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While most of the programs in the state enter the 2021 season anxious to see what rosters full of first-time varsity players can do, Rumson-Fair Haven is a unique position. The Bulldogs have a slew of players with varsity experience, but are lacking experience at one very important position: head coach. Owen Stewart will finally manage his first game this spring and it will be with a roster that has both talent and seasoning.

Shortstop Andrew Schmid headlines Rumson’s proven lineup after all-division-caliber seasons as both a freshman and a sophomore. Centerfielder Thomas Elgrim is another senior all-division player in the middle of the diamond and he will be flanked by two more quality athletes and hitters in junior Brian Doherty and senior Dylan Sakele.

Rumson-Fair Haven senior Andrew Schmid. (Photo by Matt Manley)

Doherty play more outfield this season, opening up third base for junior Charlie Tallman, who played some second base as a freshman. Across the diamond, junior Matt Rigby is a big bat at first base. Liam Murphy and Reece Moroney are the candidates for the second base job and the winner of the position battle will likely be one of only two first-time starters in the opening-day lineup.

The Bulldogs have a one-two punch of experience and young talent at catcher, with senior Hank Hyduke the returning starter and sophomore Owen Kenney one of the Shore’s top underclass backstops. Both are starting caliber players who could start at other positions – a good problem for Stewart to have in his first year.

Rumson-Fair Haven senior Thomas Elgrim. (Photo by Matt Manley)

There is enough talent on hand to allow the junior one-two punch of right-hander Charlie Jones and left-hander Mike Amendola to focus on pitching. Amendola had an impressive freshman season and Jones has honed his craft since pitching to mixed results as a freshman with promising stuff. Sophomores Jackson Hinchcliffe and John Goodes will be contributors and Sakele is a good mound option as well, with the junior duo setting the tone at the top of the rotation.

Rumson-Fair Haven junior Brian Doherty. (Photo by Matt Manley)

Rumson-Fair Haven at a Glance

Head Coach: Owen Stewart, first season
Key Losses: Kevin Shanes (LHP/OF)

Around the Diamond (Returning 2019 starters in bold with available stats)

Catcher: Hank Hyduke, Sr., Owen Kenney, So.

First Base: Matt Rigby, Jr. (.339/.439/.393, 3 2B, 9 R, 7 RBI)

Second Base: Liam Murphy, Jr.; Reece Moroney, So.

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

Third Base: Charlie Tallman, Jr.

Leftfield: Brian Doherty, Jr. (.296/.441/.352, 3 2B, 10 R, 4 RBI)

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

Rightfield: Dylan Sakele, Sr.

DH: Jonathan Bruno (Jr., OF)

Other Key Hitters

Jack Bennedetto (Sr., OF)

Dylan Herman (Sr., OF)

Mason Muscarello (Sr., OF)

Shane Schecter (Sr., 1B)

Nico Calabretta (Jr., INF)

Andrew Ferjentsik (Jr., OF/INF)

Owen Sullivan (Jr., C/INF)

Pitching Staff

Charlie Jones, Jr., RHP

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

Jackson Hinchliffe, So., RHP

John Goodes, So., RHP

Dylan Sakele, Jr., RHP

Nick Ferrara, Sr., RHP

Brian Doherty, Jr., RHP

Charlie Tallman, Jr., RHP

Tucker Reinhard, Sr., RHP

Mason Muscarello, Sr., RHP

 

College Commitments

Andrew Schmid – Monmouth University

Thomas Elgrim – Stockton University

Dylan Sakele – Stockton University

Charlie Jones – William & Mary