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2018-04-11 / Sports

St. Joe’s baseball looking to continue success

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI Reporter

The returning Georgetown Cup Champions will have quite a different look this season. The St. Joe’s baseball team graduated most of last year’s starters from their championship squad.

The team will have some solid starters from last year’s team back in Will Carlone, Nick Falbo, Alex Zulia and Ryan Sutherlan. Carlone will lead the pitching staff, which also includes Will Hearn, Elliot Widenor and Alex Depczynski. In all, there are 11 guys on the team who can throw, making for a deep staff.

“I think the depth on the mound is our greatest strength,” St. Joe’s coach Paul Nasca said. “We have 11 guys who can throw and they all saw time in Florida. That was the most successful part of our trip. Last year and the years before that were evidence that pitching matters more than hitting come playoff time. The staff is deep and strong. We’ve created and assembled a really good staff.”

The infield will be made up of Falbo, Sutherland, senior Justin Jenneve and some combination of Cade Bick, Mike Merell and Jackson Donoughe. The catcher position is not yet decided.

The outfield will be made up of returning All-Catholic selection Carlone, returning Monsignor Martin Player of the Year Zulia and then some combination of Vince Capolupo, Andrew Crane and Jake Riester.

Falbo, Carlone and Zulia all hit over .400 last season while Sutherland and Jenneve both have some power in the middle of the lineup.

“Falbo, Carlone and Zulia all had over .400 averages last season,” Nasca said. “Hopefully they can return to their stride this year. Sutherland and Jenneve both add additional pop in the middle of the lineup. Then there are some young guys who we’re going to look at for contributions as well.”

The Marauders have established themselves as a top program in the area after winning three Georgetown Cups in the past six years. They’ll look to continue down that path this season, as a new group aims to make its mark on the program.

“Our goals remain the same: we want to get better on a daily basis and compete for a championship,” Nasca said. “We have won three of the last six Georgetown Cups. We feel very comfortable in this position. We have been given another opportunity to win a championship. It will take a lot of hard work and a daily regimen. We need to get better every day if our ultimate goal is to win a championship.”

However, competition appears to be as tough as ever. St. Francis and Canisius both return a bunch of players. St. Mary’s also looks good after falling to St. Joe’s in the finals last year. The league is strong again, especially in the pitching department.

“St. Francis returns most of its roster from last year, which was already a really good team,” Nasca said. “We fully expect them to be as formidable as ever. Canisius returns a bunch of players who got a lot of playing time last year. The league has great depth. Timon got hurt a little bit by graduating some of their guys on the round. St. Mary’s returns a bunch of key guys from their march to the championship game last year. The league is every bit as strong as it always was. The depth of the pitching is tremendous.”

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