Blessed Trinity Completes Season
The Blessed Trinity second-third grade team entered their final weekend of the year, and their final home game on June 9 against St. Camillus at Breezy Point. St. Camillus recently defeated Blessed Trinity in a close game, ending Blessed Trinity’s five game win streak, and the team was looking for payback.
Bart Moroney took the mound and the rest of the field looked like this: Brian Yorke (catcher), Brian Duggan (1st base), Edward Coyne (shortstop, pitcher and 2nd base), John Mahoney (center field and right center field), Matt Celentano (3rd base, right field and shortstop), Aidan Dougherty (3rd base), Aidan McCormack (2nd base and pitcher), Luke Lizzi (right center field), Christopher Belligerrie (right field), Billy Hartman (left field), Owen Ryan (2nd base and left center field) and Jack Ryan (left field).
In the top of the first inning the first batter up for St. Camillus hit a sharp ground ball to Matt Celentano who threw a bullet to Brian Duggan for the first out of the game. St. Camillus struck first with a two out hit to drive in the first run of the game. With the bases loaded, Moroney bore down and struck out a batter for the third out, keeping the score at 1-0.
Brian Yorke, the first batter for Blessed Trinity hit a sharp ground ball that was snared by the first baseman. With two outs, Eddie Coyne hit a long, high shot into the outfield, but was stranded on the base which was a harbinger of things to come.
In the top of the third inning, Coyne replaced Bart Moroney on the mound.
Coyne found himself in trouble with runners on the bases and one run in for St. Camillus. Moroney playing shortstop made a nice play on a ground ball for the first out of the inning. The next batter hit a fly ball that Celentano caught for the second out. Coyne got out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
In the fourth inning, St. Camillus’ offense exploded with hit after hit and that made it 4-0. Blessed Trinity’s offense woke up in the bottom half on the inning. Owen Ryan opened the inning with a line drive single. Owen’s brother Jack followed with a ball that was smacked far into the outfield. Owen scored from first base on Jack’s RBI triple. However, Jack, attempting an inside the park home run, was tagged out at home plate. The score remained 4-1 St. Camillus.
St. Camillus kept pounding away, adding two runs to make the score 6-1,
At the top of the fifth inning, Aidan McCormack replaced Eddie Coyne on the mound, and St. Camillus’ offense did not greet Aidan any better than they did Bart or Eddie. Their offense continued to pound away,.
Blessed Trinity’s offense was silent on this day, and the boys could not deliver any additional runs, losing the game 10-1. This was the first time all year that the boys were not in the game until the last out. It was a learning experience for the team.
Our Lady of Hope went on to win the last game 10-1 on June 10, and the season was over. The team learned much during the year; sportsmanship, hitting, fielding, running the bases, being on time, respecting each other. Coach Duggan is proud of his boys, as the team and parents are of Coach Duggan.
The all-too-familiar phrase, “wait till next year” takes on a special meaning with this team, for many of the secondgraders will be back, and that much better for their experiences this year.
The team would like to thank Coach Duggan for a great pre-game party at the Sugar Bowl after the last home game. Thanks Coach for a great year. I would like to thank the parents for the gift they bestowed on me for writing this column. It was my pleasure, following this team, and writing about such terrific young men. To he parents of the players, thank you for letting me write this column. It was a learning experience for me. I can’t wait till next year!