Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Squires Snag Second District 3 Baseball Title in Three Years

Standing along the third base line with his Squire teammates as they received their District 3 2A Baseball gold medals from Delone head coach Jim Smith, Nic Pierce’s emotions amplified as twilight descended over Wenger Field in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County on Thursday, May 23.

The elated senior captain wrapped his arms around Smith, picking the head coach up off the ground as Delone Catholic celebrated its second district title in three years.

“Oh man, this coach – I love him,” Pierce told The Catholic Witness.

“I’ve been playing for him for three years since he took over, and he’s just flipped this program on its head,” he said. “It’s a family and community atmosphere here and he’s just awesome for us.”

The hitting and pitching games were also awesome for Delone in the championships, as the Squires topped the defending champion Cougars of Kutztown, 7-1, thanks to the throwing arm of Denver Ostrum and the offense of more than a handful of batters.

Ostrum gave up one run on four hits on his way to five strike outs; 51 of his 79 pitches through all seven innings were strikes.

At the plate, Ethan Little and J.D. Sieg knocked back-to-back doubles in the bottom the of the second to send Delone to an early 2-1 lead, from which they never looked back. The Squires surged again in the third, with an RBI single from Chris Cole. With bases loaded, Kutztown’s pitching struggles sent two more Squires across the plate on the heels of consecutive walks to put Delone ahead, 5-1. Little, Sieg and Aidan Wittmer combined for six of Delone’s hits on the night.

The Squires added two to their tally in the fifth inning, with Pierce sending home Patrick Devine and Little with a blast into right field. At the mound in the seventh, Ostrum finished things off, retiring Kutztown’s final batters.

The District 3 title is the Squires’ third overall, having previously won gold in 2013 and 2022. They will open play in the state tournament on June 3 against the District 2 champion.

“We’re just trying to do everything for each other, even the guys on the bench are wanting their teammates who are out there to succeed. It’s all about support and energy for your fellow teammates,” Pierce said.

“This is the second District title for this group, and all the way through our mentality has been ‘One more game. We have one game ahead of us, let’s play it.’ It’s all about what the next one is, and we’re keeping that focus going,” he said.

(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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