by Anderson Good
Last year, the CHA Blue Devil baseball team had a rather average season. They finished fourth out of six teams in the Inter-Ac and finished the season barely above a .500 winning percentage. Graduating from the team were Jon McAllister, Erik Hubbard, Ed Trocky, and Tom Devlin, with McAllister, Hubbard, and Devlin being consistent names in the starting lineup.
Along with the three seniors, CHA’s starting lineup featured only one junior. The rest of the lineup consisted of sophomores and freshmen. Along with a young starting lineup, many players being consistently used as substitutions were also all either sophomores or freshmen. Despite last year’s struggles, the future is bright for CHA baseball.
This season the CHA baseball team got off to a great start, winning all three scrimmages prior to their yearly trip to Fort Pierce, Florida. In Florida ,they won all of their games except for a nail-biter the night after they landed. CHA even beat a Top 10 nationally ranked pitcher in their fourth game in Florida, 2-1.
All of these wins are great, but the team knows that the big games are all 10 of the Inter-Ac league games, and so far CHA is 3-0 and in first place in the league. CHA junior Danny Rosenbaum, a University of Louisville commit, has been the Blue Devils’ starting pitcher for all three games, pitching complete games in two.
As of the beginning of May, CHA is 14-2, number 5 in the Philadelphia area and ranking of 13 in the state according to MaxPreps, a national high school sports website that provides national and state rankings for many high school sports.
Now the Blue Devils will encounter the full force of the Inter-Ac with seven league games left. After the Inter-Ac season, CHA will compete in the Pennsylvania Independent State Tournament, a tournament that CHA lost to nearby rival GFS in the semi-finals of last year. This year, the Blue Devils are lead offensively by Outfielders Nick Boyle and Zach Jancarski, infielders Matt Primavera, Nick Barile, and Dan Hull, and infielder/pitcher Danny Rosenbaum.
The Blue Devils have a promising future, but this year they are atop the Inter-Ac, an opportunity they cannot give up. It will be interesting to see how the Blue Devils will deal with the intensity of the rest of the season and whether they can stay consistent and stay atop the league or not.