varsity baseball

Baseball

Varsity

Overview

NJ PREP A CHAMPIONS

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Blair’s baseball program is highly competitive. We play a 24-game schedule against strong Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) opponents (Peddie, Lawrenceville, Hun, Hill and Mercersburg) and top public high schools. The season culminates with the New Jersey prep “A” tournament. Blair's JV team (freshmen and sophomores) plays a 14-15 game schedule.

The School's Wakefield Diamond is one of the finest baseball facilities in the state. It includes a beautiful bluegrass infield with DuraEdge infield mix, an outfield with college dimensions, state-of-the-art dugouts, pitching/fungo machines, two indoor and two outdoor batting cages, four outdoor bullpen mounds and three indoor mounds.

Blair's baseball philosophy is to be as fundamentally sound as possible. The team concentrates on proper mechanics for each phase of the game and then incorporates them into game situations. No detail is too small. Players must be ready to play every pitch for the team to be successful. Blair teams are always well prepared and are in the hunt for the MAPL and New Jersey prep championships every year.

Many Blair baseball players have gone on to play at the collegiate level at schools including Vanderbilt University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Brown University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, Creighton University, University of Massachusetts, Old Dominion University, Rollins College, Rider University, Babson College, Widener University, Wofford University, Ohio Wesleyan, Ohio University, Lafayette College, Trinity College, Nicholls State, Union College, Middlebury College, Dickinson College and Lynchburg College.

For more information on Blair baseball, email Coach Haase.

Teddy Cillis '13

Teddy Cillis ’13
Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 2018 MLB draft

Blair gave me the tools to not only be successful on the diamond, but also the skills to thrive in the classroom and beyond. I am grateful for the experiences I gained at Blair that allowed me to further my baseball career with the Kansas City Royals organization.

Liam Sabino '14

Liam Sabino ’14
Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2018 MLB draft

Attending Blair started me on the path that has led me to where I am today. The entire experience of living away from home at such a young age, going to school and interacting with people I came to admire became my classroom. There isn’t much I come across in my life now, especially with the life I lead and the journey that brought me here, that I didn’t encounter at Blair first, and that’s the definition of preparation through experience. For a parent, I’d imagine that’s exactly what you’d want for your child: the comfort of knowing that he or she will graduate a prepared, well-rounded individual, associated with influential people in their lives going forward. Being a Blair student from 2011 to 2014 was a pivotal time in my life, filled with incredible lessons and memories, and I would encourage anyone with the opportunity to attend to seriously consider it.

Meet the Coaches

About Coach Haase

A 1999 graduate of Rutgers University, interim head varsity coach Gary Haase has worked as a senior probation officer for the state of New Jersey for the past 17 years. He is also co-owner of the Sussex Stags, a semi-pro football team based in Newton, New Jersey, that he has coached for a number of seasons since 2010. Prior to coaching at Blair, Coach Haase served as offensive coordinator at North Warren Regional High School (2003-2008), offensive coordinator of the northeast Pennsylvania Miners (2009) and defensive coordinator at High Point High School (2011-2012). Coach Haase resides in Blairstown with his wife, Kerry, and three children, Zach, Luke and Bryn.

Contact Coach Haase at haaseg@blair.edu for any questions.

About Coach Russell

Michael Russell joined Blair’s history faculty in 2019. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Georgetown University (1998); JD at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (2008); and master’s degree in teaching at the University of the Cumberlands (2013). A former attorney in the Massachusetts state courts, Michael taught history for six years prior to coming to Blair at Dubai American Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Asia Pacific International School in Seoul, South Korea, and Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. He teaches modern European history and Advanced Placement comparative government and politics at Blair; he also coaches JV boys’ soccer and varsity baseball. Michael and his wife, Associate Dean of College Counseling Shana Russell, are the housemasters of Freeman Hall, where they reside with their sons, Teddy and Ripley. The Russell family enjoys traveling the world to experience new cultures, foods, sights and geographies.

Schedule

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Roster

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News & Recaps

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Past Results

Spring 2019

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
vs.
Peddie
Away Loss 2-8
vs.
Warren Hills
Away Loss 3-7
vs.
Pennington
Away Loss 8-12
vs.
Mercersburg
Home Loss 2-3
vs.
Mercersburg
Home Win 15-5
vs.
Sparta High School
Away Loss 1-14
vs.
Lawrenceville
Away Win 8-3
vs.
Hun
Home Loss 1-11
vs.
Princeton Day School
Home Loss 0-5
vs.
vs. Peddie @ Richmond County Bank Stadium (Staten Island), Peddie
Home Win 5-4
vs.
Lawrenceville
Home Win 7-6
vs.
Hun
Away CANCELLED
vs.
Newton High School
Away Loss 4-5
vs.
Hill School
Away Win 1-0
vs.
St. Benedict's Prep
Home Win 7-4
vs.
Oratory Prep
Home CANCELLED
vs.
Randolph High School
Home CANCELLED
vs.
Hun
Away Loss 0-11
vs.
Hill School
Home Loss 3-6
States vs. Peddie
Away Loss 1-4
States vs. Lawrenceville
Away Loss 0-10

Spring 2018

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Peddie
Win 4-3
vs.
Mercersburg
Loss 8-18
vs.
Mercersburg
Loss 3-8
vs.
Lawrenceville
Win 4-3
vs.
Hun
Loss 0-17
vs.
St. Benedict's Prep
Win 11-1
vs.
Hill School
Loss 0-7
vs.
Newton High School
Loss 3-13
vs.
Hun
Loss 3-4
vs.
Warren Hills
Loss 1-11
vs.
Lawrenceville
Loss 0-13
vs.
Pennington
Loss 8-18
vs.
High Point
Loss 4-10
vs.
Oratory Prep
Loss 6-18
vs.
Peddie
Win 13-12
vs.
Hill School
Loss 4-22
States vs. Lawrenceville
Win 4-2
Hun - States (finals) @ Rowland Park Fields
Loss 4-5

Spring 2017

Date Opponent Location Time Results
3/23 Rye Country Day School Away 6:00 pm 1-2 L
3/23 Cedar Grove High School Away 8:30 pm 2-8 L
3/24 North Hills High School Away 3:00 pm 3-14 L
3/29 Peddie Away 4:00 pm 11-1 W
4/1 Hun Home 2:00 pm 1-6 L
4/5 Princeton Day School Away 4:15 pm 2-8 L
4/8 Mercersburg Home 1:00 pm 1-8 L
4/8 Mercersburg Home 3:00 pm 5-6 L
4/10 Pennington Away 4:30 pm 3-4 L
4/12 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 2-1 W
4/19 St. Benedicts Home 4:00 pm 14-1W
4/22 Hill Away 2:00 pm 12-5 W
4/26 Peddie Home 4:15 pm 11-1 W
4/29 Hun Away 2:00 pm 2-9 L
5/1 North Warren Away 4:15 pm 2-9 L
5/3 Lawrenceville Home 4:00 pm 2-6 L
5/4 East Brunswick High School Away 5:00 pm 0-7 L
5/8 High Point Home 4:00 pm 7-2 W
5/11 Warren Hills Away 4:00 pm 3-13 L
5/13 Hill Home 2:00 pm
5/15 Hill Home 4:15 pm 3-13 L
5/17 Hun - State Tournament Away 3-12 L
5/20 Peddie - State Tournament Away 15-5 W
5/20 Lawrenceville - State Tournament Away 10:00 am 6-7 L

Spring 2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
3/24 Newark Academy (scrimmage) Home 4:30 pm
3/30 Pennington Home 4:15 pm 4-15 L
4/2 Hun Home 2:00 pm
4/4 St. Benedict's Home 4:30 pm
4/5 Hun Home 4:15 pm 2-5 L(OT)
4/9 Mercersburg Away 12:30 pm
4/10 Mercersburg Away 12:00 pm 2-15 L
4/10 Mercersburg Away 2:00 pm 0-15 L
4/13 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 1-7 L
4/16 Peddie Home 2:30 pm 1-2 L
4/18 St. Benedict's Home 4:15 pm 14-2 W
4/20 Hill Away 4:00 pm 14-15 L(OT)
4/22 North Warren Home 4:15 pm 8-5 W
4/25 Princeton Day School Home 4:15 pm 1-5 L
4/27 Peddie Away 4:15 pm 2-7 L
4/30 Hun Away 2:30 pm 1-6 L
5/4 Lawrenceville Away 4:00 pm
5/5 Rutgers Prep Home 4:30 pm 2-0 W
5/7 Newton Home 3:00 pm
5/10 Lawrenceville Away 4:15 pm 2-3 L
5/12 Randolph High School Home 4:15 pm 5-14 L
5/14 Hill Home 1:30 pm 0-4 L
5/18 Hun (states) Away 4:15 pm 2-1 W
5/20 Peddie in state tournament TBD 12:00 pm 1-2 L

Spring 2015

Date Opponent Location Time Results
3/24 Rutgers Prep (scrimmage) Home 4:15 pm Canceled
3/28 Berkshire 1:00 pm PPD
3/31 St. Benedict's Home 4:15 pm PPD
4/1 Hun Home 4:00 pm PPD
4/4 Pennington Away 2:00 pm 2-0 W
4/6 High Point Home 4:15 pm 8-0 W
4/8 Peddie Away 4:00 pm 1-7 L
4/11 Mercersburg Home 1:30 pm 0-4 L
4/11 Mercersburg Home 4:00 pm 3-4 L
4/13 St. Benedict's Home 4:15 pm 10-2 W
4/15 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 9-1 W
4/16 Lenape Valley Home 4:15 pm 3-1 W
4/17 Princeton Day School Away 4:00 pm 7-2 W
4/18 Vernon Home 2:00 pm 10-12 L(OT)
4/21 Hun Home 4:15 pm 5-10 L
4/22 Hill Away 4:00 pm PPD
4/23 Hill Away 4:15 pm 3-1 W
4/25 Peddie Home 2:30 pm 7-0 W
4/27 North Warren Home 4:15 pm 4-0 W
4/29 Newton Away 3:45 pm 7-4 W
5/2 Hun Away 3:45 pm 1-5 L
5/5 Pequannock Home 4:15 pm 3-11 L
5/6 Lawrenceville Away 4:00 pm 4-2 W
5/7 Randolph High School Home 4:15 pm 4-3 W
5/9 Hill Home 2:30 pm 2-1 W
5/13 Lawrenceville (state quarters) Home 4:00 pm 1-0 W
5/16 Hun (state semis) Away 1:00 pm 4-0 W
5/17 Hun (state finals) Away 11:00 am 0-2 L
5/17 Hun (state finals) Away 1:30 pm 12-0 W

Alumni Playing in College

Blair Baseball Alumni Playing in College

Teddy Cillis
Teddy Cillis '13
Hofstra University
Andrew Green
Andrew Green '13
University of Maryland


Jake Spezial
Jake Spezial '13
Brown University
Jordan Barbarotta
Jordan Barbarotta '14
UMass Amherst

Kyle Jacksic
Kyle Jacksic '14
Lynchburg College


Sean Lubreski
Sean Lubreski '14
NJIT
Liam Sabino
Liam Sabino '14
Vanderbilt University

Eddie Lehr
Eddie Lehr '15
Babson

Brett Lubreski
Brett Lubreski '15
NJIT

JV

Overview

Blair’s baseball program is highly competitive. We play a 24-game schedule against strong Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) opponents (Peddie, Lawrenceville, Hun, Hill and Mercersburg) and top public high schools.

The season culminates with the New Jersey prep “A” tournament. Blair's JV team (freshmen and sophomores) plays a 14-15 game schedule.

The School's Wakefield Diamond is one of the finest baseball facilities in the state. It includes a beautiful Bermuda grass infield with DuraEdge infield mix, an outfield with college dimensions, state-of-the-art dugouts, two outdoor batting cages and four bullpen mounds.

Blair's baseball philosophy is to be as fundamentally sound as possible. The team concentrates on proper mechanics for each phase of the game and then incorporates them into game situations. No detail is too small. Players must be ready to play every pitch for the team to be successful. Blair teams are always well prepared and are in the hunt for the MAPL and New Jersey prep championships every year.

Many Blair baseball players have gone on to play at the collegiate level at schools including Vanderbilt University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Brown University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, Creighton University, University of Massachusetts, Old Dominion University, Rollins College, Rider University, Babson College, Widener University, Wofford University, Ohio Wesleyan, Ohio University, Lafayette College, Trinity College, Nichols State University, Union College, Middlebury College, Dickinson College and Lynchburg College.

For more information on Blair baseball, email .

Meet the Coach

Meet Coach Thomas

Matt Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Central Florida (2005) and brought more than a decade of government and public policy experience to his role as a Blair history teacher when he joined the faculty in 2017. He began his career as a staff assistant to Senator Bill Nelson before becoming a lobbyist and government-relations specialist in 2007. Matt worked for two major Washington, D.C., law firms over the next 10 years, serving as an advisor to attorneys and clients on a variety of issues before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies; his areas of expertise include energy, the environment, data and cyber security, federal funding and appropriations, and financial regulatory reform. He authored articles for several publications, including Law360, Lexology and Inside Cybersecurity, and co-authored a textbook chapter covering federal policy perspectives on the rise and use of big data. Matt teaches U.S. history and western civilization at Blair and coaches 3rds boys’ basketball and JV baseball. He lives in Hillside House with his wife, Assistant Dean of College Counseling Britt Freitag.

 

 

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
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Roster

No players were found for this team

Photos

View more photos from the 2020 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Spring 2018

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Hun
Loss 7-10

Spring 2017

Date Opponent Location Start Info
4/5 Princeton Day School Away 4:15 pm 13-8 W
4/12 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 13-9 W
4/19 High Point Home 4:00 pm
4/22 Peddie Home 2:30 pm
5/1 North Warren Away 4:15 pm
5/3 Lawrenceville Home 4:00 pm
5/6 Hun Home 1:00 pm
5/8 Belvidere Away 4:15 pm
5/10 Lawrenceville Home 4:00 pm 8-7 W
5/11 Warren Hills Away 4:00 pm
5/13 Hill Home 2:00 pm
5/17 Gill St. Bernard's Home 4:00 pm

Spring 2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/2 Hun Away 2:30 pm PPD
4/11 Lawrenceville Away 4:30 pm PPD
4/19 North Warren Away 4:15 pm 9-7 W
4/23 Lawrenceville Home 2:30 pm 5-2 W
4/26 Peddie Home 4:30 pm Canceled
4/29 Hun Home 4:15 pm 6-25 L
5/6 Princeton Day School Home 4:15 pm PPD
5/11 Peddie Away 4:15 pm 8-2 W
5/13 North Warren Home 4:15 pm Canceled
5/17 High Point Home 4:15 pm 4-9 L

Spring 2015

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/1 Hun Away 4:00 pm PPD
4/6 High Point Home 4:15 pm 1-9 L
4/8 Peddie Away 4:00 pm 4-17 L
4/10 St. Benedict's Home 4:15 pm PPD
4/15 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 6-7 L
4/17 Princeton Day School Away 4:00 pm 8-2 W
4/18 Vernon Home 2:00 pm 2-21 L
4/22 Hill Home 4:00 pm Canceled
4/25 Peddie Home 2:30 pm 5-9 L
4/27 North Warren Home 4:15 pm 12-12 T
4/29 Newton Away 3:45 pm 6-14 L
5/2 Hun Home 2:00 pm 7-20 L
5/6 Lawrenceville Away 4:00 pm 11-15 L
5/9 Hill Away 2:30 pm 3-4 L
5/12 Roxbury Home 4:15 pm 5-8 L