MAY 8, 2006
CALARCO, GIOVANNOLI NAMED WEEK'S BEST IN MAC
WILKES-BARRE -- After leading the King's College
baseball team to the 2006 Freedom Conference championship on Sunday,
King's College standouts Caleb Calarco (New Ringgold/Tamaqua) and
Paul Giovannoli (Stroudsburg/Stroudsburg Area) have been named
the conference Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively.
The duo led King's to 2-1 win over six-time
defending champion DeSales in its opening game, then posted a 6-5
victory over Drew in a second-round game Saturday. The Monarchs then won
the title by defeating DeSales 6-3 on Sunday to win its first conference/divisional
title since 1993 while securing the program's first-ever NCAA Division
III National Tournament berth.
Calarco was named the Freedom Conference
Tournament Most Valuable Player after batting .615 (8-13) with two
doubles, four runs, three RBI, and a stolen base. He also picked up the
pitching victory in game-two of the tournament against Drew. In eight
innings, he scattered 10 hits, and allowed three earned runs. In the
title game against DeSales, Calarco went 2-for-4 with a two-run double
in the contest.
In his lone pitching effort of the week,
Giovannoli was spectacular as the Monarchs posted an epic 2-1 victory in
15 innings over DeSales in the opening round of the tournament. After
allowing a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game, Giovannoli
pitched into the 14th inning before being removed but did not allow
another DeSales run. He pitched 12 consecutive shutout innings in the
After surrendering the home run, Giovannoli faced
50 batters and did not allow another run in the contest. He scattered 12
hits and struck out eight Bulldog hitters and did not allow a single
King's awaits official word on where and when it
will play in the Division III National Tournament, which begins May 17.
It is believed the Monarchs will compete in a regional event at Bear
Stadium in Boyertown.