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Irish Wolfhounds Roundup: June 2024

The Irish Wolfhounds lost a hard-fought game to the FDNY. After the game, the club announced two signings and two player appearances.

The Irish Wolfhounds returned to the diamond in June for a matchup with the FDNY’s Bravest at Clover Stadium in New York. The game was preceeded by a week of special messages for both teams, from celebrities and major leaguers.

FDNY’s Bravest Hold Off the Wolfhounds at Clover Stadium

The Irish Wolfhounds returned to Clover Stadium on Saturday, June 15, to take on the FDNY’s Bravest. The game was a rematch from August 27, 2023, when the Wolfhounds defeated the Bravest, by a score of 4-2.

Once again, player introductions were followed by singer Siobhan Noonan’s thrilling renditions of The Soldiers Song and The Star Spangled Banner. Next, Irish American Baseball Society member Robert Farabaugh, the lucky winner of the First Pitch Raffle, threw out the first pitch and the game was underway!

The Wolfhounds got out to an early lead, thanks to a pair of singles and a double steal by Patrick Dillon and Kyle Singer, followed by a sacrifice fly by third baseman David Gallagher.

Irish starter Keelan Smithers kept the FDNY off-balance for two innings, followed by a scoreless inning from Matt Mohen.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the FDNY cut the Irish lead to 4-3, but Wolfhounds reliever Seamus O’Connor escaped a bases loaded jam with an inning-ending strikeout.

The FDNY came back strong in the home fifth, thanks to a go-ahead two-run home run by Matt Diorio and an RBI double by Kevin Diaz. After five innings, the Bravest led, 6-4.

The FDNY entered the final frame with a 9-4 lead, but the Wolfhounds still had some fight left. Aidan Keaveney led off the inning with a single. Paddy McKermitt was hit by a pitch and Patrick Dillon walked. Following a Kyle Singer fly out, cleanup hitter David Gallagher ripped a 2-run single down the third base line. The Wolfhounds trailed 9-7 with one out and runners on first and second.

With two outs and two runners on, Wolfhounds C/1B Joe Cosgrove worked the count to 3-2 before launching a line drive to the right field warning track. FDNY right fielder Mike Diorio made a nice running grab, sealing the win for the FDNY’s Bravest.

The Irish may have dropped the hard-fought contest, but the game itself was a celebration of Irish culture and heritage that was followed by two important roster announcements.

Wolfhounds Announce Signing of Crowley and Sujak

Following the game, the Wolfhounds announced that two pitchers, Garrett Crowley and Aljo Sujak, had been signed. Crowley has joined the Idaho Falls Chukars of the independent Pioneer League. Meanwhile, Sujak has joined the Regensburg Legionäre of the German Bundesliga.

Crowley and Sujak join a growing list of Wolfhounds players who have been signed during the 2024 season, including John O’Reilly (Angels), Tommy Dunleavy (Empire League), and Norman Coleman-Goodwin (Brantford Red Sox – Canada).

Wolfhounds Celebrate Irish Heritage Nights in Minor League Ballparks

The week closed out with an in-person event at the Worcester Red Sox Irish Heritage Night celebration in Massachusetts. Wolfhounds pitcher Ryan O’Rourke was the special guest of the WooSox, threw out the first pitch and spent the night talking about Irish Baseball with fans and the media!

The following weekend, Brothers Colin and Ryan Mackle were guests of the Jersey Shore BlueClaws in Lakewood, NJ. The Mackle brothers celebrated Irish Heritage Night by throwing out the first pitch and meeting fans at the Irish Baseball information table!

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