Athletes of the Week: Ben Alexander, Nathan Elbaum, TJ Goldblatt, and Brandon Lee, Baseball

Seniors Nathan Elbaum, Ben Alexander, and TJ Goldblatt and sophomore Brandon Lee wrapped up extremely successful baseball seasons this past week (and for three of them, careers) with DCL All-Star selections. Hitting 1-2-3 in the batting order, Elbaum would lead off, Lee would drive him around, and Alexander would drive them in. Goldblatt had one of his best seasons on the mound with his last two outings being the best of his high school career. Additional highlights include:

  • Brandon Lee led the team with a .390 batting average, runs scored at 17, and was second on the team with 11 RBIs as a sophomore. A 2-year varsity player, Lee has earned the respect of his coaches and teammates and has been awarded one of the team captain spots for next season
  • Nathan Elbaum reached his potential this year by hitting .300 and doubling his batting average from last year; Nathan was second on the team in hits and runs scored with 17 and 14, respectively, and he led the team with 11 stolen bases at 11. The consummate teammate, Nathan received our award for excellence at the Spring awards banquet for all he’s done on and off the field.
  • Ben Alexander capped off a solid 4-year varsity career with his DCL nod and led the team in RBIs with 14. As team captain and leading by example, Ben is a solid contact hitter—his South career ends with an impressive K/AB ratio of 1 in every 15 at-bats—to put that in perspective, Dustin Pedrioa’s ratio is 1 strikeout in every 9.3 at bats.
  • TJ Goldblatt finished this season with an impressive 2.85 earned run average and an amazing 44 strikeouts. Few teams in the league were able to consistently catch up to his fastball, which he spotted effectively with his sharp curve ball to keep the DCL hitters off-balance. TJ kept the Lions in every game when he was on the mound and was always someone we could count on to go deep into a game—which was huge in a year where the team had several injuries.