TAMPA — King High infielder Bubby Terp didn’t blink when coach Jim Macaluso came to him before the start of the season and asked him to make the transition from first to third base.
Macaluso said his senior captain was ready to do whatever it took for the team to succeed.
However, that doesn’t mean the reason for the switch — a season-ending shoulder injury to one of Terp’s closest friends, Kevin Buckley — didn’t come with some disappointment.
“It’s tough seeing Buck go down,” Terp said. “And it’s a lot different how the ball comes at you a lot quicker, but it’s a challenge and I’m ready for it.”
Terp has moved smoothly into his role at the hot corner and has had a lot of success early at the plate, hitting .438 with seven RBIs, six runs, a double, two home runs and four stolen bases for the 5-0 Lions.
On Tuesday, Terp doubled and scored twice in a 4-2 win against Class 6A-District 9 foe Hillsborough.
Terp, who committed last week to Emory University in Atlanta, hits in front of catcher Jose Lopez and behind table-setters in speedy Sey Juan Lawrence and Donnell Taylor.
The win against the Terriers improved senior lefty Tyeler Checkley to 3-0 on the season.
For Buckley, a State College of Florida-Manatee commitment, the disappointment of missing his senior season with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder stings. However, he said he has no problem helping his team and watching his friend lead from third base.
“It was pretty devastating at first, but I’m going to try and help this team in any way I can,” Buckley said. “I think Bubby is ready for the challenge. We’ve been friends for eight years, and I try and give him a few pointers here and there if he asks, but he knows what he’s doing.”
Berkeley’s Bosnic steps up as a leader
It has been a bit of rocky start for Berkeley Prep (2-4), but the Buccaneers looked sharp Tuesday in a 2-0 win against Tampa Prep. The victory was punctuated by a two-inning save by Dante Bosnic, who struck out five batters.
The senior has been a workhorse, tossing 54 innings last season while posting a 4-5 record and striking out 55.
This season, coach Justin Houston said Bosnic has continued his role as a leader, stepping up however the coaches have asked him.
“You can’t replace Dante, and we are certainly going to enjoy the last year we have with him,” Houston said. “He’s an incredible leader, an incredible person, and in four years here he has solidified who we are by putting the team above himself and executing.
“Ask him to do anything and he’s going to do it.”
Bosnic, who committed to Brown University last year, led the Buccaneers to a district title last season.
Bosnic said this season has started slowly, but the team’s wins — against Tampa Prep and an 8-0 win against Carnesville (Ga.) Franklin County — have shown what he thinks the team is capable of producing.
“We struggled to open the season a little bit, but we’ve won two games we really wanted to win,” Bosnic said. “I think if we can transfer the energy we take into these big games and put them into every game, we are going to find success.”
Jesuit trio combine on no-hitter
Kasey Radke, Nick Brodner and Joe Epstein combined for a no-hitter as Jesuit topped Middleton 20-0 in five innings on Tuesday.
Radke, a junior, posted seven strikeouts and earned the win before giving way to Epstein for an inning of work and two strikeouts. Brodner closed the game with three strikeouts in his inning.
On the offensive side, Jesuit got a solid game from freshman Nick Smith, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs.