Sometimes, a lone wildflower blooms in a barren field, and
that is a fair metaphor for Bobby Kingsbury and the Fordham Rams baseball team.
Despite the Rams' horrendous 2002 campaign, Kingsbury was named the
Atlantic 10 Player of the Year for a second straight season. Maybe that
positive news can lessen some of the bruising that came from a 13-36-1 season,
in which the Rams finished last in the A-10 East Division.
Rams in batting (.380), home runs (12), RBIs (43) and steals (18).
"It was a tough year," Kingsbury said. "We lost 11 games by one run, but it
was a good learning experience for all of us. Everybody's coming back next
season and we'll see what happens."
A main factor in the Rams' woes can be summed up in three words: Tommy John
Four Rams had or will have the procedure. At the top of the list of injured
parties: No. 1 starter Jonnie Mazzeo, a junior righty who hurt his arm April 5
and was lost for the remainder of the season. He will have his surgery in the
Closer Gary Kaible also will have the surgery this summer. The sophomore
had only three appearances because of damage to his right arm. Junior righty
Anthony Santopolo had the surgery in November and missed the season, as did
sophomore INF/P Rob Semerano, who underwent the procedure in December.
Kingsbury, meanwhile, is eagerly awaiting the Major League Baseball amateur
draft on June 4. Eighteen teams have been in contact with him, and he's heard
that he could go anywhere from the second to the fifth round.
Leontis Advances in Tennis Tourney
Junior Demetrios Leontis, a native of Cyprus, advanced to the quarterfinals
of the NCAA Division III men's tennis championships and has been named an
All-American. This was the first year at NYU for Leontis, who transferred from
the University of Georgia. Leontis went 33-2 overall this season and drew raves
from NYU coach John Curtis. "This is a bold statement, but he's the best
Division III player I've seen," Curtis said. "His skill, combined with his
mental fortitude, is a combination worthy of winning an NCAA championship."
Notes & Quotes
LIU senior third baseman Charles Inserra was named second-team
All-Northeast Conference after batting a team-high .387 for the Blackbirds. The
native of Brooklyn led the team with 52 hits ... St. John's women's soccer
coach Ian Stone is looking forward to seeing Kaitlin Schmidt (St. Anthony's of
Centereach, Long Island) suit up for the Red Storm. "She's quick and creative
and at whatever level she's played, she's scored goals," he said. Schmidt is
one of nine signees who will be playing soccer at St. John's this fall.