Poised freshman Fronio will get the ball for Rutgers Prep in quest for its first SCT title since 2017

Freshman Zach Fronio pitches against Somerville in the SCT semifinals on May 9, 2022. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Rutgers Prep doesn’t have a long and storied history in the Somerset County Tournament, or a host of county championship markers along its outfield wall.

But if the young man who will take the mound Monday night in the Somerset County Tournament Championship Game (7 pm, on CJSR) against top-seed Ridge (19-2) has anything to say about it, the Argonauts (18-3) may be on the verge of writing an exciting new chapter.

Consider this: even though Rutgers Prep’s only trip to the finals resulted in their first and only SCT title, and even though it was five years ago, a win Monday night would give them two of the last four SCT crowns – since the 2020 season was cancelled due to COVID, and last year’s event wasn’t played due to the condensed season.

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And then consider the youth on this Rutgers Prep team, the impact they’re already making, and the impact they – and those to come – will have.

To wit: on the mound, it’s freshman Zach Fronio (3-0, 1.08 ERA) who will get the start at TD Bank Park Monday. He has already committed to play Big Ten baseball at the University of Maryland, and veteran skipper Larry Santowasso has increasingly trusted Fronio with the ball in big game situations this year.

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At the plate, it’s another freshman who can bash the ball with the best of them: Andrew Parisi. He’s only hitting .561 with nine homers and 47 runs batted in. Enough to make opposing pitchers cry.

And all that’s not even mentioning the rest of the team: Junior outfielder James Jackman is hitting .386, while freshman Cody Rullo is hitting .371 on the year.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Rutgers Prep head coach Larry Santowasso:

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