HORSHAM >> When the Hatboro-Horsham baseball team hits the diamond this spring it will boast one of the top pitching rotations in the Suburban One League if not District 1.
The two top arms in the rotation this year will come from Brian Edgington and Colin Kennedy. Tuesday, both Edgington and Kennedy sign their respective National Letters of Intent to play Division I baseball.
Both players will be staying local, as Edgington will take his talents St. Joseph’s University next year with Kennedy choosing La Salle University to play his college ball.
For Kennedy, the actual signing day was a long-awaited formality as he committed to La Salle the summer going into his junior year.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” Kennedy said. “The process was short for me. I went on one visit to Penn State and then I (visited) La Salle a couple weeks later and it just felt like home. I had to do it and it’s where I needed to be.”
Both Edgington and Kennedy have built some impressive high school resumes as both players have logged a lot of varsity experience. Kennedy has been logging varsity reps since his freshman season with Edgington starting to see the field his sophomore season after starting his sophomore campaign on JV eventually playing himself onto varsity.
Although Edgington and Kennedy have had lengthy varsity careers they also both have had steady career trajectories. Even though for Kennedy his earned-run average has increased in each year, his innings pitched and strikeout totals have seen a significant uptick along with his velocity. Edgington has experienced improvement in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts since being called up to varsity early in his sophomore season.
In addition to the work that Kennedy and Edgington put in with Hatboro-Horsham coach Pete Moore and the Hatters team they also participate with other off-season teams and training programs to sharpen up their skills and strength train.
“Brian works out with Con Aquilante who runs the (Philadelphia) Angels (of the USABL) and they have an extensive program in the fall and the winter, it’s year round basically,” Moore said. “Last year during the offseason, Colin went through what’s known as the Driveline program. It’s a velocity development program. He was committed to it. It was at least five days a week. (There were) different exercises he needed to do. Weighted ball program, lifting program that went along with it and it all added up to a big jump in velocity for him, about five or six miles per hour.
What all parties involved know is the only thing missing from Kennedy’s and Edgington’s resume is a league title. With a pitching staff that figures to be nicely solidified the Hatters will make it a point this season to find a complementary offense.
“We need to focus on our batting and just being able to produce runs,” Kennedy said. “Me, Brian and some of the other guys pitching-wise I know we’re going to be able to shut teams down.”
“We need to hit better,” Moore said. “We need to be more productive on offense.”