Baseball Team
Grows Together
During Winning Season


With a 26-12 record heading into the Region 19 Tournament on May 9, the men's baseball team saw a regional title within its grasp. Seeded no. 3, Mercer's tournament opponents included no. 1 Del Tech Owens, no 2. Lackawanna and no. 4 Burlington.

The double-elimination tournament started off well for the Vikings as they beat Lackawanna 13-10 in an exciting hitting contest. Infielder Steve Giambrone earned a double and batted in three runs . On day two, Mercer faced Burlington CC in an intense match-up that went 10 innings before the Vikings fell 8-5. In a must-win situation for both teams, Mercer again faced Lackawanna - the same opponent the Vikings had beaten the day before. Unfortunately it was Lackawanna's day as the Vikings went down swinging in a 7-4 defeat.

Still, Head Coach Matt Wolski reports that he is more than satisfied with his team's 27-14 season. His players worked hard at practice and showed a strong will to win.

"These players definitely grew as a team throughout the year. We were very young heading into the season, but when the young guys play every day, you can see them learning on the job," Wolski said.

Key contributors to the lineup were pitchers Anthony Gambino, Mike Alleman and Ryan Krieder. Other standouts were outfielder Chris Cox, who was named to the All-Region and All-GSAC First Teams, and Gambino and infielder Steve Giambrone, who were named to the All-Region Second Team. Gambino and infielder Matt Hill were named to the All-GSAC Second Team.

Wolski has set the stage for success next year. With 15 returning players, there will be plenty of experience on the field. An additional 10 to 15 players are expected to depth in numerous positions.

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