Central Valley. Finally, play ball

| 05 May 2021 | 10:40

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, May 1, the Crusader Baseball team finally got to play their first official game on their new field.

Before the game Head Coach Chris Vero held a ribbon-cutting and first pitch ceremony with Athletic Director Lori Hock, School Board President Staci McCleary and board member Anthony Anderson.

The Crusaders opened their new facility with a doubleheader against league rival Newburgh Free Academy. The Goldbacks won the first game 7-4 but the Crusader bats woke up in the second game and pounded out a 9-7 victory.

The Crusaders offense was led by short stop David Sawoska in the first game with three hits, including a double, one run and one RBI Luke Barone added a triple, score a run and had two RBIs.

On the mound for the Crusaders in the first game Barone pitched three innings, allowing three hits, three runs, and striking out three while picking up the loss. Miguel Ramos threw four innings, giving up two hits, allowing four runs while striking out four.

In the second game the Crusaders jumped out to a fivr-run lead in the first inning and were up 7-0 by the fifth before the Goldbacks stormed back and made the game interesting only to fall short 9-7.

The Crusaders offense in the second game was led by centerfielder Freddy Ocasio with three hits, two runs and an RBI, catcher Diego Jimenez two hits, a run, and two RBIs and first baseman Taison Jemison two hits, two runs and an RBI.

On the mound for the Crusaders in the second game Johnny Morehead pitched five innings, allowing four earned runs while striking out three and picking up the victory.

Kavan Tuttle threw 1.1 innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out three. Owen White got the save.

The Crusaders began the week with a record of 1-1.