At the annual Pegleg Awards Dinner on June 8, the JV and Varsity teams celebrated successful campaigns in 2018, as the coaches recognized many players for their contributions to the season’s heroics.
The JV squad, still basking in the glory of their Manhattan championship win over George Washington on June 6, had five of its players honored:
Rookie of the Year: Luca Bielski
Coaches Award: Max Mah
Cy Young: Ben Zenker
Silver Slugger: Julian Singer
MVP: Jordan Gray
The Varsity squad, fresh off a surprising 10-6 season, saluted these seven players.
Rookie of the Year: Franklin Liou
Charlie Hustle Award: Khyber Sen
Coaches Award: Malcolm Hubbell and Jeremy Rubin
Golden Glove: Max Onderdonk
Cy Young: Jared Asch
MVP and Silver Slugger: Michael Gillow
Coach Carlesi also paid special tribute to the nine graduating seniors: Ronin Berzins, Simon Carmody, Michael Gillow, Justin Heinze, Sam Merrick, Max Onderdonk, Khyber Sen, Sam Stamler, and Perry Wang.
After one of the most dominant seasons ever recorded by a Stuyvesant pitcher, Jared Asch traveled to Yankee Stadium on June 11 for a ceremony honoring New York City’s top high-school baseball players. Though he was recognized for his 6-0 record in regular-season league games, Jared’s other stats are equally impressive: an ERA of 1.19, a WHIP of 1.02, two complete games, and a 4:1 K:BB ratio. The last Stuyvesant hurler to earn as many as 6 wins on the season was Evan Lubin, who performed the feat in 2012.
The Stuyvesant Peglegs will take on the Falcons of Susan Wagner High School on Wednesday, May 23, at a site yet to be determined. The game starts at 3:30 pm. Come down and root root root for the Home Team!
I am very happy to announce that the Peglegs have been ranked 13th in the city this year. The hard work and dedication the boys had this year really has paid off. No one, including myself, saw this coming.
We are so proud of you guys for this impressive accomplishment. This was a total team effort. A special thank you to our captains for leading this team to our goal and beyond.
Our annual Stuyvesant Alumni Baseball Game and get together will be held on Saturday, June 9th at our home field, Pier 40, 11am – 2pm. Please let Olivia know if you can help out: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for always supporting Stuyvesant Baseball.
A year ago today, March 25, 2017, Stuyvesant’s varsity baseball team traveled to Ft. Hamilton High School for its final pre-season scrimmage. It was an unremarkable affair, in which the Tigers prevailed over a lackluster Pegleg squad in the Saturday-morning chill. As the dispirited players gathered their equipment, nothing hinted at the heroics about to unfold.
Four days later, the team opened its season at home with a bang. Against Newtown, the Peglegs prevailed 9-3, behind strong pitching from Tobias Lange, timely hitting from Jack Archer, and sharp fielding from Max Onderdonk and others. Stuyvesant would not lose another game until April 21, racking up wins against Bayside, Norman Thomas, Newtown (again), Francis Lewis, and the High School for Construction Arts in the process.
Thus began one of the most remarkable sports seasons in the school’s modern history.
“Last year’s team was special,” says coach John Carlesi, reflecting on a campaign that saw the Peglegs go 12-5 in New York City’s toughest athletic division. “For the first time ever, Stuyvesant was ranked in the top ten in the city,” he says. “It meant a lot to the team and to the school.” The banner atop the FSB homepage captures one of the season’s signature moments, a 1-0 walk-off triumph over Bryant in the final game of the season.
As the 2018 campaign opens, Carlesi and Assistant Coach Matt Hahn find themselves invoking the glory of 2017 to motivate a young and relatively inexperienced team, while tempering expectations with a measure of realism.
“It’s a brand new year,” Carlesi says. “We can’t expect to be that good again.”
Losing eleven seniors in a single off-season means many new faces in the dugout. “Three-quarters of the infield has never started a varsity league game,” Carlesi observes. “We need a lot of players to step up.”
Joining last year’s stalwarts—seniors Onderdonk and Michael Gillow, and juniors Jared Asch, Jeremy Rubin, and Malcolm Hubbell—in the probable starting lineup, rotation, and bullpen are seniors Ronin Berzins, Simon Carmody, Perry Wang, Samuel Merrick, and Khyber Sen (who was injured in 2017), juniors Matthew Deutsch and Cooper Nissenbaum, and sophomore Owen Potter.
Anchoring a deep bench are seniors Sam Merrick, Justin Heinze, and Sam Stamler, juniors Daniel Kim and Henry Carver, and sophomore Franklin Liou.
“With so many people in new positions,” Carlesi says, “I’m looking for the player who can hit. If you hit, we will find a spot for you on the field.”
Asked about the team’s relative strengths, Carlesi says, “From what I’ve seen so far, the pitching is very good. I think it’ll hold up in league play.”
The problem for Stuyvesant, as it is for so many teams at this level, is hitting. “We need that person who can be consistent in getting the big hit,” Carlesi remarks. But to be successful, the entire team will have to contribute. “If we can hit .250 on a consistent basis, we will win most of our games,” he says. “Last year, we hit .268 in league play. That’s very good.”
Recent pre-season victories over Abraham Lincoln and Berkeley Carroll offer glimmers of hope for the regular season. “We were getting the head of the bat on the ball,” says Carlesi. “We’re not striking out as much. We’re holding our own. Hopefully, that’s a good sign of what the season will bring.”
But the coach is well aware that pre-season play offers few portents of the year to come.
That, after all, was the lesson of the magical season of ’17.
It is with great pride that I get to announce that two of our varsity players will be receiving awards before Monday nights baseball championship game at Yankee stadium. Senior Jack Archer for most home runs in PSAL with 3 and sophomore Jeremy Rubin for most saves 5.
We the coaches are so proud of these two players as well as the whole team for a great and memorable season. This was just the icing on the cake.