MONTVILLE, NJ - The Mustangs are yet again off to a hot start this season, posting a 7-4 record through the first three weeks of the year. Playing in a extremely competitive United Division, Montville has their work cut out for them this year, as they face some of the best teams in all of New Jersey.
Day in and day out, these Mustangs are doing whatever they can to bring their school a state championship. However, the start to the season has been anything but ideal for this ball club. A cold stretch, lasting a good part of March into April, has kept the Stangs off the field and in the gym.
Head Coach Joe Cardinale said about the weather: “For us it was an advantage because we were a little more focused to do some things and work on some of the finer points of the game, and once we got on a field we were able to execute on those kinds of things.” Now with the long sleeves left in the locker room, the Mustangs look to crush the competition out on the turf.
From top to bottom, this Mustangs team has been dominant at the plate, beating up Division I arms game after game. Senior left fielder Connor Meytrott is batting .364 at the leadoff spot for the Mustangs, with Senior right fielder Matt McHale hitting .464 in the nine-hole. Within the lineup are a number of big bats, ready to do damage to anyone on the mound. Junior center fielder Matt Bettio has knocked two balls out of the park thus far, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon; he also has dominated on the mound for Montville this year, solidifying his role as the team ace with an ERA of 1.33. Senior shortstop Joe DelloStritto has also had a great impact on the team this year, both on and off the field.
As the leader of this team, DelloStritto said his role is “to just keep everyone together mentally because when we’re together, we’re hard to beat.” Along with his leadership in the locker room, DelloStritto is also batting .500 at the dish with 11 runs scored.
Togetherness is what drives this team to success. Coach Cardinale describes it saying “the biggest thing we have is our team chemistry and camaraderie and the way we all play together. Guys knowing that the other guys have each other’s backs, it just gives you a little bit of confidence knowing that. Everyone’s pulling for each other no matter what, and I believe that is definitely our number one attribute as a team.” With one goal in mind, this team will stop at nothing to be the best they can possibly be and take out any teams in their way.
The Mustangs’ start of the season has earned them the sixth seed in the Morris County Tournament, placing them against a tough Madison team in their first game. Senior Stephen Sesko will take the mound on Friday, April 27 for what should be an exciting game on the turf at Montville High School.
He said about the game, “I am definitely confident about the matchup on Friday against Madison, they’re a tough team. The experience I have, especially from last year, will complement my stuff to keep hitters off balance and vibe on my location. I know I’m not going to blow guys away with my velocity, but as far as changing speeds and mixing up locations I’ll be able to keep hitters off balance and keep them guessing at the plate.”
The season for Montville is just taking off, and Friday’s matchup could be the beginning of something great, something that this team will never forget. The Mustangs are here to play, and everyone around them is taking witness.