The seniors on the Riverside-Brookfield High School baseball team don’t exactly grab your attention in terms of their physical stature. To draw a sports comparison, NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. probably wouldn’t list any of the recently graduated Bulldogs (Matt Quintana, Luke Keller, CJ Duffek, Joe Duffy, Angelo Gabino, Kevin Garvey, Alex Nenadovic, Justin Rodriguez, Thomas Leary, Eric Loury and Alex Spirios) on his big board of can’t miss prospects.

En route to a school-record 32 wins this spring, however, RBHS (32-5-1) leaned on its stellar senior class that consistently proved its impressive sum was greater than its blue collar parts.

“It’s an honor to be on the team that broke the school record for wins,” Garvey said. “We all worked so hard for it; we felt like we deserved it.”

Collectively, the RBHS seniors formed a “five-tool” class showing an ability to hit for average, hit for power, steal bases, throw and field at a high level.

The most physically gifted player of the Bulldogs’ bunch is Duffek, and he’s listed at a modest 6-foot, 150 pounds. Blessed with a powerful bat and incredible speed, the Northwest Missouri State-bound centerfielder hit .470 with three home runs, 31 RBIs, and swiped a school-record 47 stolen bases (out of 49 attempts).

“I think our record [32-5-1] speaks for itself,” Duffek said. “I shocked a lot of people including myself with the kind of season I had. I think that [surprise] kind of applied to our entire team’s performance.”

In addition to Duffek setting the tone at the top of the lineup, third baseman Garvey, second baseman Alex Nenadovic and first baseman Thomas Leary assumed key roles on offense and defense.

“This was the most fun and best time I’ve had on any RBHS team,” Leary said. “I think we believed in each other and what we could accomplish as a team.”

All four seniors anchored the RBHS pitching rotation, providing valuable depth behind junior ace Will Kincanon.

“We had a very memorable season,” Garvey said. “I think we gained a lot of valuable experience together as juniors. A lot of us have been playing baseball together since we were six-years-old. Whether we were making bird calls or joking around in the dugout we had fun, but we also knew when to get serious.”

Garvey, who will play college baseball at Concordia University Chicago, went 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA and drove in 30 runs. Nenadovic notched a 7-1 record with a 2.73 ERA and collected 21 RBIs. Leary (.367, 30 RBIs), Duffy (.330, 28 RBIs), Keller (.390), Spirios (21 RBIs) and Loury (25 stolen bases) ensured RBHS always fielded an experienced team loaded with depth and versatility.