Spring Travel (Middle School) Team (Grade 8)
Summit Middle School boys in 8th Grade are eligible to try out for SJBB's Spring Travel team. Players tryout and a team is selected by the Middle School coaching staff from the Suburban League players to compete against other middle school teams in our area. While it is a Summit Jr. Baseball funded team, the Middle School team is designed to be a "feeder" program to the high school baseball program. A professional coach runs all aspects of the team. This coach schedules and performs all team tryouts, team selection, game scheduling and practice time. All players trying out for this team must be registered and play with SJBB's Suburban Spring program. Any appeals to this requirement must be made in writing to the Registrar and Director of Operations for Executive Board consideration.
Front (from left): Jack Washburn, Trevor Donatacci, Ben Lim, Matt Mormile, Max Model
Middle (from left): Kunal Sengupta, Peter Galuppo, Owen Wilkins, Matt Murdock, Matt Wilson, Grant Douglas, Coach Ike Welsh
Back (from left): Jack Froschauer, Michael Mahecha, Will Schaffer
Not pictured: Patrick Tully
SJBB 8th Grade Team Finishes Remarkable Season
Finishing with a stellar record of 15-1, the SJBB 8th Grade Team recently concluded its most successful season in recent years. Led by a strong offense, the talented squad from Summit outscored its opponents 151-46 in its 16 game season. Complementing the offense was a strong pitching staff that consistently stifled the opposing teams, collecting 5 shutout performances. Amazingly, the staff delivered two consecutive no-hitters; one on April 22 and the other on April 23. Will Schaffer no-hit Park Middle School from Scotch Plains on April 22 followed by Grant Douglas and Matt Murdock combining to no-hit David Brearley Middle School on April 23. The last week of the season included a dramatic finish. On May 21, Jack Washburn connected on a bases-loaded, two out, walk-off double to drive in the game-tying and game-winning run to defeat Liberty Middle School of West Orange 6-5. Coach Welsh could not be more proud of his team. “This special group of young men played with skill, determination, focus, and character. It was a meaningful experience to watch these players respond to challenges and play at a high level throughout the season.”