By Andy Loigu
Jake Hall of Hackettstown and Hunter DePrimo of North Warren head this year’s Inside Warren All-Warren Baseball Team.
Hall, who will play at County College of Morris next year, drove in an impressive total of 32 runs in the Tigers’ 21 games, from the third spot in the lineup. He batted .475 and also flashed the leather in right field and kept base runners from taking liberties with his cannon arm.
DePrimo, a veteran right hander who will play at Mansfield University next year, led the Patriots to the sectional semifinal in North Jersey Section 1 Group 1. His Earned Run Average was a microscopic 0.36 while he posted a 7-1 won/lost record with 95 strikeouts while only walking 16. He pitched three complete-game shutouts, earning him our Max Scherzer Award. At bat, he contributed to North Warren’s 15-7 season with a .386 batting average and 18 runs batted in.
In baseball a team needs a staff of pitchers, so joining DePrimo on the honors squad are Phillipsburg junior Tyler Diefenbach, Stateliners’ junior Nick McAuliffe, P’burg sophomore Alec Ricker, Warren Hills junior Tommy Moore, and Blue Streaks’ senior Peter Warsen. Warren Hills junior P.J. Hanisak is the starting catcher, backed up by Phillipsburg senior Jason Hawk.
Third baseman Matt Arcona, a Hackettstown senior, anchors the infield at third base. Arcona batted .435 out of the Tigers’ leadoff spot, and scored 33 runs while driving in 15. He also was a relief pitcher when needed and won his only start on the bump, at West Morris. Joining him around the horn are senior North Warren shortstop Jared Vuz, sophomore Belvidere second baseman Sam Myerchin and senior Warren Hills first baseman Chris Bell.
Joining Hall in the outfield are Phillipsburg senior Alex Lahey and Belvidere senior Jake Thornton. Phillipsburg junior Sean Morro is the designated hitter and North Warren sophomore Josh Colon is the multidimensional utility player for this team.
In golf, PGA of America teaching pro Mike Andrusin, of Berkshire Valley Golf Course in Jefferson, has completed his seventh season at the helm of the Hackettstown Tigers. He’s had a successful run, with the Tigers qualifying for sectionals play five straight seasons from 2011 to 2015. He’s been a PGA pro since 2001.
Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building.