Cambridge Christian Baseball made its first-ever trip to play in the Metrodome May 2, and the Warriors took advantage by posting a 3-2 win over PACT.
“It’s nice playing here– it’s a lot bigger. The depth perception gets off a bit, but you get used to it,” said senior catcher Alex Lecceardone. On the foul pop he gathered in on a nice play in the seventh, he added, “That was actually easier because outside you have to worry about the wind on a play like that, but that one was just straight up and straight down.”
Said twin brother Anthony Lecceardone about playing the infield on the Dome turf, “Well, I wasn’t that busy at third base, but it’s nice because there weren’t any bad hops.”
CCS jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jack Swenson reached on a hit, stole second and scored on Alex Lecceardone’s hard single to left. Lecceardone worked his way around the bases and came home on an errant throw to third.
The Panthers threatened right away in the top of the second, but the Lecceardones and pitcher Alex Moses cut down a runner at the plate after a long rundown. Moses, mixing his curve and fastball well, then retired 10 straight batters. Jack Swenson at second helped by covering several grounders, including a turning a double-play which began the streak.
The Warriors hit the ball on the screws for most of the game, but the PACT outfield covered the gaps well. CCS senior left fielder Charlie Swenson also made a sweet sliding grab in the fifth.
Peter Maring scored CCS’ final run when he reached on a passed ball-K, stole second and came home on Jake Bergman’s shot off the PACT third baseman. PACT did get two two-out runs in the seventh, but Moses got a strikeout to quell the threat.
With time winding down in their long Warrior baseball careers, the Lecceardones were asked how they wanted the team to finish the season. Answered Anthony, “Today we did really good hitting– getting the bat on the ball. So I hope we can just finish out the season with strong hitting. Our fielding has been really good.”
Added Alex, “We’ve improved in hitting a lot over the years. We kind of struck out a lot in past years, but today was a really good day because we made them make tough plays.”
After also defeating Northlakes 11-1 last week, the Warriors are now 4-1 this season.