ORANGE, NJ – The 2019 Orange High School Baseball Team finished the season with an overall 9-8 record; 4-5 in the Super Essex Conference (SEC)-Independence Division. But frustration was the story of 2019, as an experienced Tornadoes team found themselves frustrated on many occasions in their pursuit to compete with the top teams in the division. “When you underachieve at the plate, the pressure mounts as the game goes on,” said OHS head coach Wally Boyett. “We did not get the key hits we needed to win more games.”
This season the Tornadoes were led by All-SEC-Independent Division First Team selection junior Carfred Rodriguez. He had a .404 batting average (.573 in the division) with 19 hits, 16 runs, 34 RBI, 15 walks. Rodriguez ended the season tied for sixth on the state RBI list and was the SEC Hitter of the Week for week one.
Junior Devon McKay was also selected All-Super Essex Conference-Independence Division First Team. He had a .341 batting average (.370 in the division) with 14 hits, 31 runs, 19 stolen bases and 15 walks. McKay ended the season on state’s Runs Scored list.
“Even though we did not accomplish our goal, it’s a winning season,” said Boyett. “We’ll work in the summer, like we always do, to try and get better.”
Looking ahead, the Tornadoes lose three seniors, including Edrich Collin, Kenas Jean Charles and John Zuniga, but return the core of the team. Many returning players will participate in the Monte Irvin Travel Program this summer as the Tornadoes seek to take a step forward in the coming season.
Super Essex Conference-Independence Division Awards:
Carfred Rodriguez – First Team, Junior
Devon McKay – First Team, Junior
David Johnson-Guzman – Second Team, Junior
Anthony Ozoria – Honorable Mention, Junior