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MAY 10, 2007

(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.

Faust (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.

Mike 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.

Younger 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.

Graver (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.

McGlynn (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.



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