Newsday: DeLucia, Bratichak lead Kellenberg to CHSAA championship

May 30 2016

Kellenberg players celebrate after their 5-4 win over St. Anthony’s in Game 2 of the CHSAA finals at Hofstra on Sunday, May 31, 2016. The Firebirds swept the best-of-three series to take the league championship. Photo Credit: James Escher

By Newsday’s Peter Cappiello:

Jason DeLucia said he didn’t think he’d play competitive baseball again, let alone step up to the plate for Kellenberg with the potential winning run on second in the top of the eighth inning.

DeLucia, a senior, said he tore his ACL playing football and missed the entire football and baseball seasons his junior year. He returned at the start of the year and made up for lost time with an RBI single to rightfield for the go-ahead run, as Kellenberg beat St. Anthony’s, 5-4, in the second game of a double-header to win the CHSAA championship Sunday at Hofstra.

Top-seeded Kellenberg (17-5) sealed the win when Joseph Bratichak began a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. The Firebirds beat No. 2 St. Anthony’s (14-8), 4-0, in Game 1 behind Chris Cappas’ one-hitter and a three-run second inning with RBIs from Cappas and Andrew Russell and a run by Thomas Paulich.

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