PLATTSBURGH — Joe Leddy made his final pitching start at Plattsburgh State one to remember.
Leddy tossed a five-hitter in going the distance as the Cardinals defeated Norwich University, 4-1, in nonconference play at Chip Cummings Field on Monday. The senior struck out five and walked five.
“It was a great way for Joe to go out — it was probably his last appearance for us,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “He pitched last Friday and we asked him if he wanted to start (Monday). He said yes. Joe struggled some in the first and second innings, but went on to pitch a complete game.
“He’s worked hard and has had a great season. He got an opportunity to pitch when we were in Florida and hasn’t let us down.”
Leddy’s teammates did the job defensively, not committing an error. Offensively, the Cardinals rapped out eight hits and stole seven bases, including three by Luke Weaver and two by Yuya Osawa.
“We played our normal guys,” Doorey said. “They played well over the weekend and we decided to keep them playing.
“This was a game we probably wouldn’t have won a couple of weeks ago. We’re playing with more confidence now and playing our best baseball of the season.”
The Cadets (7-16) grabbed the lead with a run in the top of the second inning.
Plattsburgh, however, came back with one in the bottom of the inning on Jonathan Repetto’s sacrifice fly and took the lead for good with a run in the third when Chris Pescetti’s infield grounder produced the go-ahead tally.
It stayed 2-1 until the sixth when the Cardinals (13-21) tacked on two insurance runs. John Casten singled in Weaver and Brian Latulipe then drove in Repetto with a base hit.
Casten went 3-for-3, including an RBI and walk.