Can you smell the sweet aroma of the freshly mowed grass? If you can, then that means the 2018 Varsity Baseball spring season is underway. Bullis is looking for a rebound season following their 14-12 (3-7 in IAC) record last year. However, the Bulldogs are aiming for a season similar to the 2016 season, where Bullis had a record of 7-3 while finishing first in the IAC. The 2016 season was Bullis' first-ever IAC title. The Varsity team is preparing to get back to its winning ways in 2018.
Last season, Bullis finished with a modest record, but unfortunately underachieved in IAC games. Bullis played very well through the first five innings of most IAC games. Against Landon, Episcopal, and St. Albans, our Bulldogs held the lead going into the 5th inning but quickly gave the lead back to the opposing team. These blown leads were a frustration to our team. However, that is the past.
With the losses of seniors, Raffy Baumgardner (‘17), Chris Mavrikes (‘17), Daniel Ramos (‘17), Brendan Cogdell (‘17), and Christian Snell (‘17), the current seniors will look to set a good example and lead the Bulldogs to success for the upcoming season. The Bulldogs will look to rely on pitchers Sammy Senders (‘18) and Henry Pavco (‘19) to lead this strong pitching staff. “I feel like our pitching staff this year is the best that it has ever been,” says starting pitcher Henry Pavco. Steven Landry (‘18), Jay Budin (‘19), and Sidney Eisen (‘19) are also in line to compliment this strong mix of righties and lefties on the mound. Catchers Ryan Hyman (‘19) and Billy Barlia (‘20) will be the glue that holds this pitching staff together. Defensively, behind this pitching staff is a young infield consisting of Henry Pavco (‘19), Harry Kaplan (‘19), and Zach Senders (‘20). Ethan Thompson (‘18) and Sidney Eisen (‘19) will be magnets over at first base. These strong infielders are working to hold down this already fundamentally sound defense. Veteran outfielders Jason Hersh (‘18), Sammy Senders (‘18), Steven Landry (‘18), and Jay Budin (‘19) will continue to lead our outfield to success. The Bulldogs have an energetic bench that includes Joey Miller (‘19) and Max Ferguson (‘21) who will look to backup this deep Bullis team.
Coach Patrick Cilento is heading into his 4th year as Head Coach, with help from assistants Keith Gordon and Noah Sherman. This upcoming season, Cilento is ready to rock and roll and lead Bullis to some W’s. Bullis’ coaching staff knows how to maximize team success by making decisions based on situations. Baseball is a thinking game, and having coaches who know who to put into the game in any position is vital. The coaching staff led by Cilento and company are aiming for a bounce-back season in 2018.
After the Bulldogs travel to Disney World over Spring Break, they hit the ground running with the most crucial two-game series of the year. Bullis opens league play versus Georgetown Prep on April 3rd and the second game on April 5th. This North Potomac powerhouse finished 10-0 in league play last season, so these two games are crucial. Following Prep, Bullis plays St. Stephens & St. Agnes on April 10th and 12th. The next series in IAC play is on April 17th and 19th: The rivalry: Bullis vs. Landon. Without Landon’s best player, Randy Bednar (‘17), who plays at the University of Maryland, Landon will have a younger team who still cannot be taken lightly. The Bulldogs’ Senior Night is at home versus St. Albans on April 24th. A ceremony recognizing all seniors will occur before the first pitch. Bullis is set for another high season ahead! Come and support our dogs this year!