High School Baseball Preview: Monroe County Division IV

Casey Saucke II (8). (Photo: PAUL GOTHAM)

Monroe County Baseball gets into full swing this week. Here is the breakdown of Division IV with pre-season capsules for Batavia, Eastridge, Greece Athena, Honeoye Falls-Lima and Pittsford Sutherland:


2019 finish: 13-7, won Class B1 championship

Coach: James Patric (first year at Batavia)

Top returners: Alex Hale (Sr. P/SS – Niagara County Community College commit, 2019 Class B1 sectional tournament MVP)

Top newcomers: Vincent Grazioplene (Jr. C), Jesse Reinhart (Jr. CF/SS), Luke Rogers (Sr. P/2B), Bannon Moore (Sr. OF)

First game: Wednesday, May 5 at Dwyer Stadium against Le Roy

Outlook: With Hale being the only returning player from the 2019 championship team, Batavia is very inexperienced. Will the newcomers continue on the program’s winning tradition?


2019 finish: 14-9, lost to Pittsford Sutherland in Class A2 finals

Coach: Chris Taylor (first year)

Top returners: Keenan Calenzo (Sr. IF – Second Team All-County in 2019, hit .351), Chad Perkins (Sr. P/IF – 5-foot-8)

Top newcomers: Evan Vinci (Jr. P/IF – 6-foot), Evan Brown (Jr. C – 6-foot-2), Noah Bowens (Sr. P/IF/OF – 6-foot-2), Tom Bareham (Jr. P/IF – 5-foot-10), P.J. Cutaia (Jr. OF/P – 5-foot-8)

First game: Saturday, May 1 against Gates-Chili

Outlook: Eastridge lost eight senior starters last year and now has a junior-laden lineup. With two shots at it, can this new core build toward a sectional title?


2019 finish: 20-3, lost 3-0 to Canandaigua in Class A championship game

Coach: Jason Bunting (341-201/24th season)

Top returners: Casey Saucke (Sr. SS/P – hit .413 with five doubles, three triples, a home run and 18 RBI in 2019, University of Virginia commit), Vic Alongi (Sr. P/3B)

Top newcomers: TJ Kurtz (Jr. P/1B/3B – 5-foot-7, 170 lbs.), Jaden Madrid (P/2B/SS – 5-foot-6, 145 lbs.), Donovan Wallace (OF – 6-foot, 175 lbs.)

First game: Tuesday, May 4 against Honeoye Falls-Lima at Greece Olympia

Outlook: Saucke is back for one final run with the Trojans and leads a relatively inexperienced team. Can Greece Athena get over the final hurdle and capture Class A gold?


2019 finish: Lost in Class A2 semifinals

Coach: Dan Hoyt (10th year)

Top returners: Brian Reinke (Sr. P/1B – University of Richmond commit), Reece Joint (Sr. SS/P), Xavier Carbonel (Jr. 3B/P), Mason Wanzenried (Sr. 2B/P)

Top newcomers: Carson Joint (So. C/OF), Nolan Smith (So. 1B/OF)

First game: Tuesday, May 4 against Greece Athena

Outlook: The Cougars are an experienced team playing its first season on a new turf field. Does Honeoye Falls-Lima have enough pieces to make a run through Class A?


2019 finish: 15-9, won Class A2 title

Coach: Brandon DeRosa (42-28/fifth year)

Top returners: Keeghan Cummings (Sr. – First Team All-County in 2019, hit .420 with 34 hits, 26 runs and was a perfect 18-for-18 on stolen bases), Nick Provenzale (Sr. – First Team All-County in 2019, batted .338 with 16 RBI and six steals, went 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA on the mound), Jack Zawacki (Jr. – .343 average in 2019, had a .425 OBP and 19 RBI)

Top newcomers: Ethan Hurwitz (Sr. INF – 5-foot-11, 195 lbs. Oberlin College commit), Scotty Thyroff (Sr. INF – 5-foot-11, 180 lbs.), Jake Fekete (Jr. INF – 5-foot-10, 165 lbs.), Joe Groark (Sr. OF – 5-foot-9, 160 lbs.)

First game: Monday, May 3 at 4:45 PM at Eastridge

Outlook: The reigning Class A2 champions, Pittsford Sutherland will lean on its three returners. Can Cummings, Provenzale and Zawacki help the Knights to a second consecutive title?

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