Mid. North Legion team’s depth about to be tested

first_imgVERONICA YANKOWSKI St. John Vianney’s Jason Fischer tries to elude the grasps of Edison’s Bobby Wolf during the Jersey Shore Duals in Matawan on July 2. The Middletown High School North American Legion baseball team entered the summer campaign hoping to develop a few pitchers, and thanks to a large number of rainouts, several players will get a chance on the hill during the next two weeks. Middletown North has played just six of its 18 games and is 3-3, having defeated Middletown South, Marlboro and Freehold. Coach Bill Hemberger’s team has five games scheduled for each of the next two weeks. “That’s going to play havoc with our pitching, but it will also give players an opportunity to see what they can do on the mound,” he said. “One of our goals is to find a couple of pitchers who can help out the varsity next spring.” North does have two proven pitchers, hard-throwing lefty Bill Hemberger and right-hander Anthony Degennaro, both of whom are entering their senior year. The younger Hemberger was 2-3 for the North varsity this spring and is 2-0 for the Legion entry. VERONICA YANKOWSKI CBA’s David Chirichello (top) works on Bound Brook’s Reggie Perry during a 130-pound bout at the Jersey Shore Duals. Sophomore lefty Matt Marx and junior Ryan Daly are among the likely starters for this week’s games. “After that, we’ll see who wants to pitch and take it from there,” the coach said. Other members of the team include juniors Matt Fix, Steve Lopez and Dan Trezza; and sophomores Mark Baker, Kyle Folks, Denny Freshnock, Artie Kaylor, Garrett Maron, Lou Obregon, Matt Pignatello and Chris Susi. North is playing without junior third baseman Dan Walling, who is out with a wrist injury.last_img

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