With spring arriving, the Gill St. Bernard's baseball team hopes to build on their historic 2021 success. Last year's team finished with an overall record of 18-7, earned a top-25 state ranking, and captured a share of the Skyland Conference Valley Division Championship. Highlights included signature wins over Delbarton, St. Peter's Prep, Ridge, and Voorhees as well as victories over local rivals Pingry, Bernards, and Rutgers Prep.
The 2022 roster features nine seniors who hope to continue the Gill tradition of championship-level baseball. Iona College commits Christian and Logan Mote, along with starting outfielders Nate Fodor and Joe Perri, will lead the Knights in their final year of high school baseball. Carter Nowack, Anthony Curialle, and Matt Bloomenthal earned valuable varsity experience in 2021, and will take on enhanced roles this season. Carson Torrisi and Ryan Brandl round out the senior class and will look to make the jump to varsity after successful JV careers.
"This senior class is special," said Head Coach Dave Pasquale. "They've been through a lot, but they stayed together, achieved at a high level, and are ready to make their final season a memorable one."
Returning starters Zack Wendell ('23), Johnny DiGregorio ('24), and Matt Park ('24) have all garnered interest from college programs and will be looked upon to make significant contributions again in 2022. With several key pitchers graduating from last year's team, Dylan Sempervive ('24), Michael Ricciardulli ('24), Robert Kirsh ('24), and Tim Park ('25) will have the opportunity to break into the rotation. Other players who return this year from the 2021 JV campaign include Jack Ference ('23), Adam LaTournous ('23), Riley Bittman ('23), Nico Alfaro ('23), and Jack Meenan ('24).
The 2022 regular season schedule is as challenging as it's ever been. Many of the best teams in the area are on the docket, which should prepare the Knights well for championship runs at the conference, county, and state levels.
"I have high hopes for this group," said Coach Pasquale. "We'll need to replace three college players from last year's team, but there's no doubt we have guys who will step up to the challenge. We can't wait to get started."