2008 KING'S COLLEGE
The King's College baseball program enters the 2008 season
prepared to answer a number of challenges. After graduating six
standout seniors a year ago who posted more combined wins (96)
than any other class in King's history, including a
single-season program record 28 victories a year ago, the
Monarchs clearly have big shoes to fill.
With the loss to 2007 Freedom Conference "Player and Pitcher of
the Year" Caleb Calarco; 2006 Freedom "Pitcher of the Year" Paul
Giovannoli; and two-time All-Freedom picks Jeremy Faust and Mike
Venarchick; along with four-year starters Josh Faust and Vince
Budzyn, the Monarchs have lost a great deal of talent,
experience, and leadership.
Under the direction of head coach Jerry Greeley, who has led
King's to new school records for wins in one season during each
of the past four years, the Monarchs are confident they can
remain one of the premier programs in the Freedom Conference.
The Monarchs still return several players who fulfilled large
roles in the team's past success, but there will be others
counted on to fill the void left by such an outstanding senior
the list of veterans is junior third-baseman Jon Venarchick
(left) who enjoyed a banner sophomore when he earned first-team
All-Freedom Conference honors. Last season Venarchick batted
.380 (62-138) with 12 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 35
RBI, and scored 32 runs with a .540 slugging percentage. In his
two seasons with the Monarchs, Venarchick has already amassed 92
back is senior shortstop J.R. Graver (right) who is also a
returning first-team All-Freedom choice. A year ago, Graver
batted .360 (58-161) with 13 doubles, five triples, one home
run, 29 RBI, and scored 38 runs with a .522 slugging percentage
as the Monarchs' leadoff hitter. Graver enters his fourth year
as a starter and is an outstanding base-runner with excellent
third all-conference choice returns as senior Pat McGlynn (left)
was named to the All-Freedom second-team in 2007 at designated
hitter. In first year as a starter, McGlynn batted .373 (38-102)
with six doubles, two triples, 18 RBI and 22 runs score while
drawing a team-high 15 bases-on-balls. His steady bat will also
be important due to the offensive output lost to graduation.
Several players will be looking to contend for time in the
infield. Looking to fill the shoes of Josh Faust at second base
are Matt Fec, a transfer from Sussex Community College in New
Jersey, along with freshman Rob Bergman. Sophomore Rob Fravel is
looking to compete for time behind Graver at shortstop while
first-base will feature a hearty competition between sophomores
Jeremy Bonser and Eric Matula, along with freshman Ryan Konopki
and Ryan Knowles. Freshman Jim Troianello is also pushing for
time at third base behind Venarchick. Senior Matt Colgan is a
versatile performer who could end up playing every infield
The Monarchs graduated one their all-time great
catchers in Jeremy Faust and replacing his game management
skills and rocket arm will be no easy task. Looking to do so
will be senior Joe Tucker and sophomores Gracjan Kraszewski and
Matt Unger. Knowles and Unger could also see time at designated
hitter, spelling McGlynn.
the outfield, senior Matt Livoy patrols right field and
possesses one of the strongest throwing arms in the region while
providing a reliable bat. Livoy is also one of the hardest base
runners in recent memory as he has a knack for picking up the
extra base with his speed, savvy, and aggressiveness. Juniors
Phil Moskowitz and Sean Hannon; sophomores Sean Rooney and Pat
Harsch, and freshmen Kevin Wrenn, Mike Fignar, Matt Friewald,
and Knowles are all battling for time.
graduating Calarco and Giovannoli, the Monarchs lost the top two
starting pitchers in the Freedom Conference over the last two
years. Potentially, King's may be in better shape on the hill
than most observers would think. For the starters, senior J.T.
Levonick and juniors Joe Jenkins and Ryan Derry have valuable
experience, but it could be the sophomore class that keys the
staff. Dan Jenkins (4-1), Matula (6-1), and Ryan Tychinski (4-1)
went a combined 14-1 as freshmen last season last year and will
all be counted on to step their games up a notch. Jenkins (left)
was a a regular in King's three-man conference rotation last
year as a rookie.
The wildcard of the group could be Livoy, who excels as the
team's starting right fielder but has also pitched in spots
during his career. Livoy may take on a bigger role and his
left-handed arm could make him a valuable contributor. Freshmen
who could also impact the starting rotation include Ryan Konopki
and Tommy Rozelle.
Coming out of the bullpen, King's has a large group of hurlers
who have experience. Seniors Aaron Deroba, Mark "Big Country"
Yankowski, John McNichol, and Adam Depko highlight the bullpen.
Sophomore Craig Levitski, Bonser, and Rooney are looking to gain
more prominent roles, while freshmen Dexter Dathmers, Tom
Parrish, and Knowles also look to earn innings.