As part of our look at South Jersey baseball, beat writer Kevin Minnick will spend five minutes each week asking players from across the region a variety of questions. It’s not rehearsed, so players never know what they may be asked.
KM: What’s this season been like for you?
JM: It’s been up and down. We haven’t been able to get hot for a few games. We’d win two and then give one away. We’ve struggled.
KM: What kind of expectations did you have coming into the season?
JM: I expected to do better than I did. I didn’t really hit the way I wanted or throw.
KM: Any particular reasons why?
JM: I just had some bad games where I didn’t have good at-bats.
KM: Is baseball your only sport?
JM: Yes sir.
KM: Did you ever play anything else?
JM: I used to play basketball.
KM: Who’s your favorite major leaguer?
JM: David Ortiz.
KM: What’s your favorite color?
KM: What’s the last baseball movie you watched?
JM: Million Dollar Arm.
KM: Is there any hope for the Phillies?
JM: Not a shot.
KM: What’s your favorite subject in school?
KM: Who’s the funniest kid on the team?
JM: Zach Raczka and no one knows it. Hands down.
KM: What’s it like playing for Coach Bergholtz?
JM: It’s great. He’s a good coach and he knows what he’s talking about. I like him a lot.
KM: Your field has a dirt infield. Wouldn’t you rather play on grass?
JM: Absolutely grass. Our shortstop, Nolan Gerold, takes a lot of hits and during infield/outfield we had a freshman third baseman take one off his nose.
KM: What school is your biggest rival?
JM: Bishop Eustace
KM: What’s the one team not on your schedule that you’d love to play?
JM: St. Augustine. I have a couple of good friends on that team and I would have loved a shot to play them.
KM: On your home field, have you ever put one in the trees beyond center field?
JM: Last year against Paul VI.
KM: What’s it like walking the halls?
JM: It’s a great school. I really like the atmosphere. I transferred from Seneca after my freshman year and it was one of the best moves I ever made.
KM: How would you describe your high school experience?
JM: It’s been amazing. I couldn’t ask for more.
KM: What are your long-term goals?
JM: I want to go to college for baseball and major in health management. I want to run a hospital. It’s a very big goal but I think I have the right characteristics for the job. I’ve talked to my parents a lot about it.
KM: What’s one part of the game you’d change?
JM: No defensive shifts.
KM: What’s been your biggest baseball memory?
JM: Beating Bishop Eustace last year on a walk-off at our place. We beat them 7-6 and it was amazing. I was warming up in the bullpen and Albert Faiola hit a double off the wall. He was angry it didn’t go out even though we won.