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High School Baseball:
Bishop Eustace Bounces Back to Claim Title

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

When two teams with a six game winning streak competes against one another on the diamond, it's safe to say that one of those teams will have to lose. The Golden Eagles from Seneca traveled to Bishop Eustace in a battle between the top two teams from the Olympic Conference National Division. This game would be a classic version of October baseball being played at a high school level in the month of May. Good pitching and solid defense were just a few aspects of this game that both teams demonstrated on the field. Trailing by a run, Bishop Eustace would score twice during the bottom half of the fourth inning to go ahead of Seneca. The Crusaders would tact on an insurance run two innings later and defeat their opponent 4-2 and pick up the divisional title.

Both teams were able at the start of this game to show that they could produce runs against the starting pitchers. Seneca’s Ryan Brecko got a hold of a Chris Monaco pitch and the Golden Eagles were ahead 2-0 before the Crusaders even came up to bat in the first. It appeared as if this was a hitter’s game as Bill Rowell sent a solo shot over the left field fence and Bishop Eustace would trail by a run. From that point on, the pitchers took over, Dan Grovatt for Seneca and Monaco for Bishop Eustace. The Crusaders would tie and then go ahead during the fourth inning on a run batted in single and then an error. Bishop Eustace would pick up an insurance run during the sixth inning off of a perfectly executed suicide squeeze play.

Photos by Frank Crescenti