Varsity Baseball 2017-2018 Season
George School vs Perkiomen School—Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
On Thursday, March 29, the varsity baseball team threw the first pitches of the new season. Co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 got the ball and did not disappoint. After a lead off walk and error led to a first-inning run, visiting Perkiomen did not earn a hit while Kenneth tallied three strike outs in three innings pitched. Offensively, co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 led the attack with three hits including two doubles and a run scored. Overall, the Cougars had seven hits including an RBI hit by Will Vamos ’18, a single by Ryan Oster ’19, and a hit by Justus Agosto ’21 playing in his first game of his George School career; he delivered on his first at bat. Bennett Lichstein ’20 recorded his first varsity hit and scored a run.
In the fifth inning, the guests’ bats really woke up. They recorded twelve runs in the fifth and sixth innings after trailing the Cougars 3-1 into the fifth. Considering this was the first game of the season after just one day of practice, the Cougars showed well against a very strong Perkiomen team.
George School vs New Foundations Charter School—Wednesday, April 4, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School @ Shipley School—Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The Cougars had a rough week for practice due to the questionable weather, but they made the best of their practice time leading into our first league game against last year’s league champions, Shipley School. The team traveled to Shipley and stayed strong defensively while chipping away on the offensive side. Co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 got the ball for his second start of the season. Although Shipley managed some hits, the George School defense was up to all tasks. Behind Kenneth’s eight strikeouts, the team also pulled off an impressive bases loaded double play when second basemen Justus Agosto ’21 fielded a ground ball, touched second and threw a strike to Ryan Oster ’19 at first base to end a threat by our hosts. In the fifth inning, the visitors finally broke through with runs when Ethan Vegotsky ’18 reached base followed by Eric Yu ’19 who also reached base. The top of the order came up and co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 hit a double driving Eric to third. Kenneth then hit a single to score Joseph and Eric. After the momentum swing, Kenneth came out as he reached his pitch limit for the day. In the sixth inning, the hosts put hits and runs together to take a 6-2 lead and held on to defeat the Cougars by that score. Ryan had two hits for the visitors.
George School vs Princeton Day School—Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m.
As the weekend approached, the Cougars were in need of a good outing to right the ship and get a win in the column. Unfortunately, the team didn’t manage well on Saturday and dropped a non-league contest to Princeton Day School. Dylan Kirton ’18 got the start and after a quick first inning, gave up two runs in the second inning. However, in the third, the home team responded with two runs of their own. Co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 led off by reaching base to start the third. Newcomer Max Malavsky ’18 reached base as well. Co-captain Peter Delaney ’18, after hitting a double in the first inning, delivered again with a hit to advance both runners. Both Max and Joseph scored to tie up the game. However, in the third and fourth innings, the defense began to sputter and the guests tallied thirteen runs.
The Cougars will host Friends Select School on Tuesday for their second league game of the year.
George School vs Friends Select School—Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The Cougars hosted Friends Select School on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The day lined up perfectly for a win by the hosts. Justus Agosto ’21 made his first start of the season. The young man did not disappoint. Facing his first batter, he set the tone for the day. In four pitches, Justus struck out his first batter and his fourth. At the bottom of the inning, co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 led off with a single, stole second base and scored a run on Dylan Kirton’s ’18 double. Dylan then scored when co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 hit his first home run of the season, a hard hit ball into the right-center field gap that drove in two runs. In the same inning, Justus got his second hit of the season while Bennett Lichstein ’20 earned his first hit of the season.
In the second inning, Justus continued pitching well going 1,2,3. In the bottom of the inning, Will Vamos ’18 singled and stole second on his way to scoring when Joseph was walked, Dylan singled, and Kenneth hit a double to score Will and Joseph. Co-captain Peter Delaney ’18 hit a double to score Dylan and Kenneth. Defensively, the Cougars played well. In the second inning, the boys turned a 6-4-3 double play to end a threat by the guests. Justus pitched well and gave up just one run on four hits. Offensively, the Cougars scored twelve runs on fifteen hits. The team travels to Peddie tomorrow.
George School @ Peddie School—Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The team traveled to Peddie School on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Coming off a good league win the day before, the team was a bit tired but ready to perform. In the first inning, we came out of the box ready to go. Co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 led off the game with a single followed closely by Dylan Kirton’s ’18 single. Then co-captain Kenneth Rodgriguez ’19 was walked loading the bases. Co-captain Peter Delaney ’18 hit into a fielder’s choice scoring Joseph from third. Ryan Oster ’19 then flew out to score Kenneth from third. At the bottom of the inning, George School didn’t perform well defensively and gave up four runs. In the third inning, each team exchanged runs. Unfortunately, Kenneth hit a 340 foot shot over the left-center field fence scoring Dylan who singled to start the third. But Kenneth missed second base and was called out on the appeal. With the visitor’s now down 3-5, the defense once again struggled and yielded three more runs. In the sixth inning the boys got those runs back when Ryan singled, Justus Agosto ’21 singled, and Bennett Lichstein ’20 was walked. A fielder’s choice by Max Malavsky ’18 scored one run and Joseph doubled to score the other two runs. The guests made it interesting in the top of the seventh inning by loading the bases and managing one more run in the frame. For the game, Kenneth scored twice and managed two RBIs. Joseph had an RBI and scored a run.
George School @ Westtown School—Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity baseball team traveled to Westtown School with the hopes of earning a much-needed league victory and gaining a valuable Moose point. Unfortunately, our boys took some time to get the bus ride out of their system. Co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 was given the ball for his third start of the season. After going down 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, Kenneth had three runs scored against him in the bottom of the inning. After the first six batters, Kenneth struck out the next five would-be hitters. Unfortunately for the visitors, Westtown’s pitcher was sharp at the beginning, during the middle, and at the end of the game. He secured seventeen strike outs on the day. The Cougars didn’t earn their first hit until Dylan Kirton ’18 singled, was moved up on an error by their shortstop, and then was delivered home on a sacrifice by co-captain Peter Delaney ’18. The Cougars scored again at the top of the sixth inning on a solo home run by co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 who blasted a shot over the left-center field fence. Unfortunately, the guests gave up two more runs to seal the deal for Westtown in the bottom of the inning.
George School vs Calvary Christian Academy—Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
On Saturday, the Cougars hosted Calvary Christian School. The guests are a young team. George School was playing a bit shorthanded but had a capable pitcher on the mound in Justus Agosto ’21. Making his second start of the season, Justus was a bit shaky in the first inning. The first two hitters for Calvary hit back-to-back triples and took an early 1-0 lead. At the bottom of the inning, co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 answered Calvary’s early run production with a double to start off the game offensively for the hosts. Not to be outdone, Dylan Kirton ’18 delivered an RBI triple of his own. Co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 came through with a triple and RBI before scoring on a passed ball.
In the second and third innings, Justus went 1-2-3, giving up no hits and tallying one strike out. Ethan Vegotsky ’18 effectively closed the game out in the fourth inning. Offensively, the Cougars totaled fifteen hits and sixteen runs. Max Malavsky ’18 delivered three hits, two RBIs, and scored twice. Eric Yu ’19 had two hits and scored a run. Will Vamos ’18 also had two hits and scored twice. Co-captain Peter Delaney ’18 was two for three with two singles and two runs scored. And to close out the day, Owen Kirk ’21 got his first varsity hit.
George School @ Germantown Friends School—Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Cougars made what seems to be their annual trip to Germantown Friends School for a baseball game. The team was relying upon Dylan Kirton ’18 to carry us on a snowy cold day. As the game began, it was obvious that nothing was going to be as expected. First, there were snow flurries falling from the sky and the wind was blowing; second, we were shorthanded with some injuries; and third, we were coming off a big win and were now playing a tough league rival. So, Dylan has the pill to start the game. In the first inning, our boys put the ball in play but couldn’t generate any traction against the Tiger hurler, nor could they generate any traction against the Cougar hurler. Things began to unravel for the guests in the third inning. After a leadoff walk, the defense began to crumble. Three errors led to three unearned runs and we were facing an uphill battle. However, the boys continued to plug away and finally broke through in the fifth inning with a run. After Eric Yu ’19 singled and stole second base. Then Bennett Lichstein ’20 sacrificed Eric over to third and a fielder’s choice brought Eric across home plate.
Now with some momentum, the guests went back out on the field and Dylan closed the door once more. At the beginning of the sixth inning, the boys began a rally to tie the game at three. Co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 hit a sky high drive into right center field. As is expected, he sprinted to first and into second base safely for a double. Co-captain Peter Delaney ’18 reached base on an error and Ryan Oster ’19 reached on a walk. Enter Justus Agosto ’21 who promptly hit the ball behind the runners safely into right field and scored Kenneth and Peter to tie the game. Unfortunately for the Cougars, the lack of execution of bunts down the stretch wasted two lead off runners in extra innings. Conversely, the hosts executed their opportunities and scored the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
George School @ Conwell-Egan Catholic—Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs Abington Friends School—Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs Friends’ Central School—Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
With so many games back to back, the energy on the field seems to wane from time to time. On Saturday, the team hosted Friends’ Central School and we couldn't have been more challenged. We were fortunate to have enough players, although many of the infield positions were played by someone who has never played that position while at George School! Nonetheless, we did all we could to stay locked into the game, trusting that the boys’ competitive natures would kick in. Ryan Oster ’19 made the most of his opportunity to pitch for the first time in his George School career. In the first inning, Ryan gave up a run and salvaged the inning with a strike out to end it. At the bottom of the inning, Dylan Kirton ’18 led the offense with a double. Co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 singled and drove Dylan in to tie up the game at one. But the Cougars weren’t done. Co-captain Peter Delaney ’18 singled and moved Kenneth to second. Ryan then singled and drove Kenneth across home plate to give the hosts a lead. Now with a lead, Ryan went out and recorded a 1-2-3 inning. In the third inning, the visitors managed two runs after two lead off walks. The game seemed long and the Cougars were struggling to manage hits. From the second to the fifth inning, the hosts managed a hit by junior Eric Yu ’19 but suffered five strikeouts—until the fifth inning, that is. After two consecutive strike outs to start the fifth, Kenneth hit a bullet to left-center field that ran up the hill. Kenneth crossed home plate with his third home run of the season and helped to cut the lead. Peter then doubled and Ryan reached on an error. Peter scored and helped the home team tie the game up at four. In the sixth inning, the Cougars went down in order with three consecutive strike outs. But Ryan was still working on the mound and got us through until we could get to bat. We then made a switch and entered Bennett Lichstein ’20 to close out the game. Although Bennett gave up three walks in his first time pitching in a varsity game, the Cougars escaped without giving up the go-ahead run. At the bottom of the inning, Dylan was walked and moved to second base on an error. Bennett successfully sacrificed Dylan to third base. Kenneth was intentionally walked and Peter stepped up with a walk-off single that ended the game and secured the victory for the Cougars.
George School vs Academy of the New Church—Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School vs Solebury School—Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School @ Moorestown Friends School—Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School @ Friends Select School—Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
What started out as a potential disaster turned into another league win for the Cougars. With all the IB tests being taken, the varsity team is blessed with having five players taking the tests. We are also cursed. Or so we thought. Since Friends Select School has to rent a space at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, they are under contract to end their games by 6:00 p.m.. Consequently, our request to start the game later was denied and we were nervous that we wouldn't be able to field a team to start the game. As it turned out, all of the boys were actually done before the end time and were on the bus ready to travel. Senior Dylan Kirton ’18 got the start with limitations on his pitch count. In the first inning, Dylan successfully put us in a good place when he retired the side 1-2-3. Unfortunately, we also went 1-2-3 in our half of the inning. In the second inning, the Cougars generated a run when co-captain Peter Delaney ’18 worked a walk and stole second base. Ryan Oster ’19 was hit by pitch. Peter then stole third. Bennett Lichstein ’20 worked a walk as did senior Ethan Vegotstky ’18, earning an RBI by scoring Peter. Dylan got through the third inning with no damage occurring on the scoreboard. He ended his day with 3-Ks and gave up two hits. Justus Agosto ’21 then entered the game with a strict pitch count. Luckily for the Cougars and Justus, the team scored another run in the fourth inning. After a lead off triple by sophomore co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20, an RBI sacrifice fly by co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 brought Joseph home. After a quick fourth and fifth inning, the Cougars held onto a 5-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Kenneth entered with a strict pitch count. Kenneth finished with two strike outs but the defense struggled a bit and we gave up two unearned runs. Kenneth left the game once he reached his pitch limit. Ethan came in to finish out the inning. After recording the third out in the inning, Ethan opened the seventh with a walk. After a hit to put two runners on base, Bennett came in to close out the game. Although the home team plated two runs, the Cougars executed their second double play of the game and ended with the victory 6-4.
Key plays: In the fourth inning, Kenneth, then at third base, fielded a ball on the line, touched third for a force and then threw a strike to first for a double play. In the fifth inning, Bennett, playing catcher, threw a dime to first base and caught a base runner in a run down. In the seventh inning, Peter caught a fly ball hit into a gap. He then threw into second base to double up the runner who had taken off for third ending the game.
The Cougars play host to The Hill School on Wednesday and then will host Westtown School on Friday.
George School vs The Hill School—Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 4:15 p.m.
The boys hosted the Hill School on Wednesday in a non-league contest. Co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 got his first start in several weeks. He wasn't rusty. In fact, he put together the finest pitching performance we've seen from him this season. The host team held their opponent scoreless for the first two innings while earning a run of their own in the first inning. After Dylan Kirton ’18 reached base with a single, freshman Justus Agosto ’21 hit into a double play. Then co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 hit a single followed by co-captain the walk of Peter Delaney ’18 and Kenneth's single scoring Joseph. However, in the third inning, the hosts committed too many errors and there were too many "seeing-eyed" singles that fell into the outfield and through the infield. Hill School generated four runs in the inning before the Cougars could get an out. Yet in the bottom of the inning, the home team didn't disappoint. A lead off walk by Justus opened the gates. Joseph was then walked. Justus was picked off base and we thought the rally was ended. But Peter got walked and Kenneth popped out to center field. Ryan Oster ’19 hit a two run double that brought the team even with the guests from Hill. Kenneth was still dealing on the mound, and the boys were holding their own. In the fifth, a Hill School player hit a ball clear to the Junior Varsity field and rounded the bases for a home run. At the bottom of the inning, not to be outdone, Kenneth hit a mammoth shot to center field that resulted in a stand up triple. With Peter on second after his double, the Cougars were back in business. In the sixth inning, the boys tacked on two more runs to take a lead into the seventh. Eric Yu ’19 reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Bennett Lichstein ’20 got his first extra base hit of the season with a hard hit ball to right center field. Eric scored on the hit. Then Will Vamos ’18 got a hit and scored Bennett from second. Unfortunately, in the seventh inning, the visitors managed a lead off double that became a triple on an overthrow. The next batter drove that run home with a sacrifice fly to right field. Overall, Hill's top four hitters generated three runs in the inning to take a two run lead. At the bottom of the inning, the Cougars made it interesting by getting four men on base, but we couldn't get a run across home plate.
Highlights: Bennett threw three would-be base stealers out at second. Kenneth finished with five Ks and five pop outs, and four ground ball outs. Ethan Vegotsky ’18 had three opportunities at third and executed on all three plays.
George School vs Westtown School—Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
In what was a must-win scenario to ensure us a spot in the league playoffs, the team came up short on offense and lost to Westtown 5-0. With Dylan Kirton ’18 on the mound, the Cougars felt confident they would be able to avenge the loss to Westtown from earlier in the season. However, the team struggled to produce runs. Although the team held the visitors to just one run over the first three innings, the home team could only generate one hit by Ryan Oster ’19 in the first three innings. In the fourth inning, co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 led off the inning with a single. After co-captain Peter Delaney ’18 sacrificed Joseph to second, the Cougars were unable to drive in the run to cut the lead in half. For the day, the Cougars suffered ten strike outs and only generated five hits.
George School @ Lower Moreland High School—Monday, May 7, 2018 @ 4:15 p.m.
The varsity team traveled to Lower Moreland yesterday for a non-league contest. Co-captain Kenneth Rodriguez ’19 got the start and performed admirably for the first three innings, throwing an average of ten pitches per inning. However, the Cougars couldn't hold off the Lions late in the game. The Cougars were led by co-captain Joseph Kumar ’20 offensively; Joseph was three for three with a double that just missed going out of the ball park by a foot. He also had two singles and a walk. Ryan Oster ’19 also continued his hitting ways going two for three with two singles and an RBI. In the second inning, Ryan hit a single and Eric Yu ’19 singled to move Ryan up to second base. Joseph then stepped to the plate and hit the double that drove in two runs to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. In the third inning, the Cougars added another run when Kenneth singled and co-captain Peter Delaney ’18 reached base. Dylan Kirton ’18 singled and Ryan drove in his RBI with a single that plated Peter. In the fifth inning, the hosts mounted their comeback. After scoring two runs in the inning, they then added on three more in the sixth inning. The Cougars are still struggling holding leads and not having the one blow up inning that has cost them several games this season. It is now time for them to focus on the upcoming playoff season.