Kevin Huber admits his Salisbury School baseball team lacked pitching depth last season. Yet the Crimson Knights still ended up winning the Young Division of Western New England Prep Baseball League (WNEPBL) for a third consecutive year. However, Salisbury's bid to win the overall league title last spring came up short in a loss to Suffield Academy, as the Crimson Knights finished with a record of 12-5. Salisbury did take home the WNEPBL crown in 2018.
Fast forward to the present and those schools on Salisbury's upcoming schedule may want to stop and take notice. The Crimson Knights have replenished their pitching quota quite nicely with the addition of several new arms as they gear up for another title run. This coming on top of an already entrenched offensive and defensive corps that will need to remain strong within the always competitive WNEPBL.
“I’m very optimistic about the upcoming season,’’ said Huber, in preparation for his fourth year here. “We have more pitching depth then we did in 2019 and our roster is loaded with speed. We also pride ourselves on playing staunch defense. The direction and future of our league is promising, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that more and more families see boarding school as an exciting opportunity to pursue athletics and academics at an elite level. The high-end training facilities and the exposure to top level college programs are pretty compelling for young and talented players who want to put themselves in a position to reach the next level.”
Salisbury brings back Jordan Valentino (OF), Bayron Canales-Lopez (C), committed to Alvernia, Alex Dobbins (P) along with juniors Carlos Pena (OF), a Missouri commit, James Patrick (C), Chad Johnson (UTL) and Cole Wojtkowsk (SS), who will attend Bryant. Pena recently was invited to partake in the MLB Prospect Development Pipeline Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif., and remains a high draft prospect in 2021.