Having a legitimate ace starting pitcher is a must for any baseball team looking to become successful. Having two makes everything a whole lot easier.
Midway through the season, Chandler-Gilbert Community College sits at 15-9-1, in large part due to starters Tim Dennehy and Reid Kelly. Dennehy is 3-0 with a 0.81 ERA and Kelly is 4-0 with a 1.02 ERA. Each has registered a complete game.
Coyotes pitching coach Mike Orchard said that Dennehy, a freshman from Illinois, had some trouble adapting when the season first began but has since excelled. “Tim had some problems early on, but he’s worked hard to correct them,” Orchard said. “He’s starting to get used to his surroundings now and he’s getting better with every start.”
Kelly, on the other hand, has been consistent since day one.
“It’s nice to throw Reid out there and know you’re getting a quality performance,” Orchard said. “The tougher the situation, the better Reid gets. Even if the bases are loaded he doesn’t panic. He takes a lot of pride in his pitching.”
With the bulk of Arizona Community College Athletic Conference action still to be played, Chandler-Gilbert has pretty well decided on a starting rotation and bullpen order. Brandon Thomson and Andrew Ward round out the rotation, and Dan Hoben, Anthony Garcia and Jason Belk are the main arms in relief.
“It helps a lot when everyone knows their role,” Orchard said.
Offensively, Chris Vinyard leads the team with a .388 batting average and Vinnie Biancamano has a team-high three home runs.
The Coyotes return to ACCAC play on Tuesday against Arizona Western.
Scottsdale continues to make winning conference matches seem as easy as an overhand slam. The Artichokes are 8-0 midway through the slate, which extends their ACCAC winning streak to 20 games dating back to last year.
Of this season’s contests, Scottsdale has dropped more than one match only once, a 7-2 win over Glendale in the first week of the season. Sophomore Nadia Pope plays on the No. 1 court for the Artichokes, who will resume conference action Thursday at Gateway Community College.
SCC has placed in the top eight nationally the past four years, including fifth in 2004.