LYNN — The character of the Bishop Fenwick baseball team has been tested in its first two games, and the Crusaders have responded by contesting every pitch and bouncing back from the adversity that presents itself in a typical game.
Now, the Crusaders will need their character to stay positive despite doing all those things and dropping two one-run decisions.
Fenwick left the tying run in scoring position in falling to St. Mary’s of Lynn, 7-6, in a grueling Catholic Central League opener at Fraser Field yesterday.
The Crusaders (0-2) and Spartans (1-0) both battled as if the CCL title were up for grabs despite the early date on the baseball calendar as Fenwick rallied from three down in the sixth before the hosts scored twice in that inning’s bottom half.
“I’m not worried about being 0-2 because we’ve played two pretty good teams. If we shore up some things, we’re going to be fine,” said Fenwick coach Kevin Canty, whose team also fell to Division 2 power Danvers last week.
“We played really hard. We used every single kid on our bench, and we executed a lot better than in the first game. I’m happy with the effort, if not the result.”
Trailing by two into the top of the seventh, Fenwick’s James Traversey clubbed a one-out double. Pinch-hitter Will Vigneron followed with an RBI double to cut St. Mary’s lead to 7-6. He moved up to third on Matt Renzulli’s second single of the game, but Spartan reliever Matt Costanza retired Eric Razney at the top of the order to finish the contest.
“That was Matt’s first time in a varsity game. He threw strikes and has a bit of a curveball,” said St. Mary’s coach Derek Dana. “It was a good experience for him. There were a lot of good things for us; some things to clean up, too, but the big thing is we somehow got it done.”