The Hawken Baseball team has high expectations for the 2014 spring season. The Hawks are looking to redeem themselves after a first round defeat to Wickliffe in the playoffs last year. The team has a great chance to improve on a 13-14 record from the previous year.
The players have been working hard in preparation for the season every day after school to make this season one to remember. Sophomore Austin Halpern and his teammates are ecstatic to start playing and have big hopes for this spring. Austin says, “I’m excited for the season. The end of last year was disappointing but we are working hard to get a better result this year. We’ve been working hard all winter. Our work in the offseason will be a crucial part in our future success.” Head coach, Aaron Brandt says, “The team has three goals each year which are to win the conference, win the sectionals, and win the district.”
The Hawks lost six seniors after last season which is creating an opportunity for the younger players to make an impact this season. In fact, the team only has five upperclassmen this year. Even though they are few, Benson Anderson, Mike Pagon, Matt Orloff, Chandler Whipple, and Isaac Hoffman will look to lead the team and contribute positively on the field. However, this does not mean there is a lack of great players. When asked about the team, Captain Pagon says, “The team is young but we have room to grow. I think we will have a great season.” Pagon had a great offensive season last year. He had 14 runs, 17 hits, and 12 RBIs. This year, the roster also has much more depth on the mound. Pitching this year will be led by Senior Captain Anderson. Anderson has attained lots of experience while facing 147 batters last season. During the previous season, he had a 3-1 record and acquired a stellar 3.07 ERA. He also had 18 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched.
However, the highlight of his pitching season came against Kirtland when he threw a no-hitter against a strong offense. Sophomores Austin Halpern and Josh Roselli will provide solid pitching throughout the season and show great potential for future seasons. The team has several big games this year including rivals Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Wickliffe, and Beachwood.