Loyola Baseball Goes 5-0 Down in Florida!

Loyola Baseball – Florida Trip
March 17-23, 2016

In the Knights first game of the season, junior, Bernard Witek took the hill and lead Loyola to a convincing 13-3 victory over their opponents from Canada.  Witek went the distance, allowing 3 runs and striking out 6 batters.  The Knights played excellent defense and the offense was paced by seniors Patrick Wareham and Jarrod Sinibaldi.

After a rainout on Saturday, the team was scheduled to play Collegiate’s varsity and junior varsity in a doubleheader on Sunday, March 20th.  In the first game, senior captain, James Pizzitola went the distance, allowing one earned run, while striking out 5 and coming away with the 5-3 win.  Junior, Liam Tobin and freshman, Aidan Henegar came up with big RBI’s, while senior captain, Joe Scarpelli was rock solid behind the plate.

In the third game of the trip, the Knights again came away victorious, beating Collegiate’s junior varsity team by a score of 7-3.  Wareham started the game, but it was sophomore, Trooper Thornton who came in for the final 4 and 1/3 innings to register the win.  Sinibaldi again paced the offense with Witek also recording 3 singles.

Game 4 was more of the same from the Knights as they ran their winning streak to 4.  After battling a pre-season injury, senior captain, Jack Mullin took the hill in his first appearance of the year.  Mullin answered any questions that may have been lingering about his health, going the distance for a complete game shutout, allowing only five hits and picking off 3 runners.  Thornton, Pizzitola, Wareham, and Henegar paced the offense and helped the Knights coast to a 12-0 win against Fairfax, VA.

But nobody could believe what the team would pull off in the final game of their trip.  Running out of pitching and having to go back to Witek to start the last game against Principia from Missouri, to say the team saved their best for last would be an understatement.  On three days rest, Witek took the hill and only needed 85 pitches to toss his first ever career no hitter.  This also happened to be the first Loyola pitcher to throw a no hitter in over 10 years.  Walking 3 and striking out 7, Witek was in command from the very first pitch.  Helping him in the field, Sinibaldi and Henegar had the right side of the diamond covered, each turning in numerous difficult plays.  With the score still 0-0 in the 6th, senior captains Patrick Wareham and Jack Mullin each got on base with sharply hit balls and proceeded to put themselves in scoring position with stolen bases.  Ultimately both capitalizing on defensive mistakes to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.  In the bottom of the 7th, Witek was as cool as the other side of the pillow, registering an infield popup for the first out, walking the second batter, and getting the final hitter to line into a 6-3 double play to end the game.

The Knights finished their trip with an impressive 5-0 record.  They look to build on their momentum as they take on UNIS next week in league action.

Go Knights!

—Posted: March 29, 2016