OINJ Morristown Colonials Baseball Preseason Preview

Our spring preseason previews are sponsored by the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, your sports medicine resource in Morris-Sussex with locations conveniently located in Cedar Knolls, Roxbury, Newton, Hackettstown and Sparta. OINJ also has urgent care hours on weeknights till 8pm and weekends from 8am to noon to care for athletes who suffer sports related injuries. If you need to see an orthopedic specialist, OINJ is your place!

Coach:Ed Collins

Season’s with the Team: 7th

2019 Record: 14-8

Anticipated Varsity Players:

RETURNING PLAYERS

SR Captain- Pat Monfort- (LHP/OF)
4 year Varsity starter who is committed to Villanova. Anticipating a huge year from Pat. He coming off of a year where he hit. 403 in 2019 and was 2-1 on the mound (closing out wins against 2 top 10 teams.. Seton Hall Prep and Pope John). Pat can pitch at 88-90MPH and top out at 92mph or higher? Pat played in the National Area code games and was a 2 year NJ underclass game participant.

SR Captain- Joe Pucek (LHP/1b)
4 year Varsity starter who is committed to U of Maryland (Baltimore County). Joe led our 2019 team in innings pitched with an ERA in the 2’s. He is crafty lefty who sits in the low to mid 80 mph range and has been our starting 1st baseman for 3 years. Joe played in our conference underclass games in 2019.

SR- Tom Montfort- (C/1b/3b) Tom was our starting 3rs baseman in 2019 where he hit .290..He will transition to Catcher his senior year and be a force at the plate. He is a big physical player and a team leader.

SR Justin Barrett (OF)- Justin is a 3 year starter in RF. who hit over .400 in 2018 and was 1st team all conference. He brings experience and the threat to steal bases and produce runs every time he comes to the plate.

SR- Andrew Flores (RHP/3b) Andrew returns as 3 year letterman and 2nd year starter. He hit .400 in 2019 and was 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA on the mound. He is extremely athletic and versatile. A RHP who sits in low- mid 80’s with command of 3 pitches.

SR- James Patterson (LHP/1b) James is committed to play at Misercordia and had a 1.05 ERA in 2019 along with some time at 1st base. Expecting a big year from James.

JR-Aidan Watson (SS) Aidan is committed to Monmouth U and is our returning starting SS. He is a smooth fielding infielder with great potential at the plate. He was an NJ underclass games participant and conference underclass games in 2019.

JR Tommy Burns (OF/IF) Tommy split time as a starter his sophomore year. He is extremely versatile. He is a future college baseball player who can run, hit and throw. Tommy should have a break out 2020 season.

Newcomers

SR- Dean Fisher (IF)
SR Jack Lukacs (C/OF)
JR-Chris Ching (IF)
Soph- Bradley Horan (OF/1b)
Soph- Shane O’Neill (RHP/IF)
Many more eyeing up positions.

Coach’s Outlook: We return a bunch of players who are battle tested. Many are returning starters/contributors from the 2018 MCT championship team and a 2019 team that were county and state sectional semi finalist. . We arguably play the toughest (Public school) schedule in NJ and have done so the past few years. The goals for this year’s 2020 team is to Win the Conference, the County and the State Championship. We are led by many returning top level Seniors with great leadership. They are complemented by talented underclassman with extremely bright futures. Our program is stocked with atleast 7+ D1 committed or uncommitted players in addition to D2, D3 and most importantly “Colonial” program players that put TEAM FIRST. I am proud to be the coach of this group of young men and pray that they get to compete in the 2020 season.

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