2017 Bergen County Champions

April 17 – Lyndhurst, NJ – The Crusaders won a wild back-and-forth game vs. SJR at Breslin Field on Wednesday 6-5, taking game one of their two game Big North United Division Series.
     Freshman Juan DeLaCruz went 1-for-1 with a double, two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored and Matt D’Amato hit a double, scored a run and was walked and hit by a pitch.
     Hitting safely for the Crusaders were Luis DeLaCruz, Dillon DiBartolomeo, Tywone Malone, Armari Paula, Orlando Pena and Pat Zuccola. Paula also stole two bases while Malone, Pena and Zuccola each drove in a run. Patrick Cerami, Marco Siracusa, D’Amato and Paula each scored a run for BC.
     Jacob Denner was BC’s starting pitcher, going 5 1/3 innings and striking out six. Joe Morin came into the game in relief and was the winning pitcher after 1 2/3 innings pitched. 

April 13 – Montvale, NJ – Starting pitcher Angelo Deer gave a good accounting of himself and Joe Morin pitched two scoreless innings of relief, but the BC bats were asleep in the first warm day of spring. Number one ranked Pascack Hills earned their ranking, at least on this day, to maintain its hold on the top spot in the county with a 3-0 victory. Luis DeLaCruz was the sole Crusader to hit safely in the game as BC was shutout for the first time this season.

April 12 – Wayne, NJ – Matt D’Amato went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Luis DeLaCruz also went 2-for-4, scoring a run, but BC came up short vs. the WV Indians 4-2. Tywone Malone had a hit and an RBI. Juan DeLaCruz scored a run and Rene Nuñez and Armari Paula each had a hit, but it was not enough offense on Friday.
     Paula started the game on the mound for BC, yielding four runs, three earned, over three and two-thirds innings. Ruven Piño came in to pitch two and a third innings of shutout baseball.

April 11 - Wayne, NJ – Dominic Cancellieri struck out 11, on his way to his second consecutive victory as BC took both games of the Big North United Series with DePaul. The Crusaders gave Cancellieri all the run support he needed as he yielded 0 runs over six innings, yielding only three hits. Joe Morin worked the seventh inning, earning the save for BC, striking out two.
     Dillon DiBartolomeo went two-for-two with two RBIs and a run scored to lead BC. Armari Paula went 1 for 3, scoring a run and Juan DeLaCruz went 2 for 4, also scoring for BC. Matt D’Amato, Tywone Malone and Orlando Pena also recorded a hit for the Crusaders.

April 9 – Lyndhurst, NJ – The Crusader pitching staff has yet to allow a run in this early season and bats seem fully alive as BC defeated the Spartans of DePaul Catholic on Tuesday.
     According to right fielder, Pat Zuccola, “Jake (Denner) was on top his game yesterday.”
     We are very confident. We have a strong lineup 1 through nine and we will be a difficult team to beat. We take every game seriously and look to do all of the little things right. When we play some of the stronger teams we will have to do all of the little things right (to beat them).”
   Zuccola had a two-out RBI double in the fourth to left field make the score 8-0. Matt D’Amato was once again on fire with a 3-for-3 day with 2 RBIs. Luis DeLaCruz was 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs.   Dillon DiBartolomo led off the fifth with a line drive single to center. Dom Cancellieri tripled in the tenth run to end the game at 10-0 for BC. Cancellieri was 2-for-3 with the one RBI.
     Jacob Denner pitched a complete game for BC, striking out nine and yielding only two hits over five innings.    

April 6 - Rutherford, NJ - Dominic Cancellieri was throwing gas. One can only wonder how catcher, Dillon DiBartolomeo’s left hand must feel after the heat he was handling. Three hits were all that the Notre Dame-bound senior yielded and he let his teammates do the rest on the offensive side.
     Senior outfielder, Matt D’Amato, had a big two-hit day, giving DC all the run support he would need, scoring one, knocking one home and adding a double to his day. Armari Paula and Luis DeLaCruz each scored for BC after reaching base on singles. Paula and Orlando Pena each had a double on the morning.

Denner Dominates as Crusaders Batter Clifton in Opener
April 1 – Lyndhurst, NJ – Senior pitcher, Jacob Denner pitched a magnificent game on opening day for the Crusaders with a sparkling one-hitter over Clifton’s Mustang baseball team. Denner allowed only two others to reach base via walk and struck out nine in what can only be described as a promising start for an experienced rotation.
     While Florida sun may have seen some bats lagging in pre-season scrimmages, BC tuned up Mustang pitchers for 10 runs on 13 hits. Armari Paula was 3-for-3 on the afternoon, knocking in a run and scoring two. Dominic Cancellieri and Dillon DiBartolomeo were each 2-for-3 with a double. Cancellieri scored two runs, while DiBartolomeo drove a pair home.
     “Jacob looked awesome today. He had full command of all his pitches and completely dominated them from start to finish,” said Cancellieri who saw first-hand every pitch at his short stop position.
     The big sophomore, Ty Malone, belted a triple in his varsity opener, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Leadoff hitter, Matt D’Amato had a triple as well with a run scored and an RBI on the day.
     Orlando Peña had a hit and drove in a run, while Ruven Piño had a hit and scored one.
     So, the Crusaders start off 1-0 on the season with a big weekend vs. River Dell on Friday and St. Mary (Rutherford) on Saturday.
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