Even with big leaguer Brian Wilson fighting his way back into baseball after Tommy John surgery, Ryan Moloney needs no reminders.
“There’s a tradition of pitching here that we’re pretty darn proud of,” said Moloney, the Londonderry senior right-hander. “You hear the names. When I came in, there was Jake Finnegan and those guys, and even now I spend a lot of time working out with (Independent minor leaguer) Alex Szymanski.
“It’s not pressure when you think of it, but it’s something you want to live up to.”
Moloney, off to a 2-1 start for the 5-3 Lancers, is doing just that. In 21 innings, he’s got a 1.67 ERA with 16 strikeouts and only six walks.
“He’s definitely our workhorse,” said Lancer coach Brent Demas. “We knew we’d be counting on him.”
Demas had good reason to count on the big, 6-2, 200-pounder.
Over the last three years, he put up an 11-7 mark, with an ERA of 2.43 and 83 strikeouts over 98 innings.
Moloney likes where he and the Lancers stand as they approach the midpoint of the Division 1 regular season.
First off, his future is set. Moloney will pitch at UMass Amherst on a partial scholarship, choosing the Minutemen over Sacred Heart and Old Dominion.
“I’m just really excited about it. From what I’ve heard, day in and day out, you are a student-athlete, with practice, workouts and study sessions all a part of my responsibility,” said Moloney. “When I went down there, I really like the campus and the coaching staff. It just felt like a great place for me.”
Before Moloney moves on, he and the Lancers have some business to tend to in what looks like a wide-open Division 1.
“We’re 5-3, but all three losses were one-run games, so it’s not like we haven’t been in our games. We feel pretty good,” said Moloney. “We have three starters (Rob Del Signore and Tom Corey) who’ve been throwing the ball great. And the hitting is coming together.”