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As we get ready to move out of a miserable March and into April, it is still up in the air whether or not there will be any sort of high school baseball in 2020. The college baseball season has already been canceled but the NJSIAA and programs all over the state are hoping to find time to play at least a partial season once the COVID-19 Pandemic is deemed manageable enough.

Should the 2020 High School Baseball season ever begin, it will feature some serious returning talent in the Shore Conference. In the coming weeks, we will give you a look at some of the players and teams that were positioned to make noise this spring and, perhaps, could still do so as the calendar gets closer to summer.

The quickest way to verify the quantity and quality due back at the Shore this season is with a quick browse through last year's All-Shore and All-Division teams. A total of 15 players were named to the Shore Sports Network All-Shore Team - five each on the first, second and third teams. The five winners of the All-Shore Final Vote were all underclassmen as well, making 20 of the 50 recognized players - 40 percent of the 2019 All-Shore Team - eligible to play in 2020.

The Coaches' All-Division teams get even more players into the mix, including four players named Hitter of the Year and three named Pitcher of the Year. Let's have a look at the players we are currently missing out on watching but will hopefully get to see in some capacity sooner rather than later.

 

2019 Shore Sports Network All-Shore Team Returning Players

First Team

Teddy Sharkey, Sr., CF/RHP, Wall – Emerged as Wall’s No. 2 starter (6-0, 0.80 ERA, 68 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings) behind two-time Pitcher of the Year Trey Dombroski. Put up big numbers at the plate (.391/.542/.598) as well for the Group III champion Crimson Knights. Flipped his college commitment from Florida State to Coastal Carolina.

Wall junior Teddy Sharkey. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

 

Rocko Brzezniak, So., SS, St. John Vianney – An eye-popping freshman season puts Brzezniak in position to have one of the best careers ever by a Shore Conference hitter. Committed to play at Louisville before his freshman year, he then hit went out and hit .508 with seven homers and a .952 slugging percentage.

St. John Vianney sophomore Rocko Brzezniak (right) celebrates a home run vs. Donovan Catholic. (Photo by Matt Manley)

 

Nick Guzzi, Sr., RHP/3B, Point Pleasant Boro – Capped remarkable season with a gutty performance in the Group II championship game – Guzzi’s only loss in a 9-1 season. With 84 strikeouts and a 1.23 ERA in 62 2/3 innings, the St. John’s commit likely would have been the Pitcher of the Year if not for the magnificent Dombroski.

Point Boro junior Nick Guzzi. Photo by Paula Lopez)

 

Shane Panzini, Jr., RHP/LF, Red Bank Catholic – Stock continues to rise after making the leap to All-Shore status as a sophomore, when Panzini went 7-2 with a 0.66 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 53 innings. Has since committed to Virginia and was invited to MLB’s Prospect Development Pipeline Showcase in Santa Clara, Ca.

Red Bank Catholic sophomore Shane Panzini. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

 

Pat Reilly, Sr., RHP/1B, Christian Brothers Academy – Started last year committed to Northeastern despite no varsity innings to his name and ended the summer as a First-Team All-Shore pitcher committed to pitching factory Vanderbilt. While last year was indeed a breakout (7-0, 0.67 ERA, 67 strikeouts in 42 innings), the 6-5 right-hander with a 96 mile-per-hour fastball is just getting started.

CBA junior Pat Reilly. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

 

 

Second Team

Carmine Petosa, Sr., 1B, Jackson Memorial – Wake Forest commit broke out as a junior, hitting .410 with five homers and a .754 slugging percentage.

Ryan Lasko, Sr., CF, Jackson Memorial – A prized recruit for Rutgers, Lasko showed athleticism in centerfield and on the basepaths while discovering his power stroke at the plate (.380, eight doubles, seven homers, 33 RBI and 14 stolen bases).

Chris Lotito, Sr., CF/RHP, Middletown South – The Seton Hall commit became one of the Shore’s best all-around players – middle-of-the-order hitter, speedy centerfielder and top starting pitcher – on a Middletown South team that surprised by winning the A North title.

John Gannon, Sr., C, Neptune – Shared the B North Co-hitter of the Year with Brzezniak and finished tied fourth in the Shore with 33 RBI an eighth with a .778 slugging percentage. Committed to St. Thomas Aquinas.

Matt Potok, Jr., RHP, Jackson Memorial – Committed to Coastal Carolina after delivering 34 dominant innings as a sophomore, which included a 0.62 ERA, 33 strikeouts and only three walks.

 

Third Team

Shane Hickey, Sr., 3B/RHP, Jackson Liberty – Stepped up as Jackson Liberty’s most dependable starting pitcher and was his usual, steady self at the plate (.353, 10 doubles, 22 RBI).

John Foreman, Sr., CF, Manasquan – Flew under-the-radar (did not make the coaches’ all-division team) with .414 average to go with six doubles, a homer and 19 RBI while playing centerfield for the No. 8 team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10.

Rob Mannino, Sr., C, Colts Neck – Athletic backstop was limited to DH duties during the season and took to it nicely with 10 extra-base hits and a triple-slash line of .368/.538/.632.

Kevin Schoenberer, Sr., RHP, Ocean – The ace of the No. 10 team at the Shore and Dominican College commit posted a 6-1 record with a 1.14 ERA in 49 innings.

Nick Beetel, Jr., LHP, Jackson Memorial – The Lehigh commit is already a two-time All-Shore selection after posting a 1.18 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings and hopes to have a chance to make it three in a row.

 

Final Vote Winners

Ryan Goodall, Sr., C, Toms River East – TCNJ commit came on strong during Toms River East’s run to the South Jersey Group III semifinals.

Will Hopkinson, Sr., SS, Manasquan – If the season ever starts, Manasquan’s current leadoff man will be a four-year starter at shortstop with a state title already under his belt.

Ramon Fontanes, Sr., CF, Marlboro – Stepped up during Marlboro’s run to the Central Group IV semifinals and has put up impressive numbers in each of the past two years.

Matt Santos, Sr., RHP/1B, Toms River East – Delivered on the mound and at the plate for Toms River East in two thrilling state tournament wins.

Ryan Sekman, Jr., LHP, St. John Vianney – The Lancers Southpaw took over as the Vianney ace during his sophomore year and hit his stride at the end of last season.

 

Coaches’ All-Division Selections

Class A North

First Team

Tom Giudice, Jr., 1B/3B/OF, Manalapan

Chris O’Connor, Sr., 3B, Middletown South

Tommy Talbot, Sr., CF, Howell**

Ramon Fontanes, Sr., CF, Marlboro

Danny Minze, Sr., RHP/RF, Middletown South**

Chris Lotito, Sr., CF/RHP, Middletown South

Pat Reilly, Sr., RHP/1B, Christian Brothers Academy

Zach Gorman, Jr., RHP/OF, Freehold Twp.

 

**- Co-Hitter of the Year

 

Class A Central

Cody Fleischer, Sr., C, Shore

Alex Galvan, Sr., 1B/RHP, Manasquan

Jack Scrivanic, Sr., 1B, Red Bank Catholic

Andrew Schmid, Jr., SS, Rumson-Fair Haven

Thomas Elgrim, Jr., CF, Rumson-Fair Haven

Shane Panzini, Jr., RHP, Red Bank Catholic*

John Nimeth, Sr., RHP, Red Bank Catholic

 

*- Pitcher of the Year

 

Class A South

Tom Cartnick, Sr., C, Jackson Memorial

Carmine Petosa, Sr., 1B, Jackson Memorial

Christian Pellone, Sr., 2B, Jackson Memorial

Max Cala, Jr., OF, Brick Memorial

Ryan Lasko, Sr., OF, Jackson Memorial

Robert Jeans, Sr., OF/RHP, Toms River North

Matt Potok, Jr., RHP, Jackson Memorial*

Nick Beetel, Sr., LHP, Jackson Memorial

 

*- Pitcher of the Year

 

Class B North

John Gannon, Sr., C, Neptune**

Dan Cowles, Sr., 1B, Colts Neck

Rocko Brzezniak, So., SS, St. John Vianney**

Teddy Sharkey, Sr., OF/RHP, Wall

Jay Kalieta, Sr., CF, Matawan

Jay Bant, Jr., DH, Wall

Rob Mannino, Sr., DH, Colts Neck

Kevin Schoenberger, Sr., RHP, Ocean

 

**- Co-Hitter of the Year

 

Class B Central

David Terra-Nova, Jr., C, Point Pleasant Beach

Alec Glenn, Jr., 1B, Point Pleasant Beach

Sean Turner, Sr., SS/RHP, Mater Dei Prep

Phil Trebour, Jr., SS/RHP, Point Pleasant Beach

Brett Wehringer, So., SS/RHP, Ranney

Charlie Chropuvka, Jr., CF, Ranney

Hunter Alia, Jr., CF, Point Pleasant Beach

Pete Gorman, Sr., 2B/OF, Mater Dei Prep

Will Baranello, Sr., LHP/OF, Point Pleasant Beach

Patrick Mastro, Sr., RHP/CF, Mater Dei Prep

Matt Van Brunt, Jr., RHP/2B, Point Pleasant Beach

 

Class B South

Shane Hickey, Sr., 3B/RHP, Jackson Liberty

Nick Zbikowski, Sr., 2B/SS, Point Pleasant Boro

James Johns, Sr., CF/LHP, Manchester

Liam Leonard, Sr., OF, Donovan Catholic

Ryan Jasaitis, Sr., C, Point Pleasant Boro

Nick Guzzi, Sr., RHP/3B, Point Pleasant Boro*

Nick Chiappisi, Sr., RHP/3B, Manchester

 

*- Pitcher of the Year