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May 12, 2022

Red Bank Catholic Baseball Team Motivated by Last Season’s Successes and Shortcomings

By Tim Morris

With a potent lineup and pitching depth, Red Bank Catholic’s baseball team is poised to pick up where the Caseys left off in 2021, playing for championships. 

Last spring, RBC defended its Shore Conference Tournament championship and advanced to the finals in both Monmouth County and NJSIAA Non-Public South A tournaments. Overall, the Caseys went 24-5-1 and added the A Central Division title to their resume.

It was the loss to St. Augustine in the state sectional title that was especially galling. RBC, seeking its first state sectional title in 24 years, was one out away from winning the game before falling in extra innings 6-5. Six errors opened the door for St. Augustine to come back and beat RBC, and that has made Head Coach Buddy Hausmann put an emphasis on defense this spring.

“We’ve talked a lot about [defense]. Last year in our losses, we didn’t make the plays.” If the Caseys make those defensive plays, Hausmann said, “We can be playing in big games.”

By big games, he means playing for championships, and no one would be surprised if that’s just what the 2022 Caseys do.

Offensively, the Caseys return several of their leading hitters including the Scrivanic brothers, Matt and Frank, and Alex Stanyek. Stanyek, a junior outfielder, led the team in ’21 with four home runs, 33 RBI and 26 runs scored while batting .380. He is a fearsome presence in the middle of the lineup. Third baseman Matt Scrivanic, a senior, batted .308 with 20 RBI and 24 runs scored. Frank Scrivanic, a junior first baseman, batted .350 and delivered 19 RBI and 26 runs scored.

Nico Gonzalez, a senior second baseman, also was productive in ’21, batting .317 with 15 RBI and 18 runs scored. Sophomore outfielder Sean Griggs had a sparkling freshman season. He had 22 RBI and 21 runs scored, batting .287. With a year under his belt, he could improve those numbers.

The Caseys, however, will miss a big piece of their 2021 team with the graduation of ace Shane Panzini, who is now pitching in the Kansas City Royals organization. He did it all on the mound, setting a new school record for strikeouts with 115 in just 61.2 innings of work. He was the team’s security blanket, going 9-0. He was also one of the team’s top hitters.

In Panzini’s place, the Caseys’ go-to arms are Stanyek, Dom Mallamaci and Declan Leary. All showed promise last year with Leary, a sophomore, going 2-0 and pitching to a 1.91 ERA and Mallamci, a junior, going 3-2 with a 2.95. Although Stanyek was 0-2, he pitched to a 2.05 ERA and had 25 Ks in 13.2 innings. The team will counting on pitching depth more than it did last year.

Because of its continued success, RBC is a marked team that will be getting everyone’s best shot in every game. Hausmann reminded his players of that before the season.

“I told them it will make a team’s season if they beat you,” said Hausmann.

It was a reminder that the Caseys can’t take any team or game for granted. They have to bring their best every game, which is an added challenge for them.