For the first time in GSB's history, varsity baseball earned the #1-seed in the Non-Public B North Sectional Tournament. Our team remains in the hunt for the Skyland Conference Valley Division title as the 2021 season winds down.
Seniors Joe Skapinetz '21 (Lafayette College), Matt Kalinak '21(Clark University), and Jake Sempervive '21 (Rochester Institute of Technology) led the Knights to prolific heights throughout their GSB careers and each earned the opportunity to continue playing at the college level. Kalinak is the team's leadoff hitter, Sempervive bats second, Skapinetz hits fourth, and the threesome will likely combine for over 100 hits this season to pace an offense that scores over nine runs per game. All three have proven themselves just as effective on the mound and in the field, demonstrating a versatility that helped establish them as three of the most accomplished players in Somerset County.
The junior class has also made tremendous contributions, led by infielders Christian '22 and Logan Mote '22, who already made commitments to play baseball at Iona College after graduation from Gill. Right-fielder Nate Fodor '22, left-fielder Joe Perri '22, pitcher Carter Nowack '22, catcher Anthony Curialle '22, and outfielder Matt Bloomenthal '22 round out a junior class that has produced at a high level offensively and defensively.
First-year starters Zack Wendell '23 (second base), Johnny DiGregorio '24 (catcher), and Matt Park '24 (DH) complete a balanced lineup that has seen significant contributions from every position. Freshmen Dylan Sempervive and Michael Ricciardulli split time between the varsity and JV, making a handful of varsity appearances on the mound and in the field.
The Knights began the season winning eight of their first ten games, including an impressive Opening Day shutout of state power St. Peter's Prep, as well as victories over local rivals Bernards, Ridge, and Rutgers Prep. After a brief three-game slide, the boys rebounded with five consecutive wins over a six-day span that included dramatic one-run triumphs over Pingry and division-leading Voorhees. A significantly upgraded strength of schedule has not slowed down the Knights, who have reached the NJSIAA Sectional Finals in three of the last four years and hope to take it a step or two further as the 2021 state tournament plays out.