Sports

South Plainfield Baseball Team Hands Out Hardware at Annual Dinner

PISCATAWAY - The South Plainfield High School varsity baseball team wrapped up their 2017 season on Wednesday, June 14th during the team’s annual dinner and award ceremony. The event was held at Piscataway’s Spain Inn and was attended by players, coaches and family members from the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels at SPHS. The event was put on by the team’s Parents’ Association.

Head Coach Anthony Guida kicked off the evening with an introduction and a series of remarks about the season that brought the team all the way to the Central Jersey Group 2 sectional final. Senior captain Jared Marks delivered an invocation, and then a video presentation featuring photos and videos from throughout the season was viewed.

After dinner, freshman team Head Coach Steve Weiczorek introduced his team one by one and gave out awards. He was followed by junior varsity Head Coach Mike Stallone, who did the same before an emotional farewell message to the entire South Plainfield baseball community. Stallone is entering the next chapter of his life and will not stay on to coach next year after about two decades of playing and coaching in his hometown.

Sign Up for E-News

Then the main event came. Guida and Assistant Coach Mike Battista introduced each player on the varsity level and handed out letters, pins and a series of awards.

Left fielder Connor Adams went home the big winner, grabbing team MVP honors. Adams was also recognized for earning a spot on the GMC All-Conference and All-White Division teams in addition to gaining entry into the 40 Hit Club after his 45 hit campaign (good enough to move him into third place in SPHS history for hits in a season). Adams, at .506, had the third highest batting average in one season in school history, and was the first player to hold an average of .500 or better since Chris Stallone batted .519 in 2006.

Senior co-captain Jean Sapini took home the award for Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season. Sapini finished the year with a 1.69 ERA and 6-2 record in nine appearances on the mound. He threw five complete games and struck out 71 batters in only 58 innings. He completed his high school career with a 13-4 record and 144 strikeouts in three varsity seasons.

Jared Marks was the runaway choice for Defensive Player of the Year. The other senior co-captain never made an error in 188 chances as catcher. He had 21 assists and nearly played every inning of every game behind the plate (Niko Vasquez caught four innings in a loss at Montgomery on April 13). Both Sapini and Marks were selected to play in the GMC senior all star game.

Guida made some news during the dinner by naming shortstop Mike Stanczak and first baseman/pitcher Billy Keane captains for the 2018 season. Keane was awarded Comeback Player of the Year after turning in a fantastic season offensively and defensively and overcoming an injury in 2016 that could have ended his baseball career.

Second baseman/pitcher Roberto Gonzalez narrowly beat out Mikey Marrero and Chris Shine for Rookie of the Year, and Ricky Pellegrino was the recipient of the Coach Bill Mosca Award.

The night ended with a 50/50 raffle drawing and a presentation of gifts to the senior players, followed by a gift presentation by the players to Coach Battista who is preparing with his wife to have twins.

“It’s a night to celebrate the players. It’s a night to recognize the season, and when you step back and you watch the video, and you get a couple pictures of the kids when they were little, you realize it’s just a game,” Guida said while taking in the evening.

“I think it’s a great night and it’s amazing that we’re able to continue to do this every single year. The parents do a tremendous job, you know, and when we have successful seasons it’s just very gratifying that we have a great community here in South Plainfield that we’re able to do something like this every year and just celebrate the season. Even if it’s a bad season, just celebrate, and we honor the seniors and honor each player, we recognize them. It’s really nice, a beautiful night,” Guida said.

***

Complete List of Varsity Awards:

All-GMC White Division: Billy Keane, Jean Sapini, Jared Marks, Chris Shine, Connor Adams, and Mike Stanczak

All Conference: Connor Adams

GMC Senior All Star Game: Jean Sapini, Jared Marks

GMC Underclassman All Star Game: Connor Adams, Billy Keane, Chris Shine

30 Hit Club: Dylan O’Connor (30), Billy Keane (31)

40 Hit Club: Connor Adams (45)

Team MVP: Connor Adams

Rookie of the Year: Roberto Gonzalez

Defensive Player of the Year: Jared Marks

Pitcher of the Year: Jean Sapini

Coach Mosca Award: Ricky Pellegrino

Comeback Player of the Year: Billy Keane

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week: Nancy Tran Girls’ Volleyball Setter

The South Plainfield Girls’ Volleyball Team is always looking to compete against the best teams.  The Lady Tigers are continually improving as the season progresses while facing these tougher teams.  Last week the Girls’ Volleyball team shocked GMC Red Division opponent Perth Amboy.  The Panthers defeated the Lady Tigers twice in the preseason.  This was not the ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield – Christine M. (Dahms) Sanbeg, 73, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 at ...
Read more
South Plainfield – Louis Schuman, Jr., 81, died early Monday morning, October 2, 2017 at ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Letter from Former Councilman Rusnak

October 19, 2017

Dear Editor,

As a former three term Councilman I know first hand the work and commitment it takes to serve the residents of the borough. I've watched Councilwoman Christine Faustini and Councilman Derryck White do just that. A lot of promises are made during the election season but often very few are kept. Faustini and White have kept their promises. Councilwoman Faustini's ...

Roberto Sayers, Democratic Candidate for South Plainfield Borough Council

October 23, 2017

(Editor’s Note: This year, two at-large seats are up for grabs on the South Plainfield Borough Council. Democrats Roberto Sayers and Cassie Capparelli are running against Republican incumbents Christine Faustini and Derryck White. Council terms are three years and Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, Nov. 7.)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Roberto Sayers is seeking election to the South ...

Derryck White, Republican Candidate for South Plainfield Borough Council

October 23, 2017

(Editor’s Note: This year, two at-large seats are up for grabs on the South Plainfield Borough Council. Democrats Roberto Sayers and Cassie Capparelli are running against Republican incumbents Christine Faustini and Derryck White. Council terms are three years and Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, Nov. 7.)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Republican candidate Derryck White, a resident since ...

Community Happenings

Cobra Baseball Tryouts Begin October 24 in South Plainfield

October 19, 2017

2018 Spring/Summer Tryouts for Cobras Baseball start Tuesday, October 24th for 14/15U at SPJBC located at 1140 Lorraine Avenue in South Plainfield.  According the their flyer, "they offer a competitive program at a competitive price.  We have little overhead costs which keeo our price affordable for you."

To become a Cobra the tryout dates are as follows -

Tuesday, ...

October is a Busy Month at South Plainfield Senior Center

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - October, with its glorious crisp air and flame colored leaves, is always an exciting time of year. At the South Plainfield Senior Center, members and guests are celebrating the season with an array of fun events. Adult coloring classes, knitting and crocheting sessions, and even a book club are scheduled for those who enjoy creative and cerebral activities. Tree Olano, ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_c1d9211f7d83a884dc72_drugs

Sat, October 28, 10:00 AM

South Plainfield

National Take Back Initiative on October 28th

Carousel_image_419c4463bb843f0d8e2f_sp_cultural_arts

Sat, October 28, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield

Line Dancing with Silver Spurs

Carousel_image_93ee0e26594bf59f3ced_tgif_fridays2017.final__1_

Thu, November 2, 4:00 PM

Piscataway

SPMS Student Council Fundraiser

Carousel_image_49786541243b9640c2b6_elks_swap_meet_flyer_3_nov_2017

Sat, November 4, 11:00 AM

South Plainfield

South Plainfield Elks Motorcycle Swap Meet

Carousel_image_ad29f38f689451a58206_zombiefest-page-001__1_

Sat, November 4, 3:00 PM

South Plainfield

Zombiefest - November 4, 2017

Carousel_image_6985bd232a372a0372a1_melancholy_poster-page-001

Sun, November 19, 1:00 PM

Book Signing, South Plainfield

Book Signing at Flanagan's Cafe - Giovi's First ...

Columns

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard with Lauren Zigman

(Penguin Books, 2017)

 

Cake or death? If you are a fan of the British comic/actor Eddie Izzard, you probably own a teeshirt with a blue cupcake on it with one of Izzard's signature lines from his fabulous standup routines. To see Eddie Izzard in concert is an experience in hilarity that one ...

Bookmarks

Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent it or for the DVD?  Come to “Monday Night Movies” at the library.  It’s all the fun of a movie theater but none of the cost.  We are showing brand new releases every Monday night and we will be providing popcorn for all who attend. This week’s movie stars Diane ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 presents Special Citizens Drive Check

On October 17th The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 Grand Knight Joe McGeehan presented a $1,800 check to the Keystone Community. Each year the Knights of Columbus council raise money through their Special Citizens Drive.

Lynne Conway from the South Plainfield Keystone Community accepted the check on behalf of Director Ray Fantusi this year

The South Plainfield Knights of ...

Johnny Four Fingers Week #7 NFL Picks

ORLANDO, FL – The Four Finger man went 2-3 again. I need to get back my mojo. How the heck does Atlanta lose to Miami? I’m away in Disney this week hoping to find some magic in the Magic Kingdom. Maybe Goofy can give the Juveyman some pointers? Speaking of the Juveyman I think he needs to work or something. Each week he gives it his all, but he can never get it right. He is like ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield hosted its annual Husbands/Guests Night on October 5th at 7:00 pm at the American Legion Hall.  President Diana Cotone welcomed members and guests, thirty-two in all, and invited them to savor the wonderful covered dish supper made by the hands of the Club’s own members.

President Cotone held a brief business meeting reviewing ...

News from SPJBC

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club has been busy the past 6 weeks with their Annual Fall Baseball clinic for 5, 6, 7 and 8 year old players that played in C League and Tee ball last year.

Run by the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club Board Members, Travel & Club Coaches and the following youths who played at the baseball club (Matt Cassio, Justin Culver, Nick DellaSala, Dominic ...

Press Releases

April Bengivenga to seek 18th District Assembly seat

October 20, 2017

South Plainfield :  South Plainfield resident April Bengivenga has been tapped to run for the New Jersey Assembly in the 18th District.  April Bengivenga, a resident of South Plainfield for over 40 years, is a small business owner who is not a career politician.

“I decided to run for office because I believe I can bring some common sense to Trenton” said Bengivenga.