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City title goes to Saints

An East Passyunk baseball team preserved its undefeated start by earning its second title in three days.

By Joseph Myers
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“He is a special player,” Spadaccini said. “Early in the year, he struggled with confidence. I told him there is no reason he should not be a starter.”

The coach feels the area’s reputation as a tight-knit community helps his team to put so many games into the win column.

“This team is a bunch of neighborhood kids who love one another, who have no jealousy or me-first attitudes,” he said.

Because of their bonds, they became enamored with Spadaccini’s three-phase season plan.

“The first was winning our division, and the second was winning the Catholic League title. The third is capturing states,” Spadaccini said. “I know winning the state title would really finish off this season and make it ten times better.”

Their City title triumph earned them a spot in Monday’s first round at Ashburn Field against Chester County’s Twin Valley high School. The teams met in 2009’s quarterfinals, with the Saints scoring a 1-0 win.

The Saints again scored one run, but the Raiders stunned them 3-1.

“I’ve never been more proud to be associated with the best young men in the world,” Spadaccini said.

He was especially grateful to his seniors.

“If I told you four years ago I can offer you two Catholic League and City titles and the best brotherhood in the world, you would have signed up,” he said. “Remember that.”

 

Contact Staff Writer Joseph Myers at jmyers@southphillyreview.com or ext. 124.

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