Bard College Raptors

04/16/2014, 4:15pm EDT
By Bard College Raptors; Photos By Bard Athletic Communications

“On a team made up mostly of club players in 2013, Danz became a quiet leader with his grind-it-out mentality and all-out approach in the outfield and on the base paths. As a sophomore, he batted .296 and led the team in several categories, including slugging percentage (.451), on-base percentage (.453), triples (3), walks (14) and steals (10). As a junior he is considered a veteran on a roster with 14 freshmen.”
– Ed Kahovec, Head Coach

bard-slideshow_largeVarsity baseball at Bard returned after a 76-year hiatus with a doubleheader sweep to start the 2013 season. Playing an independent schedule, the Raptors won five of their last 10 to finish the campaign at 8-18.
In 2014, second-year coach Ed Kahovec has one full year of recruiting under his belt and the youthful squad joins the prestigious and tough Liberty League. A small group of players return from the historic 2013 season, and the rest of Bard’s roster is made

up of freshmen eager to establish respect among its peers in the conference.Among the top returning players are junior centerfielder Tom Danz, who hit .296 last year and led the team in stolen bases, and sophomore catcher/pitcher Alec Montecalvo, who started all 26 games in 2013 and produced a team-best seven doubles.

Key to Kahovec’s recruiting efforts has been the construction of Honey Field, a turf facility currently being built on Bard’s campus, and the product of a gift from an anonymous donor. The field will not be complete for games in the 2014 season, so Bard will play its home games at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY, the home of the Hudson Valley Renegades, a Class A Short Season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Among the large group of freshmen on the roster, Kahovec is looking for big things from outfielder Jack Hawke, lefty starter Zach Ward and middle infielder Mark Leonhard.

Player Spotlight

On a team made up mostly of club players in 2013, Tom Danz became a quiet leader with his grind-it-out mentality and all-out approach in the outfield and on the base paths. As a sophomore, he batted .296 and led the team in several categories, including slugging percentage (.451), on-base percentage (.453), triples (3), walks (14) and steals (10). As a junior he is considered a veteran on a roster with 14 freshmen.
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