By: Matt Rothman
The J.P Taravella baseball team had all the talent to make a run this season in Districts, but unfortunately, it was cut short due to COVID 19.
They started 5-4 and won their first three games outscoring their opponents 27-4 while relying on their seniors, who all made an impact on the team.
While they won’t be playing high school games anymore together, several of their athletes are going on to play in college. This includes Stefano Libio, Nathaneal Slotkin, and Adam Montesino are all scheduled to play next season at Dominican College in New York.
Libio hit .346 as a sophomore and then hit above .300 again to start his senior year driving in 32 runs in his varsity career. Slotkin had his best season in 2019, where he reached double figures in hits, runs, and walks, and Montesino already had two RBI’s in his first 15 at-bats this season.
JPT also has two other seniors that will be playing together at St Thomas University with Bryce Proulx and David Reyes.
Proulx is a hard-throwing right-hander who was 2-0 this season. He pitched in four games and also had a save. St. Thomas will also be getting a versatile outfielder in Reyes. In 28 at-bats last season, he had eight hits and an on-base percentage of .333.
JPT has four position players in Brandon Nunez, Mike Sinclair, Cameron Josemond, and Jakoby Stanley, who are all graduating. These four seniors combined to drive in 32 runs in their varsity career.
They also have five other seniors that all contributed on the mound in Norman Irizarry, Carlos Ariza-Azul, Ben Verardi, Carlos Lora, and Fredrick Juden.
Despite losing all their seniors, JPT still sets itself up nicely for the future. They have nine sophomores and one freshman who all gained experience despite the season being cut short. For instance, Chris Scinta highlights the 2022 class on the mound, who has already signed with the University of Miami.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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