NJ HS Team Preview: The Hun School


TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

Through the all the nor’easters, black ice, road salt stains, and your occasional common cold lies a time of the year that throws all baseball players, coaches, parents, and scouts alike into a frenzy: the spring.

April 1st and the start of the 2019 Spring Season will be here before you know it, and we will be out and about providing our second-to-none boots-on-the-ground scouting to the Garden State. To power us Northeasterners through the despair of the long winter months, we will be highlighting teams and players of note for this coming season

Today we start with The Hun School.

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High School: The Hun School
2018 Record: 15-6
Head Coach: Tom Monfiletto
Career Record: 3rd Season, 28-16

NJSIAA Group: Non-Public A
NJSIAA Section: Central
Conference: Mid-Atlantic Prep League
Conference Finish: 2nd
Playoff Run: Prep A State Champions, 3rd straight
Rival(s):

Returning Starters:
McGwire Tuffy (Quinnipiac recruit)
Jack Erbeck (Fairfield recruit)
Dan Melnick
Blane Soper
Andy Blake (Columbia recruit)
Jake Sloss
Ben Petrone
Anthony Bencardino

Underclassmen to Watch:
Ricky Erbeck '21 P/IF
Carson Applegate '22 Util (Kentucky recruit)
Ryan DiMaggio '22 OF/P
Jackson Kraemer '22 OF/P
Carson Wehner IF '22 L/R

Strengths:
Starting pitching
hitting
speed
experience

OUTLOOK
With a great core of seniors returning and the addition of Andy Blake as a postgraduate (via Hopewell Valley HS, NJ), the Raiders are poised for another successful season. Coach Monfiletto’s squad plays an extremely difficult schedule with out of conference opponents such as Somerville, Allentown, St. Augustine, Seton Hall Prep, Christian Brothers Academy, Middletown South and Immaculata and feel confident about competing with each of these excellent programs. “We feel great about our pitching, our hitting continues to improve and our base running and speed will allow us to create runs consistently. We will be very strong up the middle including our veteran catcher Danny Melnick and SS McGwire Tuffy. The leadership of this senior class has been nothing short of outstanding. Their work ethic and commitment is unprecedented and we're looking forward to seeing that pay dividends during the season” Montiletto explained. The Raiders open up their season in 2019 playing the Lawrenceville School.

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