Baseball – 2021 Shore Conference Preview: Freehold Boro
There is some level of uncertainty woven into Freehold Boro’s inexperienced roster but the Colonials should have an easier time - even if only slightly so - figuring out some of their challenges in the Class B North division rather than in Class A North. While it is not as loaded from top to bottom as Class A North is, B North is no picnic and Freehold Boro will have a chance to prove itself with a mostly-inexperienced group as far as high school baseball goes.
The Colonials do have experience on the left side of the infield, which gives them a solid foundation for 2021. Mario Rivera is the returning shortstop and Dominic Grenata will be one of the division’s top hitters while manning the hot corner. Freehold also has an intriguing right side of the diamond, with junior Gio Sive at first base and freshman Aiden Rivera jumping in to play second in his first high-school year.
Junior Mike Kleschinsky takes over at catcher while it will be a group of seniors to start the season in the outfield and in the designated hitter slot. Liam Wiley, Spencer Hurley and Mike Gasparo make up the outfield from left to right and Chris Casale is a versatile senior who will get some DH at-bats.
Nick Terefenko is one of the juniors in the mix for at-bats as well, but his greatest value to the Colonials will be in the pitching rotation. Terefenko, Sive, Grenata, Wiley and the two Riveras will also factor into the picture on the mound, with junior Anthony Favorito and sophomore Aiden Denham two more arms to watch on a Freehold Boro team with real sleeper potential after grinding through the A North schedule in recent years.
Freehold Boro at a Glance
Head Coach: Jon Block, 30th season
Key Losses: Shaun Piotrowski (C/RHP), Sean Wodell (CF/RHP), Jackson Ballargeon (2B), Kyle Wenrich (RHP/1B), Ben Aiello (P/OF), Darius Glover (OF)
Around the Diamond (Returning 2019 starters in bold with available stats)
Catcher: Mike Kleschinsky, Jr.
First Base: Gio Sive, Jr.
Second Base: Aiden Rivera, Fr.
Shortstop: Mario Rivera, Sr.
Third Base: Dominic Grenata, Sr.
Leftfield: Liam Wiley, Sr.
Centerfield: Spencer Hurley, Sr.
Rightfield: Mike Gasparo, Sr.
DH: Chris Casale (Sr., C/INF/OF); Nick Terefenko (Jr., 3B)
Other Key Hitters
Connor Quinn (Sr., OF)
Anthony Favorito (Jr., OF)
Nick Terefenko, Jr., RHP
Gio Sive, Jr., LHP
Dominic Grenata, Sr., RHP
Anthony Favorito, Jr., LHP
Liam Wiley, Sr., RHP
Mario Rivera, Sr., RHP
Aiden Rivera, Fr., RHP
Aiden Denham, So., RHP
Mario Rivera – Belmont Abbey College