Marcos de Niza baseball

Marcos de Niza baseball

By Alex Zener

BRH_0186The Padres, with 13 seniors out of the 19 players
on the roster, have an experienced team
that has amassed a 12-9 overall record as of
April 14 and is 10-3 in its Division II Section
4. Leading the team in several statistical
categories is senior Kreston Woods,
who could probably play any position on
the team but currently plays catcher and
pitcher. Woods has a .441 batting average,
20 runs, 30 hits and 12 RBI; he also has
stolen all 11 of the bases he has attempted.
Woods not only is good at stealing
bases but he is good a stopping opponents
from stealing bases. He has only allowed
fi ve stolen bases while putting out 74% or 14
out of the 19 base runners who have tried to
steal a base while he was playing catcher.
Woods, asone of the pitchers for
Marcos, has an ERA of 7.45 after starting in
three games pitching over 10 innings.
He is joined in the starting lineup
most of time by fellow seniors Austin
Sigrist, Craig Knoche, Spencer Jarvis,
Jacob Mori, Ryan Becerra, Jordan
Goolsby and Jared Towns.
Sigrist, Goolsby and Knoche, have
major roles on the pitching staff . Sigrist, has
over eight appearances and an ERA of 4.10.
He has a batting average of .316 with 13 RBI
in the fi rst 20 games. Knoche has started
six games and is credited with winning
four of those while Goolsby has made eight
appearances or 28 innings on the mound,
four of them he is credited with winning.
Shortstop Jarvis leads the team in
stolen bases at six for six attempts. Playing
fi rst base, Mori leads the team in RBI’s with
17 while batting .440 with two homeruns.
Becerra, at second base, and Goolsby and
junior Matt Langmack alternating third
base, round out the Padres’ infi eld.
Langmack not only bats .339 with 21
runs to his credit, he has also had seven
appearance on the mound as pitcher with
one win and one save in 11 innings.
Rounding out the pitching staff is
freshman Jacob Denham, who has
pitched over eight innings and earned a
3.23 ERA.
Playing in the outfi eld for the Padres
are Towns and fellow seniors Rueben
Bilducia, Luis Zepeda, James Farmer
and Mike Yates; junior Ben Birk; and
sophomore Christian Johnson.
Senior Alex Figueroa and junior
Laurence (Sonny) Manuelito are the
team’s utility players, while senior Jalen
Verdugo steps in as shortstop and pitcher
when needed.
The Padres were scheduled to play
Queen Creek at home April 15 before
playing at Williams Field on April 22. Up
next are two away games, Casa Grande
April 25 and Arcadia April 29, before
fi nishing their regular season at home
against Bradshaw Mountain April 30.

Photo by Billy Hardiman

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