitching Stats|
|Ryan Wares||Sr.||2B/P||.339/.513/.559, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 14 R, 12 RBI||44.1 IP, 47 H, 12 BB, 54 K, 2.68 ERA, 5-2|
|Zach Loroesh||Sr.||1B/P||.258/.300/.379, 2 2B, 2 HR, 14 R, 11 RBI||26.2 IP, 38 H, 16 BB, 29 K, 4.73 ERA, 3-3|
|Mike Levy||Sr.||OF||.366/.378./.451, 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 R, 16 RBI, 3 SB|
|Rob Napolitano||Jr.||C||.292/.309/.446, 7 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI|
|Mike Parisi||Jr.||3B/1B||.308/.351/.519, 5 2B, 2 HR, 10 R, 13 RBI|
|Troy Miller||So.||SS||.258/.333./.348, 3 2B, 1 HR, 14 R, 8 RBI|
|Returning Players||Yr.||Position||2013 Batting Stats||2013 Pitching Stats|
|John Monahan||Sr.||P||16.1 IP, 26 H, 6 BB, 15 K, 4.29 ERA, 1-2|
|Matt Daukshus||Sr.||P||6.1 IP, 14 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 9.95 ERA|
Key Losses: Cody Hubbs (1B), Jordan Reizer (OF), Joe Purcaro (P)
Key Newcomers: Matt Fletcher (Jr., OF), Andrew Larsen (Jr., OF), Brian Chaballa (So., P/OF), Justin Steel (So., C/2B), James Wynne (So., OF/P)
With only two returning starters last season, the Rebels had a counterintuitive season considering their inexperience. The Rebels stormed out of the gate in Class A North with their group of newcomers, but faded down the stretch, ultimately finishing one game above .500. Howell’s offense was fairly strong throughout the season – even spectacular at times – but the Rebels wore down on the mound and they showed their youth in the field as well.
With six starters back in the field and two top pitchers back, Howell will look to build on the start to their 2013 season while putting the finish behind them. Senior Ryan Wares, who is committed to Rutgers, is a four-year starter for the Rebels and will anchor both the rotation and the lineup after an All-Shore season last year. Wares ran an impressive 54-to-12 strikeout to walk ratio and pitched to a 2.78 ERA in 44 1/3 innings, all while leading the Howell offense with a .513 on-base percentage and nine extra-base hits. Senior left-hander Zach Loroesh also returns to the rotation after a strong start to his junior year was derailed by some arm fatigue. Seniors John Monahan and Matt Daukshus also gained some experience on the hill and will figure into the pitching equation this year.
Loroesh and will both play the field when not pitching, and four other major contributors return to the field as well. Senior Mike Levy is back in the outfield – where the Rebels take the biggest hit to graduation – after hitting .366 last year. Juniors Rob Napolitano and Mike Parisi are also coming off of big seasons, with Napolitano hitting seven doubles while handling the catching duties and Parisi slugging five doubles and two homers. Sophomore shortstop Troy Miller rounds out the list of returnees and along with Wares will form one of the top double-play combinations in the Shore.
Howell probably wasn’t quite as good as its hot start last year, but the Rebels were also much better than their finish. With a year of seasoning, the Rebels should be ready for a strong year from beginning to end.