Annual Baseball Alumni Game a Success

Minor leaguers Dan Paolini (left) and Anthony Giansanti took part in the alumni game festivities

Oct. 14, 2013

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The 38th annual alumni baseball game was held on Siena Field on Saturday, October 12 on a perfect fall day. It was the largest attended game ever, with 26 alumni in attendance to either play or cheer their peers on as spectators.

The alumni came out ready and held on to upset the varsity 7-6. It was just the second time the alumni has won the game in the 38-year series history, with the other win coming in 1974.

Former pitchers were dominant at the plate, as five combined for eight of the alumni's 13 hits. Nicco Stentos '12 led the charge with a double, single and three RBI, and Kyle Sumple '11 and Jake Werdesheim's '13 had two singles each.

Shawn Hampton '04 and Bill Cardona '12 each had two hits as well. Several alumni made outstanding defensive plays, led by Stento who made an over-the-shoulder catch before somersaulting to his feet. Chicago Cub farmhand Anthony Giansanti also made an over-the-shoulder catch.

Seattle Mariner product Dan Paolini had the game-winning hit in the seventh as he plated two runs with a single to left.

Junior college transfer third baseman Justin Esquerra '15 had a double, single and RBI, and senior second baseman Mike Allen had two singles and an RBI to lead the Saints varsity squad.