Storm’s Opening Day Dampened by Gunnery School

Ah, Opening Day. For baseball fans, those two words are the most beautiful in the entire English language. Opening Day creates a sense of opportunity and optimism, as every team feels that they can win. And perhaps the best part of it all: the new pristine white uniforms, the unused cleats, the freshly cut grass, and the fact that the games actually count. After playing five games in Florida, the St. Luke’s Storm couldn’t wait to see if their success in the South would carry over into the race for the FAA championship.

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Morgan Simmonds ’14 launches a fastball

For the Storm, opening day was Monday, April 1st in a tough game at the Gunnery School. Battling gusts of wind and freezing temperatures, St. Luke’s came up short losing by a score of 10-2. Despite the score, there were certainly bright spots for SLS in their season opener. Robert Morris ’13 and Morgan Simmonds ’14 both hit RBI doubles, with Charlie Nelson ’13 scoring on both hits. Bryan Latorraca ’14 saw success against the tough Gunnery pitching staff, as he notched two hits, which led the team.

In the second game of the season on Tuesday, April 2nd, St. Luke’s continued its struggles against the Rye Country Day School. Bobby Forese ’14 took the mound, hoping to stop the potent Rye offense. Forese was able to pitch 2 and 2/3 innings, letting up only four earned runs. However, the Storm struggled in the field, committing costly errors, which ultimately decided the ballgame. John Wilson ’13 came in relief for Forese; however, the damage was already done: the Storm fell by a score of 15-4.

The game, however, showed brilliant play by Griffin Miller ’13 and Eliot Henson ’13. Miller hit a three run double to give hope to the Storm in the fifth inning, while Henson hit a solo homerun, the first of this young season. When asked about the positives he took away from the first two games, shortstop Charlie Nelson ’13 responded, “Despite the losses, the first two games showed us all the things we need to work on. The season is still very young and we look to fix those mistakes as the year progresses.”

Up next for St. Luke’s will be a critical game against Greens Farms Academy on Tuesday, April 9th. The game is the Storm’s home opener, and the players urge the student body, faculty, parents, and teachers to come support the as they look for the first win of the season.

— Ben Decatur, Sports Editor

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