Hard work and dedication due pay off as perfectly demonstrated by the 2009 GCC Baseball Team. It is not all about wins and losses this year; although the wins have them seeded #1 in this year’s Region 3 Division 2 Tournament that begins Friday. A close examination of the box scores from this years games shows that this year’s team is made up of incredible individuals doing things as an incredible team.
Chris Page (SO, Batavia, NY) leads an extremely talented team. Page leads the Region in hitting (Batting .449 and ranked 37th in the Nation). Page is hitting anything that comes across the plate breaking single season and career marks this year in Home Runs (9 in 08, 4 in 09, for 13 career), Runs Batted In (34 in 08, 31 in 09 for 65 career), Doubles (5 in 08, 16 in 09, for 21 career), and he is on pace to break the At Bats record; he is currently at 209 with the record being 216. Probably one of the most telling stats of Page’s talent is his ability to wait for a hittable pitch; walking 30 times this year a single season record and 47 for his career also a record.
Complementing Page at the plate is Ryan Sharpe (SO, Cambridge, ON, Canada). Sharpe has been putting up “Babe Ruthish” numbers breaking single season records in At Bats, Triples, Hits, Runs, and burning up the bases with 29 stolen bases. Sharpe doesn’t just do it at the plate but is 4-0 on the mound.
The Cougar Bullpen is anchored by Freshman Zack Leitten (Alexander, NY), Ed Kohout (Clarence, NY), Shayne Herold (Leroy, NY), and Manny Hernandez (Valencia, Valenzuela).
With all the success the individual team members have had it is reflected in how well the team is doing. The team has broken records this season in Wins, At Bats, Runs, Hits, RBIs, Doubles, Triples and Home Runs. The team is closing in on the all time Batting Average record at .346; the Cougars as a team are currently batting .338 with 2 more games left.
Coach Skip Sherman won his 100th game with the opening game this Spring season and currently holds the All time record for wins at 127 (breaking the previous mark held by long time coach Ron Spiotta).
The team begins play in the Tournament on Friday at MCC where they will face Mercyhurst NE with games to follow on Saturday and Sunday.
Good Luck to Coach Sherman and the Cougar Baseball team.