Matawan team hopes to improve with experience Matawan squad faces imposing B North schedule

Posted in mzibuqwe on May 31st, 2020

first_imgStaff Writer Matawan team hopes to improve with experience Matawan squad faces imposing B North schedule Defense and speed are the hallmarks of the Matawan Regional High School baseball team. The Huskies also have a good mix of senior leaders to go with several up and coming young players as they seek to best last spring’s 7-13 record. Tri-captains John Cherry, Mike Mairs and Tom Chomko are among coach John Kaye’s mainstays. Cherry is making the move to catcher after playing third base a year ago when he hit .260. Mairs, a pitcher, first baseman and catcher, batted .250 with 12 RBI last season and Chomko established himself as a good defensive outfielder. Other key seniors include second baseman/shortstop Kevin Bowerman, who hit .280 and stole 16 bases in as many tries, and is the team’s lead-off hitter and offensive catalyst; first baseman J.P. Adduchio and infielder Perry Medina. Junior Bryan Domenick will share the middle infield positions with Bowerman. Kaye also expects offense from junior outfielders Joe Granata and Chris Miele. Sophomores Chris Beccia (.280) and A.J. Roque (.240) should be more comfortable at the plate this year with a year of experience behind them. Sophomore first baseman Ian Karg can also hit. “We play on a big field so we’ll be looking to take advantage of our speed,” Kaye said. “We want to get on and be aggressive on the base paths. With Bowerman, Cherry, Chomko, Miele and Domenick, we have excellent team speed. We’ll be looking to take the extra base whenever we can to help manufacture runs.” Besides Miele, the Huskies will have a young pitching staff, as Beccia and Roque are the other two starters. “The key for our pitchers is to throw strikes,” Kaye said. “That sounds pretty basic, but we can’t afford to give up too many free passes. We also have the defense that can make the plays.” Thus far, Matawan has struggled, getting of to an 0-3 start, including a 12-3 loss in its Monmouth County Tournament first-round game against Monmouth Regional on Saturday. The Huskies play in the competitive Shore Conference Class B North, which is expected to be headed by solid teams from Ocean and St. John Vianney. Ocean is off to a fast 2-0 start, while Vianney was upset in its first-round SCT game by Howell, 5-4, on Saturday. Both Raritan and Red Bank Regional should also field solid squads, as will Red Bank Catholic and Long Branch. Matawan does not have any easy games on its schedule, and will have to play well to better last season’s mark. By Warren Rappleyea last_img

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