STANDISH, Maine – Head Coach Will Sanborn is pleased to announce the baseball Class of 2022.
This spring, Sanborn, guided the Monks to a 29-13 overall record with a 10-4 conference mark en route to earning the #2 seed in the GNAC Tournament. The Monks, selected as a predetermined host for the 2018 tourney, opened postseason play with a 9-5 loss to #3 Johnson & Wales University on May 3rd and fought their way into the GNAC Championship with elimination-game triumphs over Lasell College and Johnson & Wales before falling to top-seeded Suffolk University, 6-5, in the title game on May 6th.
Heading into his 27th year leading the Monks, Sanborn has accumulated 23 winning seasons and 20 championships and notched his 700th victory during the 2018 campaign. Sanborn is the 37th NCAA DIII Baseball coach to reach the plateau and one of only six New England Region skippers to hit the mark.
The 10-player Class of 2022 - which features six pitchers, two outfielders, and a pair of infielders – figures to bring talent and depth to the Monks' roster, which saw seven student-athletes leave via graduation in May. Many of the newcomers could contribute immediately in a variety of roles as the traditionally strong program looks to return to NCAA postseason play after a four-year absence, an unusual scenario for a team that advanced to the national tournament eight times in the previous nine seasons.
Six of the seven departed seniors saw time on the mound last spring and combined to notch 116 strikeouts with a 4.16 ERA over 116.2 innings during the 2018 season. Perhaps the most challenging hurler to replace is departed southpaw Josh Partridge '18, the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Pitcher of the Year who posted a 2.45 ERA with a 5-2 record and six saves while fanning 56 and holding opponents to a .215 batting average over 44 innings and 23 appearances (new SJC single-season record) last season.
"We are expecting this year's class to push our upperclassmen and compete for starting positions right away," adds Coach Sanborn. "Many of these players were highly recruited and we are thrilled that they have chosen Saint Joseph's to pursue their degree and further their baseball careers. They are talented on the field and fit into the SJC baseball culture as strong students and hard workers."
BASEBALL CLASS OF 2022
Why Saint Joseph's? Saint Joseph's has the major in which I am interested and I will be playing baseball.
High School: Participated in baseball, golf, and hockey at Salem High School…Earned N.H. D1 Baseball Second Team All-State Accolades as a senior…On the mound as a senior went 5-0, saved 2 games with an ERA of 3.76 while striking out 47 batters over 41 innings, yielding only 9 walks…Awarded the Salem High School Baseball Most Valuable Player Award…Received the Coaches Award for golf twice…Listed on the Honor Roll.
Personal: Matthew W. Bergeron, son of Laurie and Mike Bergeron…Has two siblings, Joseph and Samantha.
Why Saint Joseph's? Positive environment and student body, great natural science majors, competitive baseball program
High School: Participated in Baseball, Track, Soccer, and Basketball at Nauset Regional High School…Captained the Baseball team his senior year…Atlantic Coast League All-Star during his final campaign while hitting .430 with 20 RBI and eight steals in 19 games…Played for Northeast Baseball…Attended a Post Grad Year at Cheshire Academy in CT…Currently playing in the Mid Atlantic Collegiate League in Virginia…Member of the National Honors Society
Community Service: Served at the Lower Cape Outreach Center…Volunteered at the Eldridge Public Library.
Personal: Ronan Matthew Chisholm, son of Shayne Watson...Has one sibling, Brennan.
Why Saint Joseph's? Great athletics, education and atmosphere
High School: Participated in baseball, football, and track at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School…Earned freshman and JV MVP honors…Varsity Rookie of the Year…Varsity Pitcher of the Year going 4-3 with a 1.78 ERA with 38 K's and 7 walks in 41 innings of work…Garnered NEC League All-Star honors…Tossed a perfect game in his first varsity appearance as a junior...Listed on the Honor Roll…Played for Antonelli Baseball for four years…Helped his team make a WWBA appearance and garner a national ranking.
Community Service: Challenger Baseball and Basketball, Delta Make A Wish
Personal: Alexander Anthony D'Angelo, son of Tina and Fred D'Angelo…Has one sibling, Sabrina.
Why Saint Joseph's? I really liked the college atmosphere.
High School: Participated in baseball and golf at Wachusett Regional High School…As a junior went 4-2 with a 2.00 ERA while helping his team to a District Championship…As a senior in 2018 helped lead Wachusett to a quarterfinal appearance in the Mass Super Eight Tournament and a 21-4 record…Tossed 38 innings with a record of 6-0, striking out 32 with an ERA of 1.29 in his final year at Wachusett.
Personal: Johnathan Paul Flynn, son of Jen Mars and Shaun Flynn.
Why Saint Joseph's? Great sense of community on campus and coaches
High School: Participated in baseball, basketball, and football at Salem High School…Named Offensive Player of the Year both his junior and senior years for football…Earned Catholic Central Small League All-Star accolades as a sophomore, junior, and senior years in football…For basketball was named an All-Star as a sophomore, junior, and senior while being named MVP as a senior for the Cape & Islands League…Baseball All-Star both junior and senior year as well as MVP of Cape & Islands League…Won the D4 State Championship freshman and sophomore years.
Community Service: Volunteered at Champ Homes
Personal: Devan Rinaul Harrison, son of David and Deanne Harrison…Has two siblings, Jonathan and Taryn.
Why Saint Joseph's? Small school, tight knit environment, beautiful campus on Sebago Lake, great baseball program.
High School: Participated in Baseball at Malden Catholic High School…Earned Catholic Conference All-Star accolades as a Junior…MBCA Junior All-State team…Sophomore and junior years totaled 78.2 innings with 66 strikeouts and an ERA below 2.00…Named team MVP as a senior…member of the National Honors Society.
Community Service: Volunteered at the Chelsea YMCA and Higgins Middle School.
Personal: Nicholas Michael Iannuzzi, son of Barbara and James Iannuzzi…Has one sibling, Anthony.
Why Saint Joseph's? It seemed like a perfect fit for me academically and athletically.
High School: Participated in baseball (three year starter) and football (two year starter) at Cardinal Spellman…Member of the National Honors Society…Listed on the Honor Roll.
Community Service: Freshman, sophomore, and junior Service Days…Senior Ministry.
Personal: Max Peter McDonald, son of Brian and Kelley McDonald…Has one sibling Drew.
Why Saint Joseph's? I loved the atmosphere on campus, as well as the competitive nature of the baseball program.
High School: Participated in baseball and basketball at Oyster River High School…Captained the baseball team as junior and senior year…2018 Basketball Sixth Man of the Year…2018 NHIAA Division II Basketball Runner Up…Batted .418 with a .484 OBP, 23 hits, and 10 stolen bases…Awarded the Matthew Sarno Memorial Baseball Scholarship for Character by Oyster River High School…Played for Seacoast United Baseball Club (five years)…Member of the National Honors Society…Listed on the Honor Roll.
Community Service: Volunteer Usher at Local Church…Participated in 2018 Special Olympics Torch Run with ORHS.
Personal: Tyler Matthew McKenna, son of Kyle McKenna, Kelli McKenna…Has one sibling, Sadie.
Why Saint Joseph's? Saint Joseph's offers a great learning opportunity and great baseball team.
High School: Participated in baseball, basketball, and football at Salem High School…Earned N.H. D1 Baseball First Team All-State accolades as a senior…His senior year in 20 games hit .328 with 26 RBI, two home runs and 20 stolen bases…Football Sportsmanship award…Garnered the Raymond H. Bowlby Memorial Award as a Basketball player.
Community Service: Volunteered at local youth basketball camps.
Personal: Matthew James Soldano, son of Joe and Nancy Soldano…Has two siblings, Jon and Tim.
Why Saint Joseph's? Strong Sports Management major, and I also love the campus size, the location and the baseball program.
High School: Participated in Baseball at Pinkerton High School…Earned First Team All-State honors…Coach's Award…Nominated for NH Gatorade Player of the Year…Runner-Up for NH Player of the Year…Batted .322 with an ERA of 1.15…Fanned 48 batters over 24 innings as a senior…Participated in the New Hampshire vs. Maine All-Star Game…Four year member of the Pinkerton Academy Baseball program…Listed on the Honor Roll.
Community Service: Volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of America
Personal: George William Welch, son of Kristin Welch, George Welch…Has one sibling, Jake.