The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Baseball Program in Bridgewater, NJ is coming off the most successful season in program history. In 2010, the Panthers won the school’s first State Sectional Title. The summer team followed that championship up with an AABC 17u New Jersey State Title and a trip to Albuquerque, NM for nationals.
B-R purchased the FungoMan in December 2010 in conjunction with Bridgewater Baseball, the local youth baseball organization. The FungoMan quickly became an instrumental part of the Panthers’ practice and pregame routines.
“There is no doubt that the FungoMan was instrumental in our success as a program last year. We have great kids, who want to work hard and get better, and with the FungoMan, we are able to give them significantly more repetitions throughout the season.”
Newill specifically credits the FungoMan for the team’s tremendous outfield play. “Our outfielders ran down everything last year. The FungoMan really helped them learn how to turn and run on the ball. Being able to fire balls deep in the gaps and down the lines really simulates what our outfielders face in game situations.”
In addition to the use the FungoMan gets with the high school program, Bridgewater Baseball, the local youth baseball organization, is also using at its indoor winter clinics. Brian Schnepf, the director of youth clinics for Bridgewater Baseball says, “I think the greatest thing about the Fungoman, besides the increased repetitions, is the ability to be out in the field with the kids, instructing them, as opposed to behind home plate hitting the fungoes.”
With the snow and cold weather that has blanketed the New Jersey this winter, the Panthers are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2011 season. “We are very excited to get the 2011 season started.,” says Newill. “We can’t wait to get the Fungoman fired up again and improve on our success from 2010.”