Holy Name baseball team looking to reload
From John Blake, Sun News By Steve Novak | Correspondent
Holy Name baseball coach Dennis Markiewicz said goodbye to a dozen members of last year’s team when they graduated last spring.
It was a big loss, but Markiewicz is well supplied with a new group of seniors, as well as several underclassmen who already have varsity experience.
Three seniors who will see a lot of playing time in the outfield this season are Brett Jajgenich, Dan Cunningham and Alex Kurowski. All three are returners to the team from last year.
So that opposing scorekeepers won’t be totally confused, take note that Holy Name also has another Dan Cunningham. This Dan Cunningham is a junior, and he is no relation to the senior of the same name. The junior Cunningham is also an outfielder.
Junior Alan Medovic will see lots of playing time at third base. The shortstop position will reside heavily with senior Gordy Egan. Junior Tyler Sullivan is a second baseman, while Kurowski and junior Steve Boden will share time at first base.
|Holy Name will have to fill the shoes of departing pitcher Brett Sullivan. ERIC KLUTH/SUN NEWS|
The pitching corps includes senior Joe Duff, Boden, junior Dave Javor, senior Kyle Rees and senior Mike Mayer. The catcher is junior Matteo Veechuk.
Last season under Markiewicz, Holy Name (20—4) made it all the way to Division II state semifinals before losing to Akron Hoban by a score of 3-2.
Markiewicz said that despite losing a high number of his starters, he expects the Green Wave to again be a team to be reckoned with.
“We’ll be right there again. We’ll surprise people,” he said. “Our strength is our defense, but we’re going to hit.”
Among the returners from last year’s team, Egan finished the season with a batting average above the .400 mark, while both Sullivan and Kurowski hit above the .300 level.
On March 31, Holy Name is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Westlake. On April 2, the team has a 5 p.m. contest at Cleveland Central Catholic.