Blair’s varsity baseball team played a once-in-a-lifetime game against rival Peddie School at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, New York, home of the MiLB Staten Island Yankees.
The April 18 game was orchestrated by Blair alumnus and Peddie parent Adam Lorber '92, who is the vice president of business operations for the minor league club. Players from both teams enjoyed all the professional perks of playing in the minor league park, including having their head shots displayed on the scoreboard and music playing as they walked up to the plate.
The Bucs capped the experience with a 5-4 win over the Falcons. Peddie scored three runs in the seventh inning, but the Bucs pulled out the victory through tough defense when it mattered most. John Benedetto ’19, Will Gieson ’21 and Anthony Moore ’19 started the offense by earning RBIs within the first two innings. Kyle Hannam '22 was also a huge factor at the plate, going 2-for-3 in hits. Meanwhile, Cooper Ketsdever ’19 toed the rubber for Bucs, pitching six innings during which he allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four.
"Our guys had tremendous two-strike approaches, and we were able to scratch runs across by putting pressure on the defense," said Joe Wagner, Blair's head baseball coach. "We played one of our best defensive games for sure, and that's what this team must do to be successful."
The next challenge for the Bucs takes place on April 24, as the team hosts Lawrenceville at 4 p.m.