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Monmouth County will be home to six host sites in the first round of pool play in the Last Dance World Series, presented by RWJ Barnabas Health, which begins on Tuesday. All but one of the 24 teams playing at those sites will be teams based out of Monmouth County and the host team is the top seed in three of the six.

One quirk within the pool alignment is that Wall has a team in the tournament but will not be playing at the site in North Wall. That stems from Wall's late entry into the tournament, which involved the Knights taking Manasquan's spot in the Lincroft Regional.

Another late scheduling move was the securing of Hockhockson Park to be the site of the Freehold Regional. With fields in Freehold hard to come by, that pool will be played in nearby Tinton Falls.

Below is a look at each of the six pools, with a list of players from the spring preview who are not playing and others not included in the spring preview who will be on the Last Dance rosters. You can go back and read the previews on each team by following the accompanying links.

Lincroft Regional (At CBA)

Lincroft Colts (Christian Brothers Academy)

Class A North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 2

Lost: None

Add: Robert Beam (Sr., P), Dan Chun (Sr., 3B), Ethan Diamond (Sr., C), Peter Falconite (Sr., 2B), Henry Escandon (Jr., P), Jack Greenspan (Jr., OF), Joe Figliolino (So., C), Jack Norkus (So., P), Nick Harnisch (Fr., P), Anthony DeJohn (Fr., P), Luke Rossesano (Fr., P), Matt DiFeo (Fr., P)

CBA’s seniors were itching to make a run at chasing championships this past spring and will be similarly ambitious over the next one-to-three weeks with the talent on their side during the Last Dance. Pat Reilly and Braedin Hunt are the headliners on the pitching staff, but there is also talent lower on the depth chart that should come in handy if the Colts can make it to Thursday’s play-in game for the round of 16. The offense was not spectacular last year, but the defense up the middle will be strong and those players – Jason Arnott, Mason Wolf, Ben Settino and Declan Hoverter – plus Reilly and Hunt have the makings of a dangerous heart-of-the-order with a year to grow as hitters.

 

Wall Knights

Class B North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 7

Lost: Teddy Sharkey (Sr., CF/RHP), Sean Nocera (Sr., OF), Sean Brannon (Sr., OF), Brett Palmer (Sr., 1B), Jack Campi (Jr., P/OF)

Add: Max Kaplan (Jr.), Ryan Lasko (Jr.), Matt Vita (Jr.), James Bertrand (Jr.), Bobby Leete (Jr.), Nick Colbert (So.), Ryan O’Neill (So.), Jackson Coan (So.), Jake Layton (So.), Derek Baksh

With Manasquan pulling out of the Last Dance, a group of players from Wall will jump into the open spot. It’s hard to come up with a more even tradeoff considering Wall was the No. 7 team in the Shore Sports Network preseason rankings and Manasquan was No. 8. Like Manasquan would have been without ace and top hitter Alex Galvan, Wall will not have Coastal-Carolina-bound two-way star Teddy Sharkey, as well as fellow senior starter Sean Nocera. This week will offer an opportunity to see Wall’s next wave of talent in action against good competition, as well as give seniors Matt Croson, Fredo DiPaola and Shane O’Neill one last run of games.

 

EB Bears (East Brunswick)

While Marty Kenney Jr. took over the CBA program last fall, his brother, Chris, has been in charge of a strong East Brunswick program out of Middlesex County. This year’s version of the Bears was set to rely on returning ace D.J. McGuinness and senior battery-mate Jay Bartus and if Chris Kenny can maximize what McGuinness has in his right arm over the first two days, East Brunswick has a chance to make it out of Monmouth County with a chance to play next week.

 

Prep Baseball (Mater Dei Prep)

Class B Central Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Vernon Morris

Add: None

The defending Class B Central champions got an awfully tough draw for their quasi-season. With Wall replacing Manasquan, the Prep Baseball squad is now in a group with the defending Monmouth County Tournament champion (CBA), the defending Group III champion and No. 1 team in the final 2019 SSN Top 10 (Wall) and a formidable Group IV program (East Brunswick). Still, this week is a chance for a senior-heavy group (10 of the 13 players on the Last Dance roster graduated in 2020) to take the field one last time against some high-level competition.

 

Impact Arms

Pat Reilly, RHP, CBA Colts

Braedin Hunt, RHP, CBA Colts

Declan Hoverter, RHP, CBA Colts

D.J. McGuinness, RHP, EB Bears

Patrick Mastro, RHP, Prep Baseball

 

Impact Bats

Mason Wolf, C, CBA Colts

Jason Arnott, SS, CBA Colts

Ben Settino, CF, CBA Colts

Braedin Hunt, 1B/OF, CBA Colts

Jay Bant, 3B, Wall Twp.

Andrew Fischer, INF, Wall Twp.

Nick LoVarco, OF, Wall Twp.

Jay Bartus, C, EB Bears

Sean Turner, Prep Baseball

 

X-Factors on the Mound

Jack Frankovic and Colin Reilly, CBA Colts

Jay Bant and Jerry Winchester, Wall

Brian Bellantoni, EB Bears

Ashton Mejias, Prep Baseball

 

Freehold Regional (At Hockhockson Park, Tinton Falls)

Columbia Blue (Freehold Township)

Class A North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 12

Lost: Connor Morie (Jr., 2B)

Add: None

The core of Freehold Township’s 2020 team was going to be its promising junior class, but a handful of 2020 graduates will have a chance to shine for at least one more week while those juniors get to lay the groundwork for whatever season might transpire in 2021. Jarrett Urban was a senior poised for a big finale to his career after winning a starting job during his junior season and this week is a deserved opportunity for him and his classmates to make a memory before moving on to the fall. With junior Zach Gorman leading what should be a deep collection of arms, they may last beyond this week.

 

Blue and Gold (Marlboro)

Class A North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 16

Lost: Mark Capell (Jr., 3B/OF)

Add: Harvey Levitt, Shawn McNiff, Andrew Bellone, Viraj Patel, Mike Kansky, Dilin Mehaj, Jason Giordano

Like Freehold Township, Marlboro has a lot to be excited about looking ahead to 2021 but its seniors would also like a nice sendoff after losing their 2020 season. Ramon Fontanes has been one of the Shore’s top offensive outfielders over the past two seasons while classmate Josh Schleifman emerged as the staff ace in 2019 for a team that reached the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals. The Blue and Gold will miss a quality all-around player in Mark Capell, but can navigate around the absence with some good players sprinkled throughout the depth chart.

 

Monmouth Dogfish (Freehold Boro)

Class A North Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Darius Glover (Sr., OF), Ben Aiello (Jr., OF)

Add: Anthony Favorito (So.)

Freehold Boro’s four returning seniors came into March hungry to lead their Colonials squad to a rebound season after they won only five games in 2019. Sean Wodell, Sean Piatrowski, Jackson Ballargeon and Kyle Wenrich will try to make some noise against a pool that includes a pair of local rivals in teams from Freehold Township and Marlboro. There is some experience among the rest of the young roster and getting quality innings out of an untested pitching staff will be a key to this week for the Dogfish.

 

Middletown North

Class B North Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Dom Scerbo (Jr., OF/RHP), Tyler Sharkey (Jr., UTIL), Jack Costigan (Sr., OF), Matt Maguire (Sr., 3B), Richie Wall (Sr., OF), Frank Salesi (Jr., INF/C), Guissepe Salandro (Jr., INF/C), Jaden Ascolese (So., P/INF)

Add: Ryan Fairhurst (So.), Alec Hirsch (So.), R.J. Kernan (Fr.), Aidan Sheehan (So.), Karl Strauch (So.), Michael Weinbel (So.), Matt Adamson (So.), Connor Clark (So.), Nick Palmadesso (So.), Colby McMahon (Fr.)

Sticking with the theme of teams set up nicely for 2021, Middletown North has plenty of returning talent to take to battle next spring. For now, though, this will be a team that could potentially be a surprise survivor after the first two days. Senior Ryan Rozinski leads a group of six seniors who would like to prime the young core for a big 2021 by getting Thursday with a chance to advance. Junior Danny Frontera is the kind of pitcher that could be a factor in a more conventional tournament but in this format, the rest of the staff will have to come up with some big innings for Middletown North to advance.

 

Impact Arms

Zach Gorman, RHP, Columbia Blue

Josh Schleifman, RHP, Blue and Gold

Dan Frontera, RHP, Middletown North

Luke Mulhern, LHP, Columbia Blue

Kyle Wenrich, RHP, Monmouth Dogfish

 

Impact Bats

Jarrett Urban, OF, Columbia Blue

Chris Corchado, 1B, Columbia Blue

Ramon Fontanes, RF, Blue and Gold

Julian Buchman, CF, Blue and Gold

Sean Wodell, CF, Monmouth Dogfish

Sean Piatrowski, C, Monmouth Dogfish

Andrew Lombardi, C, Middletown North

Ryan Rozinski, CF, Middletown North

Danny Frontera, SS, Middletown North

 

X-Factors on the Mound

Jarrett Urban and Alec Schwartz, Columbia Blue

Jack McNiff and David Vignapiano, Marlboro

Mario Rivera and Giovanni Sive, Monmouth Dogfish

Ryan Rozinski and Colin Dowlen, Middletown North

 

Red Bank Regional (At Count Basie Park)

RBC (Red Bank Catholic)

Class A Central Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 4

Lost: Anthony Boriello (Jr., OF), Mark Lurie (Sr., OF), Evan Mottola (Sr., RHP)

Add: Frank Scrivanic, Andrew Gonzalez, Robert Lamastra, Shane Andrus

The road to next week is laid-out nicely for RBC, which has a deep-but-untested pitching staff behind ace and Virginia commit Shane Panzini. The junior right-hander won’t be available until later in the week and RBC should have the horses to make it that far and ready to unleash Panzini on the winner of the Belmar Regional. Even without football standout Anthony Boriello playing centerfield, senior sluggers Jack Scrivanic, Rob Gonzalez, Chris Sparber and Jared Terefenko give the Caseys enough firepower to back up the pitching staff.

 

Bucs Baseball (Red Bank)

Class B North Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Nick Ferrogine (Jr., RHP), Ed Devine (Jr., 1B/P), Dan Lopez (Jr., INF), Cole Armond (Sr., INF/P)

Add: Gus Dal Pra, Jack Glassberg, Jackson Stoll

The Last Dance could be a springboard for the Bucs into 2021, when they will be a senior-heavy team with some experience after most of the group played as sophomores in 2019. One of those juniors is pitcher Nick Ferrogine, who will be preparing for football during the Last Dance. That will be a big hit to the pitching staff, which will lean more on seniors Max Stamer, Jack McCabe and Jack Pallante. They are part of a nine-man senior group that would love nothing more than to earn a shot at crosstown rival RBC and turn the tournament upside-down with an upset.

 

Neptune

Class B North Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: None

Add: Zach Atzman (Sr.), Luke Dafeldecker (So.), Quincy Esannason (Fr.), Joe Juiliano (Fr.), Brennan Moloughney (Fr.), Connor Moloughney (Sr.), Kevin O’Neil (Fr.), Nick Quagliato (Fr.), Jack Tinik (Fr.)

Neptune coach Kevin Frederick was excited to see how some of the young talent would perform this spring before the shutout, but the core of the Fliers was set to be its senior trio of John Gannon, Rocco Richard and Jett Tinik. Those three are on board for this week’s action, but it will be a pitching staff led by juniors Brian Young, Andre Harris and Ryan Cole that needs to come up big by backing up a potent offense.

 

Long Branch Green Wave

Class A North Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Patrick O’Dwyer (Sr., 1B/P)

Add: Christian Covert, Evan Pellott, William Reyes, Shawn Rodriguez, John Welsh

Long Branch has a pair of senior mainstays in Ivan Navarro and Ryan Wolff to whom the team would like to provide a nice sendoff with a competitive week. Ultimately, this will be more about giving the Green Wave’s group of young, up-and-coming players a chance to compete against at least two quality teams – the first of which will be an RBC team that likely would have ranked among the state’s top 20 teams to open the season.

 

Impact Arms

Shane Panzini, RHP, RBC Baseball

Tyler Birnbaum, RHP, RBC Baseball

Brayden Kiel, RHP, RBC Baseball

Brian Young, LHP, Neptune

Max Stamer, LHP, Bucs Baseball

 

Impact Bats

Rob Gonzalez, 3B, RBC Baseball

Jack Scrivanic, 1B, RBC Baseball

Chris Sparber, C, RBC Baseball

Shane Panzini, OF, RBC Baseball

John Gannon, C, Neptune

Rocco Richard, SS, Neptune

Jett Tinik, CF, Neptune

Andrew Glauber, 2B, Bucs Baseball

Sean O’Mara, SS, Bucs Baseball

 

X-Factors on the Mound

Jared Terefenko and Alex Stanyek, RBC Baseball

Jack McCabe and Jack Pallante, Bucs Baseball

Andre Harris and Ryan Cole, Neptune

Ivan Navarro and Ryan Wolff, Long Branch

 

 

Belmar Regional (At St. Rose Complex)

RBI Baseball (St. John Vianney)

Class B North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 10

Lost: John Higgins (Sr., OF), Ryan DiPede (Sr., OF)

Add: Brady Oswick, J.P Glick, Aiden Cody, Nick Loumokas, Jayden Figueroa, Dylan Galamb, Dan Afflito, Tristen Delaney, Robert Smith

St. John Vianney likely would have relied on mostly juniors and sophomores for a significant portion of its production in the spring of 2020, but seniors like outfielder Dominic Cerniglia and pitchers Ryan Chin and Robert Lehan would have been key contributors. They will get their chance to go out on a high-note as the Belmar Regional favorite – a status the RBI Baseball squad has thanks to a lineup led by Louisville commit Rocko Brzezniak and staff led by ace left-hander Ryan Sekman.

 

Blue and Grey (Howell)

Class A North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 14

Lost: None

Add: None

Howell’s teams have been known to mash and watching the Blue and Grey put up some crooked numbers this week would be no surprise. As reliable as the lineup, led by senior outfielder and reigning A North Hitter of the Year Tommy Talbot, should be, the pitching staff has a lot of promise. Junior Chris Elison emerged as a burgeoning ace in 2019, classmate Vin Impresa showed promise as well, and senior left-handers Jake Lenardo and Max Friedeman offer a tough look from the other side of the rubber.

 

Monmouth Regional Falcons

Class A Central Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Marc Taylor, Brett Minto, Luke Cushing, Dan Waddleton, Tyler Keefer, Evan Schade

Add: None

Monmouth’s six seniors will lead an otherwise-young roster into the Last Dance Tournament with plenty to prove off an up-and-down 2019 season in which the Falcons relied heavily on a group of 2019 graduates. Alex Alonso, Mike Bateman and Nick Bogan are the returning seniors who will try to lead the way while junior Brian Yadlon will be a junior hitter to watch in the bracket, as will junior pitcher Dom Santaniello.

 

St. Rose

Class A Central Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Lucas Farrell (So., 1B/P)

Add: Joe Lomerson (Fr., 3B/P) Thomas Clays (So., P/OF) Jules Conte (Jr., SS/C) Nate Jennings (Jr., OF/1B) Thomas Schmidt (So., P) Chris Tallarico (So., P/OF)

Last year was a rebuilding year for St. Rose and this spring would have required the Purple Roses to replace some more senior production. St. Rose’s Last Dance team will have just about all of its players from the 2020 high-school roster, which would have only featured one senior in catcher Nolan Dacey. The rest of the summer squad will be due back in 2021 and this week is a chance to put their offseason work to the test and set the stage for next spring.

 

Impact Arms

Ryan Sekman, LHP, RBI Baseball

Chris Ellison, RHP, Blue and Grey

Ryan Chin, RHP, RBI Baseball

Jake Lenardo, LHP, Blue and Grey

Dom Santaniello, RHP, Monmouth

 

Impact Bats

Rocko Brzezniak, SS, RBI Baseball

Jacob Ramirez, C, RBI Baseball

Matteo Pasculli, 3B, RBI Baseball

Tommy Talbot, CF, Blue and Grey

Vin Impresa, INF, Blue and Grey

Antonio Gatti, OF, Blue and Grey

Brian Yadlon, 1B, Monmouth

Alex Alonso, SS, Monmouth

Tom Turnbach, 1B, St. Rose

 

X-Factors on the Mound

Evan Pollack and Robert Lehan, RBI Baseball

Vin Impresa and Max Friedeman, Blue and Grey

Alex Alonso, Monmouth

Tom Turnbach, St. Rose

 

Wall Twp. Regional (North Wall Little League)

MS Baseball (Middletown South)

Class A North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 5

Lost: None

Add: Mike Mirro (So.), Will Jagerburger (So.), Steve Boguszewski (So.), Joe Bartos (So.), Peter Costanza (So.), Ben Cacoilo (So.)

There are programs with bigger names and longer state tournament resumes playing for the South Jersey title in the Last Dance World Series, but MS Baseball and its collection of talent from Middletown South should be considered one of the section’s legitimate contenders. They are likely to start at least seven seniors in the field – three of whom were all-division players in Class A North last year – and will have one of the South’s deeper pitching staffs. Middletown South and prior coach Ryan Spillane masterfully strung games together on the mound using multiple pitchers last year so there is an effective blueprint in place for new coach Chris LeMore, especially considering how many arms his team has.

 

Cougar Baseball (Colts Neck)

Class B North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 18

Lost: Rob Mannino (Sr., C/DH), Justin Coppola (Sr., RHP/OF), Cameron Knipp (Jr., OF), Nick Kowaleski (Sr.)

Add: Anthony Buzzetta (Sr.), Nick Carrell (So.), Dave Cohen (So.), Anthony D’Avanzo (So.), Tyler Garito (So.), Ben Goldman (Jr.), Blaze Masterson (So.), Brad Salamone (So.), Aiden Schauer (So.), Gianluca Varile (So.), Mike Villani (Sr.), Nick Villani (Jr.)

Colts Neck has been no stranger to playing spoiler over the past several years and this Cougar Baseball squad could play that same role toward pool favorite Middletown South. The conditions in which to do it, however, will be difficult, with arguably the team’s top hitter and top pitcher from 2019 not participating. Rob Mannino was an All-Shore hitter for Colts Neck in 2019 and Justin Coppola was its leader in innings on the mound. Starting catcher Joe Cilea and left-hander Anthony Gubitosi – both sophomores – also won’t be available until the second week of the tournament. That will put more on the shoulders of pitchers Chase Masterson and Christian Rice, as well as slugging first baseman Dan Cowles and sophomore shortstop Collin Kratzer, if Colts Neck’s squad is going to get through a challenging pool.

 

Holmdel Hornets

Class A Central Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: None

Add: James Hanley, Mike McConnell, Alex Price, John Spallin

With just three seniors on the team, Holmdel is looking to give its junior nucleus a chance to build some cohesion and chemistry during this Last Dance World Series. Some of those returning juniors have track records based on last year while a couple others – Jason Sparkes and Andrew Woodward – are promising talents who lost 2019 to injury. Outfielders Sal Marzano, Nick Ammirati and Mike Lobifaro are the three seniors and should see the field a lot this week, while the juniors lead the way on the infield and on the mound, with left-hander Jake Umans heading up the staff.

 

Jersey Shore Monsters (Shore Regional)

Class A Central Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Shane McLaughlin (Jr., OF), Trevor Crochet (Jr., INF/P)

Add: Jack Martucci (Jr.), Mark Iurie (Fr.)

With plenty of seniors to lead the way, Shore Regional’s entry into the Last Dance will be one of the better bottom seeds taking the field on Tuesday. Catcher Cody Fleisher and shortstop Christian Bauman were all-division-caliber players as juniors and are part of a group of 11 seniors who will make up the heart of the Jersey Shore Monsters. Two key juniors won’t be playing, including Harvard football commit Shane McLaughlin, but junior Tyler Tilton will be an x-factor on the mound for a Monsters pitching staff that doesn’t have a whole lot of experience and proven success on the high-school mound on its roster.

 

Impact Arms

Chris Lotito, RHP, MS Baseball

Danny Minze, RHP, MS Baseball

Ben Schild, RHP, MS Baseball

Chase Masterson, LHP, Cougar Baseball

Jake Umans, LHP, Holmdel

 

Impact Bats

Chris O’Connor, SS, MS Baseball

Chris Lotito, CF, MS Baseball

Danny Minze, RF, MS Baseball

Anthony Esposito, C, MS Baseball

Joe Stanzione, 1B, MS Baseball

Jack Sheridan, 2B, MS Baseball

Rob Mannino, C/DH, Cougar Baseball

Dan Cowles, 1B, Cougar Baseball

Collin Kratzer, SS, Cougar Baseball

Cody Fleischer, C, Jersey Shore Monsters

Christian Bauman, SS, Jersey Shore Monsters

 

X-Factors on the Mound

Jack Shea and Dan Keenan, MS Baseball

Christian Rice, Cougars Baseball

Andrew Woodward, Holmdel

Tyler Tilton, Jersey Shore Monsters

 

Ocean Twp. Regional (At Ocean Twp. High School)

OT Baseball (Ocean)

Class B North Preview

SSN Top 20, No. 11

Lost: C.J. Anderson, Cord Birzin, Ryan Cook, Pat Demarco, Steven Gambino, Jack Giglio, Jack Hough, Elijah Huey, Justin Irving, Alex Koenig, Collin Latzsch, Luke Marino, Grady Stefankiewicz, Aaron Tretsky, Alejandro Villaraga

Add: None

While a lot of players from Ocean’s expansive March roster won’t be playing this week, all of the key cogs for the Spartans of the spring will also be part of the Last Dance. Ocean brought back half of its four-man pitching staff from 2019 and those two holdovers – senior Kevin Schoenberger and Nick Callano – will be the point-men for what promises to remain a deep, capable staff. Callano will also be a key cog in the lineup as well as in centerfield. Cole Kelly, Brian Yatcilla, Kevin D’Auria, Nick Scheider and Jack Fisher will be the experienced seniors steering the ship and with a talented, cohesive team that did plenty to keep itself sharp during the lost spring, OT Baseball has a chance to make a run into week two.

 

RFH Bulldogs (Rumson-Fair Haven)

Class A Central Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Mike Amendola (So., LHP), Charlie Jones (So., RHP), Liam Murphy (So., INF)

Add: Max Nicholson (Sr.), Shane Schechter (Jr.), Jack Bennedetto (Jr.), Mason Muscarello (Jr.), Tucker Reinhard (Jr.), Owen Sullivan (So.), Andrew Ferjentsik (So.), Frank D’Aponte (So.), Jack Sullivan (So.), Owen Kenney (Fr.), Spencer Hobson (Fr.), Reece Maroney (Fr.), Roman Sakele (Fr.), John Goodes (Fr.), Griffin Sherman (Fr.), Cal Champeau (Fr.), David Hendrickson (Fr.), Jack Campbell (Fr.)

With only one senior projected for the starting lineup, Rumson would have been an intriguing team to follow in 2020 and will certainly be the same in 2021 with so much talent set to return. This week, the RFH Dawgs will try to show they are ready to arrive, even without a pair of key sophomores on the mound in Mike Amendola and Charlie Jones. Two-way talent and left-handed ace Kevin Shanes is still on board to lead the staff and RFH has some up-the-middle talent to stabilize the rest of the game. Shortstop Andrew Schmid and center fielder Thomas Elgrim were big bats for the Bulldogs last year and will be potential game-breakers this week.

 

Hazlet Renegades (Raritan)

Class A Central Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Doug Chudzik (Sr., INF/P)

Add: John Bachmann (Jr.), Kai Kruk (Jr.), John Rivera (So.), Joe Campanella (So.), Alex Dekis (So.), Dan Calicari (Fr.), Giancarlo Lamberti (Fr.)

Just two years removed from reaching the Group II championship game, Raritan was hoping to start putting the pieces together on another title push in 2020. This version of the Rockets – which will go as the Renegades during the Last Dance – will look more like some of the Raritan teams of old in that they will look to win games by mashing at the plate. The pitching will be a bit of a question, with only Logan Waltz returning with a significant amount of varsity innings, but the lineup has a chance to be very good, led by seniors Dan Fiore and D.J. Dekis.

 

Matawan

Class B North Preview

Beyond the SSN Top 20

Lost: Nick Trapani (Sr., 3B), John Buekers (Sr., RHP), Carlos Zeno (Sr., RHP)

Add: Joey Bodin, Tyler Bull, Rob Cortopassi, Aidan Holman, Jack Lacovara

Losing 2020 was a crushing blow for Matawan – a team led by seniors throughout its projected starting lineup. While three of those seniors won’t be a part of this week’s Last Dance, most of them will get a chance to close their careers by showing what they could have done during a normal high-school season. Centerfielder Jay Kalieta, catcher Griffin Falco, shortstop Ben Poricelli and second baseman Christian Rivera are a solid senior core up the middle and juniors Tim Egan and Mike Caldon lead the pitching staff for an experienced Matawan team that has a real chance to steal the show in this pool.

 

Impact Arms

Kevin Schoenberger, RHP, OT Baseball

Nick Callano, RHP, OT Baseball

Kevin Shanes, LHP, RFH Dawgs

Tim Egan, LHP, Matawan

Michael Amendola, LHP, RFH Dawgs

 

Impact Bats

Cole Kelly, 1B, OT Baseball

Nick Callano, CF, OT Baseball

Kevin Novobilsky, 3B, OT Baseball

Andrew Schmid, SS, RFH Dawgs

Thomas Elgrim, CF, RFH Dawgs

Kevin Shanes, OF, RFH Dawgs

Dan Fiore, CF, Hazlet Renegades

D.J. Dekis, 1B, Hazlet Renegades

Jay Kalieta, CF, Matawan

Griffin Falco, C, Matawan

 

X-Factors on the Mound

Mark Schell and Lucky Perrotto, OT Baseball

Charlie Jones, RFH Dawgs

Logan Waltz and Chris Gonzalez, Hazlet Renegades

Mike Caldon and R.J. Clifton, Matawan