Christian Brothers Academy’s baseball team enjoyed its best 24-hour stretch of the season over the weekend, completing a pair of satisfying regular-season sweeps.
First, the Brothers knocked off Bishop Ludden 5-2 Friday night at Alliance Bank Stadium. Then, a day later, it went to Jamesville-DeWitt and held off the Red Rams 5-4 to improve to 10-1 on the season.
CBA’s rematch with Ludden was part of the fifth annual Strike Out Lou Gehrig’s Disease Classic, a three-day, six-game fund-raiser at the Syracuse Chiefs’ home for ALS research and treatment at SUNY-Upstate Medical University.
It also gave pitching ace Jack Glover a second chance to face the same Ludden side he had beaten 3-2 back on April 18, opposed this time by Ryan O’Kane, back from an illness that had sidelined him earlier this season.
In the bottom of the second inning, CBA got to O’Kane for three runs in what proved to be a decisive rally. Single runs followed in the third and fourth innings as Glover, helping himself, tripled and earned an RBI. Bryce Wiley (whose home run was so pivotal in the first win over Ludden) and Sean Lavin also drove in runs.
Glover gave up eight hits and five walks, constantly getting into trouble. But he kept getting out off it, too, striking out eight and keeping the Gaelic Knights off the board until single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
This led to the rematch with J-D, whom it had beaten 9-4 on April 12. And the Red Rams appeared ready for payback when it got three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead.
However, the Brothers immediately answered with its own three-run rally in the top of the fourth. J-D tied it again, 4-4, and it remained that way until the sixth, when CBA poked across a single run against the Rams’ Chris McGee (relieving for Max Bregande) that proved decisive.