Wildcats rise to the challenge in Wesco debut | Baseball

Archbishop Murphy sweeps Cedarcrest, splits with E-W
By David Pan | Apr 05, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Archbishop Murphy’s Cole Colnon bats against Cedarcrest during a Wesco 3A/2A game Friday, March 29, at Archbishop Murphy High School.

Archbishop Murphy is showing that it can play with the big boys in the Wesco 3A/2A.

After sweeping 2A rival Cedarcrest in the opening series of league play, the Wildcats then faced a major test against Edmonds-Woodway, a 3A team that has placed fourth at state the last two seasons.

Archbishop Murphy recorded a series split, winning the opener 4-2 on Tuesday, April 2, and then losing the second game 6-5 on Wednesday, April 3. The Wildcats (3-1 in the league, 7-3 overall) currently are tied with 2A rival Mountlake Terrace (3-1, 5-5) for first place.

Wildcats coach Max Whitt said that he and his players were looking forward to the stiff competition the Wesco 3A/2A offers.

“I think it’s going to be great for us,” he said. “It’s really going to prepare us. The boys realize that we’re in this new league and we’re ready to play.”

No player exemplifies that readiness more than senior pitcher Cole Calnon, who picked up wins against the Red Wolves and Warriors.

Calnon allowed only two hits and issued only one walk in seven innings of work in the league opener against Cedarcrest. He threw 61 pitches. Calnon pitched six innings, allowing two runs and four hits against the Warriors.

“Right now, he’s locating the ball and he’s got confidence in everything that he’s throwing,” Whitt said. “On any count, he can throw his change-up. He can throw his curve ball.”

By limiting his walks, Calnon is letting his defense do its job.

“Our defense is so great behind him,” Whitt said. “We’ve got some very knowledgeable players. We’ve got a super-fast outfield and great gloves in the infield.”

Senior Derek Trobough plays shortstop and Calnon is at second base when he’s not pitching. Junior Victor Gabalis, who also is the starting quarterback for the football team, patrols center field.

The rest of the Wildcats pitching staff is young but saw action last season. Sophomore Aiden Van Resum went 8-0 as a freshman.

“It took us all by shock how competitive he is on the mound,” Whitt said.

Sophomore Jack Johnson, who also plays first base, Trobough and Gabalis also will see time on the mound.

Newcomers Joe Ennis and Andrew Griffin are splitting time the catching duties

“Every single day is a new learning experience for them,” Whitt said.

The Wildcats’ offense has some decent power and hitters who can hit gap to gap.

Senior Brandon King, who is in the No. 4 slot, was hitting .500 with 11 RBIs through last week.

“We’re still super young but I like the way these guys come out in practice every day,” Whitt said, “They are looking forward to really going out there and competing.”

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