WESTFIELD, NJ — With a 92-year-old grandmother who listens to the Yankees on the radio habitually and an uncle who critiques Joe Girardi’s lineup daily as a sportswriter, it’s no surprise that senior Steve Barmakian fell in love with baseball.
Now the cleanup hitter for the varsity team, Barmakian went on a tear last week, tallying 10 RBIs in wins over Cranford, South Plainfield, Piscataway and Carteret. He leads the team in runs scored with 17, RBIs with 16 and is tied third in hits with 17.
Barmakian is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.
“Steve has been one of the most consistent performers on the team this year,” head coach Bob Brewster said. “He bats fourth in our line-up so he is expected to drive in runs and, so far, he has.”
Barmakian credited part of his performance to the success the team has had as a whole.
“I feel as a team we have really gotten into a groove,” he said. “In baseball, when the whole team is performing well, the game sort of becomes easier and as a result I have been feeling very comfortable both in the field and at the plate this season.”
Last season Barmakian played as an outfielder on the varsity team, but this year he moved to his natural position at third base.
“He will anchor our defense from the hot corner,” Brewster said. “His offensive prowess is only overshadowed by his defensive ability.”
“I have always been a third basemen throughout my baseball career,” Barmakian said. “However, it was fun and challenging to take on the outfield last year, a position I have never really played. Now, I am happy to be back where I feel most comfortable on the diamond.”
Barmakian’s presence doesn’t stop there.
“He is a calming influence on the team and has a superior work ethic that allows him to quietly lead,” Brewster said.
Next year, Barmakian will play Division I baseball at George Washington University. Right now, he remains focused on leading his team on a deep run this season.
“As a team, we have shown that we have the potential to be a dominant force and, looking forward, my co-captains Chris Rinaldi, Devin Anderson and I will strive to keep encouraging our guys and to keep this train rolling into counties and states,” he said. “I would love to win my second state championship, along with my fellow teammates, J.D. Marner, Jacob Kurstedt, Zach Kelly, Jake Val-Llobera and Connor Scanlon, who I won the football state championship with last fall.”
Eric Storms is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAP into Westfield.
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