Paul VI Baseball has a Bright Future

by Marc Narducci; Photo courtesy of Marc Narducci | May 26, 2020
Paul VI Baseball has a Bright Future
Brett Young is one of many coaches going through sports withdraw, but the Paul VI head baseball coach is doing his best to keep up with his players, and like everybody else, looking forward to the day when sports can again begin.
 
All indications were that Paul VI was headed toward a banner season. Young, who turned the program around in his first four seasons, had a veteran team that had compiled consecutive 15-win seasons.
 
Since the quarantine he has been keeping up regularly with his players, those who were seniors this season and the underclassmen.
 
“We’ve been sending guys at-home workouts,” Young said.
 
And in turn, the players have been sending out workout videos, which has been sort of a team-bonding type of experience.
 
“They have been uploading videos doing things such as pushups,” Young said.
 
There is a competitive element to this as the players attempt to out-do each other.
 
Not only does this keep the team in shape, but it shows how much their coach cares. He understands that this group if lucky, won’t meet again on the field until likely next spring.
 
Young runs a summer league and while that project hasn’t been scrapped just yet, there is obviously the chance that it may not happen.
 
Still, there is plenty to do. Young, who was an all-South Jersey performer at Haddon Township, works extremely hard with helping his player get into college.
 
This season there were 11 graduating seniors. Eight of them will play baseball at the next level and three others are going to college but concentrating solely on athletics.
 
Young feels it is his responsibility to help the youngsters if they show a desire to play in college.
 
While there was no baseball this spring, he has kept plenty busy in dealing with college coaches for his underclassmen.
 
One his players, current junior Ryan Rumsey, has already verbally committed to Xavier. While Rumsey pitches and plays third base and outfield for Paul VI, he was recruited as a pitcher to Xavier.
 
“He is big and strong and has the grades to match his ability,” Young said.
 
The current sophomores at Paul VI will keep Young busy with recruiters and a main reason why the Eagles should have a potential Top 10 team in South Jersey next season.
 
According to Young, current sophomore lefthander John Ormsby has had schools such as Virginia, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State and LSU have been in contact.
 
“He is consistently throw 86-87 (MPH) with good command,” Young said.
 
Sam Juckett, a sophomore righthander has also generated Division I interest, according to Young.
 
Three other young players, sophomore catcher Dechlin Williams, sophomore catcher-outfielder Demetrius Fifis and freshman shortstop Michael Lucarelli are also on the radar of Division I coaches.
 
It makes Young excited about the future and when baseball does indeed return, he will make sure that his team is ready.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo courtesy of Marc Narducci

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