Season Preview: Ramapo

TJ Hunt
Director, PBR New Jersey

The 2023 high school baseball season is quickly approaching and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across New Jersey.

 Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons at Veteran's Field at the NJSIAA state championships, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview the top teams across NJ. 

High School: Ramapo

2022 Record: 19-15

Classification: North 1 Group 3

Co-Coach's Name: Garrison Ward & Mike Esposito, 3rd season

Career Record: 36-23

Twitter: @BaseballRamapo


2024 C/INF Payne Teel

2023 OF/LHP Jake Lopez

2025 RHP/1B Charlie Wingfield


After losing four starting position players, Ramapo will need to lean on the experience of captains Jake Lopez and Payne Teel for stability in 2023. Teel was one of the top hitters in the state in 2022, collecting 46 hits and batting .448 on the year. Lopez was a dependable middle of the order bat with 34 RBIs last season and returns to be a mainstay there again. Talented sophomore Charlie Wingfield is back, too, after going 4-1 on the mound for the Green Raiders in 2022. Ramapo will need pitchers Will Kerin, Tommy Sica, and '24 RHP Kyle Purvin along with Wingfield to fill the shoes of Matt Fais (Wheaton) and Niko Logothetis (Stockton) who logged 53.1 and 65.2 innings respectively in 2022. 


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