Around The Horn With Crusader Baseball
This is a blog featuring entries from Holy Cross baseball student-athletes who are competing in summer leagues across the country. Check back every week throughout the summer for the latest updates from the Crusaders to hear about their experiences!
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Inning One - Danny Barlok, Alex Gionis, Chris Rinaldi and Rob Stone
Inning Two - David Kale and Andrew Selima
Inning Three - June 20, 2018
Declan Cronin, Austin Masel and Pat McGowan (Falmouth Commodores - Cape Cod Baseball League)
This summer we are privileged to be a part of the Falmouth Commodores in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. For all of us, joining the cape league has been a dream that we have worked incredibly hard to achieve and we are beyond grateful for the opportunity. For years, the best players in the country have traveled to play in this league, and many have gone on to reach the majors. This year is no different, as evidenced by the level of play we have experienced in our first full week on the Cape. Our head coach, Jeff Trundy, is entering his 20th season with the Commodores and possesses one of the greatest minds that college baseball has to offer. Our day usually begins around 3:00 p.m. for a 6:00 p.m. home game at Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth, Mass. Attendance has been great thus far, with both local Falmouth fans and an increasing number of vacationers packing the stands. We have all contributed innings for the Commodores. Pat has earned a spot in the starting rotation, Declan has been leaned on from the bullpen and Austin has started at multiple positions in the outfield.
Many former Holy Cross players have excelled with the Commodores in previous seasons and we hope to continue that trend this summer. Our host families have been incredibly welcoming, as they have taken us into their homes for the summer. They are what helps to make this league the best there is. The three of us have also been working as part of the field crew team that preps our field on the mornings before home games. On off days, we can go to the beach and explore other parts of the Cape. We are all excited to continue our development as players while in the cape league this summer. While our sights are set on bringing a CCBL championship to Falmouth, we are eager to return to Holy Cross with the goal of winning the Patriot League Championship in 2019.
Inning Two - June 13, 2018
David Kale and Andrew Selima
Kale (SKD Aces - Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League)
This summer I am playing for the SKD Aces in the Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League. I’m lucky enough to be able to live at home for the season, as our home field is within a twenty minute drive. My team plays around five games a week which, usually start at 6:00 p.m. This has given me plenty of time off the field to work and pursue other passions of mine.
Though our season has just begun, my experience thus far has been great. I have really enjoyed meeting new players and getting to talk to them about our shared experiences as college baseball athletes. It’s inspiring how motivated the guys are to improve their game and I’ve found there’s a lot to learn from each of them. Our coaching staff has also been exceptional, as they have provided nothing but meaningful feedback and are devoted to the development of each player. After just a short period of time, I find myself with new close friends and have reconnected with some of my old teammates who are playing in the league as well. It has been a stellar overall experience thus far and I am super excited to continue to compete and take my game to new levels before I return to Holy Cross this fall.
Selima (Lexington Blue Sox - Intercity Baseball League)
This year I am playing for the Lexington Blue Sox of the Intercity League in Lexington, Mass. We have just begun our season and I could not be more excited for what lies ahead. Four times a week I have the privilege of traveling down to Lexington and playing under the lights with awesome teammates and a few Holy Cross alumni. We are lucky enough to be coached by the great Holy Cross alumnus Rick DeAngelis ‘70, and I feel grateful to play with both Alex Voitik ‘17 (an energetic person, a skilled hitter and a fantastic teammate) and Thomas Russo ‘18 (a solid defender, a smooth hitter and a wonderful mentor).
Last year, the Blue Sox capped off the season with their third-straight InterCity League Championship. As the season is just getting underway, I am so excited to be playing and helping them defend that championship. Currently, I am playing both first base and right field. This past weekend, we had the fortuitous opportunity to play the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League in an exhibition game...supporting Pete Frates and raising awareness for ALS. For me, this was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did we help raise money for Pete and ALS research, we also got to face some of the best pitchers and hitters in the country.
Overall, I love my team and I am excited to get to know them more. As Coach DeAngelis always reminds us, and in the words of Pete Frates, ”Get to know each other, trust each other, and play for each other.” Upon concluding our Blue Sox season in August, I know I will be well-prepared and eager to return to Holy Cross when we begin our journey of capturing yet another Patriot League Championship in 2019!
Inning One - June 6, 2018
Danny Barlok, Alex Gionis, Chris Rinaldi and Rob Stone (Worcester Bravehearts - Futures Collegiate Baseball League)
In the summer of 2018, we are playing as members of the Worcester Bravehearts, who play in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. We all live relatively close to the field in our off-campus houses instead of with a host family. The Bravehearts play a long 57 games, but their home field is Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field where the first few home games have garnered nearly 3,000 people each night. The city of Worcester is hosting the Bravehearts for the fifth consecutive year now as the team seeks its third championship. On the first day when the players arrived, the owners of the Bravehearts, the General Manager, and coaches all treated the players and their host families to a cookout to show their appreciation for the players and their expectations of an FCBL Championship. They also gave the players several tickets to home games to handout to family members and friends, as well as access to a place to receive physical therapy and work out.
The first few days as a team consisted of short practices including throwing, hitting and fielding in order for new players to become accustomed to playing at Fitton Field. It’s awesome to become friends with other athletes who play throughout the country for different schools. For our first few home games we have arrived at the ballpark around 3:00 p.m., got changed, had our daily pitchers/hitters meeting, stretched, thrown, then caught fly balls or taken batting practice. This usually ends around 5:00 p.m. We then normally go back to the clubhouse as a team where we eat and relax until game time at 7:05 p.m. The game atmosphere has been incredible for our first few home games, in which a couple thousand people have gathered at Fitton Field. The owners of the organization truly meant it when they said that we would be treated like big leaguers. Little kids line the bullpen and seats near the dugouts asking for autographs and high-fives from players at any chance they get.
Our experience with the Worcester Bravehearts has been great thus far and we cannot wait to see what else will unfold for our team throughout the summer.