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Cinnaminson tops Holy Cross
Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 3:01 AM
With the game tied in the bottom of the sixth inning and a runner on second, Cinnaminsons Christian DeLuca sent a towering shot to center field.
DeLuca hit the ball very well, but it looked catchable. Then Holy Crosss centerfielder fell. The ball fell, allowing Jimmy Dever to score the winning run and DeLuca to coast into third base.
When I was rounding second, I saw him trip, and I was like, Well, I definitely have third now, said DeLuca, a senior centerfielder. I was looking for four, but he got up and threw it in pretty well.
The triple turned out to be enough, as the Pirates topped the Lancers, 4-2, Friday in a Burlington County Patriot League baseball matchup in Cinnaminson.
Every year, they always seem to edge one out on us, DeLuca said. No matter whos better, whos not, it doesnt matter. Its always a good game. Senior year, didnt want them to get this one on me.
Marty McDonald pitched a complete game for Cinnaminson, striking out five and walking two. Coach Kevin Merrill described McDonald as our bull and said McDonald would never want to come out of a game.
The game was played in windy, cold conditions. Despite that, a small group of parents and students cheered on the Pirates.
The wind made it interesting in the outfield - thats for sure, Merrill said. You dont expect these type of weather games ever, but hey, it was equal for both teams. I dont think the weather decided the game in any way, shape, or form.
Cinnaminson is the reigning Group 2 state champion. Although the team lost some key performers from last season, Merrill is confident. DeLuca said he believes the team can win the state title again.
Merrill said DeLuca, who led off against Holy Cross, batted third last year.
Hes got good speed, Merrill said. Hes got good power. He could bat three still, but with the lineup we had, I felt, Lets let him bat leadoff. He does have a good eye, and he can get on base.
Holy Cross 000 011 0 - 2 5 0
Cinnaminson 100 012 x - 4 6 1
WP: Marty McDonald. LP: Vincent Naurath. 2B: HC-Ryan Valentine, Brandon Simmons; C-Christian DeLuca, Travis Pewar. 3B: C-DeLuca.
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