Saints baseball adds 13 for 2018 season

Saints baseball adds 13 for 2018 season

ST. AUGUSTINE – Flagler College head baseball coach Dave Barnett announced 13 newcomers for the 2018 season.

The baker's dozen are Sam Carpenter (Gulf Breeze, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS), Hunter Connor (Daytona Beach, Fla./Father Lopez Catholic HS), Steven DiPuglia (Cooper City, Fla./Western Kentucky University), Roger "Trey" Frazier III (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS), Robert Girgis (Orange Park, Fla./Santa Fe College), Kenneth Gordon (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon HS), Jake Matulia (Eustis, Fla./Eustis HS), Kyle Morton (Fleming Island, Fla./Santa Fe College), David Neale (Brecksville, Ohio/Lakeland CC), Bryan Pijanowski (Ambler, Pa./Upper Perkiomen HS), Dillon Reed (Saint Johns, Florida/Santa Fe College), Jett Walsh (Palm City, Fla./Martin County HS) and Ryne Wollenburg (Savannah, Ga./Saint Andrew's School).

Girgis, Morton and Reed were all teammates at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. The trio helped lead the Saints to a 38-13 record and an appearance in the FCSAA state tournament where they fell to the eventual NJCAA national champion, Chipola College. Girgis, a 6-foot-1 southpaw, posted a 9-2 record with a 2.60 earned run average this past spring. He led the staff in wins and in strikeouts with 79. Morton, a 6-foot right-hander, had a 7-2 record with a 3.59 ERA and led the staff with 80 1/3 innings pitched. He earned all-conference honors. Reed is a 6-foot-3 outfielder who hit .354 and tied for second on the team with 64 hits. He led the team with 19 stolen bases.

Also coming to Flagler is Western Kentucky transfer Steven DiPuglia. The 6-foot-1 shortstop hit .253 as a freshman in 2016 for the Division I Hilltoppers. He ranked in the top 20 in D1 in sacrifice hits with 14. He played a little shortstop and third base last year at Western Kentucky.

Neale, a 6-foot-3 outfielder, played two years ago at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. In his one season with the Lakes, he led the team in hitting with a .407 average, eight home runs and 39 runs batted in. 

Freshman hurlers include Frazier, Walsh and Connor. Frazier is a 6-foot-1 righty who can also play some shortstop. He helped Sebring High to the district title game last year. Walsh is a 6-foot-5 lefty who posted a 1.30 ERA for Martin County High. Connor is a 6-foot-3 righty who pitched at Father Lopez High. 

Gordon and Pijanowski will compete for outfield spots in the fall. Gordon is a 5-foot-9 outfielder who has middle infield experience. He broke the Babylon High record for career runs scored as well as the stolen base mark with 113. Pijanowski is a 6-foot outfielder who led Upper Perkiomen High in hits, batting average, RBI, stolen bases, doubles and runs scored as a junior.

Matulia and Wollenburg will compete for spots in the infield. Matulia and Wollenburg both come from baseball families. Matulia's two older brothers played professionally and Wollenburg's father, Doug, played at The Ohio State University before playing pro ball in the Atlanta Braves organization. Wollenburg batted .514 in the spring and stole 32 bases.

Carpenter is a 6-foot-2 catcher from Pensacola Catholic High who helped lead the Crusaders to the Class 4A state championship game last May with a .515 batting average.

Flagler finished the spring with a 31-24 overall record and went an even 12-12 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Saints went 3-2 in the conference tournament, falling one game shy of the tournament championship game.