Mike Ford was a history major at Princeton University, but the annals of baseball were not his area of expertise. “Not so much, to be honest with you,” said Ford, the first baseman for the Trenton Thunder, the Class AA affiliate of the Yankees. “I’m pretty terribly versed in that.” In his own way, though, Ford, 24, is a small part of baseball history. Before Scooter Gennett hit four homers on Tuesday for the Cincinnati Reds, Ford was the most recent professional player to accomplish the feat, according to the Society for American Baseball Research.
On Wednesday, May 24th, The Hun School of Princeton celebrated the successes of the spring sports season which included the MAPL and Prep "A" Championships, won by the Varsity Softball team, and the Prep "A" Championship, won by the Varsity Baseball team. Among those honored were Julia Revock '18 and Brett Renna '18, who were respectively named the Kathryn M. Quirk Scholar Athlete and the William McQuade Scholar Athlete. Julie Fassl '17 and Blake Brown '17 received the BoBo Holmes Award for durability and fortitude throughout their athletic careers.
The difference in The Hun School baseball team from the two times it played the Lawrenceville School in a three-week span from March to April and the two-day span in which the teams met this weekend in the NJISAA Prep A Tournament was mind-boggling to some. The Raiders went from scoring two runs in two one-run losses versus the Big Red early in the season to scoring 26 runs in their two state tournament meetings. The end result was a 15-3 victory over L’ville in the Prep A final Sunday as Hun successfully defended its state title.
For the first time since 2013, The Hun School softball team is back in the Prep A Tournament final. Behind 14 strikeouts and no walks from Alanna Pearson in a two-hitter, top-seeded Hun beat the fourth-seeded Peddie School, 5-2, on Tuesday afternoon, setting up a Thursday final back at Hun against either second-seeded Blair Academy or the third-seeded Lawrenceville School at a time to be set.
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