Baseball: Main Line high school baseball previews

Posted by stoga webmaster on Apr 07 2014 at 05:11AM PDT

Posted: 04/02/2014 10:24:01 AM EDT

Barrack Hebrew Academy

Head coach: Justin Cooper, first year (also spent seven years as head coach at Doane Academy).

Last year’s record: 10-6 overall, 5-3 Penn Jersey League (runnerup).

Key returnees: senior C Jack Kolansky, senior 3B Robbie Rosen, senior SS/P Josh Radack, senior 2B Alex Bierig, senior OF Shawn Martin, junior OF Joel Belfor, sophomore SS David Gordon.

Others to watch: senior OF Ben Bernstein, senior OF Aden Ohayon, sophomore OF/P Sam Turk Tolub.

Outlook: Cooper said, "We can definitely hit the ball and have great speed on the bases. The key will be making routine plays in the field. We should be competitive in every ball game if we keep errors to a minimum and if our pitchers can throw strikes.’


Head coach: John Vogan.

Last year’s record: 14-7.

Key returnees: senior OF Andrew Born, senior OF Steven Born, senior OF Max Dolente, senior SS Tom Richter, senior OF Austin Shirley, senior C/3B Andrew Turner, senior P Kyle Stefanic, senior P Jake Bufo, junior P Drew Jackson, junior P Brendon Little.

Others to watch: junior SS/2B Ryne Ogren, senior 2B/SS Sam Regan, senior 3B Jack Balabon, senior P/3B Will Coggins, senior C Adam Holz, senior 3B Chris Macgibbon, senior C/OF/P John Miller, senior 3B Brandon Ruffenach, senior 2B Andrew Smith, senior SS/2B/OF Alex Gagne, senior C Andrew Marlino, sophomore 3B/P Tim Miller.

Lost to graduation: Jordan Little, Riley Pritchett, Colin Bassett, Pat Toomey, Brian Tucker.

Outlook: Vogan said, "We went through a lot of growing pains last year, but this season the players are working hard, confident and can’t wait to get started. The Central League is as good as it has ever been and you have to come ready to play every game. We have a lot of starters back from last year, and that experience should be a huge plus for us this year.’

Episcopal Academy

Head coach: Mike Hickey, 12th year (first at EA).

Last year’s record: 8-13.

Key returnees: senior RHP Russell Rhoads, senior RHP Adam Seibert.

Others to watch: sophomore 2B/SS AJ Lotsis, junior C Austin Morgan, junior RHP Kevin Henriksen, freshman LHP Cam Van Hoorbeke.

Lost to graduation: Doug Trimble (University of Delaware), Anthony Peretti (Mount St. Mary’s).

Outlook: Hickey said, "Our strength looks to be pitching. We’re young offensively and in the field, but should hold our own in the very competitive Inter-Ac.’

Friends’ Central

Head coach: Jon Rubin, first year.Last year’s record: 16-10 overall, 12-0 Friends Schools League.Key returnees: Senior SS/P and returning co-captain Bryan Rubin (will be playing at Emory University next season), senior OF/P and returning co-captain Hayden Gruber (will be playing at Tufts. University next season), senior P/DH Charles Bears, senior 1B/P Jerome Allen, senior CF Nick Harris, senior 2B Lou Schlessinger, junior OF Ardon Fryer, sophomore 3B Joey Lawall.Others to watch: senior C Will Ayres, junior C Elias Stevenson.Lost to graduation: P/IF Aaron Ross, C Danny Rogers.Outlook: Friends’ Central has eight returning starters from a successful 2013 campaign. Rubin, Fryer, Harris, Gruber and Bears received All-Main Line honors last season. The team enters this season with a solid pitching rotation and strong lineup. Ayres and Stevenson will compete for the starting catching position.


Head coach: Scott Kurzinsky, eighth year.

Last year’s record: 11-9 overall, 7-9 Central League.

Key returnees: senior P Corey Neel, senior OF Andre Pendleton, senior OF Jake Rosenberg.

Others to watch: senior P Max Bershad, junior INF/P Tristin Kevitch. junior INF/P Jessie Bregman.

Lost to graduation: 1B/P Zack Nevile.

Outlook: Kurzinsky said, "Our biggest strength should be senior leadership, with 11 seniors on the team. We should be able to put runs up [on the scoreboard] and play solid defense.’

Haverford High

Head coach: Paul Bogosian, 28th year.

Last year’s record: 7-13 overall, 5-11 Central League.

Key returnees: Senior P/OF James McWilliams, senior P/IF Darren Nardo, senior OF Mike Sardella, senior IF Aidan White.

Others to watch: junior IF Tom Leonard, junior IF Kevin Maloney, junior P Ryan McCormick, junior P Scott McKenna, junior C Mark Sammartino, senior OF Jim Sharkey, junior OF Connor Toof.

Lost to graduation: Tom Carey, Matt Morella (pitcher for St. Joseph’s University), Joe Sardella.

Outlook: Bogosian said, "Our offense looks to be very strong, our defense the same. Pitching depth will be our key to our success.’

Lower Merion

Head coach: John Hyman, 11th year.

Last year’s record: 1-15.

Key returnees: junior 2B Ben Salzer, junior P/OF Jordi Avalos, junior P/OF/IF Zach Yodh.

Lost to graduation: Matt Wasson, Geoff Warrington.

Outlook: Hyman said, "We have experience returning at pitcher so that should be a strong point. We are still fielding a young team as far as varsity experience at all defensive positions.’

Malvern Prep

Head coach: Freddy Hilliard, fifth year.

Last year’s record: 27-9 overall, 9-1 InterAc.

Key returnees: senior SS Matt Maul, senior RHP Gardner Nutter, senior 1B/DH Dan Grandieri, senior closer Tony Gruenling, junior RHP/OF Chris Butera, junior 3B Mark Gentilotti, junior LHP Brendan Inglis, junior RHP.

Others to watch: junior LHP/1B/OF Tim Quinn, junior C Clay Koniencki, junior OF Parker Abate, freshman C/RHP Shane Muntz, junior RHP Shane Metzger.

Lost to graduation: SS Joe Poduslenko (Seton Hall), C Stephen Robinson (Penn State), C/RHP Billy Ford (West Chester University), OF Brian Giacchino.

Outlook: Hilliard said, "We have a good core of players returning, led by Matt Maul, Chris Butera, Gardner Nutter, Mark Gentilotti, and Dan Grandieri, along with some young talent rising through from our JV system that we are excited about. Inglis, Gruenling, and Hegarty return to an already experienced staff and the addition of Tim Quinn and Shane Metzger gives us great depth.

“Three of our top pitchers return from last year’s team, and we feel like we have more depth on the mound going into the 2014 season. Replacing Poduslenko, Robinson, and Giacchino will not be easy from an offensive standpoint, but we hope to stay competitive behind a very good defense and a disciplined offensive approach that features a very balanced group of hitters and mix of speed and power.

“Our league should be improved and overall more competitive than it was last year. Our players should know this, and that every team will be coming after us even harder trying to knock us from the top. We hope to compete for a fourth straight league title, but we know that our league is very good, our non-league schedule is the one of the toughest in the state, and it will take a lot of hard work and commitment to stay successful.’


Head coach: Mark Jordan, seventh year (third at Radnor).

Last year’s record: 13-9 overall, 10-6 Central League, won at Cheltenham in AAAA district playoff, lost at Strath Haven.

Key returnees: senior 1B Josh Katz, senior C/P Terrance Quinn, senior IF Tom Austen, senior OF Ben Cohen, junior P/IF Sean Corelli, sophomore OF Connor Wilson.

Others to watch: junior IF Mike Lanzone, junior IF/P Garrett McGurl, junior OF John Lord, sophomore P/OF Andrew Austen.

Lost to graduation: Ellis Schaefer ( Wesleyan), Adam Erkis (Vassar) Billy Greenfield (Furman)

Outlook: Jordan said, "Radnor has a solid defense and good overall team speed. Though we graduated our two starting pitchers and shortstop from last year’s playoff team, we have some capable arms ready to take their turns. Sean Corelli, Garrett McGurl, Andrew Austen, Terrance Quinn, sophomore Justin DiCarlo and senior Zach Shapiro will all get time on the mound. Last year’s top three hitters for average return in Corelli, Wilson and Tom Austen. [Our young team] will improve as it makes its way through the difficult Central League.’