Baseball Matches Softball's County Success
Frankie Agresta '18
2 June 2018
The Hornets had an unbelievable run in the county tournament this year. Given a first round bye, the Hornets made it all the way to the County Tournament Championship, where they fell to DePaul.
Their first opponent was Lakeland. The Hornets rode a complete game shutout from senior Jason Langevin to win 5-0.
”It was an overall great team win," said the humble Langevin. "The offense did its job and I just went out there and tried to put us in position to win.”
The team's next task was a daunting one, as the faced #1 seeded PCTI in the quarter finals. The Hornets won 2-1 in a pitchers' dual. PV's offense got a boost from senior Nick Martinelli, who hit a solo homerun.
“It felt great to do that in such a big game," said Martinelli. "It really gave us the momentum in a game we knew was going to be a close, hard-fought game.”
The Hornets scored their other run on junior Ben Adilli’s sacrifice fly.
The Hornets then went on to the County Tournament Semifinals against rival Wayne Hills . The Hornets' offense exploded with Eric Zimmermann '18, Jason Langevin, Aj Ward '18 and Ben Adilli all hitting homeruns in a 9-4 victory.
“It was a great team win. We all played a role in this win," said Zimmermann. "It was a complete, all-around game. We had good pitching and the bats got hot and we did our job. Now we just have one more to go and we can’t wait!”
Moving on to the finals, the Hornets played DePaul, making it PV's first County Tournament Championship appearance since 2011. The Hornets fell to DePaul 5-1, with AJ Ward providing all the offense with a homer.
“It felt great to go out and hit a homer on that big of a stage," said Ward, before addressing the heartbreaking loss. "This wasn’t the outcome any of us wanted but I am extremely proud of us. We had a great run that we can be proud of.”
Coach Mazzo was incredibly proud of his team for achieving one of the goals they set from the beginning of the season. “I think we did a fantastic job in the County Tournament. Obviously, the final outcome wasn’t what we wanted or expected, but I’m so proud of the team and all that we accomplished," said Mazzo. "Although we didn’t win it, we reached one of our goals by making it to the finals."