WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge baseball program honored three senior members of its high school baseball team with pre- and post-game ceremonies prior to playing Ramsey on Thursday evening at Wood-Ridge High School in Wood-Ridge.
The Ramsey squad defeated Wood-Ridge 7-4.
Before the game, baseball coach Mike Carcich honored seniors Noah Leone, Joey Rose and Liam Winslow. The public address announcer read a statement from Carcich about each player as they were introduced before the game, as they posed with family members and were presented with gifts by the team.
Noah Leone - – Noah came out for baseball for the first time last year as a junior and had a few at bats and was a pinch runner last season on Varsity. Noah worked hard in the off-season with his older brother Lucas to make an impact on this year’s team. Noah was an infielder but his greatest attribute was his ability to put the bat on the ball in different situations. If I remember correctly, he was one of the finalists last year when we played the hit and run game. In addition, he was a fundamentally sound bunter. Anyone that knows me, knows I like to play small ball so Noah would have had plenty of opportunities to help our team this season.
Joey Rose - Joey was one of our defensive specialist last season and played LF a good portion of the time. He also had a big squeeze, RBI in our win over Ridgefield. When he wasn’t in the outfield, he was our main courtesy and pinch runner on Varsity. This season, I’m pretty Joey would have started as one of our outfielders. He is fundamentally sound, has great speed, and a strong arm. Playing on a turf field, you need outfielders that can cover ground and Joey was one of them. In addition, Joey would have helped with his speed on the base paths. Anytime he would have been on base, I would have given him the steal sign at some point.
Liam Winslow - Liam was a four year-starter for us. The last two years he was our starting short-stop, leadoff, and the ace of our pitching staff. His sophomore year he was awarded the MVP of the team and most likely would have had another MVP type of season this year. There is no doubt in my mind that Liam is the best utility player that I have ever coached in 17 years. He can and has played every position on the field, and he takes pride in that. Liam also would have finished with the most hits in Wood-Ridge history since I took over.
Bottom line, we don’t have as much success as we’ve had the last 4 years, or win an outright league championship without Liam Winslow. Liam will continue his baseball career at Rutgers Newark this fall.
The Devils batted the three seniors 1-2-3, and Winslow started the game on the mound, pitching three innings, allowing one run, while striking out five.
Post-game, the Wood-Ridge players lined the third base line, while each senior individually circled the bases for a final home run trot to the applause of those who remained after the game.
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