The Post-Gazette's preseason baseball rankings put Vincentian Academy right on the top of Class A. That early-season honor is pretty much validated by the fact that the Royals return just about everyone from last year's team.
After maintaining an undefeated record last spring until the final weeks of the regular season, Vincentian Academy completed its campaign following a one-run upset loss against Union in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. Sixth-year coach Pat Quarantillo did graduate a few seniors from last season, including star catcher Phil Madonna, who was the WPIAL Coaches Association's Class A Player of the Year. Quarantillo, though, should return an offensive-powered lineup.
Sophomore shortstop Christian Fedko had a break out year last season as a freshman. He was among the leading hitters in the WPIAL with a .542 average. Outfielders Ian Taylor and Jay Cortese both hit above .400 last year and are back for their senior seasons. The two also are expected to pitch. Infielder David Morgano, catcher/pitcher Alex Madonna, outfielder Alex Sharpe and outfielder Connor Kreutzer also are all back for their senior year.