Monday, April 9, 2018 – In an attempt to avoid the bad weather scheduled for the greater Norfolk area, the Cardinals would be scheduled to play their final two games of the Spring Break Classic on Tuesday night in an unconventionally timed double-header.
Fork in the Road
A tight game got out of control late as the La Salle Cardinals lost 10-4 against King’s Fork High School on Day 2 of the Coastal Virginia Spring Break Baseball Classic.After falling behind 0-3 after one inning, La Salle twice got within one run but could not get over the hump.
The Cardinals outhit King’s Fork 6-5 but just couldn’t get the timely hit and paid the price as King’s Fork put up five runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
Nicholas Brito paced the Cardinals offense with three hits and Franklin Olivares took the loss, giving up 5 runs(3 earned) over five innings.
In a game that didn’t start until 10:30pm, the La Salle Cardinals finally picked up their FIRST WIN of the season with a 9-4 win over Euclid (OH) at 1:30am the next morning. The late night start that didn’t stop Cardinals pitcher Julian Nieves, who picked up the win. La Salle was down 3-2 going into the bottom of the fourth when they finally got the big hit as Adrian Santos laced a two-out base clearing triple to the gap in left center to claim a 5-3 lead.
Euclid(OH) fought back loading the bases with no outs in the sixth inning. Cristobal Rivera, pitching in relief of Nieves, struck out three straight to end the threat. Rivera, also helped himself out at the plate in the bottom of the frame with a RBI triple of his own. Euclid put up three runs in the top of the seventh but in the end just ran out steam in the wee hours of the morning.
A tremendous trip throughout, the team was able to play three games against a high level of competition, complete a service project at a local food bank, take a college tour of Norfolk State University and even found some time to get some bowling in. All in all, a wonderful experience for our young men.