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Salisbury Baseball Eyes Regular Season after Spring Training in Florida

The Salisbury baseball program recently returned from Florida after a nine day spring training trip that saw the team compete against some of the premiere prep schools in the country in addition to some of the local area colleges. The annual trip for Salisbury baseball allowed the team an opportunity to get outside and away from the frigid temperatures that permeated the region in early and mid-March.

Optimism abounds for the varsity program this year, and one doesn’t need to look further than this year’s pitching staff to see why. Boasting the deepest staff in years, head coach John Toffey is excited about the possibilities. “This is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, pitching staff I have had during my time here at Salisbury. With six sixth formers on the staff, it is also one of the most experienced.” Returning from last year’s rotation is the quartet of Wills Montgomerie ’14, Jacob Lamb ’14, Scott Hovey ’14 and Jhonny Perez ’14. Montgomerie was dominant in his three spring outings, tossing ten innings, striking out 14, and only allowing six hits. Lamb was equally as impressive, striking out 18 on the trip in nine innings, while only allowing seven hits, including four hitless in an outing against Phillips Andover Academy. Hovey and Perez both were both outstanding contributors as well, with Hovey throwing three innings of one-hit ball against Bethany College and Perez tossing a complete game against Rollins College. Newcomers to the team are Austin DeCarr ’14 and Paul Campbell ’14, both hard-throwing righties committed to Clemson University. Combined they threw 15 innings in Florida, striking out 31 batters, and allowing only one earned run. Andrew Guanci ’15 will provide grit and determination on the mound for the Knights, as evidenced by his performance against Rollins College in which he allowed only three hits in four and a third innings of work.

The pitching staff will be handled by catchers Kyle Adams ’14, Ryan January ’16, Sam Brioso ’16 and Cody Goggins ’16. In addition to their work behind the plate, each contributed some offensive highlights as well. Adams led the team in Florida with 16 hits, while January was tied for the team lead in RBIs. Brioso, who also sees time at second base, might be the fastest runner of the group, as evidenced by his two steals in a game against Rollins. Fourth former Cody Goggins flashed his potential as well, garnering two hits in a game against Dexter.

The infield for the Knights sees the left side returning intact, with George Hewitt ’15 and Will Toffey ’14 at third base and shortstop respectively. Toffey provided stellar defense and a steady bat for the Knights while Hewitt provides the offense one of its power bats, as his monster triple off the outfield wall against Phillips Andover demonstrated. At second base, Dante Latessa ’15 is a base on balls machine who also possesses excellent range defensively. First base will be manned by the duo of Mike Wroth ’16 and Chris Colao ’15, both of whom provide big targets for infielders to throw to. Utility infielder Nick Kurty ’14, who can play any infield position, showed he can also help the team at the plate by providing numerous clutch hits on the trip. 

In the outfield, the Knights will look different from last year, with three new starters. In center is Mason Koppens ’14, who made several diving defensive plays, saving multiple runs and earning many congratulatory high fives from his pitchers.  Stephan White ’14, Zach Neary ’14, and David Cahn ’15, will all see playing time in the corner outfield positions. White possesses a quick bat and showed great range in the outfield in a game against Blair Academy. Neary and Cahn both showed promise, with Neary scoring a big run against Newark Academy and Cahn mashing a double off the left field wall in a game against Morris Catholic.

As the regular season now begins, Coach Toffey knows the Knights have greatly benefitted from the trip. “Getting the opportunity to spend nine days in Florida playing baseball was great for our guys. We were able to improve quite a bit in just these nine days, and I know it will serve as a great experience as we start our season up north. I am excited to get things going.”


Overview

Salisbury, CT – The Knights won their second consecutive WNEPBL crown with a 15-0 victory over visiting Suffield Academy. The team celebrated and piled onto each other in the infield after the last out was recorded, a culmination of a dominating weekend for the Knights which saw them score 35 runs total over two games.  Salisbury jumped on the board early, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the first inning, seven of them with two outs. Will Toffey ‘14 got the first two runs on the board when he tripled to right center field, scoring Lucas Amato ’13 and Tom Mahala ’13. After a couple of outs, the next seven Knights reached base safely. Both Tim Kensinger ’13 and Aaron Rodriguez ’13 had RBI singles to left while Toffey collected his second hit of the inning with an RBI single as well. Salisbury would then add another six runs in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a two-out, two RBI triple by Ryley MacEachern ’13, scoring both Amato and Toffey.

The Knights would not score again the rest of the day, but given the impressive performance of starting pitcher Jacob Lamb ’14, it would not matter. Lamb went wire to wire for Salisbury, allowing only three hits and striking out nine batters. The win was Lamb’s eighth of the year and his most impressive performance of the season.


 

Where are they now?

Recent Salisbury graduates and where they are continuing their academic/playing careers:

Name

Year

Matriculation

Will Toffey

2014

Vanderbilt University

Austin DeCarr

2014

Clemson University

Paul Campbell

2014

Clemson University

Kyle Adams

2014

University of Richmond

Stephen White

2014

Tufts University

Wills Montgomerie

2014

University of Connecticut

Scott Hovey

2014

UMASS-Amherst

Andrew Murnane

2014

University of Pennsylvania

Tim Graul

2013

University of Pennsylvania

Henry Milano

2013

Dickinson College

Thomas Mahala

2013

United States Naval Academy

Ryley MacEachern   

2013

Stony Brook/ MLB Draft Choice Philadelphia Phillies

Matt Pugh

2013

Tufts University

Aaron Rodriguez 

2013

Manhattan College

Alec Morrison

2013

College of the Holy Cross

Zachary Racusin

2012

Emory University

Kyle Musco

2012

Quinnipiac University

Patrick Argentina

2012

Newbury College

Oliver Powers

2012

Radford University

Alex Tuccio

2012

Siena College

Garrison Banas

2012

Stetson University

Patrick Mazeika

2012

Stetson University

William Shepley      

2012

UNC Wilmington

John Perri

2011

Fairfield University

James Lynch

2011

MLB Draft Choice LA Dodgers

Mike White

2011

University of Louisville 

Ben Clune

2011

Sewanee: The University of the South

Brookes Townsend   

2010

George Washington University

Brian Eggleston

2010

Stetson University

Adam Pratson

2009

High Point University

Hugh Osteen

2009

Sewanee: The University of the South

Anthony Hewitt

2008

Philadelphia Phillies | Vanderbilt University

Sean Cleary

2008

Babson College

Sean White

2008

Dickinson College

Nick DeSantis

2008

Johns Hopkins University

Chris Dwyer

2008

Kansas City Royals | Clemson University

Phil Blume

2008

St. Lawrence University

Alex LiDonni

2008

Trinity College

Tucker Nathans

2007

Fairfield University

Ryan Healy

2007

Amherst College

Colin McKelligan

2006

Union College  


History of The Program

Baseball at Salisbury pre-dates the School’s published records, but a team was active at least as early as 1904, making it the oldest interscholastic sport on the Hilltop. For many decades baseball was the only sport played in the spring. The 1905 squad played nine games, and by 1908 the School had grown large enough to field a JV team as well. A $500 donation from Mrs. Samuel Kelley allowed forgrading the baseball diamond, later known as Kelley Field. Ward House occupies the site today. Returning army veteran John Myers took over the reins of the team in 1919, a role he held for several decades. Salisbury recorded its first and second undefeated seasons in 1932 and 1933. Coach Hop Rudd assumed management duties in the late 1940s, and led the team to a Connatonic League Championship in 1959. The baseball squad enjoyed particular success in the first decade of the new century under coaches Dan Donato and Mark Leavitt, several times winning both the Connatonic League Championship and the Western New England Baseball League crown. John Toffey is currently in his fourth year at the helm leading the Knights to two WNEPBL Championships. 

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