Manager: Keith Babula
2014: 22-5-1, second place; won playoffs
Home field: Life Center Field, Florence
Roster: Keith Babula of, Shaun Babula p-of, Ryan Bell p-if-of, Casey Donahue 2b, Brandon Elliott p, Matt Fischer c, Ronnie Grant of, Paul Guerrieri c-1b, Sam Guckin p-if; Kevin Gunter p, Sean Gusrang if, Marshall Harden 3b-p, John Harvey p, Matt Hill of, Vinny James c-of, Matt Jolly if, Justin McFadden of-c, Sean McNeil of-p;
Garrett Mull of, Max Newill p, Andy Noga p, Anthony Perez of, Pedro Perez ss, Jon Reiner 1b, Kyle Semmel of, Jon Wilkins p.
Outlook: Dom Gallone, Dan Hennigan, Zach Skidmore, Carl Taylor and Dave Viselli are gone. But Paul Guerrieri and Jon Reiner (injured last year) and Sean Gusrang (Independent ball the last two years) return. And adding Riverside High’s Sam Guckin to a pitching staff that already includes Shaun Babula, John Harvey, Ryan Bell, Jon Wilkins, Max Newill, Kevin Gunter, Marshall Harden, Andy Noga, Pedro Perez, Sean McNeil and Brandon Elliott is almost a 15-yard penalty for piling on.
Manager: Brett Miller
2014: 23-4-1, first place; lost in playoff final
Home field: Memorial Park, Cinnaminson
Roster: Kyle Ballay if, Craig Carroll p, John Dockins ss, Bill Dove c, Eric Gertie p, Geoff Gilbert of, Greg Gilbert 2b, Jim Goodwin p;
Anthony Guido p, Connor Hall 1b, Clinton Hart p, Kyle Higgins 2b, Matt Janulis 1b, Brett Miller p, Dennis O’Hanlan 3b, Cole Pewor if; Christian Rahman p, Alex Sankey p, Greg Santoro p, Frank Sirolli of, Joe Sirolli of, Jeff Vitale if, Mike Wasco of-1b-dh, Tim Wasco if, Mark Wickersham 3b-p.
Outlook: Frank Sirolli will miss the 2015 season after an injury suffered in last year’s York Tournament, and the fleet center fielder is a big loss. In addition, side-armed righty Ryan Varga is not on an RVL roster for the first time since 1999, and slugger Dan Gavlik (.441, 24 RBI) did not return. But shed no tears for the Reds, because EVERYBODY else is back, and Brett Miller added Connor Hall and Cole Pewor from the defunct Mount Laurel team. Cinnaminson can nearly match Burlington in pitching depth, with Craig Carroll, Eric Gertie, Jim Goodwin, Anthony Guido, Clinton Hart, Christian Rahman, Alex Sankey and Greg Santoro.
Manager: Harry Thompson
2014: 11-15, tied for fifth place
Home field: Harry Thompson Field, Southampton
Roster: Joe Argow p, Jim Best of-c, Zeke Boren p-if, Jack Bujanowski of-dh, John Bujanowski of, Frank Cerami p-3b, Pat Donnelly 2b; Mike Ferrara dh, Dave Gibson p, James Hoff of, Stefan Kancylarz ss, Andrew Lydon if, Greg Miller 3b-p, Jesse Pappler 1b; Reid Pulford c, Allan Smith p, Dave Stieb p, Ian Thomas of-c, Harry Thompson dh, Damon Valloreo p, Scott Wilhelm p.
Outlook: A busy offseason saw nine players released, including veterans Kevin Carty, Troy Foster, Vern Powell, Danny Williams, Ryan Williams and Rex Workman. But Harry Thompson fully expects his 60th year in the RVL to be an improvement. The veteran manager expects the return of Stefan Kancylarz and Greg Miller to give him what could be the league’s best shortstop-third base combination. The acquisition of stud catcher Reid Pulford, who caught Merchants teammate Dave Stieb at West Chester University, will be an upgrade, too. And the pitching, with Stieb, Joe Argow, Zeke Boren, Dave Gibson, Allan Smith, Scott Wilhelm, Damon Valloreo and Riverside pickup Frank Cerami will be a strength.
Pine Barrens Phantoms
Manager: Gerry Lamola
2014: 17-10-1, third place
Home field: Patty Bowker Field, Tabernacle
Roster: Tyler Allison 2b-of, Mason Anderson p, Connor Arsenault if-of, Cameron Bahr c-1b, Kyle Brown p-of, Alex Campbell c-1b, Anthony Coniglio p, Mike Cogliano p; Matt Curry p, Ryan Derry p, Trent Fiori, Mike Follett cf, Vince Gares 2b-of, Nick Goetz, Nick Henderson p-of, Tyler Kaiser 3b;
Ronnie Krankowski p-of-1b, Ryan Krupa 2b, Austin Kurey, Mike Lamola of, Alec Marconi p, Dylan Mengal, Shane Pastore if-of, Eric Sellito rf.
Outlook: The Phantoms have two new sponsors — Mall Chevrolet and American Sheds — and they have to replace key players in Phil Shellenberger (.417) and Rich Powelson, and pitchers Mike Kondrath and Louis Aikins. But Gerry Lamola returns some top players, too, like Ronnie Krankowski, Tyler Kaiser, Eric Sellito, Nick Henderson, Mike Follett, Cameron Bahr and Alex Campbell. Mason Anderson was 7-1 last year as an RVL “rookie.”
Manager: Mike Stumpf
2014: 11-15, tied for fifth place
Home field: J.F. Kennedy Rec Center, Willingboro
Roster: Bryan Bessinger ss, Justin Binder if-of, Nick Cancelliere p, Jorge Clavo p, Erik Danser 1b-p, Kevin Faber p, Jordan Glover of, Kazon Godwin of;
Mike Gulli c, Aiden Hernandez p, Dan Hill if-p, Mike Juckett p, Jose Martinez c, Wilbert Martinez p, Connor MacFarlane p, C.J. McNutt p; Kellen Peter 1b-dh, Drew Rodriguez of, Jamie Schwantes dh-1b, Matt Speckmann ss-of, Rich Stronski of, Mark Stumpf 2b, John Walls of, Jon Wetzel of-dh.
Outlook: Change was in the air in the RVL offseason, but the Boro Boys return almost their entire starting team and most of their pitchers. That means Willingboro will be a tough opponent, especially come “August in V-town” — the RVL playoffs.
Manager: Kodi Byrnes, Mike Hynes
2014: 12-15-1, fourth place
Home field: Bob Kenney Field, Riverside
Roster: Brandon Barnes of, Chaz Briggs 2b, Jeff Briggs of-1b, Cullen Carter 3b, Harry Cicale of, Dan Coughlin p, Tyler Dipascal ss, Jesse Fante p-1b, Alex Forte p;
Joe Gutowski p, Dan Hornyak p, Kevin Joo p, Brett Knazek 3b-1b, Joe Knazek c, Brett McLaughlin c, Jon McGugan c, Eric Oliver of;
Jacob Reeder 1b, Jason Sabol of, Josh Sabol ss, Donnie Strain of, Tyler Wolf of, Taylor Zackman of.
Outlook: Another basically-the-same roster, with the solid addition of Mount Laurel outfielder Brandon Barnes. The Knazek brothers, Brett and Joe, are dirty-uniform guys at third base and catcher, while 2014 saw big-time performances by cf Jeff Briggs, lf Eric Oliver and ss Josh Sabol. Pitching, as it does in baseball at every level, will be the difference, and the return of lefty Kevin Joo immediately improves the staff.
Burlington Township Pirates
Manager: Ed Eifert
2014: 1-26, eighth place
Home field: Viereck Field, Burlington Twp.
Roster: Ian Biluck c-if, Matt Chimiego p-1b, Phil Dunbar 1b-p-dh, Brian Eifert if-p, Ed Eifert of, Eddie Eifert if, Wayne Feret of, Luke Hendricks of-p; Eddie Hoffman if-p, Matt Horton p-1b, Jake Kaighn of-p, Matt Klish if-p, Eddie Kotch of, Zach Lang p-1b, Devin McDermott c-1b-dh; Eli Mireles of, Joe Parzyck c-of, Zack Schuyler p-if, Dennis Stewart 1b-of-p, Jeremy Swanson of, Dave Torres if-of, Mike Zier of-if-p.
Outlook: A busy offseason saw Eifert clear house, releasing nine players from the roster. Wayne Feret and Mike Zier return to supply the offense for the Pirates. The Eifert brothers, Eddie and Brian, are solid guys, and Burlington Township High star Zack Schuyler should provide an infusion of youthful enthusiasm.