By John Froese
PC baseball has had a roller-coaster season so far.
The Saints having been on a three-game losing skid to start the season, have since rallied to win seven of their past eleven games, including taking six W’s on their recent trip to Tucson.
“We really came together as a team and learned how to play as a unit,” junior outfielder Johnny Radomsky said. “When we play together as one, we are a really hard team to beat.”
Now is when the real fun begins for the PC baseball team, as they open up conference play next weekend in a four-game road tilt against Viterbo University.
Last season, Viterbo came away with the 2-1 series victory over PC in a triple-header. This is a series that many Saints players felt like they shouldn’t have lost, so not only will this be a chance for them to start conference play on a high note, it will also be a chance to give a little payback for last season’s demise.
“If we can get on the sticks early and our pitching keeps throwing the way that they have been all season, we should have no problem winning the series,” sophomore catcher Kyle Angielski said.
Angielski’s got a point.
The Saints are 6-2 on the season when they score first, and the pitching has been great, particularly the starting pitching. This was something that not many people saw coming at the start of the season.
The majority of last year’s graduates for the PC baseball team were pitchers, including three of their four starters.
“The pitching staff has been confident in themselves all season,” senior catcher/DH Jace Wyatt said. “They have not been afraid to go after hitters and use their defense to get outs, which has been huge for us.”
The confidence of the pitchers was evident throughout their last 10 games in Tucson, which included three games in which the starting pitcher went at least 5 innings and did not allow a single earned run.
These performances were courtesy of junior Chris D’Amico, junior Colin Crandall, and freshman Brian Wyche.
While the offense is more than happy to see their pitchers throw up zero after zero, they know that they need to do their part as well, especially against Viterbo on the road.
“As long as we go up to the plate and have a solid approach while putting together quality at bats, I have no doubt that we are going to put a lot of runs on the board,” Wyatt said.” We have almost our entire lineup back from next year and have the firepower to be one of the best hitting teams in our conference.”
If you need proof of what this offense is capable off, look no further than the 29-9 drubbing that the team put on NCAA DII Bemidji State University last Wednesday in Tucson.
Next, the Saints take on the Viterbo V-hawks in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Game one starts at 1 pm.