The first innings of Christendom baseball and softball in 2019 are set to begin next week, with the Crusaders and Lady Crusaders beginning their respective seasons. The Crusaders will open their season at home vs. Penn State York on Tuesday, March 12, while the Lady Crusaders will begin on the road against Trinity University on Friday, March 15.
On May 2nd, the athletics department held its annual end-of-year sports banquet. At the banquet, the athletics department honored our graduating seniors with personal plaques commemorating their years of participation in Christendom varsity sports, as well as honoring Sophomore Ian Heisler with his USCAA Player of the Week Award for his no-hitter thrown on March 3rd.
Calling all Christendom Crusaders! T-minus 2 days to Giving Day! We hope you can join us for one of the social events in Front Royal, Manassas, Dallas or Denver on the 24th of April. Our first challenge has been announced: Once we receive 200 monthly gifts a group of generous alumni will give $75K to The Carroll Fund! Wow, $75K just for 200 of you giving a monthly gift no matter the amount. This is absolutely attainable with your help, especially considering the fact that alumni couples that give count as two gifts. We can do this!
The Crusaders returned to action for a double header at Bing Crosby Stadium on Saturday, April 14 to take on the Valley Forge Patriots. The Crusaders came out swinging and tallied up fifteen hits in the first game. They were led by Kolbe Heisler, Ian Heisler, Michael Mersch, Josh Wilson, Stephen Buonocore, and Michael Urankar who all put up multiple hits. Sophomore Tim Clauss had his first hit of the year, while Urankar and Ian Heisler both had
4 RBIs a piece. Valley Forge had no answer for the hot bats of the Crusaders, and couldn't get anything going off of the stellar pitching of Ian Heisler, leading Christendom to victory, 17-4.
In the Second game the swinging Crusaders came to play again, banging out a total of thirteen hits. Freshman Stephen Buonocore had the only extra base hit for the Crusaders, hitting a line drive to the fence for a double. The Heisler brothers, Ian and Kolbe, combined for six RBIs in the second game (three apiece). Behind the pitching of Buonocore and Freshman Caleb Wilson, the Crusaders ended up with another victory, 15-5.
The boys return to action this weekend as they face Central Penn on Friday night and Williamson Free Trade on Saturday afternoon, both games on the road.
The Crusaders returned to action last week when they faced Stratford University for a double header on Friday, April 6 at the beautiful Bing Crosby Stadium. A slow start hurt the Crusaders, but a Josh Wilson triple, Mike Mersch double, and Kolbe Heisler single scoring
In the first game of a doubleheader against the University of South Carolina at Union, the Crusaders lost 8-5 to the Bantams. Freshman Kolbe Heisler started his first game of the season on the mound for the Crusaders.
In the second game of their doubleheader against the University of South Carolina-Union, and the final game of their spring break road trip, the Crusaders fell to the Bantams 14-4 in six innings. The Bantams scored three runs in the first two innings off of Crusaders starting pitcher Josh Wilson.
On Wednesday of the Crusaders spring break trip, the baseball team faced the College of Faith of Charlotte, NC in a doubleheader. In the first game, Ian Heisler started his second game this season for the Crusaders.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader with College of Faith, the Crusaders battled in a back and forth game and held on the win 9-8. Stephen Buonocore started on the mound for the Crusaders and went three innings and allowed four runs (three earned) and had one strike out.
In the first game of their spring break road trip, the Crusaders fell to the St. Andrew’s University Knights 15-5 in five innings. Although the Crusaders jumped ahead early with a run in the first inning, the Knights came back with one run in the bottom half of the first inning
In the second game of their doubleheader against St. Andrew’s University, the Crusaders were shut out by the Knights 8-0. Junior Ben Dunphy started on the mound for the Crusaders, making his first college start. Allowing single runs in each of the first four innings,
The Crusaders opened their season by wining the first game of their doubleheader against Williamson Trade 8-0. Sophomore Ian Heisler shut down Williamson with a complete game no-hitter, allowing no runs, no hits, and only three baserunners. Earning his first win of the season, Heisler had eight strikeouts and allowed only one walk.
In the second game of a doubleheader against Williamson Trade, the Crusaders battled to a close 3-2 victory. The Crusaders got on the scoreboard early with runs in the first and second innings, followed by a run later in the fifth inning. Freshman Stephen Buonocore started on the mound for the Crusaders and threw four scoreless innings.
Recently Christendom College’s baseball program hosted a recruitment weekend for four players interested in attending Christendom. Liam Brennan and Kevin Dow from Virginia, Judah Ehart from Maryland, and Brandon Kostelnik
The Crusaders lost to Hood College 0-14 on Tuesday, March 21. After a rough first inning where Hood scored 4 runs, the Crusaders, led by the stellar pitching by Ian Heisler, defensively rallied to allow just 1 score for the next 4 innings. In the top of the 6th, Hood strung together a few hits and some walks and the floodgates opened; and Hood College widened their lead considerably.
For athletes, there is no greater rush than playing a game well. It makes the early morning practices, the hill sprints, and the sore muscles all have a purpose. There is something about playing on a team that really brings out the best in people. When you look at the scoreboard and know?whatever the end result is?that you have played your hardest, it all makes sense. This is everything you have worked for?it?s the reason you pushed through all those tough practices.
America’s pastime returns to Christendom next week, with opening day double-headers scheduled for baseball and softball. The Lady Crusaders will hit the field first on Tuesday, taking on Trinity University, while the Crusaders will make their long-awaited return to the diamond on Friday against Central Penn. Both sets of games will be held at Front Royal’s Bing Crosby Stadium.
Christendom College’s rich athletic program will expand next spring, with the return of the men’s baseball program to the college. After a two-year hiatus, the Christendom Crusaders will swing for the fences in the spring of 2017, giving students further opportunities to compete at the collegiate level.