Whirlwind Weekend for CUA Baseball

Whirlwind Weekend for CUA Baseball

WASHINGTON - During the last weekend of September, the Catholic University Baseball Team welcomed a Major League legend, wrapped up its fall season with the conclusion of their intrasquad World Series, conducted a community service event, and then competed in a scrimmage with the U.S. Naval Academy.  It was a busy weekend that provided the framework for an exciting year ahead.

The festivities started on Thursday, September 25, when CUA welcomed former Major League pitcher Jamie Moyer to campus.  Moyer, a World Series champion and the oldest pitcher in the history of the game to record his first 20 win season at age 38, spoke to the team about his life in baseball, his storied 26-year career, and his faith based principles that enabled him to persevere and succeed.  Shortly thereafter, CUA players were able to ask questions of the former all-star that ranged from advice to favorite memories.   

Friday and Saturday marked the culmination of the official fall baseball season, where three teams battled each other in intrasquad scrimmages over the previous three weeks.  These modified games provided competitive challenges and excitement for both players and coaches.  In the intrasquad World Series championship, Team Leaf Rakes came out on top, narrowly topping the Quick Swings and Wrist Rollers.

Following the fall league finale, the team spent Saturday afternoon lending hands-on support to the District of Columbia Building Industry Association's 22nd annual Community Improvement Day.   The Cardinal's  community service activities involved  renovation  of the Dwight A. Mosley Sports Complex in Ward 5 here in Northeast DC.   By the day's end, the Sports Complex received a new playground with exercise stations, an outdoor classroom, expanded community gardens, additional seating and shade structures, new site graphics and art, enhanced storage and facility areas, and new landscaping features and plantings.  This marks the second year where CUA baseball teamed up with DCBIA to help improve Washington, DC parks for local youth to enjoy.

On Sunday, the Cardinals continued their yearly fall tradition of traveling east on Route 50 to take on the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy.   This scrimmage gave both teams a taste of spring season competition and provided both teams an opportunity improve, learn, and develop.

The Cardinals turn their attention to their "off season" which will be highlighted by more community service activities, cheering on their fellow Cardinal sports teams, and honing their baseball skills in preparation for their spring season.  Opening Day is February 20, 2014 when the Cards host a double header with Eastern University.