It was a special day for Le Moyne baseball seniors Nate Reynolds and Pat Wiese, as the two Dolphin seniors were honored on senior day.
It was emotional for sure, as Wiese, who's been battling cancer, was suited up with his teammates once again. Reynolds, the Dolphins left fielder was introduced first with is family, followed by Wiese and his mother and father.
After being presented with plaques, it was time for the ceremonial first pitch, which was special in its own right. Wiese and Reynolds both caught the first pitch...thrown by their mothers, which resulted in cheers from the home crowd and even some of the visiting New Haven players.
The ceremony continued as the Le Moyne starting lineup was announced. But this time, for the first time all season, Wiese was in the lineup. Even after a knee replacement surgery back in October, and in the midst of his final stretch of chemotherapy, Wiese jogged out to centerfield, his position for four years as the Le Moyne captain.
After the entire lineup was introduced and the National Anthem was played, Wiese was ceremoniously replaced in centerfield by Donata Dinorcia. First he hugged friend and teammate Reynolds in leftfield, and once again jogged to the dugout amidst cheers from the Le Moyne faithful. He was greeted by his teammates at the dugout for the last time, a moment those present at Dick Rockwell field will never forget.
As for the game itself...
After a rain delay in the second inning, both Le Moyne and New Haven were scoreless through four. New Haven rallied in the fifth inning, as a Chris Demorais single off of Ryan O'Kane scored Tom Walraven. The next batter Brendon Buckley also singled, scoring Andrew Johnson. Le Moyne mustered just one run in the seventh, but New Haven was too much, winning 5-1. O'Kane struck out five in the losing effort, while on his senior day, Nate Reynolds went 3-4 with a stolen base.
Le Moyne (14-20, 8-7) and New Haven (17-8, 12-6) will play a doubleheader on Sunday starting at noon.