The beginning of March always means spring is near, and with spring up ahead, so is the Jefferson baseball season. Last year, the Falcons went 10-15 in a disappointing season after their state sectional championship win in 2016. This year, things will be different.

As I was talking with catcher Nick Montone, he kept stressing that the team has to “have a better record than last season.” In 2017, the Falcons lost six seniors, including three consistent starters, but this year’s team has the depth to fill those holes with players like Zach Roscowski, Kyle Venutolo, and Nico Labagnara.

A player to watch out for this season is pitcher Michael Sullivan. Last year he had an okay season going 2-5 with a 4.67 Earned Run Average against a lot of top teams around, and also had a great performance against a very good Delbarton team. If he can add some stability to this Jefferson pitching staff, they will have a big improvement from last season.

On March 14, the Falcons are flying down to Florida to compete against some of the best teams around the country to see how they stack up and get some great competition in preparation for a long season. This year the Falcons will look to have a home state championship game and improve their record greatly from last year.

The Jefferson bats can heat up in no time; they have many high volume hitters who can have breakout years. In baseball, it is all about getting hot at the right time. If many players can catch fire at the right time, expect a great season from the Falcons.

The Jefferson Township High School varsity baseball team. (Photo provided by Tina Montone)

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