St. Luke's baseball falls at home against King
Published 8:01 pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The 2011 season has been a magical campaign thus far for the King School baseball team.
And as the warm days of May beckon, the Vikings have their first goal squarely in their sights.
Thanks to Tuesday's 11-4 road triumph over St. Luke's, King's first goal -- the FAA regular season baseball title - is within its grasp.
Since St. Luke's entered play Tuesday in second place in the FAA standings, Tuesday's victory had added importance for King.
"Destiny is in our hands," King coach Ken Lewis said. "We want to be in the driver's seat. Our first FAA baseball title in a long time is out there. And these kids want it."
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King has a road clash at Brunswick followed by home contests against Rye Country Day and Hamden Hall remaining before the FAA playoffs start on May 16.
"Our team is rolling," King's Scott Huley said. "It's been a blast with all these young kids with myself and Joe Carecchia as the only senior starters. Today was a huge win for us since St. Luke's had been in second place in the FAA standings. To beat St. Luke's on their field is huge. We're looking forward to the challenge the rest of the regular season."
Huley set a fine example Tuesday for the Vikings. The senior right-hander, who will attend Trinity College in the fall, allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out 11 over six innings of one-run work. Huley improved to 6-0.
"Huley did a great job. He really attacked the strike zone," said St. Luke's head baseball coach Jonathan Lord. "He had a great curve today."
"We expect to win when Scott takes the mound," King's Lewis said. "The curve was his out pitch today.
The biggest difference with this 2011 King squad is its offense.
The Vikings finished with 11 hits, including five doubles and a triple at the spacious St. Luke's complex.
Logan McCullough was 2-for-3 with a walk with two runs scored and two RBIs. Leadoff man Joe Santoro was 2-for-3 with a triple, double, two walks and two runs scored. Huley aided his own cause with a three-run double in the fifth. Freshman Nick Della Jacono finished 3-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.
"Our offense is unreal throughout the lineup," Lewis said. "Normally, you three or four good hitters in a lineup. This team is tough Nos. 1-8. I'm very happy with our production."
"This is the best offense we've had in my four seasons," Huley said. "We're not scraping for runs. On the mound, I don't think in terms of striking everybody out. And I don't worry when I allow a run or two. This team endures. We never lose faith that we'll find a way to win."
St. Luke's (7-6-1 overall) hasn't lost faith even though it will play its fifth game in six days Wednesday. The Storm have FAA games left with Masters, Hopkins and Brunswick.
"We're a better team than we showed today," Lord said. "It's a setback but many opportunities remain going forward."