SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Tigers enter 2014 with high expectations and a heavy reliance on senior co-captains Aidan McDermott and Justin Marks.
McDermott last season was an All-Greater Middlesex Conference center fielder. McDermott has already signed a national letter of intent to play next year for St. John's University in New York. Marks, like McDermott, received All-Division Honors. He spent his junior season behind the plate for South Plainfield. That is a common spot for Marks, who has been the starting catcher for this age group for the past 10 years.
The Tigers pitching staff returns 58 total varsity innings out of 209 total innings pitched in 2013. Senior RHP Kyle Moroney's (4-2, 2.19 ERA) 22 Innings pitched leads the senior group. Junior RHP Kyle Dickerson's (1-0, 1.06 ERA) 20 Innings pitched leads the way for a strong junior class. The remainder of the team will be highly competitive, with senior RHP Joel Curran, senior LHP Sean Cullen, senior RHP Rob Eggert, junior LHP Brandon Rickert, junior RHP Vincent Pellegrino, and sophomore RHP Jake Alba, all of whom will be looking to pile up quality varsity innings.
Eggert is the only returning starting position player from last year’s infield lineup. Mike Polizzano, Bryan Gillen, Kyle Dickerson, Nick Polizzano and Chris Graves will be competing for a full-time starting position in the infield. L.J. Scarpitto is an excellent glove at first base, and appears to be anchoring a solid defensive infield. Both Nick Polizzano, a strong sophomore, and Brandon Rickert are expected to compete for first base playing time as well.
Other juniors that could find themselves competing for playing time include, outfielder Vincent Pellegrino, outfielder Sean Erhardt, outfielder Xavier Wilson, and C/OF Chris Marrero. Sophomore outfielder Jake Alba is expected to push these juniors for playing time.
South Plainfield schedule, GMC White Division, 2X Colonia/Woodbridge/JFK/Monroe/North Brunswick
GMC Conference Opponents: Middlesex, Edison, Sayreville, Metuchen, Spotswood, Perth Amboy
Non Conference: North Hunterdon, Westfield, Paramus, Montgomery, Immaculata, Jackson Memorial, Linden, Ridge
Returning Varsity Players:
-Aidan McDermott, Senior, OF
-Justin Marks, Senior, C
-Kyle Moroney, Senior, RHP
-Mike Polizzano, Senior, INF
-Rob Eggert, Senior, INF/RHP
-Kyle Dickerson, Junior, INF/RHP
-Sean Cullen, Senior, LHP
-Joel Curran, Senior, RHP
-Vincent Pellegrino, Junior, RHP/OF
-Chris Graves, Junior, INF/RHP
-Bryan Gillen, Junior, INF
-LJ Scarpitto, Junior INF
-Chris Marrero, Junior, C/OF
-Brandon Rickert, Junior, LHP
-Nick Polizzano, Sophomore, INF/RHP
-Jake Alba, Sophomore, RHP