Jun 10, 2014

Cathedral ends baseball season with 'class and heart'



Story and photos by Peggy Weber

SPRINGFIELD -- The final score of Cathedral's 12-2 loss to Leominster on June 10 did not reflect most of the game played at  Western New England University. Until the bottom of the sixth it was a 4-2 game with the Blue Devils from Central Mass leading.

However, the top-seeded team broke it open in the bottom of the sixth and scored 8 runs.

"Unfortunately, we ran into a pretty good team. They are the top seed. We hung around and missed some scoring chances but we just ran out of gas," said Pat Moriarty, coach of the Cathedral Panthers.

"The better team won today," he said simply and with great grace.

However, Moriarty, who led his team to the Western Mass., Division I, baseball title on June 7, did not hang his head. He praised his team and  especially his seniors.

"This team has a lot of heart, a lot of class. They are good kids," he said.

Senior Manny Alvarado pitched into the 4th inning and kept the Panthers close.

Junior Pete Crinella came in to pitch and aided his team's cause on the mound and with his bat.

Junior D.J. Petruzzelli closed out the game for the Panthers.

Senior Andrew Noon also had a good day at the plate and behind it. Following the loss he said, "It was a good run, especially for the seniors. We've had a lot of fun."

Senior Matt Kenney knocked in Cathedral's two run in the top of the first to give Cathedral the lead. They held it through four innings and then Leominster's bats came alive.

Neither team made an error but the balls just seemed to drop Leominster's way.

"That's baseball," said Noonan with a smile.