Baseball continues to excel at Brunswick. Heading into 2018, eighth-year skipper Johnny Montanez (112-36-1) built the Bruins into a regional power on the diamond, winning four FAA regular season titles and three tournament crowns since 2012. Additionally, the team owns numerous individual accolades, including state-wide coach and player of the year awards.
In 2017, the Bruins finished with a record of 14-6 and reached the chamionship game of the FAA for the third straight season.
Beyond annual spring training trips to Florida, the team also competes in Perfect Game tournaments in Georgia. During the season, the team faces one of the most difficult schedules in the region. Adding to a challenging FAA home-and-home slate, the Bruins schedule a number of talented baseball programs in the tri-state area.
Coach Montanez and his staff expect each player to maintain a standard of excellence to represent the Brunswick community. The coaching staff creates a daily environment designed to maximize the potential of all players, including members of the freshman, JV and varsity teams.
Many players continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level. Former Bruins have played for ACC, Big East, Ivy League, NESCAC and other top Division II and Division III programs.
Brunswick scored at least a run in five different innings against Greens Farms, dispatching the Dragons by an 8-0 score. Bruins’ hurlers Jake Hyde (2-0) and JD Sparks combined on the two-hit shut-out, as Aaron Sabato added some fireworks with a solo homer, his third of the season. The Bruins improve to 7-3 on the year and 4-1 in FAA play.
Jake Hyde’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie against visiting Salesian, as the Bruins won the non-league game, 1-0. With the win, the Bruins improve to 6-2 overall.
Brunswick scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings against visiting Hamden Hall, as the Bruins dismantled the Hornets on Friday, 16-0 in five innings. The league victory bumps the Bruins’ record to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in FAA play.
Brunswick overcame an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Avon Old Farms on Wednesday, 7-6. The non-league road win boosts the Bruins’ record to 4-2 on the season. Brunswick returns to action on Friday, April 13, with an FAA contest against Hamden Hall.
Brunswick fell behind in the first inning at King and could not catch the Vikings, losing the Tuesday FAA contest, 16-9. The league setback gives the Bruins a 2-1 FAA mark and an overall record of 3-2.
Brunswick no-hit St. Luke’s on Thursday, beating the Storm by a 12-0 margin in only five innings. The visiting Bruins collected just four hits, while drawing 10 walks and being hit six times by St. Luke’s pitchers. Following the win, Brunswick moves to 1-1 overall and stands at 1-0 in FAA action.
In the season-opener for Brunswick, Choate scratched a run across in the top of the eighth inning to beat the home-standing Bruins by a 2-1 score on Saturday. For the game, the two teams combined for 21 strikeouts and only five hits.