The Middletown Transcript has selected St. Georges Tech as the high school baseball Team of the Year for the recently concluded 2013 season. Under the guidance of Coach Jeff Rodgers, the relatively new program recorded a 13-5 record this spring, defeating Salesianum, Middletown, Appoquinimink and Dickinson along the way. The team's defense and pitching was also consistent throughout the season.
"I'm very happy with our season and our student-athletes, but ironically, this is the same record we had last season, and left us in the same situation regarding the state tournament, but that's the reality of our system," said Head Coach Jeff Rodgers.
In mid-season, the Hawks offense exploded for 17 runs in back to back games against Christiana and Howard Vo-Tech. During that stretch, the team amassed 74 runs in a six game streak, an average of more than 12 runs per game, exceptional at any level.
The high-flyin' Hawks also won 10 of 11 games in April and May. However, a bump in the road at the end of the season likely cost the team a trip to the DIAA state tournament despite their fine record. The team dropped their final three games to Delaware Military Academy, Pencader Charter and Hodgson Vo-Tech.
"We really are blessed with a great group of student athletes at St. Georges," said Rodgers. "We try to run our program like college style with workouts and study halls in the fall, continuing into the spring."
The future is also very bright for the Hawks, who will lose only one starter and two seniors, James Woodward and Ryan Bradley. Woodward played for four years under Rodgers and made All-State this season. "My coaches and I are very proud of James, he put together the kind of year we thought he would and made a great contribution to our program while he was here, and Ryan helped out in many ways on and off the field," he said. He added the juniors and sophomores also helped the team to be successful in 2013. And Rodgers said there were some fine contributions from the freshman class, so he is excited about the future of the Hawk baseball program.