Varsity baseball has lofty goals for the upcoming 2021 season, as the Knights are expected to be in contention for both conference and sectional titles. This year's team offers a solid balance of veterans and newcomers, a great foundation to build on achievements of the last several years.
"This team has some potential," said Head Coach Dave Pasquale. "Their pre-season work has been excellent, and we're hopeful that will translate into some success when the regular season starts later this month." The Knights' first game is against St. Peter's Prep today, and they face Rutgers Prep on Wednesday, April 21.
Seniors Joe Skapinetz '21 (Lafayette), Matt Kalinak '21 (Clark University), and Jake Sempervive '21 (RIT) will provide critical leadership on and off the field in their last season at Gill before embarking on their college baseball careers. All three were varsity starters since their freshmen year and made their mark as one of the most prolific classes in program history.
The class of 2022 is loaded as well, with returning starters Christian Mote '22, Nate Fodor '22, and Logan Mote '22 ready to continue their development into college prospects. Anthony Curialle '22, Carter Nowack '22, Joe Perri '22, and Matt Bloomenthal '22 round out a very strong collection of juniors.
Sophomore Zack Wendell '23, along with freshmen Johnny DiGregorio '24 and Matt Park '24, demonstrated promise in the pre-season as well and will compete for significant varsity action.
Before the COVID shutdown of 2020, GSB Baseball had established itself as a premier program in the area, earning several division championships and reaching three sectional finals over the last four years. Although the pandemic cancelled the 2020 season, the boys participated in the "Last Dance" Tournament in July, where they advanced to the TD Bank Regional championship game. The 2021 team hopes to build on that success against a rigorous 24-game schedule, which includes state powers Delbarton and Pope John, and a showcase event in late April to support Autism Awareness.