Preview: MCCC Baseball
Windsor, N.J. - -- Spring is in the air - or at least seems
to be - when the crack of the bat and the echo of the catcher's
mitt can be heard from the Mercer fields. Vikings baseball
is scheduled to open its 2011 season tomorrow, March 1, with
a home game against Gloucester.
Winners of last year's Garden State Athletic Conference, the
Vikings are looking to improve on their 17-13 record and advance
further in the Region 19 Playoffs in 2011. (Their 2010 season
ended in the Region 19 semi-final play-in round when they
lost to rival Burlington CC.) They have extra motivation to
advance this season as Mercer will host the Region 19 Tournament
Coach Matt Wolski returns six sophomores. He also has a great
deal of confidence in his freshman class. The pitching rotation
is set, with sophomore right-hander Brian Sigle (Plainsboro,
NJ/West Windsor North High School) and rookie right-hander
James Pugliese (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert High School) expected
to lead the Vikings' rotation. Big performances at the plate
and in the field are also expected from two rookies, outfielder
Ian Moyer (Chesterfield, NJ/Northern Burlington High School)
and infielder Michael Constantini (Yardville, NJ/Steinert
High School). Both are coming off impressive American Legion
seasons this past summer.
If weather is any indication, the season is already off to
a better start than last year, when bad weather forced the
cancellation of the Vikings' first eight games. Tomorrow's
forecast calls for sunshine.
will be assisted this season by Fred Carella and Kevin Kerins.
to Men's Baseball
to Athletics Home Page