By now, we here at Hendricken have become fairly accustomed to successful athletic teams, and we've become especially accustomed to the continuous success of our baseball program. We've been privileged to witness 'franchise'-type talents process through our halls and on our fields for many years, and the previous four seasons were no exception when Mike King took the mound for the Hawks.
To say that Mike was a dominant talent in Rhode Island high school baseball is certainly an understatement, and his ability and success resulted in his being granted a four-year athletic scholarship to Boston College. He's had a pretty strong start for the Eagles this spring, but yesterday was truly a first-timer - Mike had the opportunity to take the hill against the defending world champions, the Boston Red Sox.
Yes, it was only the first spring training contest of the season for the Sox, and the lineup wasn't littered with the regulars that walked off the Fenway diamond holding the trophy last year, but it's still a team of professional baseball players who've ascended to a spring training camp at the major league level, players with "Red Sox" emblazoned across their chests. The reality of the situation is still there.
And our guy did us proud, tossing a scoreless inning.
Baseball Hawks don't graduate; they just fly higher and become Eagles.