With all the cold, wet weather this spring and the soggy fields, it has been tough for many teams to really get anything rolling. Riverview is among them. The Bucs are 7-6 and have played a number of close games – winning some and losing others – but there has been little sustained good weather to get on a roll, good or bad.
It’s the same in Huron League play where the Bucs are 3-3, having beaten Grosse Ile Milan and Huron and losing to Airport, Flat Rock and Milan.
The slow starting season has revealed a few things, however. Like the prowess of Nick Weatherall and Ray Perez, the team’s only two underclassmen. Sophomore Weatherall has been one of the team’s top pitchers and so has Perez, a freshman, who is already 1-1 in his young varsity career.
Veteran coach Chris Haut said that Perez is, “one of our better pitchers.”
Junior Ryan Evina has pitched in some bad luck and is 0-2, but his talent shows in his strikeout ratio – 33K in his first 21 innings this season.
Angelo Singleton has also soaked up some innings on the mound for the Pirates, but his value lies in his defensive ability at shortstop.
Offensively Kyle Naif and leadoff man Joe Johnson are the team leaders.
The rest of the Riverview roster is rounded out by, Josh Graziani, Nathan Kormos, Alex Picciutto, Jake Weatherell, Steven Rice, Brett Kral, Juan Carlos Salinas and Esteban Sevilla.
Riverview hopes to soon get back on the field and resume the chase of league-leading Airport. The Jets, who recently laid a 12-1 hurting on the Bucs, are undefeated so far this season.
“Airport is the team to beat,” Haut said. “They are a very senior team; very experienced. But, as usual, the Huron League is very tough. It’s a very competitive baseball league and you have to play your very best every time out or you’ll get beat.”
Riverview hosts Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central May 8 and goes to the Ann Arbor Skyline Tournament May 11 before hosting Grosse Ile on May 13 and facing a rematch with Airport on May 15.