By Brett Lopez
Playing baseball as been apart of the American Dream since the 1920s.
“Everyday’s a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is,” said by the great baseball player Bob Feller, who played for the Cleveland Indians for 18 seasons in the 1940s and 50s (brainyquote.com).
This tradition carries over into Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. Baseball is a tradition for three seniors, Matt Grembowitz, Frank Arnold and Braden Welsh. Mr. Arnold and Mr. Grembowitz have played for the Crusaders since 8th grade and Mr. Welsh came to Bishop Sullivan in the 10th grade and has played ever since. They love the game and would like to play at the next level if they have the chance.
Mr. Grembowitz plays first base for the Crusaders and has started since his freshman year. Over the years of being a Crusader he has hit four home runs which is impressive due to the Crusaders low batting average.
“We practice everyday and I feel that this year will be better for us. I am looking to go play at Longwood University,” said Mr. Grembowitz, senior first baseman and pitcher.
Mr. Arnold is the pitcher for Bishop Sullivan, and he will be out for awhile this year because of appendicitis. He has been looking to play baseball at Bryant and Stratton College and has been working on his skills to improve for this year, and is looking forward to get back on to the field as soon as he can.
Mr. Welsh played in the outfield for two years, which he enjoyed, but this year he has changed to catcher do to the lack of players. There are only ten players in total due to injuries.
“We always practice together as a team and feel that this year will be a great year for the baseball program. It is terrible about what happened to Dean Kezman and now that we have lost Frank due to his appendicitis. We will come out strong and play our best,” said Mr. Welsh, senior catcher and outfielder.
Mr. Kezman was hit in the back of the head by a wild pitch at practice and when he was falling to the ground he hit his head on the bleachers and caused more damage to his head. His brain was bleeding and had to go to speech therapy.
The baseball team has already kicked off their season with a string losses, but they believe that they will turn it around. They have put in the hard work in the off-season and if they come together as a team and play with what they have learned they will have a good season.
They had a game on March 5 and it was a big game for them as they played against the state champions, Greenbrier Christian. In the first inning the Crusaders gave up 12 runs and it was tough game for them as they didn’t have their starting pitcher, Mr. Arnold. The CRU lost 19-0.
They hope to bounce back from their losses and will practice harder and prepare for their next game.