With the fresh cut of the grass and the dirty uniforms parents have to wash, baseball season is upon us. Something about this 2018 Christian Brothers Falcons Baseball team tells me it’s going to be a successful and fun season. We have many seniors returning this year hoping to make this season a back to back section championship season.
CB lost multiple seniors from last year’s team, including shortstop Alex Leforestier (’17), who hit .464 last season and is now playing at Pacific. On the bump, ace Tanner Cunha’s (’17) 69 innings, seven of which came in his complete game shutout victory in the section championship game, will be a big hole to replace. After last season’s 29-2 season that culminated in the program’s first section championship, and a Cal-Hi Sports State Championship, there are endless reasons for optimism despite the turnover from last season, however.
The team has many seniors on the team that will help lead the boys to their goals for the season. The seniors’ goals are to lead the juniors and show them that we are taking this season seriously and there is no messing around. The returning class of 2018 seniors are Sam Tanberg (’18), Mark Powers (’18), Jonny Stone (’18), Jason Carrey (’18), Drew Taylor (’18), Jacob Campos (’18), Michael Ingram (’18), Kade McKechnie (’18), Jason Oki (’18), and Jacob Tucker (’18). Tanberg led the team led the team in batting average (.556) in limited plate appearances and looks to play a bigger role this year. Ingram and McKechnie are returning starters who played a big part in last season’s success and will be leaned upon heavily this season. On the hill, Tucker and Powers are returning impact pitchers who both had sub 1.05 ERA’s in more than 20 innings last season.
The team also has many talented juniors on the team including Freddie Fiske (‘19), Justin Johnson (‘19), Graeme Farrell (‘19), and Stephen Sedleniek (’19). The juniors figure to play important roles this season, and will certainly help fill the gaps left by departed seniors. With Freddie and Justin’s strong bats, Graeme’s golden glove in the outfield, and Stephen’s left hand on the mound these, juniors will help contribute to a section championship banner.
The team has a very challenging schedule this year, beginning with a very talented Bear Creek team Tuesday at CB. Intriguing non-conference matchups this year include McClatchy, Del Campo, Vacaville, and Jesuit. The Capital Athletic League figures to be a gauntlet this year as well, as both Rio Americano and Vista Del Lago have both improved from last year. The team’s goals are to beat Jesuit, win league, and the most importantly, win another section championship. The team now has a target on its back after last season’s legendary run. In order to kill everyone’s dreams, we will work our hardest to come out victorious this season.