MADISON, NJ -- After spending the last five years at Synder Ave. Park in Berkley Heights, the Pilots will now be playing their ball games at Doc Young Field located on the campus of Drew University. Sunday doubleheaders will start at 1 p.m. while weekday games will start at 5 p.m.
In addition to the change of field, there is a new manager leading the team this summer. With previous manager Aaron Kalb making the transition to working in the front office full-time, Zac Dreher has taken over as manager for the team. Dreher has coaching experience at Western Conneticut State University and Elms College. He played on the baseball team at Elms from 2011-2014 and was All-Conference in 2013 and 2014.
“I was really looking for an opportunity to get back involved with the college game,” Dreher said. “I have been in love with the game since I started playing it. I really want to take it to the next level. I am really excited to be here and get going for the summer.”
Dreher is hoping to lead the Pilots to their first ACBL championship since 2004.
“The goal every year is to win the championship,” Dreher said. “I hope we put ourselves in a position to make the playoffs, play hard and play the right way.”
Returning from last year’s team are pitchers Mike Gibbons (Lehigh) and Tyler Poulin (County College of Morris and position players Lukas DeRenzi (Villanova) and Colby Smith (Elizabethtown).
“We have a great group of guys this summer,” Dreher said. “It seems like al these guys are in it to put this team in a great spot to win. There is talent from all divisions: Division I, II and III.”
In addition to the returning Pilots, there are many notable names playing with the Pilots this summer, including Shayne Fontana (County College of Morris), Eddie Lehr (Babson), Brett Lubreski (NJIT), Nick Polizzano (Kean) and Ryan Toohers (Villanova).
The Pilots will also be doing many outreach events throughout the season, including a Father’s Day Flapjack Breakfast and the Jersey Pilots Baseball Camp. There will be two sessions for the camp, one from July 5-7 at Drew University and one from July 10-13 at Blair Academy. Kalb will run both camps with help from Pilots coaches and players.