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MAY 15, 2006


WILKES-BARRE -- The King's College baseball team was rewarded for its Freedom Conference championship as six Monarchs have been named to the All-Freedom Conference squad. Additionally, King's junior Paul Giovannoli (Stroudsburg/Stroudsburg) was named the conference "Pitcher of the Year", while Monarch mentor Jerry Greeley was named the conference "Coach of the Year".

Earning spots on the first team for King's were Giovannoli, junior utility player Caleb Calarco (New Ringgold/Tamaqua), junior catcher Jeremy Faust and junior outfielder Mike Venarchick (Lehighton/Lehighton). Two second-team selections for the Monarchs include senior outfielder Nick Sorino (Medford, NJ/Shawnee), and senior designated hitter Rob Medlock (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic)..

The Monarchs won their first first conference/divisional title since 1993 and earned the program's first-ever berth into the NCAA Division III National Tournament in Greeley's fourth season at the helm. King's also set a program record for wins in one season as the Monarchs stand at 25-14 on the year.

Giovannoli was named the conference's top pitcher after compiling a 5-2 record with a 3.29 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 77 innings of work. He appeared in 11 games for the Monarchs, making 10 starts and completed three contests, averaging a team-best seven innings per-outing.

Calarco, who was named the most valuable player of the Freedom Conference championships, proved to be a versatile performer playing first-base, second-base, third-base, designated hitter, and pitcher during the year. Calarco sports a .392 (56-143) batting average with 11 doubles, two triples, 23 RBI and scored 43 runs. As a pitcher, he stands at 7-2 with a 4.79 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 56 innings.

Faust proved to be a dynamic defensive catcher for King's, throwing out an outstanding 62.9 (22-of-35) percent of runners attempting to steal while picking two additional runners off base. Offensively, Faust batted .317 (36-122) with six doubles, 23 runs, and 24 RBI.

Venarchick, who did not earn a spot in the Monarch starting lineup until April 1, leads the Freedom Conference in batting at .424 (42-99) with six home runs, eight doubles, three triples, 29 runs, and 36 RBI while posting a team-best .747 slugging percentage.

Medlock earned his second straight berth on the all-conference team as designated hitter after batting .324 (44-135) with 11 doubles, 30 runs, and 27 RBI. Medlock also doubled as a pitcher, posting a 6-1 mark with a 4.66 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 56 innings.

Sorino, who did not gain a permanent spot in the starting lineup until March 26, stands second to Venarchick in Freedom Conference batting at .423 (44-104) with six doubles 27 runs, and 16 RBI. Medlock, meanwhile, batted .324 (44-135) with 11 doubles, 30 runs, and 27 RBI.

Greeley, meanwhile, led King's to its first Freedom Conference crown since 1993 and the Monarchs' first-ever NCAA Division III National Tournament berth. Since taking over a struggling King's program four years ago, Greeley has led King's to three straight Freedom Conference tournament berths while posting an 82-63-1 mark.


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