vs. Fontainebleau
March 6, 2004

The Crusaders struggled in the Umpires Tournament on Saturday night and Sunday morning against Fontainebleau and Central Lafourche respectively.  Our guys did not enjoy the home field advantage in either game.  In the top of the 1st against Fontainebleau, the Crusaders jumped out on top early.  Thomas Keegan started off with a walk and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch.  Chris McIntyre doubled to score Thomas.  BJ Rodrigue followed with a single to score Chris.  Andrew Russo then walked, and both he and BJ advanced on a wild pitch.  Matt Thorne then singled in another run putting the Crusaders up 3 - 0 in the top of the first.  Matt's single struck the pitcher in the ankle sending Mr. Fleetwood onto the field.  In the bottom of the first, the Bulldogs faced Crusader Lance Lepine who retired the first three batters with 2 strike outs.

In the top of the 2nd, the Crusaders had 0 runs on 0 hits with 0 Bulldogs errors.  In the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs had 0 runs on 2 hits with 0 Crusader errors.  In the top of the 3rd, Andrew Russo was able to get a base hit, but no runs were scored.  In the bottom of the inning, Fontainebleau scored 1 run on 1 hit and 0 Sader errors.  In the top of the 4th, the Crusaders were again unable to score any runs.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Crusaders began to struggle defensively.  Justin Marocco was brought into the game in relief partway through the inning.  By the time it ended, the Bulldogs had scored 6 runs on 6 hits with 1 Crusader error.  In the top of the 5th, BJ Rodrigue and Ryan Berry singled, but the Crusaders were unable to score.  In the bottom of the 5th, Justin Marocco struck out two and gave up no hits.  In the top of the 6th, Matt Adams and Chris McIntyre singled, and Evan Alvarez entered as the courtesy runner for Matt.  Once more, the Crusaders could not get a run across.  In the bottom of the 6th, Justin Marocco was able to strike out 3, but not before the Bulldogs scored 3 runs on 2 hits.  Matt Thorne led off the top of the 7th with a hit and was scored by Josh Radovich, but the Crusaders could not overcome the run deficit and lost this one 10 - 4.

Ben Wiz gets his name in lights!!

Lance Lepine takes the mound to open the game against Fountainbleau.

Andrew Velez makes a play at short.

Justin Marocco takes the mound in relief.

The Crusaders use Evan Alvarez's speed for courtesy running.

Coach Wiz sends out the pitching signals.

Thomas Keegan moves into position to get ready
for the play.

Andrew Russo taking his secondary off first.