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Nutley's St. John's University-bound senior shortstop Marty Higgins,, here applying the tag on baserunner at second base, is one of the versatile players back for Maroon Raiders who are looking to make return trip to Greater Newark Tournament final this season and also vie for SEC-American Division title. (Photos by Richard Morris/SHP)

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Defensively, Hogan is at first base, junior Justin Lucia returns to second, Higgins is back at shortstop and senior Tyler Genitempo is at third.

The outfield has junior Matt Connor in left, Santos in center and Acosa in right with others ready to add depth depending on who is pitching.

Behind the plate is one of the better defensive catchers in the county in sophomore Lou Raffaella, who the pitchers love throwing to.

“It’s a team we hope can continue to grow together and win their share of games, and we’ll challenge them with a good independent schedule in addition to all the great teams we face in our conference,” said Harbison. “We’re scheduling Don Bosco Prep (in Ramsey on May 2) and some other tough games as well.

“I’m excited about this season and we’ll see what we can do, but we always want to be playing our best ball around the time  GNT comes around, and we’ll try and take it from there in terms of looking to execute well in the biggest games down the stretch.”

Nutley 2019 Regular Season Schedule:

April 1 at Livingston,  4
April 3: vs. Columbia, 4
April 5: at Bloomfield, 4
April 6: a Montville, 11
April 8: at Seton Hall Prep, 4
April 10: vs. Montclair, 4
April 12: at West Essex, 4
April 13: vs. Memorial, noon
April 15: at Millburn, 11
April 16: at Hasbrouck Heights, 4
April 17: vs. Livingston, 4
April 20: vs. Rutherford, 11
April 22: at Columbia, 4
April 26: vs. West Orange, 4
April 27: at Kearny 10
April 29: vs. Seton Hall Prep, 4
April 30: vs. Bayonne, 4
May 2: at Don Bosco Prep, 7
May 6: at Montclair, 4
May 7: at Pequannock, 4:30
May 13: vs. West Essex, 4
May 15: vs. Millburn, 4
May 21: at Belleville 7                   

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Catcher Lou Raffaella, pitcher Trevor Santos (9) and the rest of the Nutley Maroon Raiders hope to have plenty to celebrate on the diamond during upcoming 2019 season..

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