Baseball – 2021 Shore Conference Preview: Red Bank
Red Bank’s baseball team looked poised for a big jump forward in 2020 and although that chance was lost – not only in the spring but when the team had to withdraw from the Last Dance World Series on the day of the opening round – this upcoming season still presents the Bucs with a golden opportunity considering what they have back.
The senior quartet of Sean O’Mara, Andrew Glauber, Nick Ferrogine and Aidan Keale made a solid collective contribution as sophomores and are ready to lead in 2021. O’Mara is a standout athlete who has played shortstop and will occupy centerfield this season with sophomore Jackson Hyman taking over at short. Glauber can play both second and third base and is likely to settle in at third with junior Gus Del Pra in the mix at the keystone.
Keale and Ferrogine will join O’Mara in the outfield and Ferrogine will combine with Glauber to top the starting rotation on the mound. Ferrogine is a three-sport standout (football and basketball) and was Red Bank’s best pitcher in 2019 as a sophomore.
The Bucs also get a boost from a senior at catcher, where C.J. Paolino returns after missing nearly his sophomore year due to injury. With some varsity time as a freshman on his resume, Paolino brings some stability back to the ever-important position.
Ed Devine is another senior bat in the lineup and Matt Keegan will see some innings on the mound as a senior as well. Nate Ruth, meanwhile, is a sophomore who could split the first-base-DH duties with Devine, as well as join classmates Hyman and Greyson Sandos as young arms to help the pitching staff.
Junior Cole Armond could very well be an x-factor as a starting pitcher behind Ferrogine and Glauber and if that trio can continue to pass the baton to one another throughout the season, Red Bank has the skill in the field and at the plate to become a much bigger factor in the Shore Conference landscape.
Red Bank at a Glance
Head Coach: Nick Tucker, seventh season
Key Losses: Max Stamer (LHP/OF), Jack McCabe (RHP/3B), Joe Pallante (OF/RHP), Ryan Lahey (C), Kyle Weisman (RHP/INF), Doug Scales (RHP), Ryan McBride (1B)
Around the Diamond (Returning 2019 starters in bold with available stats)
Catcher: C.J. Paolino, Sr.
First Base: Ed Devine, Sr.; Nate Ruth, So.
Second Base: Gus Del Pra, Jr.; Andrew Glauber, Sr.
Shortstop: Jackson Hyman, So.; Sean O’Mara, Sr.
Third Base: Andrew Glauber, Sr. (.281/.423/.368, 5 2B, 6 R, 9 RBI); Cole Armond, Jr.
Leftfield: Aidan Keale, Sr. (.278/.409/.333, 2 2B, 12 R, 6 RBI); Matt Keegan, Sr.
Centerfield: Sean O’Mara, Sr. (.273/.364/.348, 2 2B, 1 HR, 9 R, 9 RBI)
Rightfield: Nick Ferrogine, Sr.
DH: Nate Ruth, So.
Other Key Hitters
Dan Jurek (Sr., OF)
Dan Lopez (Sr., INF)
Ethan Cornish (Sr.)
Brenton Schweers (Sr.)
Jack Glassberg (Jr.)
Nick Ferrogine, Sr., RHP (3-4, 3.60 ERA, 35 IP, 27 H, 16 BB, 33 K)
Andrew Glauber, Sr., RHP
Cole Armond, Jr., RHP
Matt Keegan, Sr., RHP
Nate Ruth, So., LHP
Jackson Hyman, So., RHP
Greyson Sandoz, So., RHP
Jack Glassberg, Jr., RHP
Sean O’Mara – Catholic University
Andrew Glauber – Belmont Abbey College