The MacArthur junior varsity baseball team recently completed an undefeated season with 18 wins.
In addition to an undefeated season, the team also won all of its scrimmages. They scored more than 10 runs per game, and the dominant pitching staff allowed less than one run per game. The pitching staff was comprised of Justin Norcini (6-0, 0.74 ERA), Joe Ryan (5-0, 0.45 ERA), Max Ziegler (5-0, 1.17 ERA), Mike Sivilli (1-0, 0.39 ERA) and Christian Burke (1.17 ERA), with Bobby Lewis as a valuable contributor (1-0, 0.00 ERA).
“This was a team of talented and hardworking young men,” Coach Jordan Dasch said. “They approached every day with the mindset to get better and to improve. They were supportive of one another and fully grasped the idea of being a team, which translated into the success that they enjoyed on the field.”
Offensively, Justin Norcini, Brandon Fitzgerald and Mike Sivilli batted over .400. Jared Wolfe and Matt Deblaiso led the team by each batting an even .500. Deblaiso also led the team by hitting four home runs, while Wolfe hit for the cycle against Baldwin High School.
“Everybody on the team was into the game at all times during every pitch,” Team Captain Jared Wolfe said. “That kept the teams momentum going. It was an honor to be a captain.”
There were numerous highlights throughout the season, including turning a triple play, back-to-back no hitters thrown by Norcini and Ryan, and several multi home run games. Making outstanding defensive plays also became routine for the Generals due to the skills of Matt Imbrogno, Marc Arboleda, Phil Razza and Nick Pernice.
“We had a great group of guys and hard workers,” Shortstop Matt Imbrogno said. “We played as a team and our hard work carried us through the year.”