Stellpflug’s ’21 experience paying off for Somerville as Pioneers seek SCT finals berth

Somerville starter Kolbie Stellpflug delivers to the plate in the fourth inning against Bridgewater-Raritan on April 21, 2022. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Then-sophomore Kolbie Stellpflug pitched a lot in his first season of high school baseball, with his freshman campaign wiped out by COVID-19.

And he didn’t do poorly by a longshot. In eight appearances, he never took a loss, going 4-0 on the season, which ended with a loss in the sectional quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

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But even that kind of season strengthened him, to the point he’s the ace of the staff in 2022, and getting the ball in the first Somerset County Tournament in three years, when his second-ranked Somerville Pioneers (10-7) face 6th-seed Rutgers Prep (12-2) Monday at 4 pm at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater.

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Central Jersey Sports Radio will broadcast the game live, with pregame set for 3:40 pm. Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the action; click here to listen.

This year, Stellpflug is 3-1, with a 3.58 ERA, and pitching well, especially of late. Head coach Chris Banos says he’s been pressing less, focused more on the hitters, and has become a more consistent pitcher in his most recent starts.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Somerville junior pitcher Kolbie Stellpflug:

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