Brunswick School

Brunswick baseball team on a winning pace at the midway point of the season

Photo by David Fierro: Player Crosby was the starting pitcher in the Brunswick School baseball team’s game against Citius Prep/Baseball Academy from Mount Vernon, N.Y. Crosby is one of the Bruins frontline starting pitchers and hitters.

Entering this afternoon’s road game against Poly Prep Country Day School, the Brunswick School baseball team played 10 games and was well on its way to another winning season, having earned victories in 10 of their matchups.

With a deep and talented pitching staff and powerful lineup, the Bruins not only want a winning season, but they’re of course, after the FAA championship.

“Win it all, that’s our goal,” Brunswick senior starting pitcher/outfielder Player Crosby said. “This is my last year and I don’t want to go out like we did last year when we lost to Hamden Hall in the (FAA) semifinals.”

Photo by David Fierro: Riley Redahan of Brunswick hustles to third base during a game against Citius Prep/Baseball Academy.

The Bruins have won six FAA regular season titles and four FAA Tournament championships since 2012 and are once again, one of the top teams in the league this spring. They’ve had three league games thus far, going 2-1, but they have plenty coming up in the near future.

Brunswick travels to St. Luke’s School on Friday, hosts King School on April 25, visits Masters School on April 27 and plays host to Hamden Hall Country Day School on May 2. Coached by Johnny Montanez, the Bruins are also scheduled to face FAA rival Rye Country Day School on May 8 at home. Besides playing a competitive FAA schedule, the Bruins play several tough NEPSAC schools, along with some formidable out-of-state opponents.

“The team is doing well, we’re 2-1 in the FAA, I think we’re in a position to make a run for our goals in the FAA,” Montanez said. “We’re still the team to beat in the FAA I think.”

Brunswick pitcher Player Crosby gets ready to deliver a pitch, while Jerry Guzman gets ready in the field at third base.

Heading into today’s road matchup against Poly Prep, the Bruins were coming off a 6-2 home loss to Citius Prep/Baseball Academy – a non-league/out-of-state opponent. Crosby, a right-hander, who will further his baseball career at Coastal Carolina, received the start on the mound, pitched during 4-plus innings of work.

“I felt great, we faced a really good pitcher, he was throwing pretty quick,” Crosby said. “We are going to see that the whole year. If we jump on it (pitches) earlier in the game, I feel like we have a chance to win out the rest of the season.”

The Bruins’ standout pitching rotation is led by senior 6-foot-4 right-hander Boston Flannery, a Major League Baseball prospect. Flannery, who will be selected in the MLB Draft in June, has committed to play at the University of North Carolina, so he will indeed, have a decision to make soon.

Brunswick’s hard-throwing right-hander, who has displayed a fastball reaching the mid to upper 90s, struck out 12 batters in a 3-0 complete-game shutout win against Greens Farms Academy on April 15.

Brunswick’s Jackson Shepelsky leads off third base for the Bruins during a recent home game.

Dozens of MLB scouts have gathered to watch Flannery pitch for the Bruins, who are indeed, extremely tough to top with Flannery throwing his array of hard-to-hit pitches.

“Our pitching staff is amazing,” Montanez said. “Our starters give us solid innings and we’ve got a rotation of 11, possibly 12 people, so it’s pretty cool.”

Flannery, Crosby, junior Michael Yeager (committed to play baseball at the University of Virginia) and sophomore Jackson Shepelsky comprise a vaunted starting pitching rotation.

“The pitching staff is great and our bats are starting to come together,” Crosby said.

In a doubleheader sweep of Fieldston School last weekend, infielder/pitcher Riley Redahan, a senior, went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, while Flannery was 2 for 2, including a third-inning home run, to spark the Bruins. Alexander Giannuzzi, a junior, also paced the Bruins at the plate, delivering an RBI double.

Brunswick coach Johnny Montanez talks to Player Crosby at third base during a recent game at Brunswick.

In the Bruins’ 13-3 triumph against Fieldston in the opening game of a doubleheader, Yeager registered 10 strikeouts and did not yield a hit in four innings.

The second game of this past Saturday’s doubleheader versus Fieldston, an 8-0 Brunswick win, saw Shepelsky strike out six batters in five innings, while allowing only two hits to earn the win.

Junior infielder/pitcher Jerry Guzman smashed a two-run homer, while Redahan, Yeager, junior Reed Hyde, freshman Carlo Tucci and senior pitcher/outfielder Jurgis Schmedlen had a hit apiece in the winning effort.

Senior Sam Sealy, Hyde, senior William Butler and senior Wyatt Triestman are also among some of the Bruins’ pitchers.

Riley Redahan of Brunswick looks to make a throw after fielding a ground ball during a recent game at Brunswick.

“What we have to do to reach our goals, is throw strikes, play solid defense and put the ball in play,” noted Montanez, who has a record of 159-61-1 since taking over the helm in 2012.

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