Collegiate Baseball Team Takes NYSAISAA Title
From the first day of the season, Coach Frank Rojas had told his team that they “were good enough to go all the way”—they proved him right in their final NYSAISAA (NY State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association) contest against the heavily favored Poly Prep—the first-seeded team in the league.
The hard training, the emphasis on working as a team, and brilliant play bore spectacular fruit at the contest for the NYSAISSA’s baseball crown with a 9–2 defeat of Poly Prep on May 26. The team, led by co-captains Taiki Kasuga ’10 and Peter Chapin ’10, entered the contest with a 7-game winning streak bolstering their confidence. Pitcher Rick Terry ’12, who allowed only 6 hits (2 earned runs) during the entire game, was key to the victory.
Strong fielding, great hitting, tremendous base running, and superb pitching contributed greatly to the triumph. The first inning saw Taiki get a base hit and eventually score with the help of Will Pagano’s ’10 base hit, and the RBI triple of Joey Krumholtz ’10. The sixth inning was the turning point —Ed Kramer ’11 hit a bases-loaded double that sent 3 players across home plate.
Each young man in our starting lineup—co-captains Peter Chapin and Taiki Kasuga, Doug Gleicher ’11, Ed Kramer, Ian McEneaney ’10, James Lynfield ’10, Will Pagano, Rick Terry, and Stephen Todres ’10—was crucial to the team’s success during the season and in this final game for the championship. Collegiate is proud of them and looks forward to next year.
Photographs courtesy of Damion Reid