Offense shining in disappointing season for Bulls

May 20, 2011

ByTom Worgo, tworgo@tribune.com

Hereford coach Todd Hartshorn is excited when he fills out his lineup these days.

From top to bottom, the batting order is one of the best in Hartshorn's 11 years on the job in Parkton.

The Bulls are batting a robust .345.

"We have hit the ball all year, and we haven't had this much depth (in our lineup) since 2004," Hartshorne said. "Our batting average is 100 points higher than last year."

The leaders of his impressive lineup include senior shortstop Kevin Class (.486, 2 homer runs, 16 RBIs), sophomore catcher Zack Walsh (.464), senior outfielder Steven Eagan (.400, 14 RBIs), senior second baseman Greg Fultz (.396) and senior first baseman Tyler Young (.360).

But the Bulls' 8-8 record doesn't reflect how they've hit.

Hereford started the season 6-0, but slumped badly for the rest of the regular season, winning only two of its next nine games. The coach believes the Bulls should have been able to produce similar records to the 2004 (13-5) and 2005 (16-2) squads.

"We weren't expecting to lose more than three games," said Hartshorn said. "I don't think there was a single team we played where I can say they were better than us."

Poor fielding is one of the reasons the Bulls have underachieved.

"As a team, we averaged two errors a game, and that is a lot for high school baseball," Hartshorn said. "It's been frustrating. Out of the seven (regular-season) games we lost, we feel we beat ourselves. They have to execute and make plays."

Hereford's pitchers boast a respectable 3.83 ERA behind senior Tyler Young (2-1, 4.00 ERA), sophomore Eli Ginsburg (4.13 ERA) and senior Zack Janie (4.20 ERA).

"The pitching was very good," Hartshorn said.

Two Hereford victories stood out this spring, including a 16-3 thumping of Kenwood on April 26, behind hurlers Janie, Fultz, junior Gordy Saltsburg and sluggers Class and Eagan.

The Bulls also beat Dulaney, 13-4, on May 9, thanks to Saltsburg and senior Ginsburg on the hill and run support from Zach Sandusky and Young.

"I love these kids," said Hartshorn, whose team lost a first round Class 3A North Region playoff game to Franklin, 7-0. . "These kids are such good friends. They really push each other. They have such a love for the game."

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