Bellarmine Varsity Baseball Finishes Strong To Finish The Regular Season 21-6 by Nick Round
Posted May 7, 2013 by Alforde Joaquin in
GetSportsFocus.com – article by: Nick Round photo by: Carillon Yearbook
From the beginning of the 2013 spring baseball season, both the players and the coaches that formed the varsity squad at Bellarmine College Prep believed that this season could produce better results than the previous year, and by large margins. The 2011-2012 team finished with a record of 15-15, numbers on paper that were distant from meeting their expectations as a program. When selecting this year’s roster, head coaches focused heavily on drafting a team that was both deep with talent and that could jell together as the season progressed. Although this meant that the roster would be one of the younger team’s in the WCAL, concentrating on those two points paid dividends as the team focuses on the postseason.
After finishing the regular season with six straight WCAL wins, which included games against Valley Christian, Archbishop Mitty, and the #4 ranked team in the nation St. Francis of Mountain View, the Bells finished WCAL play with a 10-4 record, solidifying a third place spot heading into the playoffs. The Bells will face the Wildcats from St. Ignatius (15-11) on Tuesday at home with senior Kevin Crane starting on the mound, and I spoke with him to find out more about his mentality going into tomorrow’s game; “I’m excited to start the WCAL tournament off with a start, and I am confident our team is ready to prove our worth in league. The whole team has been working to bring out A-game in the playoffs. We are excited to represent Bellarmine and prove how tenacious and talented we are”.
Bellarmine’s success this year has ridden on the backs of two key players with one thing in common, senior-starting pitchers Kevin Crane and Justin Calomeni. Calomeni, committed to play at Cal Poly SLO class of 2017, out-dueled Lancer John Galvin during the Bell’s 1-0 win last week against St. Francis, and will play a key role in Bellarmine’s success during the playoffs. However, these starters’ success would not have come as easy without the help of the Bell’s stellar bullpen as seniors Sam Fontaine and Mitch White have provided solid support when needed. If Bellarmine looks to make a run at winning the title, the pitching will need to be mistake free, and the Bells have shown that at their best they can do that.
On the other side of the ball, the Bell’s hitting will need to be consistent if they are to last throughout the WCAL playoffs. Although the pitching in this league is always deep on every roster, the Bell’s only managed to score double digit runs once throughout the season during a 13-0 win against Santa Cruz, a team not in the WCAL. Recent hitting surges by seniors Austin Hatfield and Andrew Mallon will need to continue in order to progress Bellarmine’s offensive efforts.
If the Bell’s can get past the Wildcats on Tuesday, a team that they have beaten twice this year, it will be the first step in the direction of winning the WCAL title. Finishing the year 21-6 and #15 in the latest state rankings was no easy accomplishment, and both the players and the coaches acknowledge these feats, but a loss on Tuesday would severely diminish this seasons achievements.
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