By Chris Allen
The Union Baseball team came into the last games of the regular season with a 22-9 record and potential to set a single-season high in conference wins with 20.
Senior outfielder Tyler Heck led the way by going 3-for-7 with a home run, two RBI’s and three stolen bases in Saturday’s games, while Dane O’Neil ‘14 pitched his sixth consecutive game. Unfortunately, the first game did not go in the favor of the Dutchmen as they fell 4-0 to the Vassar Brewers.
The second game went better for the Dutchmen as they honored seniors Matt Barretto, Jason Cohen, Heck, Dylan Katz-Wicks, Phil Kemp, Quinn Rhoda and Seth Roberts. Kemp was given the start and pitched a stellar six innings.
Cohen, recently recovering from a broken rib after a fastball from Rhoda hit him during practice, drove a frozen rope up the middle to start the offense for the Dutchmen in the third inning.
Anders Goetz ‘15 followed up with a double to left-center to have runners in scoring position.
Star centerfielder Sam Caruso ‘14 said, “The third inning provided a lot of momentum for our team. Everyone on the bench was cheering, you could see the fear in the other team.”
After a sacrifice fly from the hot bat of Vince Esposito ‘14 that scored Cohen and Katz-Witz, co-Greek athlete of the year, continued doing what he does best by singling to right field for yet another RBI in the stats book. The dagger came when Heck hit a booming two-run home run to put the Dutchmen up 4-1.
Captain Dave Peretti ‘14 said, “Vinny and Tyler are the two best hitters in the Liberty League, they have been the definition of great this season.” However, he would not acknowledge whether the two have been in contact with teams in the MLB or DRPBL of the Dominican.
Sunday’s games yielded similar results for the Dutchmen, as they took the first game 4-3 and lost the second game 2-4. The first game proved to be a back and forth struggle for both sides.
Roberts was given the start, which proved to be a smart decision as he was able to record his fifth win going six innings with six hits, and struck out four Brewers. Chris Pignatello ‘15 recorded his first save and Esposito continued his dominance over the Brewer pitching by going 3-3 with two RBIs and two runs.
These games certainly had their fill of emotions since they were the last regular season games for the seniors and with the win in the first game they tie a single-season high in conference wins with 20.
Cohen said, “There is nothing better than going out on top, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of teammates this season.”
Barreto reiterated the comradery of this Dutchmen team as he said, “The Union Baseball culture has finally transformed into something extremely positive and I am thrilled to have been a part of it.”