June 17, 2002
St. Brendan wins Greater Seattle title
The St. Brendan Irish 6th grade baseball team made good on their preseason promise to win the whole thing. St. Brendan participates in the Greater Seattle CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) baseball league, which includes teams from Renton to Edmonds in the Seattle area. Though the Irish are in their fourth year in the league, they have reached the play-offs in each year of participation.
"We have never won the big one," says their head coach Tony Papasedero. This year the team promised their coach they would go all the way and they did, finishing with a record of seven wins and one defeat.
"We never really lost, we had to forfeit one game because some of our kids went away for spring break," Papasedero said.
After winning five regular season games and one playoff game, the Irish found themselves playing for the title against St. Al-John in Seattle at Raye Field, and although the weather threatened to pitch rain, the real pitching was handled by the St. Brendan Irish as Joey Clancy threw for three innings striking out six batters and allowing only one run.
Calvin Towey pitched three innings of scoreless ball and recorded four strikeouts setting the table for the closer Peter Fitzpatrick who struck out three batters in the 7th on only 11 pitches.
Hitting stars on the day were Calvin Towey who had three hits on four plate appearances, brother Kyle two for three and Michael Grennan who had two hits including one base hit bunt. The game was iced however when Vincent Papasedero, the third hitter in the game, hit a two-run bomb over the centerfield fence that gave the Irish the early lead winning 12 to 1.
St. Brendans is located in Bothell.