MORRISTOWN, NJ —If there is one thing we learned from Frelinghuysen Middle School’s past season, it is this:
The talent well of Colonials baseball is not going dry any time soon.
While the Morristown High squad fell just short of a state title in Toms River this weekend, the FMS “Falcons” capped off an undefeated, 15-0 season.
This past Saturday, coach Bryan Manahan's youngsters captured their third straight Greater Morris County Middle School Tournament (GMCMST) crown at Parsippany Hills, by defeating future West Morris rivals Long Valley Middle School, 5-0.
“It feels great to coach such wonderful and talented student athletes who buy into our program,” said Manahan.  We ask our athletes to work hard every day and take a lot of pride in everything they do.  Fundamentals and positive relationships are the foundation of our program.”
Frelinghuysen pitcher Joe Pucek capped off an outstanding season, shutting out Long Valley on his way to an 8-0 season on the mound.
In the infield, Dean Fisher, James Patterson, Andrew Flores, RJ Martini, and Aidan Watson all played significant roles and saw many innings this year, while Justin Barrett, Jack Lukacs, and Pat Montfort divided innings in the outfield. Flores and Fisher both had RBI base hits in the title game for the Falcons.
Brother Thomas Montfort—who also had an RBI single in the title clash—caught a majority of innings this year, while Benson Liu often pitched games after Pucek.
The program had a total of 44 players this year, with 18 being selected for game day play. 14 of the 18 game day players were in 8th grade.
"The goal each year on the Frelinghuysen baseball team is to improve each day and be playing our best baseball at the end of the season", said Manahan.