The weather is beginning to warm, and it comes at a time when ASA College is also heating up on the diamond.
The Avengers (9-10) have averaged seven runs per game in April, as they make their run back to .500 – and beyond. Following a sluggish start to the season in which they lost five of its first seven and three of its final four outings in March, the Avengers have turned it on lately – including an impressive 20-run explosion over rival Monroe College in the back end of a doubleheader on April 8. ASA registered an amazing 10 runs in the top-half of the 10th inning to get the win, led by Eurick Perez's team-high four RBIs. The catcher went 4-of-5 with four runs scored and two walks on the day. He was aided by three teammates who knocked in three runs apiece – rightfielder Joseph Enea (2-of-6 with two runs), shortstop Miguel Medina (3-of-3 with three runs), and leftfielder Jhoan Rodriguez (2-of-5 with three runs and two walks).
The quartet was the main reason for the recent win and the recent stellar offensive play, but they are not alone, as ASA's bats have been collectively hot for most of the season. Even in defeats, the Avengers can be seen knocking the cover off the ball, as head coach Francisco Perez has the team's focus at a premium.
ASA is averaging 5.6 runs per game so far, batting a collective .285, including on-base and slugging percentages of .389 and .387, respectively. Enea has 18 total bases in his 18 games played. Outfielder Reynaldo Guillen is batting .339 with 20 hits and 27 total bases. Medina is hitting an outstanding .441 with 30 hits, 38 total bases, 16 RBIs, and 15 runs. Perez is hitting .408, with 20 hits, 28 total bases, and 17 runs. And outfielder Hendry Arnaud is batting .313 with 10 hits, 13 total bases, and eight runs in just 13 appearances. The torrid pace lately shows just exactly how good and deep Coach Perez's team is.
The lumber has started to awaken for an ASA squad that has eyes on making a postseason run, as they head into the second half of its schedule – starting with a matchup at Sullivan County Community College on Monday.