About the Team
Baseball has always been known as “America’s Pastime.” It is a relatable game to so many and the history and experiences of the game are passed down through the family. It is a game inches and details. There are games within the game such as the pitcher against the hitter, baserunners against fielders, and more. It is a game of life. In life you will have ups and down, or streaks and slumps as we know them. How you deal with those times can make you a stronger, better person in the long run.
At Morris Catholic, we strive to teach the skills of life and the skills of the game the right way. We want our student-athletes to strive to become the best players they can be and contribute in their roles to the success of the team. Off the field, the Varsity team takes a Spring Training trip to Florida during the preseason in order to practice and play a few scrimmages in the warmer weather. This trip is essential not only for the baseball experience, but the team building that goes on during the trip. Like other MC sports, the boys play in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference in the Independence Division and are part of the North Non-Public B State Section. In 2013, the team won its first State Sectional Championship since 1979. Over the past few seasons, the Crusaders have competed well at the state, county, and conference levels. They have won two NJAC Independence Division championships or co-championships.
In 2017, MC Baseball lost to Newark Academy in the Sectional Semi-Final after defeating the 8 seed DePaul and the top seeded St. Anthony.
They finished the season 12-14 overall with a 5-5 record in conference. During the 2017 season, Chris Marquart recorded his 100th career hit.
In 2018, MC Baseball was the 11th seed in the 1st Round of the North Non Public B State Tournament and defeated the 6th seed Newark Academy in extra innings. They finished with a final record of 10-14 overall with a 5-5 record in conference. While pitching against Butler during the 2018 season, Stephen Scevoli recorded his 100th career strikeout.
Recent 100 Career Hit MC Players
2017- Chris Marquart
2016- Andrew Ferrera
2015- Justin Johannessen
2013- David Ferrera
Beyond the MC Field, Crusaders Playing in College
Nate Miller '18 - County College of Morris
Stephen Scevoli '18 - Cabrini University
Chris Marquart '17 - St. Peter's University
Brandon Johannessen '17 - Kean University
Andrew Ferrera '16 - Kean University
Kyle Melahn '15 - Misericordia University
Nick DeAngelis '13 - Fairleigh Dickinson University
About the Coaches
Nick Berg: Head Coach
Entering his 8th season with the baseball program, Coach Berg was named the Head Coach prior to the 2017 season. During his baseball coaching career at Morris Catholic, he has served as the JV coach and an assistant varsity coach under the previous two head coaches. In 2013, he was part of the coaching staff which led the MC baseball team to their first State Sectional Championship since 1979. He played and served as team captain for multiple sports at Morris Catholic from 2001- 2005- as a first baseman and outfielder in baseball and also a member of the Cross Country and Basketball teams. He believes in the development of the whole student-athlete- in the classroom, on the field, and in life development as young adults. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (2009) and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology (2012). Coach Berg works as a Mechanical Engineer at the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, at Picatinny Arsenal. He and his wife are both Morris Catholic graduates and reside in Allamuchy Township.
John O'Dell: Assistant Varsity Coach, Pitching Coach
This is Coach O'Dell's 2nd tenure in the Morris Catholic Baseball Program. From 2001-2003, he served as the MC JV Head baseball coach and then was promoted to Associate Varsity Head Coach from 2003-2006. He then left to coach his son on many Little League All Star teams and Post #390 American Legion Teams. His 2010 15U American Legion team went 20-2, losing in the NJ Legion State Championship. Coach O'Dell pitched for Morris Knolls HS Varsity baseball for 3 years and went on to play college baseball at CCM and Montclair State College. He also pitched in the Met League (Verona A's) and Morris County Majors (Montville Shamrocks). John has also been a Varsity Assistant hockey coach at Morris Knolls since 2013. He is a lifelong Denville resident and works for the Denville Police Department. He lives close to campus with his wife Sheila, son Johnny (Providence '18) and daughter Erin (Kean '18).
RJ Orr, JV Head Coach
Coach Orr started at MC in 2018 as the JV Head Coach. He played basketball and baseball at Parsippany High School and has gone on to coach several baseball travel teams over the years. He has also spent time as a Varsity Assistant Coach at Wayne Hills.
The Friends of Marty Organization
The Friends of Marty organization was formed in honor of Marty Boryczewski (MC Alum) who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. In his memory, a few of his baseball buddies from his MC days in the early 90's support MC Athletics through a scholarship program. The Friends of Marty are welcomed to a home baseball game each year to help fund raise and throw out the First Pitch. For more about the Friends of Marty visit their website http://www.friendsofmarty.org/