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2021 Shore Sports Network Baseball Preview - Class B South

The 2019 season was a great one for the Class B South division. The Ocean County Tournament championship game was between the top two teams from the division (Point Pleasant Boro and Jackson Liberty) and one of those teams (Point Boro) also made it all the way to the final of the NJSIAA Group II Tournament. There were also some smaller victories (Pinelands beating Toms River South in a state tournament game), making it a strong showing from top-to-bottom for Ocean County's small-school division.

Two years later, the division might be in store for a bit of a rebuilding year, with Point Boro and Jackson Liberty among the teams that will be running out a good number of juniors and sophomores - even some freshmen for some teams. Without a 2020 season to see a lot of those players in action, it remains to be seen whether that is even a problem at all.

There are two teams with four starters back in the lineup and two in the starting rotation from 2019: Lacey and Donovan Catholic. Those will be teams to watch as more experienced outfits and the Griffins have a wave of young players close to making an impact as well.

Note: Lakewood will not play varsity baseball games during the first week of the season and is expecting to be ready to start its season during the week of April 26, according to coach Gene Drumright. The program is not shut down from practicing in the meantime and will play jayvee games during the first week.

Class B South Projected Standings (Click on Team for Individual Preview)

1. Lacey

2. Jackson Liberty

3. Point Pleasant Boro

4. Donovan Catholic

5. Barnegat

6. Manchester

7. Pinelands

8. Lakewood (Check back for preview)

 

Class B South Lineup (with 2019 stats if available)

Brandon DeAngelo, Sr., C, Lacey (.282/.352/.346, 5 2B, 12 R, 15 RBI)

Matt Kaliske, Sr., 1B, Lacey (.227/.322/.293, 5 2B, 9 R, 15 RBI)

Jake Hickman, Sr., 2B, Jackson Liberty (5-for-11, 3 R, 2 RBI)

Connor Cilento, So., SS, Point Boro

Rian O’Rourke, Jr., SS, Pinelands (.366/.410/.451, 6 2B, 15 R, 7 RBI, 7 SB)

Frankie Dominici, Sr., 3B, Point Boro (.250/.372/.389, 3 2B, 1 3B, 7 R, 10 RBI)

Dan Keenan, Sr., CF, Jackson Liberty (.319/.380/.377, 4 2B, 17 R, 16 RBI)

Sam Gates, Sr., CF, Donovan Catholic (.203/.352/.257, 4 2B, 11 R, 11 RBI, 11 SB)

Donnie Kirk, Sr., CF, Lacey (.300/.417/.380, 4 2B, 10 R, 8 RBI)

 

Class B South Rotation (with 2019 stats if available)

Nick Danbrowney, Sr., RHP, Barnegat (3-3, 3.33 ERA, 30.1 IP, 37 H, 15 BB, 30 K)

Jacob Bowles, Sr., RHP, Lacey (3-3, 1.69 ERA, 29 IP, 32 H, 14 BB, 20 K)

Nick Zarycki, Sr., RHP, Lacey (2-4, 3.35 ERA, 46 IP, 52 H, 12 BB, 29 K)

Logan Duffy, Jr., RHP, Manchester

Matt Colucci, Sr., RHP, Donovan Catholic (2-2, 1.81 ERA, 31 IP, 30 H, 19 BB, 21 K)

 

Class B South Breakouts

Brian Snowden, Jr., SS, Barnegat

Ryan Kulpa, Jr., RHP, Barnegat

Gavin Degnan, So., 3B, Donovan Catholic

Zaine Toneske, So., 1B, Jackson Liberty

Garrett Drew, Jr., SS, Jackson Liberty

R.J. Vashey, Jr., 3B, Jackson Liberty

Michael Todaro, Jr., SS/RHP, Lacey

Alex Ulrich, Sr., C, Pinelands

Zach Hill, Sr., CF, Point Boro

Eric Anilonis, So., LHP, Point Boro