Cougars Best Bayhawks, Move on to Championship

05/21/2014, 3:15pm EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)


SJB pitcher Andrew Mundy

SJB pitcher Andrew Mundy

The spectre of facing the St. Dominic Bayhawks steamroller in the Catholic League Playoffs did not phase the Cougar baseball team from St. John the Baptist. After all, SJB has a storied record of accomplishment and are last year’s defending champions. Although St. Dominic won 14 of their first 16 games, they did lose their final two regular season games. The steamroller had seemed to slow.

The Cougars completed their two-game sweep of the Bayhawks with a 3-2 win at Farmingdale State College yesterday. Unlike game one, this matchup was a back-and-forth affair. Both starters, Andrew Mundy for the Cougars and Reiss Knehr for the Bayhawks pitched well and deep into the game. SJB’s bottom of the sixth inning was the difference.


SJB outfielder Kevin Dolan watches his sixth inning triple hit the wall.

SJB outfielder Kevin Dolan watches his sixth inning triple hit the wall.

The Cougars third baseman Andrew Ferrante drew a leadoff walk. After a strikeout and a flyout to left, centerfielder Kevin Dolan drove a ball to the fence in straightaway center for a triple, scoring Ferrante and tying the game at 2 runs apiece.

“I was looking for a first-pitch fastball, I got it right down the middle,” said Dolan. “I just took it and knew right off the bat it was a hit. I got on my horse and took off. I knew I was going for three. I wasn’t stopping.”

Dolan’s admitted biggest hit of the year was followed up by an RBI single by designated hitter Dylan Boyle, and that run proved to be the game winner. After seeing two curveballs, Boyle was prepared for a third, which he pulled into leftfield.


SJB designated hitter Dylan Boyle drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth.

“I’ve got pretty quick hands, so I got one through the zone, and I put it over the shortstop,” explained Boyle.

“I’m really happy for these kids,” stated SJB Head Baseball Coach John Habyan. “They worked really hard all year. They’ve gotten better and better as the year has gone on. And this was a good win.

“It’s just one of those games… a lot of seeing-eye hits, and a lot of calls going our way. These kids battled through it. My pitcher gave me a gutsy performance, and just huge hits. Dylan Boyle with a two-out hit, and Kevin Dolan, my nine-hitter, hits a bases-clearing triple, that’s the type of stuff you need. You need the good players to be there, and you need the unexpected heroes.”

SJB starting pitcher Andrew Mundy went all the way, scattering nine hits over seven innings while allowing just two earned runs.

The Cougars will face the Chaminade Flyers at Farmingdale State College in the NSCHSAA Championship Series. It begins on Sunday, May 25 at 2:00pm.

Pictures of both teams from this event are available here…

St. John the Baptist Cougars celebrate their playoff win

St. John the Baptist Cougars celebrate their playoff win

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