The Hawks defeated Mt. Pleasant, William Penn, Polytech, Milford, Middletown and MOT Charter before their first loss Tuesday to Archmere. The explosive St. Georges Tech offense scored 13 or more runs in three of those six wins.
The 2018 high school baseball season is just a few weeks old, but some teams have already announced their presence with authority.
The St. Georges Tech Hawks won their first six games before falling on Tuesday to Archmere, 8-3.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the Hawks run to start the season is that five of their six wins came on the road. With solid pitching and defense to go along with an explosive offense, the Hawks find themselves in good position nearing the halfway point of the schedule.
St. Georges Tech began the season with wins on the road against:
Mt. Pleasant, 13-5;
and MOT Charter, 14-4.
The Hawks also posted a home victory over William Penn, 6-4.
St. Georges Tech outscoring opponents 61-26 during the winning streak.
Juniors Nathan McVey and Aidan Riley have led the way for an offense that’s averaging more than nine runs a game.
“[They] were first team all-state last year as sophomores, so the sky's the limit for those two,” said St. Georges Tech Head Coach Jeff Rodgers. “Both young men are great kids in the classroom and on the baseball field, the program is excited for what those two can accomplish.”
McVey and Riley aren’t the only Hawks producing at the plate, as seniors Josh Bailey, Ronnie Cole and Robert Shorts, along with underclassmen Troy Atkins, Joey Rinarelli, Joey Jourdan and Andrew Arterbridge have all contributed with the bat this season.
Shorts has also been the Hawks’ workhorse on the mound, leading a deep group of pitchers including McVey, Arterbridge, Noah Finocchiaro and Hunter Heath.
“Shorts is the wildcard,” Rodgers said. “I think this is the year where he really contributes on the mound for us on top of his daily duties of shortstop and second base.”
Like most of the spring sports teams, the Hawks have also had to navigate the rough weather which feels more like winter lately than a typical April day.
“It’s been absolutely brutal this spring,” said Rodgers. “Our student-athletes know though, we’ll be outside. We’re fortunate to have a turf, multi-purpose field, so in working with the girls soccer and lacrosse programs, we’ve been able to get some time out there.”
“We’ve also partnered with Next Generation Baseball Training Facility of Middletown run by John Green, a long-time St. Georges’ staff member and former member of our coaching staff. We’ve used the facility a handful of times for indoor bullpen sessions and hitting sessions. The facility is unbelievable.”
Weather permitting, the Hawks will play their next three games at home:
Thursday, April 19 vs. Newark at 4:15 p.m.,
Tuesday, April 24 vs. Hodgson at 4:15 p.m.,
Saturday, April 28 vs. Sussex Tech at noon.