Baseball: Postseason wrap-up: Haverford

Paul Bogosian has seen a lot in his decades in the dugout. He’s run the gamut from stars in the making to disappointments, major leaguers to malcontents.

So when the Haverford skipper calls the class of 2013 the greatest class of seniors he’s ever had, it’s no small honor.

Alex Barr is part of a special senior class for Haverford that graduates off a disappointing season. (Times Staff / ROBERT J. GURECKI)

Alex Barr is part of a special senior class for Haverford that graduates off a disappointing season. (Times Staff / ROBERT J. GURECKI)

A 6-13 season goes down in the books as a major disappointment, but the biggest regret isn’t that the Fords missed out on a Districts berth. It’s that they didn’t consistently play up to their potential. And the margins are small: Had one-run losses to Garnet Valley, Ridley, Marple Newtown and Harriton and a two-run loss to Penncrest gone the other way, the story reads much differently.

The illustrious senior class leaves many holes to fill. Alex Barr, in addition to emerging as one of the top pitching threats, occupied the three-hole in the lineup. Tom Carey, a two-year captain, hit four home runs out of the lead-off spot despite not being terribly speedy and playing at a home field that lacks a fence. Joe Sardella emerged as the clean-up man doing the lion’s share of the run production. Three of the team’s six wins came with Matt Morella on the hill.

Add in the likes of James McWilliams, Matt Donnelly, Luke MacNeal and Andrew Abrahams, and you have a class that impressed statistically, if not in the win column.

The cupboard isn’t entirely bare. They don’t return a pitcher with a varsity win – Morella, Abrahams, Barr and MacNeal accounted for the six this season – but hopes are high that Keith Kravec, who was thrown into the fire against Penncrest late in the season, emerges next year. In Mark Sammartino and Steve Hall, the Fords also have two returning catchers.

In the field, Aiden White showed a propensity to hit the gaps at Haverford’s home field, collecting five extra-base hits while playing both second and third base. Mike Sardella had his offensive highlights early in the season and will be looked at to lead the outfield. And Darren Nardo has a big upside at shortstop, displacing Donnelly in that role and producing a really impressive game defensively against Penncrest. How he and White develop in that infield could be a big key moving forward.

Questions abound, but the lessons from this year’s near-miss of a season may pay future dividends.

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