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2014 Season Recap - The End of an Era

 

The Calvary Christian Lions 2014 baseball season came to an end when they were defeated in the 3rd round of the CIF Division 3 playoffs by the #1 seeded Santana Sultans.
 
Coming into the season opener with only one practice as a full team, the Lions struggled to score, averaging only 1.7 runs per game over the first 5 weeks of the season.  Despite one of the finest pitching staffs in California, it wasn't enough to overcome the lack of run production and the Lions limped to an uncharacteristic 4-11 start.
 
Eventually, the offense came to life and averaged 7.8 runs per game for the remainder of the season.  Coupled with their steady pitching, they finished strong and won 13 of their next 16 games to finish with a respectable 17-14 overall record.
 
They won their fourth straight Citrus League title posting a perfect 6-0 record stretching their winning streak in league play to 38 consecutive games dating back to April of 2010. The league championship qualified them for an automatic CIF playoff berth and once again they achieved Division 3 status based on their history and strength of schedule.  Even though, Calvary was more than 7 times smaller than their nearest rival, they managed to eliminate Oceanside and Christian before falling to Santana twice.
 
Calvary's pitching staff, 10 arms strong, was among the top high school staffs in California, leading San Diego County with 267 strikeouts while ranking 4th in the state.  They also finished with a magnificent team ERA of  1.72 while allowing opponents only 4.3 hits per game.
 
Although they fell short of their goal to bring home another CIF title, they had a season to be proud of.  Most importantly, they played every game for the glory of God and it showed every time they took the field. They showed why they have Calvary on their chests and Christ in their hearts. 
 
The end of the season marks the end of an era.  5 years ago, Calvary's coaching staff gave a 5-year commitment to help build a baseball program at the school.  The overall goals were simple, do "All Things" for the glory of God and to create an environment where players could play in a Christian environment without sacrificing their development as a player as well as creating opportunities to play in college or beyond.  Without ever asking a player to come to Calvary to play baseball, 25 players transferred into the school with  10 moving on to play at the collegiate level.
 
Having fulfilled their commitment, head coach Steve Whitley and assistants Darryl Hebert, Jim Sullivan (hitting instructor), Jim Harmening (pitching coach), Jeff Turner and Jerry Whitley will not be returning for the 2015 season, clearing the way for a fresh start and a new era of Calvary baseball.  During their tenure, they finished with an overall mark of 97-50, won 4 Citrus League titles and made CIF playoffs each year, winning a total of 11 post-season games including a section championship in 2012.  Previous Calvary teams had never won a playoff game, losing by more than 10 runs in each of their prior CIF contests.
 
The 2014 campaign was a 14-man all-team effort, but several players deservedly received post-season honors: 

 

SD Preps All-CIF Team (SD County)
 
1st Team All-County:   Matt Hartman (Sr)

 

Citrus League All-League Selections

Pitcher of the Year:  David Carpenter (Sr)
 
 
1st Team All-League
David Carpenter (Sr)
Matt Hartman (Sr)
John Schulz (Sr)
Grant Starkey (Sr)
 
2nd Team All-League
Micah Anselmo (Fr)
Kallin Iwasaki (Jr)
Andrew Leakey (Jr)
  
 
Honorable Mention
Sam Athas (Sr)
JJ Ingram (Sr)
Gordon Nixon (Sr)  
DJ Trento (Sr)
 

Calvary's 2014 banquet was held at the Shadowridge Country Club and the following team awards were given:

Calvary Character Award:   J.J. Ingram

Co-Most Valuable Player Award:  David Carpenter
                                                   Matt Hartman
                                                John Schulz

Key Player Award:   Grant Starkey

The Aaron Frazee "Man-Up" Award:  Micah Anselmo
 
 
Season Accomplishments
Won 4th consecutive undefeated Citrus League Championship
Extended Citrus League winning streak to 38 consecutive games
Won 2 CIF Division 3 playoff games
The pitching staff finished 1st in SD County in Strikeouts with 267