Cougars Repeat as Champs with Sweep

05/27/2014, 2:15am EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

SJB Junior Patrick Lagravinese went 2-for-2, drove in two, and extinguished a rally from the mound.

SJB Junior Patrick Lagravinese went 2-for-2, drove in two, and extinguished a rally from the mound.

Last year, the St. John the Baptist Cougars had a senior-laden baseball team, carrying 14 twelfth-graders on the roster. This year, there were three. Despite the change of faces, Coach John Habyan practiced with the same intensity. They started winning more consistently towards the end of the year, earning the third-place seed in the Nassau Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Athletic Association. And from this spot, they again swept the top seeded team to earn the first back-to-back championship since 1998.

The Cougars bested the Chaminade Flyers 4-1, sweeping the best-of-three series this afternoon at Farmingdale State College. They scored two runs in each of the first two innings, and their defense and pitching made that hold up. Frank DeMaio started and pitched into the fourth, and that lead was held by the bullpen. After Peter McQuade, shortstop Patrick Lagravinese took the hill and got out of a two-out bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth, and fellow junior Andrew Mundy kept Chaminade off the board with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.

 

SJB Senior pitcher Patrick DeMaio

SJB Senior pitcher Patrick DeMaio

“Frankie’s just a heart and soul guy,” said Habyan. “He pitched a huge game for us last year. He’s been a jack-of-all trades. He’s the kind of guy where you think you’ve got him on the ropes, but he digs down and gets out of it. As usual, he did the job that we needed.”

“This isn’t the same group as we had in the beginning of the year,” is how Habyan described his team. “I won’t even say they got hot. They got better, and this is well deserved.”

The defending champs bunched together their six hits and made the most of them.

“Everyone started recognizing the pitches, and they were throwing down the middle,” according to Lagravinese. “Everyone was being aggressive, getting after pitches early (in the count). I was just sitting on fastball,” he said of his second inning two RBI double. Those two runs, in addition to the two SJB plated in the first inning were enough more than enough to earn the victory.

SJB designated hitter Dylan Boyle.

SJB designated hitter Dylan Boyle.

For the day, Lagravinese was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and two runs batted in. The designated hitter Dylan Boyle started the Cougar’s scoring in the first inning with an RBI triple, and did so with great presence of mind.

“That was for my grandma, right there,” explained Boyle. “She passed away yesterday. This one’s for her.”

Pictures of both teams from this event are available here…

St. John the Baptist Cougars revel in their 2014 Championship.

St. John the Baptist Cougars revel in their 2014 Championship.

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