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EPC Baseball Previews 2024

Central Catholic Vikings

Head coach - Matt Moore (2nd year)

Last year - 9-15 overall; District XI qualifier: defeated Pine Grove 9-1 and Panther Valley 4-2, lost to Saucon Valley in finals 10-3; PIAA qualifier: lost to Neumann Gorretti 9-3 

Key losses to graduation - OF/P Cole Croslis, C Griffin Patridge, INF/C Kaden Beidler, INF Anthony Jones, Tamlin Ferguson, OF Ethan Hosak, P Josh Ossiander

Key returnees - Sr. OF Cole Cook, Jr. INF/P Charles Hahn, Jr. INF Anthony Grigoli, Soph. P Nolan Young

Newcomers - Jr. Matt Rader (Whitehall transfer), Soph. INF. Ryan Rooney, 

Season-opener - March 19 @ Whitehall

Outlook - Despite a losing record a year ago, CCHS qualified for districts and made a run to the finals and also qualified for states ... The Vikes were hit hard by graduation with the loss of 13 seniors, including a number of key starters ....The team will be very young this season and pitching should be a strength. Offensively, the Vikes were challenged a year ago being shutout in 8 games.

Roster -


Seniors - Cole Cook, Sean McClain, John Stapleton, Luke Myers

Juniors - Anthony Grigoli, Charles Hahn, Michael Martinez, Matt Rader, Zaylan Gibson


Sophomores - Nolan Young, Ryan Rooney, James Raynock, Nathan McClain, Sam Beckage, Nicholas owser, Andrew Bowser, Vincent Kozuch


Freshmen - Patrick Cahill, Jake Strobl

Pictured: Cole Cook, Matt Moore and Charles Hahn 

Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks


Head coach - Matt Corsi (4th season)


Last year -10-6 EPC (third), 14-9 overall; EPC Tournament lost to Liberty 12-2; District XI Tournament defeated Lehighton 11-1, lost to Blue Mountain 11-1

Key losses to graduation - OF Eric Wert (Seton Hall), Beckem McNally (Catholic Univ., injured last season), Pete Hrousis, P Adam Boyer, Jamel Clements, P Ben Kaczor

Key returnees - Jr. P/1B  Phil Taylor, Jr. P/1B Caden Deegan, Jr. OF Collin Peacock, Sr. INF Brayden Rader (1st Team EPC), Jr. Zach McCoy, Jr. Bryce Blawn

Season-opener: March 19 vs Liberty, Home 4 pm

Outlook - Injuries on the pitching staff hurt the Golden Hawks a year ago losing their No.1 pitcher (McNally) even before the season started. Deegan also missed some time. Despite that, BC still won 14 games and qualified for both the EPC and District XI playoffs, reaching the finals before losing to Blue Mountain. Non-league schedule includes: Archbishop Carroll, North Pocono, St. Joe's Prep and Wyoming Valley West

Roster -

Seniors - Jeremy Fryer, Dylan Pyle, Brayden Rader, Josh Yeakel-Mendez, Sam Bachman


Juniors - Collin Peacock, Joseph Casciano, Bryce Blawn, Phil Taylor, Zach McCoy, Petros Tsihlis, Willy Castillo, Caden Deegan, Kadin Hawk, Chris Tripp, Tyler Santay


Pictured: Brayden Rader, Collin Peacock, Matt Corsi

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