Written by Joey Perkins
I have always loved baseball. I think it’s the team aspect of the game that appeals to me most. You workout all fall and winter to prepare for a condensed two or three month season, depending on how the team does in the state tournament. I went to Brebeuf Jesuit, which was not known for having a great baseball program. We weren’t terrible, we were mostly average. Most years we won more than we lost, but we never went very far in the state tournament.
As we prepared for my junior season in the spring of 2012 there was no reason to believe we were going to have a special year. We had Connor Hale back as our ace pitcher and when he pitched we always felt like we had a good chance of winning. Other than Connor, we didn’t have a bunch of division 1 baseball players. However, what we did have was a togetherness, good chemistry, and we had fun playing for each other. As we entered the state tournament we had a tough assignment playing at Roncalli, they were the host and favorites. We received a great draw, if we win our first game than we are in the championship game since we received a bye. We got a huge break when Chatard played Roncalli early on Saturday morning and gave them a great game. Roncalli was better than Chatard that year, but it took Roncalli 10 innings to finally win that first game. We played a poor team in the second game and won handily. That put us in the championship game that evening against Roncalli. They were exhausted from their 10 inning game. I hit a home run early in the game off of the now infamous impersonator, Joey Mulinaro, to give us an early lead. But the big blow came an inning later when my teammate Nic Meyers hit a grand slam that was gone the minute the ball hit his bat. We got a big lead and Connor pitched a gem and we were off to the regional at Mt. Vernon.