BY JEREMY TSONTON
The County College of Morris’ baseball team is excited to start their new season, after finishing their fall season a few weeks ago.
The team is in their winter workouts until their spring training begins.
Doug Olcese, a current Titan and business major, is excited for the season to begin.
“The outcome of our season looks really good, and we are hoping to get to the College World Series this year,” Olcese said.
The schedule is difficult at some points, but the team remains optimistic regarding the strength of the games.
“The schedule is nothing we can’t handle, and with our good pitching, we should be able to beat anyone,” Olcese said.
The two most difficult teams the Titans will face are Mercer and Lackawanna, who both swept the season series against the Titans team last year.
After last year’s unexpected playoff run, the team won’t be able to sneak up on teams like last year.
“The challenges we are going to face seems to be just eligibility,” Olcese said. “If we can stay eligible then there’s nothing holding us back from advancing and winning in the playoffs.”
Another question mark going into the season is the decision of the starting nine. The tension around the locker room is who is going to go out on opening day and be the first to see the field.
“The starters right now is a toss-up and entirely in the hands of Coach [Brian] Eberly,” Olcese said. “I think no matter who is put out there we will compete and have a good chance of winning.”
Eberly said he is just as excited about the season as his team, and he is counting down the days until the first pitch of the spring season.
“I really like our team this year. We brought in a real strong class of freshman. Led by our captain, Joe Maugeri, we have as good a group of guys as I have had in my time here. ”
Eberly has enjoyed his teams of the past, but he has a good feeling about this year’s team. The talent level for this year ranges with student athletes from across Morris County, which has a history of producing high-level athletes.
The team this year has more than double the students than last year trying out, making Eberly’s decision of roster cuts more difficult than usual.
“While we have a feel for who are starters will be in the spring, those spots are far from finalized,” Eberly said. “Each player must earn everything with their academic performance, work in the weight room over the winter, and a solid spring preseason.”
Eberly is entering his sixth season coaching the team, and he brought along a few new faces to join him this year.
Adam Bonfiglio is a rookie assistant coach, along with coaches Jason Roberts and Mike Matera. The new faces in the clubhouse is an attempt to bring a fresh start to the team in hopes of gaining better success this season.
The team didn’t only get new faces in the clubhouse, but they are also trying to get new faces in the stands.
Arielle Mautone, a nursing student at CCM, never watched the baseball team but heard some interesting promises about them this year.
“I don’t know anyone on the team, but I’ve heard from some of my friends that they might be fun to watch this year,” Mautone said.
The team usually has their dedicated fan base of players’ friends and family, but they are always looking to get more people in the seats.
“Baseball doesn’t interest me that much to watch on TV,” Mautone said. “If someone were to take me to a game, even if it were county’s, I would definitely pay attention and cheer the school on.”