MAY 10, 2007
KING'S BASEBALL TEAM PLACE SIX ON
(Calarco Named Freedom "Player of the Year" and Pitcher of the Year")
WILKES-BARRE -- The King's College baseball team was rewarded
for its school-record 28-win season as six Monarchs were named to
the All-Freedom Conference Team.
Highlighting the selections was senior Caleb Calarco (New
Ringgold/Tamaqua Area) who named both
the Freedom Conference "Player of the Year" as well as the
conference "Pitcher of the Year".
Calarco was named first-team All-Freedom as a pitcher. He was
joined on the first team by senior catcher Jeremy Faust, senior
outfielder Mike Venarchick (Lehighton/Lehighton Area), sophomore third-baseman
Jon Venarchick (Lehighton/Lehighton Area),
and junior shortstop J.R. Graver (Tamaqua/Tamaqua Area). Junior designated hitter
Pat McGlynn (Plains/Bishop Hoban) was a second-team choice.
Calarco enjoyed a brilliant season as he was the Monarchs' top pitcher
while also excelling at the plate and at first-base when not pitching.
Calarco's versatility was also exhibited by playing second base and
third base at times during the season.
As a pitcher, Calarco was 7-2 with a 1.69
ERA and struck out 53 batters in 53.2 innings of work. At the plate, he
batted .369 (52-141) with nine doubles, two home runs, 27 RBI and 35
runs scored. He also has a .986 fielding percentage, making just four
errors in 274 total chances. Calarco was named first-team all-conference
as a utility player a year ago.
(left) is a repeat first-team choice at
catcher, posting a .323 (40-122) average with seven doubles, one home
run and 27 RBI. Regarded as an outstanding defensive catcher with
a powerful throwing arm, Faust threw out 12 of 25 runners attempting to
steal on him while picking an additional four runners off base.
Venarchick (right) earned his second-straight first-team All-Freedom
Conference berth as the Monarchs' left fielder. He posted a .384
(53-138) batting average with 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 31
RBI, and scored 32 runs while posting a .536 slugging percentage.
brother Jon Venarchick (left) enjoyed a banner year in his own
right, batting .380 (62-138) with 12 doubles, four triples, two home
runs, 35 RBI, and scored 32 runs with a .540 slugging percentage as a
sophomore. In his two seasons with the Monarchs, Venarchick has already
amassed 92 base hits.
(right) was a steady force all-season long for King's, batting .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.
(left) enjoyed outstanding success in his first year as a starter,
batting .373 (38-102) with six doubles, two triples, 18 RBI and 22 runs
score while drawing a team-high 15 bases-on-balls.
The Monarchs finished the 2007 season with a 28-11 record, surpassing
the school-record of 25 wins set just last season.