Bishop Stang strikes out at Final Four against Medfield
Bishop Stang’s championship chances were dashed Tuesday, June 13 after falling to Medfield High School in their semifinal game.
The Spartans started off strong — senior Ryan Jones jolted the game to a start with a quick double, then was batted in by senior Cam Letourneau for the game’s first run.
In the second inning, Jones again hit for a single, batting in junior Matt DeRosa and putting himself in perfect position for freshman Brock Winslow to hit a two-run single and bring the game to 4-2 in Stang’s favor.
Unfortunately, the Spartans lost steam as the game progressed, mostly due to a grueling 4th inning that saw the Medfield Warriors bat in five runs and take a commanding 7-4 lead.
“I thought we competed really hard,” said Bishop Stang Athletic Director Dennis Golden. “I’m really proud of our kids. They played with poise, they played with heart.”
The rest of the game proceeded quickly, with both teams closing out their innings in three or four at-bats. The Warriors scored one in the sixth inning, bringing the game to its final score of 8-4.
The loss marks the end of the season for the Spartans’ 2023 roster, which Katie Cardoza, parent to Aiden and Landon, described as “the hardest working team in the league.”
To get to the Final Four game, the Spartans defeated Greater Lowell Tech, followed by North Reading.
Paul Nasiff, parent to Nicholas, said the win against North Reading was especially impactful.
“When they won on Saturday [June 10], you could feel it, that they took pride in what they did,” Nasiff said.
Nasiff and other parents attribute the Spartans’ run to the Final Four to the players’ rapport with each other.
“It’s jus their chemistry, they all get along very well,” Nasiff said.
“They gel as a team and they all work hard,” Cardoza said.
“They get along together, they enjoy playing for Stang,” said supporter Mike O’Malley.
Nasiff also said the kids love the coach, former Red Sox pitcher Brian Rose.
Rose took over the role in 2016. Deb Jones, parent to Ryan, said the team has “been getting better and better every year” since Rose took over.
Six players on the roster graduated in May, and three of them will be continuing baseball in college. Aiden Cardoza of Dartmouth will be playing for Wheaton College, Ryan Jones of Fairhaven committed to UMass Dartmouth, and Cam Letourneau of Mattapoisett will play for Adelphi University.