CEDAR GROVE, NJ - After back-to-back winning seasons the Cedar Grove High School baseball seniors will finish out their high school careers with a lot to be proud of despite an unceremonious end.
“[I’ll] miss having fun and competing with my friends,” said Dan Kennedy
Kennedy is one of five seniors that were expected to compete this year for the Panthers. Kennedy himself was a solid all-around player who batted .281 with double digit totals in runs batted in, stolen bases, and runs scored for the squad.
Brett Newcomb was another integral part to the group’s success these last few seasons. Newcomb posted a batting average well over .300 hitting throughout the order for the Panthers. His efforts earned him Second Team All-Conference last year.
“[Newcomb]’s an Ace on the mound, middle of the order threat for our team,” said Head Coach Joe Cardinale.
Alongside Newcomb on the mound would have been Chamberlain Ricco. Ricco is best known for his five innings of scoreless relief last season that aided Cedar Grove in a 6-5 victory over Newark Academy.
“[Ricco is] a selfless, innings eater on the mound,” said Cardinale.
Out of the bullpen Nick Castiglione provided a spark for Cedar Grove last year. Despite limited appearances last year he was expected to continue to be a reliable hurler for the group in 2020. He is highly touted for his “versatility.”
John Romanazzi was slated to return as well to the team as a key role player. Romanazzi provided a spark from the bench in the form of strong defense and base running skills.
In similar fashion to Romanazzi, Eric Turi was also going to be a key role player for the squad. Turi would have been a key player at the corner infield position as well.
On the offensive side Alex Faieta was slated to factor into the team’s lineup potentially as a designated hitter. Faieta would have made his first varsity impact this season should the year have been played.
Regardless of the outcome this group of athletes have all been able to forge a bond that will last a lifetime. The camaraderie shared and maturation of boys to men will undoubtedly be the takeaway from years of playing in unison on the baseball diamond.
“I’ll miss playing the sport I love with some of my best friends,” said Turi.
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