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Knights Look for Fourth Straight

WNEPBL Championship in 2015

 

After winning the WNEPBL championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Salisbury Knights took their first step towards their quest for a fourth consecutive title when they recently embarked on a six day spring training trip in Fort Pierce, Florida. During the trip, the varsity squad competed in five games against some of the top high school baseball programs in the country. The trip allows the team to escape the snow-covered fields of early spring in New England and prepare for the regular season slate of games that await them when they return.

Salisbury sees many key components return from last year’s championship squad, including starting pitcher Jacob Lamb ‘15 and third baseman George Hewitt ’15. Lamb threw seven shutout innings over two starts down in Florida this spring, including five in a win over Avon Old Farms. The University of Michigan bound Hewitt hit .385 while driving in five runs and made several impressive defensive players over the course of the week. Rich Gilbride ’16, Dante Latessa ’16, Colin Kane ‘16 and Ian Trenchard ’17 will combine to cover the middle infield positions for the Knights. Gilbride saw most of his action in Florida at shortstop, where he scored six runs in the five games in addition to his solid defensive play. Second baseman Latessa showed tremendous range in the field and that his bat is as strong as his glove, leading the team with a .467 batting average. Kane, who saw time at third base as well, showed that his speed on the bases and in the field could be an asset for the Knights. Trenchard is able to play both shortstop and second base, and delivered a key run scoring single in a comeback victory over Iona Prep. Ryland McNabb ‘16, in addition to his duties on mound, will also contribute in the infield for the Knights. McNabb can play third, shortstop and second base and also possesses a knack for getting the bat on the ball at the plate. At first base, the duo of Steve Passatempo ’15 and Chris Colao ’15 look to be formidable. Both possess good size and play solid defense while also contributing at the plate. Colao showed a keen eye and a knack for getting on base while Passatempo’s fierce swing helped him smash two doubles and drive in three runs on the trip. Behind the plate for the Knights will be Cody Pasic ’16 and Jack Speranzini ’16.  Despite both being newcomers to the team this year, each showed the ability to be able to handle the talented Knights’ pitching staff in addition to contributing with their bats. Pasic hit .462 on the trip and led the team in RBIs with six, while notching a big run scoring hit against Avon Old Farms.

In the outfield, Salisbury will utilize David Cahn ’15, Connor Perry ’15, Sam Brioso ’16, and Riley Hebert ’15. Cahn and Brioso are the two returning outfielders from last year. Cahn spent most of the trip patrolling left field for the Knights, and also contributed with the bat by scoring three runs and driving in two. Brioso, playing mostly right field, made several key defensive plays on the trip, and is one of the emotional leaders on the team. Perry and Hebert, in their first games for the Knights, quickly ingratiated themselves to their new teammates by making significant contributions in several victories. Hebert made one of the best plays on the trip by firing a laser throw from deep center field to gun down an Avon Old Farms runner at the plate. The speedster Perry stole two bases for the Knights and proved to be an asset on the basepaths.

On the mound, the Knights bring back several veterans to complement the influx of new talent. Besides Lamb, Andrew Guanci ’15 returns from the staff last year as well. On the trip Guanci struck out six batters over the course of two outings, including five in a scoreless three inning relief performance in the win versus Iona Prep. Among the quartet of new pitchers for the Knights are Giovanni Filippone ’16, Dan Riley ’15, Spencer Langdon ’16, and Dylan Sanchez ’18. Filippone showed excellent control on the mound, walking only two batters over the course of the trip. Riley, a tall right-handed pitcher, threw the second most innings on the trip with six and looks to be a major contributor to the staff this spring. Langdon was second on the staff with strikeouts, tallying seven, and showed good command of his fastball and off-speed pitches. Sanchez, the youngster of the group, earned a win on the trip and was impressive by only allowing two hits in four innings.

As the weather begins to get warmer and the flowers bloom, the local Salisbury nine are excited to get the regular season going. It should be another exciting season for the Knights and we hope to see you out supporting the team this spring!

Where are they now?

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

Name

Year

Matriculation

Will Toffey

2014

Vanderbilt University/ MLB Draft Choice NY Yankees

Austin DeCarr

2014

Clemson University/ MLB Draft Choice NY Yankees

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

Mason Koppens

2014

Northeastern University

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

Marist College

Kyle Musco

2012

Quinnipiac University

Patrick Argentina

2012

Newbury College

Oliver Powers

2012

Bryant University 

Alex Tuccio

2012

Siena College

Garrison Banas

2012

Bryant 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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