By Matt Jenkins
---- — The Bishop Fenwick baseball team played two games for the price of one Saturday afternoon, and the payoff was a championship.
The Crusaders out-lasted Archbishop Williams, 2-1, in 14 innings to clinch a share of the Catholic Central League title.
“It’s the longest game I’ve been a part of,” Fenwick (12-3 overall, 9-2 CCL) coach Kevin Clancy said. “We’ve gone nine innings a couple of times and 11 innings. Needless to say, it was somewhat draining. We started at 10 o’clock and I didn’t get home until 2:45.”
Sophomore Mike Campatelli sent everyone home when his single to deep center field scored Joe Levasseur with the winning run. Levasseur reached on an infield single and advanced to second on an errant throw. He went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Campatelli’s single.
Fenwick got outstanding pitching from starter Andrew Lessard and relievers James Dellisola and Brian Burke. Lessard scattered five hits over seven innings. He allowed the one run and struck out eight.
Dellisola pitched 21/3 scoreless innings and Burke picked up the win by allowing only one hit over 42/3 innings. Burke struck out four.
Eric Razney had three hits for the Crusaders and Mike McKenzie had two. Jhon Oliveira reached base four times, but was thrown out twice at the plate in extra innings.
The Crusaders, who are now 2-1 in extra inning games this year, can clinch the title outright when they meet Archbishop Williams again today.
“We’ve played our fair share of baseball. This was like playing two games, like a doubleheader,” Canty said. “We used lots of pitching. They used their No. 1 and No. 2 starters and we used our No. 2 and two main relievers. We’re playing (again) on one day’s rest but we have our No. 1 (Levasseur) going. That’s a nice thing to have a chance.”