Overcoming adversity is one of the main components of any great team. It is what brings players together and helps a team rally to achieve success. After two tough losses at the beginning of the year, the Bullis Baseball team found their rallying cry on their Spring Training trip where the team went 6-0 and finally found their groove heading into IAC play.
Early on, the team had been playing as individuals and not as a collective unit. With three college commits, in Henry Pavco Giaccia ‘19 (Notre Dame), Sammy Senders ‘18 (Richmond) and Steven Landry ‘18 (Tufts), the team had their clear anchors set from day one. These three also pitch and control most of the game with their hands . Playing together as a unit was challenging early on as the team attempted to find its identity together.
Wins do not come easy in the DMV area, and each of these key contributors are essential to the team’s success. “Once we come together as a team and find our groove, I think an IAC title is well within our reach,” said Pavco-Giaccia ‘19. With the entire unit buying into the team aspect and growing as a collective unit, this Bullis squad could define themselves as a tough out in the DMV area.
The tournament was not without highlights, as Henry Pavco Giaccia threw a no-hitter and the team scored in double digits in 4 of their 6 games. The bats finally came around and complemented the pitching, which is arguably the backbone of the team.. The infield continued their dominance and players like Harry Kaplan ‘19 and Zach Senders ‘20 anchored a young, up and coming unit. The seniors, as they have all year, anchored the bullpen as Sammy Senders ‘18, and Steven Landry ‘18 turned in strong performances and kept valuable runs off the board. With the team clicking on all cylinders and finding their groove, they come back home as one of the favorites to take home the IAC title.
Beyond just individual and statistical performances, the team came together as a unit more importantly. Team morale improved and the team “encouraged each other and brought positive energy”, said Daniel Blanc ‘18. As on any team, when the whole team plays well the team truly comes together and builds chemistry. Blanc attributed to the fact that “once the bats came around, the team confidence skyrocketed and led to spirited and energized performances.”
The team hopes to carry their confidence from their Spring training trip into IAC play, and to eventually achieve their goal of winning an IAC Championship. Through strong team play, trusting each other, and strong leadership from upperclassmen, this Bullis squad make a deep IAC run a reality.
Games against St. Stephens and Landon will be critical to gaining an advantage and heading into the playoff race with a top seed. With senior leaders on the mound and behind the plate, scoring runs should be of no issue when this team is rolling. After a disappointing end to last year’s season, this year’s team is back looking for revenge and showing that they are the team to beat in the IAC.
Bulldogs Roster: Harry Kaplan, Henry Pavco-Giaccia, Sammy Senders, Steven Landry, Max Fergunson, Ryan Hyman, Sidney Eisen, Zack Senders, Daniel Blanc, Chris Gutschick, Billy Barlia, Jason Hersh, Joey Miller