BERNIE MILLIGAN ALL-STAR GAME: BOGGIO RIDES OFF WITH HONORS GIVING UP MOTORCYCLES PAYS OFF FOR HART PITCHER.Byline: Heather Gripp Staff Writer
Kyle Boggio sees them every day. The motorcycles sit there in the garage, just tempting him to take a ride. But Boggio's other passion helped him resist hopping on the motorcycles and he's glad he did.
With the motorcycle racing motorcycle racing
Sport of running motorcycles on tracks, closed circuits, or natural terrain. The main types are (1) road racing, conducted on a course made up wholly or partly of public roads; (2) trials, conducted both on and off the highway; (3) speedway racing, left to his twin brother, Kaulin, this year Kyle Boggio got his thrills in other ways. He saw his devotion to baseball pay off as he went from a reserve to one of the Foothill League's top players. Among the honors his play earned him is the chance to play for the East team Saturday in the 27th annual Daily News Bernie Milligan All-Star Game An all-star game is an exhibition game played by the best players in their sports league. The players are often chosen by a popular vote of fans of the sport and the game often occurs at the halfway point of the regular season, although this is not the case for some all-star games featuring the region's top seniors.
Boggio was a leading pitcher and hitter for Hart High, helping the Indians overcome a rough stretch to take second place in league and upset Marmonte League The Marmonte League is a high school sports league primarily made up of schools from Ventura County. The Marmonte Leauge is part of the CIF Southern Section. Click here to view the league schedule. champion Westlake in the playoffs. Boggio finished with an 8-5 record, 2.21 ERA, one save and only eight walks allowed in 76 innings INNINGS, estates. Lands gained from the sea by draining. Cunn. L. Dict. h. t.; Law of Sewers, 31. . He ranked second on the team with a .453 batting average batting average
A measure of a batter's performance obtained by dividing the total of base hits by the number of times at bat, not including walks.
Noun 1. in addition to contributing seven doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI RBI
runs batted in
Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in .
``That was my goal going in, to do way better than last year,'' Boggio said. ``As long as I could come out and play every day and help the team I didn't care so much about my exact numbers. I didn't really do much to help them last year and I didn't want another season like that.''
Boggio pitched just 8 2/3 innings as a junior, posting an 8.08 ERA and earning one save. In 30 at-bats, he hit .167 with two RBI.
He doesn't want to use motorcycle riding as an excuse, but he knows it didn't help. His knee was badly injured in·jure
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
2. To cause damage to; impair.
3. in a preseason accident, forcing him to miss a significant amount of training time and putting him behind teammates even though he was healthy by the time the season began.
Boggio's love for baseball made him decide to give up the motorcycles.
``Unless you're not any good and not doing anything and just going really slow, you're going to get hurt,'' Boggio said. ``Everyone does; my brother messed up his shoulder and he's really good. I knew I'd get hurt again.
``But I still want to do it. I see my brother's bikes and they're sitting there calling me, `ride me, ride me.' It's torture.''
With more time to devote to baseball and conditioning, Boggio noticed a significant boost in strength and endurance this season. He threw seven of the Indians' eight complete games this season, which was particularly valuable to a staff that entered the season without an ace and unsure who would start.
``That's the big thing that really surprised me most,'' Boggio said. ``I could throw a complete game and next day I wouldn't be sore at all. ... That's what helped me a lot, my stamina in my arm.''
He's not sure when he'll ride anything more than his minibike minibike: see motorcycle. again, but Boggio is sure he wants to keep playing baseball. He plans to pitch for College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. next season. He's already seen how satisfying it feels to be able to contribute.
``I was just glad the way I came out and performed,'' Boggio said. ``We needed someone to step up.''
Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607
Kyle Boggio stayed away from motorcycles and was the driving force behind Hart's playoff run.
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