Ignore the score and just keep playing until the game ends.
That is the rally call this spring for the Saint John Vianney baseball team.
Saint John Vianney fought and held off Raritan High School to score a recent 6-5 victory in Holmdel.
Saint John Vianney rallied with two runs in the sixth inning to erase a 5-4 deficit, a comeback that pleased Lancer coach Mike Morgan.
“We had a senior leader [Logan Marter] that lead the team in both pitching and hitting that game,” Morgan said. “We did what we always do. We fought back. That’s been our MO all year. Fight back no matter the score. Fight till your last out. That’s what we did that game.”
Despite the comeback victory, Morgan doesn’t want his 4-3 team to feel satisfied.
“We have a lot of things to improve on,” Morgan said. “We take it each game at a time. We always review each game, take the positives from it, and use that for the next game. But, yeah, we always try to just take it day at a time, game at a time.”
The team is loaded with young talent, but there are veterans who will be called on this spring.
Seniors such as Marter, Peter Loumakos, Pat Caragliano, Frank D’Alessio and Evan Perrette have been the leaders of this Lancer group.
“I’m hoping that we can push for the division,” Morgan said. “We’re kinda young. I only have a few seniors this year. So, we’re building for the future, but we want to ride this year out to see how it goes. If you can help it, you always want to learn while succeeding.”
Morgon is pleased with the loves that his team has been able to work together this season, stating that a new Lancer has stepped up each game when needed.
“It’s been a team effort,” Morgan said. “I can’t pick our one person because it’s been a different person each game. It’s been a family effort. I like that. We all work together. One person doesn’t have it one day, someone else picks him up. Like I said, it’s a family effort.”
The Lancers will have another chance to show their fight on April 26 when they visit Rumson-Fair Haven High School for a 3:45 p.m. game.