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Season Review: Baseball Storms into Centennial Conference Championship Matchup

Season Review: Baseball Storms into Centennial Conference Championship Matchup

Signature wins: The season started strong for the Fords as Haverford rattled off four straight victories to cap the annual spring break treak trip to Fort Myers, Fla. In the stretch, Haverford outscored its opponents 57-11, including a 20-3 triumph over Rockland (Mar. 14) and a 14-1 victory over Lakeland (Mar. 16). A dramatic extra-innings win against Muhlenberg (Apr. 2) was capped by a three-run homer from Luke Wallis that sent the Fords to an 8-5 road win in a crucial conference showdown. Head Coach Dave Beccaria then secured his 400th career win at home against Ursinus (Apr. 10), part of a stretch of three straight victories that also saw Haverford outlast No. 16 Johns Hopkins in a 10-9 thriller at home (Apr. 13). The Fords grabbed another ranked victory later in an action-packed April, taking down No. 23 Swarthmore by a 9-4 final at Kannerstein Field (Apr. 18), plating nine unanswered runs to triumph over the rival Garnet. In the Centennial Conference tournament, Haverford grabbed a pair of dramatic victories over Muhlenberg and Franklin & Marshall in Baltimore (May 4), with Ethan Lee-Tyson hitting a 10th-inning homer to propel Haverford into the Centennial Conference Championship Game against Johns Hopkins.

Season Notes: Haverford finished with 20 or more wins for the 13th season overall, and the eighth time in the last 10 seasons … The Fords made the Centennial Conference tournament for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons and advanced to the Centennial Conference Championship for the eighth time in program history … The senior class of Austin Castellanos, Luke Duris, Daniel Joffe, Ethan Lee-Tyson, Sam Partee, Nick Perez, Tom Phillips, and Jared Turner notched 85 wins over the last four seasons and earned three trips to the Centennial Conference tournament, taking a conference title in 2016 …Will Karp was named first-team All-Centennial, as Haverford has had at least one first-team conference selection in every year since 2005 …  The Fords took down a ranked opponent for the third straight season, posting triumphs over No. 16 Johns Hopkins and No. 23 Swarthmore … Lee-Tyson leaves the Haverford program as the squad's all-time career leader in games started (150), at-bats (589), runs scored (163), and hits (210). … Karp became the first back-to-back winner of the conference's Gold Glove of the Year Award … Karp ranked 17th in the nation in stolen bases (29) and 21st in steals per game (0.74) … Sophomore pitcher Nathan Bass ranked 12th in the nation in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.51). 


Looking Ahead
: Haverford must replace a senior class that had a wealth of postseason experience and made up a strong core of the lineup and pitching staff. Luckily for the Fords, the rising junior class, headlined offensively by Karp, seems up to the task in 2020. Lineup stalwarts Luke Wallis, Harrison Burns, and Owen Plambeck will also all come into their senior seasons after formidable junior campaigns, while Zach Landry will be back from a first-year campaign in which he started 33 of Haveford's 40 games in the middle infield. A deep bench earned plentiful experience a season ago, with Haverford using the early portion of the challenging schedule to get reps for a large group of first-years. On the pitching staff, the Fords return all but 76 of their 335.2 innings pitched a season ago, as All-Region pick Nathan Bass and second-team All-Centennial selection Andrew Johnson headline a deep and talented staff while Brandon Jenkins will return for his senior campaign after emerging as a relief ace for the Fords in his All-Centennial junior campaign.