SCC baseball season ends after successful year

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By SCC Sports Information

While the season may be over for the St. Catharine College Patriots, the Bat Pats’ year was by no means a failure.  

Several Patriots broke or set season, as well as career, records for the school, and the Pats finished a best-ever third in the strong Mid-South Conference.

The Patriots went over the 200-win total as a four-year program. Head coach Luther Bramblett has led the Pats to a 201-135 record since joining the NAIA and Mid-South Conference.  

He has a of 459-223 overall record at St. Catharine College.

“I guess looking back, we had a pretty good year all things considered,” stated Bramblett.  “Our weather was the worst I’ve seen in 13 years here, and I feel that it slowed us down a bit with losing practice and games, but our guys never complained and worked hard to improve each day. We finally got into our groove at the end of our season, but it was too late to overcome our slow start. With that said, I was proud of the way we competed and finished our season.”

Even with their obstacles, the Patriot defense set a new school record with a .963 fielding percentage.  Alfredo Bohorquez and Harold Diaz both led the way, being named to the Mid-South Conference Gold Glove team at second base and in the outfield.

That strong team defense and strong pitching is what led the Patriots to their 19th straight winning season, which was in jeopardy late in the season.

The Pats finished winning seven of their last 10 games, while going 3-2 in the MSC tournament and ended with a 28-27 overall record.  

In conference play, SCC finished in third place after sweeping Shawnee State University the last conference weekend of the year and they finished with a 15-12 mark.

“We had a roller-coaster season in conference play - winning five weekend series with two coming by sweeps, and we lost four weekends.  Six of our 12 losses in conference were by one run, but we won several one-run games as well.  What we can take from conference play is that our league is very good, balanced, and we’re so close to where we want to be.”

Their strong weekends were led by the strong arms in the Patriot stable.

Weekend starter John Werner was named First Team Mid-South Conference and closer Jake McCoy was named to the second team.  Werner jumped into the single-season record book with 83 innings pitched, which ranks him third.  He also tallied 80 strikeouts, landing him tied for third in a single season.

McCoy is tied at the top of the single-season save record with nine and that also puts him in second place on the all-time list.  He also is tied for third on the single-season appearance list with 21 this year.

Steven Borkowski, another starter, landed behind Werner in the fourth slot with 77 innings this year.  

Senior reliever Trenton Claunch took control of the single-season appearance record with 29 trips to the pitcher’s mound this year.

Claunch also finished with 57 career appearances, which is tied for fifth all time at SCC.  

Cory Klinger took over the top spot on the career appearance list; the senior ended with 71 career jogs to the bump.  

Andrew Nelson finished his career with 131.1 total innings in two years, placing him in fifth place on the career innings pitched list.

“Our arms gave us a chance each and every time out, especially on the weekends.  Most every weekend, our starters went deep and our bullpen closed the door. Those guys will be tough to replace, with seven seniors on the staff.”

Offensively the Patriots were led by Bohorquez and Nick Rosso, as both were named to the MSC second team. Bohorquez raced into the Patriot record book with his 38 stolen bases.  

That puts him second on the single-season list. He also wore 21 pitches, placing him second on the single-season hit-by-pitch list.  

Harold Diaz joins him on that list in third with 18 HBP.  Adrian Garcia and Diaz both played in every game this season (55), placing them in a fifth-place tie on the single-season games played list.

The Patriots staff now turn their attention to replacing the departing 10 seniors.

“We have to replace some quality students and athletes. It’s not going to be an easy task replacing some of these guys, they’ve been good leaders, good players and great people off the field.”