Adraric Kelly, Trinity Christian: Post All-Area small schools baseball player of the year
Friday, June 04, 2010
by Cristina Ledra
2009 photo by Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post
Adaric Kelly went from Trinity Christian's closer as a junior, to the team's ace during his senior season. And he didn't disappoint any step of the way.
After overcoming a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss a month on the mound, Kelly still dominated in the post-season.
The shortstop/pitcher was Trinity Christian's best player, batting .516 with five home runs and 33 RBI and also was 6-1 on the mound.
Kelly, who came to Trinity Christian from Aruba two years ago, said he was a starting pitcher before coming to the United States.
"I was used to it," Kelly said. "I just had to remember all the stuff that I had to do in workouts and all that."
Kelly's ankle injury, suffered running into first base, caused him to miss four games. He returned as a designated hitter, then later at his regular shortstop position.
When he got back to pitching - in the regional final against Tampa-Cambridge - Kelly seemed unaffected by the month-long absence, pitching a complete game.
In the state semifinals, Kelly pitched a shutout against Jacksonville-Eagle's View, striking out six.
"It's different pitching here than where I was in Aruba, but my pitching coach helped me a lot," Kelly said. "I had to get my arm ready for showcases and things like that so it was very hard."
Kelly is signed with Bethune-Cookman, where he will pitch and play second base. He also hopes to be drafted eventually.
"My season went a lot better than last year," Kelly said. "Last year, I started out slow and I picked it up at the end, and this year I was good all year. My hitting was stronger and pitching, too."
COACH OF THE YEAR
Doug Magaw, King's Academy
A young King's Academy team suffered several close early losses before surging late. The district runners-up up in 13-2A, the Lions advanced to the regional finals, losing to eventual state champion Miami Westminster Christian. It was King's best finish since the Lions won the state championship in 2001.
Batted .412 with seven homers, four triples and 27 RBI.
Scots' best offensive player, hit .471 with 32 hits and 26 runs scored.
Hit .581 with four home runs and 23 RBI.
Hit .403 and also was 6-2 with 90 Ks in 56 1⁄3 innings pitched.
Benjamin So., Outfield
Batted .429 with five doubles and 16 RBI for the Bucs.
Hit eight HRs, batted .397 with 22 runs, 38 RBI, 10 2Bs
Batted .404 with six doubles and 21 RBI for the Bucs.
King's Acad. So., C
Strong behind the plate, hit .396 with five homers and 31 RBI.
Solid No. 2 pitcher for the Warriors with a 7-0 record and 0.81 ERA.
Had an 8-2 record with 71 strikeoutss in 54 IP and a 1.29 ERA.
Was 6-1 with a 1.43 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched.
Batted .419 with four triples, 26 RBI and 29 runs scored.
IF - Nick Maniotis, King's Acad., Jr.
IF - Mark Babrick, King's Acad., Jr.
IF - Tony Ballew, Jupiter Christian
IF - Tyler Clark, Trinity Christian, Sr.
OF - Brandon Murray, Trinity Christian, Sr.
OF - Ronnie Glenn, Pope John Paul II, Fr.
OF - Orlando Hernande, Cardinal Newman, Sr.
C - Phildrick Llewellyn, Trinity Christian, Sr.
P - Cheyne Bickel, Benjamin, Fr.
P - Matt Leber, King's Academy, Jr.
P - Dan Stoops, Saint Andrew's, Jr.
DH - Franco Guardascione, Trinity Christian, Fr.
American Heritage — Max Goodman, Spencer Mumford; Boca Christian — Cobi Goddard, Constantine Gavrilos, Cole Strandberg; Cardinal Newman — David Eberhart, Connor Walsh; Clewiston — Julio Ramos, Dillon Irey; Community Christian — Hayden Rickett, Chris Lambros, Keean Pritchard; Glades Day — Tyler LeCroy, Joseph Jenco; Jupiter Christian — Brandon Cormier; King's Academy — Shane Bussey; Lake Worth Christian — Omar Williams, Sandro Oliva; Saint Andrew's — Brett Rose, Colton Andrews; Summit Christian — John Silvano, Sam Murphy, Tyler Dupont; Trinity Christian — Zack Mercurio, Kyle Hall, Geren Albury; John Carroll — Dominic LaPorte; Wellington Christian — Robbie Pettet