Team Preview: GWS/PDR - Class D
Anthony Soto Bo Mido Byrum Kost
Dave Garry Eric Eickhurst Eric Negron
Howie Letts James Jiminez
Jason Campalonga Kevin Kotch Matty Rubino OJ Dechristofano Ryan VanName
Shawn Johnson Todd Simo
3/3- Peters Creek, NC
3/24- Spring Thaw
3/31- Central Jersey Classic
4/14- Icebreaker, Read.
4/28- Spring Fling, Lkwd
5/5- Softball Nation, Medford
5/26- Beast of the East, Va. Beach
6/23- ASA States - Cape May or
6/23- Sunfest, Brick
7/21- Silver States- Softball Nation- Medford
7/28- USSSA "D" States
8/30- ASA "D" National - Columbus, Ohio
9/15- Softball Nation National - Silver - TBD
If your a true softball player and like good competition then you have to like what GWS/PDR is doing this 2012 softball season. GWS/PDR signed some big pickups this off season, moved up a class, and put together a very competitive schedule. With the team planning to play USSSA D, NSA D, ASA D, and SBN Silver they are surely in need of their travel bags. GWS/PDR will be traveling a lot this season testing their skills in an array of tournaments from their opening one in North Carolina to the Beast of the East in Virginia. GWS/PDR has put together a solid team that will make all teams in NJ open their eyes, not just the D level.
When a team competes in many different associations as well as playing a variety of different levels of teams you must have a versatile pitcher. GWS/PDR has just that, Tony Soto can do many things out on that mound. Soto has proven that he can get the job done and has been on many winning teams. Soto is a pitcher that works out there, he battles each and every batter. He not only brings some leadership to this team but his winning history will only aide in what the GWS/PDR team wants to do this season. Following Soto to the GWS/PDR team were a couple solid C level players from TNT flooring. Todd Simo and Tony Wargo are huge pickups for GWS/PDR and pivotal players for this team. Simo batted in the top third of the TNT lineup and his stick will be needed if the GWS/PDR wants to be successful. Simo is definitely one of the top hitters in the state so look for him to be even more productive on the D level circuit. Along with Simo from TNT is Tony Wargo, Wargo jumped on midseason with the class C team and honestly the sky is the limit with this young player. Wargo brings outstanding Defense and a solid stick to the lineup. He may have some of the best raw talent in the area and once this guy learns the game more watch out. Adding some leadership to GWS/PDR are Jimmy Jiminez and Bo Mido, formerly of PDR. It will be the job of these two gentlemen to set an example for the younger guys and keep the team focused.
The outfield for this GWS/PDR will look like this, Kevin Kotch (LF), Tony Wargo (CF), and Eric Eickhorst (RF). These three guys can go get it when needed and all of them have very solid arms. Speaking of solid arms will be the guys in the middle of a very good IF Eric Negron and Ryan Van Name. Turning double plays with this tandem should come very often and will surely be a deterrent to any teams rally. Anchoring an already solid lineup will also be OJ Dichristefano. OJ will have a break out season this year with some of the talent GWS/PDR has put around him. Look for OJ to be one of the best producers in the state.
With the new talent that GWS/PDR has brought in, I find it very hard to believe this team could fail. With the off season winding down and the 2012 season about to take off, GWS/PDR were possibly the most talked about team. Does this create pressure for a kinda new team? It sure does but that makes good teams even better. GWS/PDR will have to prove they can play with the likes of ACS/Above All Landscaping, Guttermaster, Santino's, and the other solid D teams during this 2012 season. With a very solid D class in NJ already, GWS just made it that much stronger. Good Luck to GWS/PDR this coming season and make sure you back up my boy Soto so his hair doesn't get out of place...