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2021 Shore Sports Network Baseball Preview - Class A Central

With one of the 100-or-so best players in the country leading its pitching staff, one might assume Red Bank Catholic enters the 2021 season as a heavy favorite to roll to a Class A Central division championship - as much as anything can be assumed in a post-COVID world.

That could very well be the reality for the other seven teams in the Class A Central division, but there is a glimmer of hope for several other teams in the field. Beyond ace Shane Panzini, RBC is rather inexperienced and a number of Class A Central's rosters look ready to peak in time to give the Caseys a serious run at the title.

Make no mistake: RBC remains the favorite, but keep an eye on the next several teams in the pecking order to mount a real challenge and provide a competitive season all the way until the end.

 

Class A Central Projected Standings (Click on Team for Individual Preview)

1. Red Bank Catholic

2. Rumson-Fair Haven

3. Ocean

4. Holmdel

5. Monmouth

6. Raritan

7. Shore

8. St. Rose

 

 

Class A Central Lineup

Justin Kylik, Sr., C, Raritan (3-for-11, 1 2B, 3 RBI)

Brian Yadlon, Sr., 1B, Monmouth (.316/.381/.382, 5 2B, 11 R, 21 RBI)

Andrew Schmid, Sr., SS, Rumson (.323/.392/.462, 3 2B, 2 HR, 15 R, 15 RBI, 8 SB)

Kevin Novobilsky, Sr., SS, Ocean (.273/.449/.288, 1 2B, 11 R, 14 RBI)

Matt Rigby, Jr., 1B, Rumson (.339/.439/.393, 3 2B, 9 R, 7 RBI)

Brian Doherty, Sr., LF, Rumson (.296/.441/.352, 3 2B, 10 R, 4 RBI)

Thomas Elgrim, Sr., CF, Rumson (.313/.371/.500, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 11 R, 14 RBI)

Anthony Boriello, Sr., CF, Red Bank Catholic (.321/.441/.385, 2 2B, 12 R, 5 RBI)

Luke O’Hea, Sr., CF, Raritan (.295/.368/.360, 4 2B, 14 R, 11 RBI)

 

Class A Central Rotation

Shane Panzini, Sr., RHP, Red Bank Catholic (7-2, 0.66 ERA, 53 IP, 20 H, 29 BB, 73 K)

Nick Callano, Sr., RHP/OF, Ocean (4-1, 3.14 ERA, 29 IP, 34 H, 10 BB, 30 K)

Michael Amendola, Jr., LHP, Rumson (3-2, 2.56 ERA, 27.1 IP, 21 H, 12 BB, 16 K)

Tyler Tilton, Sr., RHP/CF, Shore

Dom Santaniello, Sr., RHP, Monmouth (1-2, 2.21 ERA, 25.1 IP, 26 H, 5 BB, 12 K)

 

Class A Central Breakouts

Jason Sparkes, Sr., C, Holmdel

Andrew Woodward, Sr., SS/RHP, Holmdel

Aiden Denton, Jr., SS/RHP, Monmouth

Christian Zito, Jr., RF/RHP, Monmouth

George Krenkel, So., RF/RHP, Ocean

Cord Birzin, Jr., 1B, Ocean

Matt Scrivanic, Jr., 3B, Red Bank Catholic

Alex Stanyek, So., RHP/OF, Red Bank Catholic

Charlie Jones, Jr., RHP, Rumson-Fair Haven

Logan Boag, Sr., C, St. Rose