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W hile the Princeton Day School baseball team doesn’t feature a dominant mound ace or a powerful slugger, it does boast a versatile group of seniors who can do just about anything on the diamond. “I don’t think we have a guy this year who can change t hings w it h one swing or maybe go out on the mound and shut people down, but we have five seniors and they all have plenty of experience,” said PDS head coach Brian Dudeck, referring to his Class of 2019 which includes Matt Nyce, Brendan Buccer i, Tommy Sarsfield, Kevin Flahive, and Vin Gasparro. “It is just a question of them putting everything together and getting out on the field and executing all of the stuff we have been practicing.” Dudeck is looking for two of those seniors, Nyce and Bucceri, to lead the Panther pitching staff. “Matt Nyce had pitched a lot and Brendan Bucceri did a lot for us last year,” said Dudeck. “He had more of closer’s role in the beginning of the season and took on a little more responsibility as the season went on. All the seniors will throw, but Nyce and Bucceri will be the main two guys.” PDS also features some young arms in freshman

Jackson Bailey together with sophomores Shivam Singh and Bryce Powell and junior John Carroll. “We have some kids that are going to do what they need to do,” added Dudeck. “We are working on the philosophy of having kids throw strikes and letting our guys in the field do their job.” The Panthers will need their seniors to do a good job with the bat. “In the last couple of years, Matt has done real well and Brendan has been good,” said Dudeck, who is also expecting Carroll and fellow junior Tom Bocian to contribute offensively. “All of the seniors have had times where they have done good things. It is a question of getting everyone on the same page and being consistent.” Around the diamond, PDS looks solid defensively.“We actually have our core infielders from last year,” said Dudeck, noting that Powell is at third base, Nyce is at shortstop, Carroll is at short or second, Sarsfield is at first and that freshmen Michael Carroll and Hunter Von Zelowitz are battling for a middle infield spot. “Tom Bocian is at catcher and he is being pushed by freshman Alex Stillwell, who is going to be a good player. We have Bucceri at centerfield, Gasparro in

left, and Flahive right. Singh has worked very hard and Chad Sprague, a junior, has worked very hard.” In Dudeck’s view, a strong work ethic has become a staple of the program over the years. “We have a nice core of kids who work out in the morning and do all of that kind of stuff,” said Dudeck, whose team went 9-11 in 2018. “One of the good things about our team is that we have a lot of mentorship and traditions that we are passed down from one group to the next. They normally have a real good work ethic, they do a lot of stuff on their own. They get together and go out and do things by themselves in the fall. They do what they need to do to get prepared. We don’t have a lot of numbers but we have some good kids.” Dudeck is hoping that hard work will pay dividends this spring. “The key right now is for them to trust their ability and go out, relax, play and have fun and let everything else take care of itself,” said Dudeck, whose team opened its 2019 campaign by losing 10-4 to Pennington last Monday and will play at Monroe on April 3 before hosting Lawrenceville on April 4 and St. Joe’s Metuchen on April 8. “With the numbers that we always have, we have pieces that we can move around. It is like playing a chess game.” —Bill Alden

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“Greenie is our guy; the cool thing about him is that he is consistent. He is always going to make those Joe Moore knew what he experience in the game.Date & From: _________________________ Time: __________________ crazy saves.” was getting into when he “We have some pret t y Here is a proof of your ad, scheduled to run ___________________. Learning from the opener, made his debut as the head good guys in place at the PDS showed more consisPlease check it thoroughly and pay special attention to the following: coach of the Princeton Day coaching level and we put tency as it defeated Peddie School team systems in place.” 20-3 on Saturday and then (Your boys’ checklacrosse mark will tell some us it’snew okay) for its season opener at the PDS boasts two very good Hun School last Thursday. guys in senior attackman topped Princeton High 17-3 last Monday. � Phone number � Fax number � Address � Expiration Date “It was pretty much what Coby Auslander and senior “It is playing together and was I was expecting - high goalie Connor Green Austempo, high speed, and a lander tallied two goals and how we respond, that is high level of lacrosse,” said an assist in the loss while thing I talked about after the game,” said Moore, whose Moore. Green recorded 17 saves. team plays at Lawrenceville Hun took control of the “Coby is going to be an on April 3 and Academy of tempo early on, jumping all around guy for us; he is New Church (Pa.) on April off to a 3-0 lead and while going to be somebody that 6 before hosting Pennington PDS pushed back, pulling to we look to to be that fireball on April 8. “We can either within 4-2 midway through for us to get the boys go- hang our heads or else we the second quarter on a goal ing in those situations when can turn this thing around.” by Cal Caputo, it never got you are down and you need —Bill Alden closer than that on the way somebody to step up,” said to a 13-5 loss. Moore. “We knew Hun was going Fast Food • Take-Out • Dine-In to try to get out to an early start on us and they did,” Hunan ~ Szechuan said Moore. “Unfortunately Malaysian ~ Vietnamese we couldn’t rally back.” Daily Specials • Catering Available Moore acknowledged 157 Witherspoon St. • Princeton • Parking in Rear • 609-921-6950 that Panthers had to work through some opening day glitches. “We kind of fell apart and got on each other a little more than I would have liked to see rather that sticking together,” said Moore. “It is early in the season, we have a lot of time to figure it out.” With the new coaching staff installing new schemes, Moore is confident that the Panthers will be on the same page going forward. “We have probably a 5-1 player coach ratio, it is no mistake for us that we have a bunch of coaches on the sideline,” said Moore, noting that his assistant coaches, Nate Small and Josh Frechette have extensive

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NYCE AND SMOOTH: Princeton Day School baseball star Matt Nyce fires a pitch in a 2018 game. Senior standout Nyce figures to provide production with his arm and bat this spring for the Panthers. PDS, which opened its 2019 campaign by losing 10-4 to Pennington last Monday, plays at Monroe on April 3 before hosting Lawrenceville on April 4 and St. Joe’s Metuchen on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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