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Holy Ghost Prep 2024 baseball preview 
 

Head coach: Greg Olenski '10

2023 record: 13-8 record, lost to Upper Perkiomen in the PIAA District One Class
4A semifinals
 
Key players lost to graduation: Aiden Robbins (playing D-I baseball at Seton
Hall University); Matt Goldenbaum (D-I pitcher recovering from Tommy John
surgery at University of South Florida); Matt Gonglik (playing baseball at Eastern
University); Reese Acord; Will Kalac; Noah McDermott


Key returnees: Seniors Justin Lucas and Joey Amati; junior Alex Hubbard;
sophomores Eddie Rosado, Matt Baker, and Matt Riendeau


Top newcomer: Sophomore infielder Jake Keaser (committed to Virginia Tech)


2024 season outlook: The Holy Ghost Prep baseball team, a traditional PIAA District One powerhouse, should be one of the area’s best teams this spring and for the next couple springs after that. That’s because head coach Greg Olenski ’10 has pitching options aplenty—led by senior Justin Lucas, sophomore Matt Riendeau, sophomore Nate Spingler, and junior Alex Hubbard—and a roster that features a nice mix of youth and experience.

The HGP contingent of seniors is led by the aforementioned lefty pitcher Lucas and senior infielder Joey Amati, who has committed to college baseball at the University of Scranton. Junior Keith Freiband is another upperclassman to watch for the Firebirds. The addition of middle infielder Jake Keaser, a Springside Chestnut Hill Academy transfer who has already committed to play Division One baseball at Virginia Tech, adds to an already impressive group of sophomore players in the program. In fact, Keaser, outfielder Eddie Rosado (.300 hitter as a freshman varsity player in 2023), catcher Matt Baker (.275 hitter as a freshman) and pitcher Matt Riendeau (2.00 ERA in 27 varsity innings pitched in 2023) are four of the area’s best players in the Class of 2026. All four could easily blossom into Division One players over the course of their Ghost careers.

How deep is the reservoir of sophomore talent in the program, you ask? Olenski will likely start an all-sophomore outfield of Rosado, Tyler Bergkoetter, and Matt Evans and all three will get better and better playing against the HGP’s annual rugged schedule.

When asked why he plays such a tough schedule, Olenski says: “Challenges and adversity are needed to build a calloused mind. Inevitably, we will get knocked down but the team’s growth will be measured on how they respond when adversity strikes. Ultimately, the strength of the regular season schedule will be used as preparation to play well into the month of June (district and state playoff time)—which is our goal every year.”

 

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