SJV boys poised for a good spring

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Lancers should be an improved club this season BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer With a revamped starting lineup, the St. John Vianney High School baseball team takes to the field this afternoon against Raritan. The Lancers, 13-12 last spring, return just three starters — two of them pitchers. Hard-throwing Mark Vinci went 6-1 a year ago, while Chris Arrechi went 2-3. Both are seniors. Jesse Bartley and Matt Scarnati, also seniors, round out the pitching staff along with promising sophomore Ryan Doty. “Pitching is certainly our strength,” coach Barry Cook said. “We’re experienced and deep. Pitching needs good defense, and with a new starting lineup, that’s an area we’re concentrating on. I think that can be a strength once everything is settled, but we’re still moving people around” Second baseman Guy Palumbo is the Lancers’ top returning hitter, coming off a .395 season, with Arrechi, who plays third when not pitching, right behind at .390. Cook is also expecting solid offensive contributions from first baseman Bryan Ball and sophomore third baseman/DH Kevin Ruffler. Shortstop Steve Trapasso completes the infield. Bryan Georgiana is behind the plate, with Dan Intelli in reserve. Providing infield depth are Ryan Shelton and Chris Sommers, junior Brian Ronayne, and sophomore Sean McTigue. The outfield corps is comprised of Bartley, Scarnati, Peter Coyle, juniors Steve Borchard and Anthony Pavia, and sophomores Sean Cusick and Mike Urciuloi. The Lancers were scheduled to open last week, but games against Middletown South and Holmdel were postponed due to the weather. Following the Raritan game, SJV visits Monmouth Regional tomorrow before hosting Middletown South on Saturday. Lancers should bean improved clubthis season last_img read more