Game Summaries & Headlines.
By Danny Torres ‘84
FRESH MEADOWS – On Friday afternoon, “America’s Pastime” is finally smiling a bit brighter as the temperature jumped to 80 degrees in New York City.
No longer a cold, chilly breeze but a warm, embracing sun.
With the Cardinals traveling to Fresh Meadows to face St. Francis Prep, there was optimism and hope for Cardinal Hayes who looked to jump-start their season and capture their very first league win.
And yet, miscues, missed opportunities and an abundance of bases loaded opportunities didn’t help as the Cardinals dropped another tough game.
But with left-handed pitcher and sophomore Edgar Montalvo, who threw five strong innings, allowing only two runs in a 90-pitch performance, it would be the infamous walks (total: six) that contributed to the team’s demise.
The Terriers allowed only two hits and a combined five walks but also hit two batters in their shutout win. But the Cardinals did show some life with impressive at-bats (especially Joan Sosa, Edgar Montalvo, and freshman Jeurys Cuevas) and aggressive, defensive plays when the bases were loaded.
Opportunities were there to finally score a run (including the fifth inning when a Hayes’ runner was stranded at third base), but the Cardinals simply couldn’t get the job done.
After the game as I observed Coach Encarnacion’s body language and his carefully worded pep talk. There was no disappointment in his face. He's a coach on a mission and he has a plan.
As he spoke candidly to the players huddled in a semi-circle, there was a confident tone in his low-key voice.
“This is a start. Let’s not go backwards but keep moving forward. Keep your heads up. Early this week, it looked like we never played baseball but we came out today against a tough team in St. Francis Prep. I couldn’t ask for much more. I liked the energy but I wanted to win and we made some adjustments. That’s what counts at the end of the day.”
With an infusion of young, talented players such as Tyler Roche (who is already showing signs of a potential team leader), Domingo Corporan, Edgar Montalvo, Justin Cabrera, and Jeurys Cuevas, there are still a lot of games left in the 2018 season to build a solid foundation for the next three years.
NEVER FORGET: This month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Civil-Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The world lost an unbelievable human being who simply wanted peace, equality and justice. His simple, yet powerful message of inclusion and righteousness is why there is extraordinary monument dedicated to his legacy in Washington, DC.
Forty six years ago, Pittsburgh Pirates great, Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash on a humanitarian mission to Nicaragua. He played baseball and his star not only shined bright for 18 seasons but after December 31, 1972, he became a superstar for all eternity.
Assistant coach, Brother William Sherlog, C.F.C. asked the Cardinals to inscribe with a black marker the no. 21 and the initials “MLK” under their visors to dedicate their 2018 season towards racial equality and an end to gun violence.
But, most importantly to always remember the inspirational words once spoken by a King and a ballplayer known as“The Great One”:
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t then you are wasting your time on Earth.” – Roberto Clemente