Crusaders open road trip against top-ranked Pennsylvania team

Submitted photo – The Crusaders before Thursday’s game in Arizona.

The St. Bernard’s Crusaders opened their Arizona road trip with a tough assignment on Thursday.

Playing against Cathedral Prep, the top-ranked team in Pennsylvania, the Crusaders fell 15-0 in five innings.

St. Bernard’s opens the Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic on Friday.

The SB bats managed just two hits against the Ramblers on Thursday, one each by Brayden Luna and Tyler Maples.

Luna also threw one scoreless inning in relief, as head coach Matt Tomlin gave some of his young pitchers one inning each in order to save the staff for tournament play.

Impressive freshman Michael Manzi will take the mound for St. Bernard’s against Arizona’s Snowflake High in the tournament opener on Friday morning at 9 a.m.

Team ace Tyler Dimmick will get the start for game two against Arizona’s Buckeye High at 6 p.m.

The Crusaders are now 6-5 on the season.

File photo – Brayden Luna had one of the Crusaders’ two hits in Thursday’s loss.

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