MAY 15, 2006
SIX MONARCHS NAMED TO FREEDOM BASEBALL ALL-STARS,
GIOVANNOLI TOP PITCHER, GREELEY TOP COACH
-- 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
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,
senior designated hitter Rob Medlock (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic)..
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
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.
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.