Coming off the most successful season in school history, which ended with a PIAA 6A State Championship, the Pennsbury Falcons are riding high going into 2018. While they did lose some key players to graduation, they also have a lot of talent returning to their lineup.
Returning starters: INF Justin Massielo, 1B Kyle Dear, OF R.J. Huth, C Josh Tesarck
Massielo hit .351 with 12 runs batted in in 2017. Dear hit .297 with 9 runs batted in.
Key Roster Loss: P Billy Bethel
Bethel was the team’s ace in 2017, posting a 7-2 record with a 1.43 earned run average.
“All of them (were big losses).”, coach Joe Pesci says, “They were such a good team. The main loss, Billy Bethel, was incredible. We also lost Ryan McCarty, who had a couple walk-off hits.”
Player to look out for: P Sean Hochausler
“Sean is a pitcher who can eat innings.”, explains coach Pesci
Players who may surprise some people: OF Shane Marlin, OF Devin Sweeney
“The two sophomore outfielders, Marlin and Sweeney, are guys who compete above their grade level.” Pesci explained.
After the success they had last season, expectations are justifiably high going into this spring. “I think we’ll compete for the league title”, explains coach Pesci, “and I think we’ll make a run in the district and state tournaments.”