Unexpectedly, it was three and done.
Xaverian held a 7–6 lead over Holy Cross after three innings on May 2, but then the Catholic League game had to be halted — bumped by a scheduling conflict with a Little League contest.
The game will be completed as soon as possible, but the Xaverian players couldn’t quite mask their disappointment, as it looked like they had found their hitting stride just as the game was stopped.
“Little League had the [field] permit, but today was supposed to be cleared,” Xaverian coach Frank Del George said. “On the Holy Cross schedule, it’s clear. But [the Little League coach] showed [the teams] the schedule and it was right there. So we had to get off. It’s crazy.”
The mishap was another bump in the road of a spring season that has been chock full of potholes and detours. Nothing has come easy to any of the teams in the league — battling weather and delays as much as each other — but Xaverian managed to find a silver lining: in its offense.
“We’re happy that the lineup is coming together and starting to get a little consistent,” said Clippers senior first baseman Xavier Vargas. “I feel that even though the game got shut down and we’ll have to finish at a later date, we finally got a unit that we’re confident [in] and we’re ready to go.”
Holy Cross jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first inning, but Xaverian answered in the bottom of the second, batting through the order and then some. The Clippers chased Holy Cross starter Patrick Morrissey after just one and two-thirds innings of work.
It was one of Xaverian’s strongest hitting performances of the season and, even in a suspended game, the Clippers hope the energy in the dugout that day lingers.
“You’ve got to figure out what’s the mindset that you need to bring in because we’re not playing every day,” said Vargas, who smacked a two-run double in the offensive spurt. “So once it clicks, it comes through and this was one of the days that we found the click. I think it’s going to continue.”
Xaverian’s effort wasn’t perfect; Holy Cross got four runs back in the bottom of the third, thanks to a pair of Clipper errors.
“I haven’t seen a spring like this. Forget the weather and everything, we haven’t played like this,” Del George said. “This is very uncharacteristic of the type of baseball we play.”
But Xaverian is determined to find its rhythm down the stretch; there’s still plenty of season left to be played and, in a season like this, the Clippers know anything can happen.
“We feel that every game is important and every game we’re going to play our best,” Vargas said. “We showed it here; we came in and scored seven runs in three innings. We want to continue doing it and have a great season.”