2016 Team Preview: Archbishop Spalding



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2016 high school season, we will be taking a glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Archbishop Spalding
Nickname: Cavaliers
Class: Private
Conference: MIAA A
Head Coach:  Joe Palumbo
Years as HC:  4th
Twitter: @ASCavsbaseball
Team Website: http://www.archbishopspalding.new.rschooltoday.com/page/2649
2015 Record: 24-4
2015 Conference Record: 13-3
2015 Post Season: MIAA A Champions

Returning Starters/Position: 6
Returning Starters/Pitcher: 2

Players with Post-Season Honors
Tyler Blohm ?? All-MIAA A, 1st Team All-Met, 1st Team All-County, MSABC All State Private
Billy Godrick ?? All-MIAA A, 1st Team All-County, MSABC All-State Private
David Harding ?? All-MIAA A
Carter Sears ?? 2nd All-Met, 1st Team All-County
Barrett Smith ?? All MIAA A, 1st Team All-County
LaVale Hodges  - All County

Players to Watch
LHP Tyler Blohm 2016 (Maryland)
OF Billy Godrick 2016 (Fordham)
SS David Harding 2016 (Princeton)
OF LaVale Hodges 2016 (USC-Aiken)
RHP Drew Hunt 2016
C Carter Sears 2016 (James Madison)
1B/3B Barrett Smith 2016
RHP Zach Thompson 2016 (St. Mary's)
UT Brendan Foley 2017
C/3B Nick Vermillion 2017
OF Evan Fochtman 2017

Season Outlook
Spalding returns the majority of their lineup from their 2015 MIAA A championship team and have their eyes set on a three-peat in the conference. Offense is going to be a team strength this year as the Cavaliers will have the toughest lineup in the MIAA and possibly the state.  That lineup includes the likes of Fordham recruit Billy Godrick, Princeton recruit David Harding, USC-Aiken recruit LaVale Hodges, James Madison recruit Carter Sears, and senior Barrett Smith.  All of these mentioned players are some of the highest ranked players in the state at their respective positions. Godrick, Harding, and Hodges provide speed as well to create pressure on the base paths and Hodges also will provide some pop in the middle of the order. Sears is possibly the most complete catcher in the state on the offensive and defensive ends and should help control opponent running games. Keep an eye on 2017??s Nick Vermillion, Brendan Foley, and Evan Fochtman. Vermillion became a key hitter in the Cavalier lineup as the season progressed and should build upon that this upcoming season. Foley hit .300 last season in 40 at-bats and could have an increased role this season.  Fochtman is a two-sport athlete (Football) and looks to add depth and speed to the outfield and to the lineup.

On the mound Maryland recruit Tyler Blohm will take a full role as ace of the pitching staff after sharing that title last season with Jordan Carr, who is now at UNC Ashville. Blohm has been a key fixture in the Cavalier rotation for the past two seasons and is one of the top left-handed arms in the state. Also returning is RHP Drew Hunt, who will see an increased role in the rotation this season. Keep an eye out for Zach Thompson, whom the coaches are excited about after having a strong summer and fall circuit and should also see time in the top three of the Spalding staff.  Others to see time on the mound include Vermillion and 2017 Cam Webb.

It will be another strong year this season for Archbishop Spalding. Expect to see them playing again for another conference championship.  

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