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MAY 8, 2006


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 game.

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 walk.

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.

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