BASEBALL

Around the Diamond

CRUSADERS REACH NPA NORTH SEMI-FINAL
May 30 – Lyndhurst, NJ – The game was rained out on Tuesday. It was suspended on Wednesday and finally finished on Thursday. BC was entering a dire situation on Thursday, entering with a 0-2 deficit and just 12 outs to salvage the season.
     On Wednesday, Jacob Denner did his best, holding the Ironmen to just two runs. But the offense struggled to produce, leaving runners in scoring position with less than two outs twice in the early innings as Don Bosco pitching struck out nine Crusader hitmen.
The umpires called for the tarps to be brought out and it was a wise decision as localized flooding, strong winds and even a tornado touched down in a lightning-stricken Garden State.
     Fast-forward to Thursday. Dominic Cancellieri took the mound for BC, shutting out Don Bosco through the remainder of the game. Pat Cerami was the lone Crusader to score on a Juan DeLaCruz RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. After Cancellieri retired the side in the top of the last, BC was unable to generate that all-important tying run.
     Sophomore, Tywone Malone drilled a double and Armari Paula recorded a base hit and two stolen bases for BC.

DENNER SELECTED FIRST TEAM ALL-COUNTY
May 29 – Oradell, NJ – Jacob Denner was selected by the BCCA as First Team All-Bergen County as a pitcher.


NPA NORTH SEMIFINAL POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
May 28 - Oradell, NJ -
The Bergen Catholic - Don Bosco Prep game is rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, May 29 at 4:00 pm in Lyndhurst at Breslin Field.


BC LOCKS DOWN SJR TO ADVANCE TO NPA NORTH SEMIFINAL
May 24 – Lyndhurst, NJ – The Crusaders advanced to the Non-Public “A” North Section Semifinal on Tuesday following their big win (5-2) over St. Joseph Regional on Friday. The Crusaders scored a run in the first and second before breaking it open with a three-run fourth. Senior centerfielder, Matt D’Amato (below) drove a two-run double to give BC all the insurance it needed to continue to victory.



CRUSADERS FACE STRONG PITCHING BY POPE JOHN XXIII STAFF
May 22 – Sparta, NJ – The top-seeded tournament Lions held BC scoreless in Sparta on Wednesday, shutting out the Crusaders 6-0. Joe Morin and Armari Paula combined on the mound for BC.


BASEBALL STRIKES OUT RBC'S CASEYS
May 20 – Lyndhurst, NJ – Dom Cancellieri drove in a pair of runs with a homerun and Armari Paula hit a homerun of his own to lead BC over Red Bank Catholic. Cancellieri struck out five batters in two innings pitched and Angelo Deer struck out an additional 8 over the course of 5 innings for the win.
     Matt D’Amato continued with his solid hitting and teammates Juan DeLaCruz, and Ty Malone hit safely as well. BC scored single runs in the first, second and third and put the icing on the cake with two runs in the sixth.


PECULIAR QUARTERFINAL ROUND HAUNTS TOP FOUR BCCA SEEDS
May 11 – Emerson, NJ – It doesn’t happen every year, but this year it did. ALL FOUR TOP SEEDS in the BCCA Tournament, including BC #3, were eliminated by Saturday. #1 Don Bosco, #2 Pascack Hills and #4 Mahwah (already eliminated in Second Round).
     The Crusaders saw a tremendous 10-strikeout effort on the mound by senior, Jacob Denner, wasted as the Crusaders were unable to touch-up Rutherford’s Bulldog pitching.
     The Crusaders were four-hit for the second time in three days as only Dominic Cancellieri, Armari Paula, Orlando Peña and Ruven Pino reached base safely.



SIRACUSA STRONG VERSUS DBP
May 9 – Lyndhurst, NJ – Marco Siracusa pitched five innings of seven-hit shut-out ball, striking out two, but emerged with a loss as BC couldn’t hold an early lead vs. Don Bosco. The Ironmen touched up the Crusader bullpen for four runs, two earned.
 
     Four Crusaders were able to hit single safely vs. the Bosco starter: Matt D’Amato, Juan DeLaCruz, Luis DeLaCruz and Tywone Malone. Pat Zuccola reached base twice with a good eye and picked up an RBI as the bases were loaded, forcing in Luis DeLaCruz in the second.


VARSITY DROPS FIRST BNC UNITED GAME OF THE SEASON
May 6 – Ramsey, NJ – The Crusaders put the ball in play, but the Ironmen played some stellar defense to hold the Crusaders to one run over seven innings as Don Bosco won 5-1.
     Juan DeLaCruz gave the Crusaders an early lead in the first as Ty Malone drove him in with a single.
     Dom Cancellieri yielded only two runs through 4.2 innings. Joe Morin entered with bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth with bases loaded and got a big strike out to end the inning. He continued onto a 1-2-3 sixth in relief.
     Pat Zuccola drilled a double in the top of the sixth, but the Crusaders were unable to bring him home. The loss puts BC at 6-1 in the BNC United, one game behind DBP. The Crusaders will need to win their final league game vs. the Ironmen on Thursday for a share of the league title.


BASEBALL STARTS OFF ON RIGHT FOOT IN BCCA TOURNAMENT
May 4 – Lyndhurst, NJ – The Crusader Baseball Team took on Paramus High School’s Spartans and for the third straight time, shut out a Paramus High School. Jacob Denner pitched a complete-game, two-hit shut-out, striking out 12 Spartans.
     Juan DeLaCruz and Ruven Pino each recorded a pair of hits while Ty Malone belted a homerun for the Crusaders.


CRUSADERS TAKE OUR IN-TOWN RIVAL, RIVER DELL REGIONAL 9-2
May 2 – Oradell, NJ – Angelo Deer threw 73 pitches and got great run-support from the big bats who have now scored 29 runs in 3 games this week.
 

CRUSADER BASEBALL TAKES TWO FROM PARAMUS CATHOLIC BY SAME SCORE, 10-0
May 1 – Lyndhurst, NJ – The Crusader Varsity Baseball Team scored twenty runs in two games vs. the Paladins in two shut-out efforts by its pitching staff and defense.


BASEBALL SEEDED THIRD IN BCCA TOURNAMENT
April 29 – Demarest, NJ – The Seeding Committee for the 2019 BCCA Baseball Tournament announced its field of 24 on Monday. The Tournament begins Wednesday and continues each of the next four Saturdays through May. Don Bosco Prep earned the top-seed with Pascack Hills #2, BC #3 and Mahwah rounded out the top four.
     The Crusaders will take on the winner of Paramus/Wood-Ridge on Saturday, May 4, time and location TBA.


CRUSADERS POUND PALADINS 10-0, EARN COACH MUGGEO WIN #100
April 29 – Paramus, NJ – Ty Malone came up with two on and two out in the top of the first. The sophomore standout first-baseman listened to his coach’s encouragement, “Bring ‘em in,” and lined a single to left, giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. It never got closer. After a 7-run second, the Crusaders were rolling, although Malone’s RBI was all pitched Dom Cancellieri would need.
     Pat Cerami doubled and scored a run, Matt D’Amato continued with a hit, a stolen base and two runs scored from his lead-off position. Catcher, Dillon DiBartolomeo was one-for-one with a run scored and an RBI and Armari Paula scored two and knocked in two, going one-for two with a stolen base. Malone had the biggest day, however, going 3-for-3 with a double, 2 RBIS and a run scored.
     Cancellieri pitched a complete game shutout (5 innings), striking out 12 and yielded only 4 hits.
Below: Ty Malone drives a single to left, knocking in #23, Armari Paula.
     Coach Muggeo won his 100th game on Monday, makes him the fifth coach in school history to reach the 100 win plateau in baseball. Previous coaches who have reached that milestone include: Vic Liggio (RIP), Al Barton, Joe Dionisio ’77 and John Picarello.                 


GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC - ONE THAT GOT AWAY...IN A HURRY
April 27 – Lyndhurst, NJ – In its fourth game of the week, BC did not have enough in the tank to hang with #10 Gloucester Catholic. The game provided another opportunity to play a quality opponent and possibly a tournament match-up in NPA. Final score was 18-5 as GC scored 6, 5, 4, 3 runs in the first four innings off 18 hits and 2 Crusader errors.
     BC scored 2 in the bottom of the first and put three runs together in the bottom of the fifth.


BC SHUTS OUT SJR
April 25 – Montvale, NJ – Juan DeLaCruz recorded 2 hits on 2 at-bats and scored a run as BC defeated the Green Knights in Montvale. Dominic Cancellieri doubled, going 1 for 4 as he, Matt D’Amato and Amari Paula each scored a run. Pat Zuccola had a double and went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
     Jacob Denner struck out 5 over five innings and Joe Morin picked up the save, striking out two in two innings pitched.
 

CRUSADERS WIN EIGHTH GAME
April 24 – Lyndhurst, NJ – BC jumped to a 2-0 first inning lead and when Teaneck snatched the lead from them in the top of the fourth with three runs, the scarlet and gold put a five-spot on the board to control what would become a 7-4 victory.


CRUSADERS TAKE DOWN #1 RANKED DELBARTON
April 23 – Lyndhurst, NJ – Breslin Field was a sight of masterful performance on Tuesday as BC took on NJ’s #1 ranked Delbarton in baseball. Senior pitcher Dominic Cancellieri struck out 11, yielding only one hit in his complete game effort.
     Matt D’Amato went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Luis DeLaCruz knocked in 3 runs, going 1-for-2. Orlando Peña walked twice and went 1-for-1, scoring two runs. Catcher, Dillon DiBartolomeo and Armani Paula each scored runs for BC.


BASES LOADED BALK GIVES BC GAME ONE VS SJR
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. 


COWBOYS CLIP CRUSADERS IN BATTLE OF COUNTY’S TOP TWO
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.


WAYNE VALLEY STRIKES VARSITY BASEBALL
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.


BC SWEEPS DEPAUL CATHOLIC
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.
 

BERGEN BELTS DEPAUL CATHOLIC
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.    


CANCELLIERI FANS 12 THROUGH 6 AND D’AMATO STARS AT THE PLATE FOR 2-0 BC
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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