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Varsity Baseball Preview
The 2016 edition of the Salisbury varsity baseball team returns two starters from last year’s line-up that went 13-3 and captured the Western New England Prep Championship: catcher/centerfielder as well as team captain Sammy Brioso ’16 and pitcher Spencer Langdon ’16. Brioso and Langdon are joined by four other members of Head Coach Xander Jones’ 2015 roster: pitcher Ethan Hougie ’17, infielder Ryland McNabb ’16, pitcher/infielder Dylan Sanchez ’18, and catcher/1st baseman Jack Speranzini ’16.
Certainly it is a game group, but that does not hide the fact that this year’s team will have to over-achieve to match the extraordinary success of recent years’ teams. “With sixteen departures from last year’s WNEPBL Champions,” Coach Jones commented recently to a fan, “Salisbury will field a young-but-talented group this season. We will,” he promised, “be tough to play against. Our recent week-long trip to Florida pitted us against Worcester Academy, Buckingham-Browne and Nichols, and Deerfield – excellent tests for the upcoming season.”
Some of the new talent Jones will turn to include outfielder/catcher Dylan Castaneda ’19, out of Jamaica, NY, where he played for the Boys’ Club; utility man Adam Colangelo ’18, who moves up from the Pine Plains (NY) j.v.; 1st baseman/designated hitter Anthony Labriola ’16, a p.g from Pelham, NY; pitcher/infielder Theo McDowell ’18, a former member of the South Burlington (VT) H.S. team as well as a veteran of American Legion and Babe Ruth play; and infielder Cam Meyer ’17, who last year played for Newton (MA) South.
Coach Jones and Assistant Coaches Duane Estes and Sean Milano anticipate a highly competitive season, with a number of teams contending for the Western New England title, including talented squads at Berkshire, Brunswick, Canterbury, Cheshire, and Suffield.
Where are they now?
Recent Salisbury graduates and where they are continuing their academic/playing careers:
David Cahn, University of Richmond
Chris Colao, Colby College
Riley Hebert , University of Illinois – Chicago
Jacob Lamb, University of Richmond
George Hewitt, University of Michigan
Will Toffey, Vanderbilt University/ MLB Draft Choice NY Yankees
Austin DeCarr, Clemson University/ MLB Draft Choice NY Yankees
Paul Campbell, Clemson University
Kyle Adams, University of Richmond
Stephen White, Tufts University
Wills Montgomerie, University of Connecticut
Scott Hovey, UMASS-Amherst
Andrew Murnane, University of Pennsylvania
Mason Koppens, Northeastern University
Tim Graul, University of Pennsylvania
Henry Milano, Dickinson College
Thomas Mahala, United States Naval Academy
Ryley MacEachern, Stony Brook/ MLB Draft Choice Miami Marlins
Matt Pugh, Tufts University
Christopher Ramos, Southern Connecticut State University
Aaron Rodriguez, Manhattan College
Alec Morrison, College of the Holy Cross
Zachary Racusin, Marist College
Kyle Musco, Quinnipiac University
Patrick Argentina, Newbury College
Oliver Powers, Bryant University
Alex Tuccio, Siena College
Garrison Banas, Bryant University
Patrick Mazeika, Stetson University/ MLB Draft Choice NY Mets
William Shepley , UNC Wilmington/ MLB Draft Choice Baltimore Orioles
John Perri, Fairfield University
James Lynch, MLB Draft Choice Toronto Blue Jays
Mike White, University of Louisville
Ben Clune, Sewanee: The University of the South
Brookes Townsend, George Washington University
Brian Eggleston, Stetson University
Adam Pratson, High Point University
Hugh Osteen, Sewanee: The University of the South
Anthony Hewitt, Philadelphia Phillies / Vanderbilt University
Sean Cleary, Babson College
Sean White, Dickinson College
Nick DeSantis, Johns Hopkins University
Chris Dwyer, Kansas City Royals / Clemson University
Phil Blume, St. Lawrence University
Alex LiDonni, Trinity College
Tucker Nathans, Fairfield University
Ryan Healy, Amherst College
Colin McKelligan, 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.