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Cardinals capture title at Mingo Bay Classic

Coach hopes momentum continues remainder of the season

April 27, 2017
By Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

Throughout the past few years, the Canfield High School baseball team has had great success on its annual trip to the Mingo Bay Classic Baseball Tournament in Myrtle Beach.

This season's adventure down south was even more successful.

Canfield lost its first game but then won four in a row to capture the Division I title. Bringing home a trophy from South Carolina was not a complete surprise, but considering the adversity the Cardinals had to face last week, the victory was certainly satisfying.

"This tournament put the boys in some uncomfortable situations and for the most part, they responded really well," head coach Matt Koenig said. "Everyone had a lot of positive things to look back on."

The one Canfield player who had the most to reflect on was pitcher Anthony Longo. The junior hurler tossed a two-hitter in the April 19 12-1 blowout of Martinsburg of West Virginia.

Longo then flexed his hitting muscles with a two-double, three-RBI performance in Canfield's 16-4 pasting of Proctor of New York on Friday and a two-run home run and RBI single in his team's 14-2 championship-clinching win over Monsignor McClancy of New York a day later.

"(Longo) was great," Koenig said. "Every kid, no matter starter or sub, played well."

True to Koenig's words, the stat sheet from South Carolina was littered with multiple Cardinals' names.

In the win over Martinsburg, Kyle Willis had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs. Ian McGraw also picked up three hits.

Sophomore Jad Jadallah jumped on Martinsburg, pitching for two RBIs. Fellow sophomore Ricky Havrilla hit a two-run double. Junior Jimmy Fitzgerald picked up a pair of hits.

Canfield also eliminated East Rutherford of New Jersey, 5-2, April 20.

McGraw earned the victory on the mound with six strikeouts. Sophomore Dom Pilolli had a double and a single. Senior Anthony Vross had two RBIs. Junior Angelo Petracci drilled an RBI double.

Junior Spencer Woolley joined Longo as the hitting stars for the Cardinals in their win on Friday. Woolley whacked a home run and knocked in three runs. Juniors Jack Rafoth, Alex Hernandez and Richie Juliano each had two-run doubles in the triumph.

Longo's homer helped propel Canfield to the big bracket championship Saturday afternoon. Hernandez hammered three doubles as well. Willis was the title-securing starting pitcher.

The momentum Canfield gained in Myrtle Beach is something Koenig would like to see continue the remainder of the regular season.

"Hopefully, we still have a lot of good baseball left to play," he said.

There was no rest for the travel weary as Canfield got right back into All-American Conference Red Tier action Monday and Tuesday versus archrival Poland.

The local boys won the first game of the home-and-home doubleheader, 4-1, on the road, but then fell to the Bulldogs, 1-9, Tuesday at home, moving the Cardinals to 12-3 overall and 5-2 in the AAC Red Tier.

The month of May begins with another home-and-home doubleheader Monday and Tuesday against Red Tier rival Howland.

All Canfield needs to do is keep up the good habits it started down south. If they do, the trophy the Cardinals earned at the Mingo Bay Classic may be accompanied by one for winning the Red Tier.

 
 

 

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