All phases go for Richards in spotless week
Potent hitting? Check.
Reliable pitching? Check again.
Dependable defense? That gets the biggest check mark of all.
As Richards coach Brian Wujcik has asserted for a long time, success in baseball can often be found when a team proves competent in two of the three above-mentioned phases of the sport. But what has sparked the Bulldogs’ surge to the top of the South Suburban Conference Red standings and capturing of 15 wins in their first 18 games is efficiency in all three areas.
And without question, the X-factor has been Richards’ gloves. From outfielders Kyle Garrett and Eric Mallo and catcher Charlie Zeschke, to infielders AJ Sanchez, Noel Castro and Nate Natividad, the Bulldogs’ defense has been rock solid thus far.
“Two errors in one game is, I believe, the most we’ve had,” Wujcik said. “Last year, when we made an error, it seemed like it cost us three runs. We haven’t had that kind of meltdown this year.
“This is the best defensive team we’ve had in quite a while, and it’s something we’re real happy to see. I really think it’s the difference between us being 15-3 and 11-7 and being in a tight race.”