After capturing the last two York-Adams League Division IV titles, the York Catholic baseball team will need a fairly new cast of characters to emerge in order to make it a three-peat.
If early indications are accurate, that might not be an obstacle.
Hosting parochial rival Delone Catholic Wednesday, York Catholic took care of business. The trio of Luke Kordaz, Nick DeMarco and Tony Staub each collected three hits, while driving in nine of the team’s runs, in a 10-3 victory.
That run support was plenty for Irish right-hander Joe Stich. Stich had some early issues, giving up runs in each of the first two innings, but settled down after that, holding Delone to three runs over six innings to pick up the victory.
“They are always good, and we know that we’ll have to be on top of our game, or we know we're going to lose,” York Catholic coach Joe Gurreri said of Delone.
The visitors took the lead in the first and, after the Irish (3-1 overall, 3-0 D-IV) scored three runs in the bottom of the frame, added another in the second to pull within a run.
Kordaz, however, quickly put a damper on Delone’s comeback hopes in the second. The junior cracked a two-run homer to left that rolled past the football goal post, making it 5-2.
“I was just waiting for my pitch,” said Kordaz, who drove in four runs while scoring twice. “And he threw it. I just wanted to help out my teammates and fortunately I was ready.”
The right-handed slugger did it to the Squires (2-3, 2-3) again in the sixth. After the visitors scored to make it 5-3 in the top of the inning, Kordaz drove in a pair with a double that bounced off the fence in right to make it 8-3.
“It was big,” he said. “Everyone’s energy just lifted up.”
Energy doesn’t appear in short supply for the Irish. His teammates weren't far away while Kordaz was interviewed afterward. One of those around him was Staub, who is finding his stroke after a tough start.
“I started out really slow,” Staub said. “I was in an 0-for-9 drought. I had a hit in our last game, but I’m starting to see the ball well now.”
Staub and Kordaz are junior leaders on a young Irish squad that features several freshmen and sophomores in starting roles. With only three seniors, Staub and Kordaz realize that they have to shoulder the load of leading York Catholic to what they hope will be a third-straight division title.
Staub, however, isn’t reserved about his team’s future.
“As long as I’m here, let’s make it five straight,” Staub said, before realizing that a potential fifth one would happen the year after he graduates.
Gurreri doesn’t seem to mind his team’s upbeat attitude.
“I’m impressed with how these guys have all bonded together,” he said. “We’re still pretty young, but the young guys have come around. I’m real pleased with how the team’s been performing so far.”
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