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St. Al’s CYO 8th Grade Baseball Triumphs On Walk-Off

On a beautiful Sunday evening June 2, the baseball team from St. Aloysius in Great Neck was matched upon against CYO powerhouse St. Dominic of Oyster Bay.  This was the fourth meeting between these two teams over the past two seasons with St. Dom’s having emerged victorious in all of the prior games.  And this game appeared to be following the same script with St. Dom’s scoring a run in the first inning followed by one in the fourth and another in the final seventh inning.  

 

St. Al’s was hanging in there on pitching, defense and heart.  Ace of the pitching staff Jake Seidenberg was expertly mixing his pitches striking out five batters and inducing a variety of grounders and fly balls.  He also used his excellent pick-off move to eliminate at least four base runners from the base paths.  Marc Zalta and Joey Jacobs each made catches deep in the outfield while Nick Bornstein turned an unassisted double play on a high fly ball behind the first base bag.  But, despite their steady play, St. Al’s went into the final inning trailing by the score of 3-1.

 

With a raucous crowd cheering them on St. Al’s started off the bottom of the seventh with a well struck fly ball hit deep into the left field corner by Brian Volk for a stand-up double. After one out was recorded Jordan Greiff smacked a ball toward the St. Dom’s shortstop who bobbled it allowing the runners to be safe at first and third.  Jake Seidenberg then knocked in a run on a ground out making it a 3-2 game with Grieff advancing to third base.  Joey Dunn then lashed a ball to the right fielder who smartly threw to first base to try and get the out.  But the speedy Dunn got to the bag first while the game tying run scored and the fans went wild.  

 

Clean up hitter Ben Addeo then came to the plate with the game resting on his shoulders and bat.  While Ben fought off some pitches and worked the count full Joey Dunn managed to steal second and third base putting the winning run a mere 90 feet away. And then it happened. Ben connected with the ninth pitch of the at bat blasting an opposite field shot over the head of the St. Dom’s right fielder and allowing the winning run to score. It was a dramatic walk off shot that allowed St. Al’s to emerge victorious having finally defeated the mighty team from St. Dominic.