LOWELL -- Brilliant sunshine. A chance to play in one of the state's nicest facilities.
And, oh yeah, a ring ceremony to celebrate the 2013 state baseball championship by Lowell Catholic, the first in the school's history.
To top things off Sunday, the 2014 Crusaders opened the season with a 11-1 victory over Pope John at LeLacheur Park.
"The ceremony was unbelievable," LC head coach Matt Stone said. "The (Lowell) Spinners, I don't have words to describe what they did for the kids, for the school.
"It was a real special thing for the kids. The day couldn't have gone better."
When play began, the Crusaders took care of business quickly, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first en route to ending the game in five innings due to the mercy rule.
James Sullivan led the offense by going 3-for-4, scoring 3 runs and smacking 2 doubles. Nick Cervizzi also swung a hot bat with a 4-for-4 effort which included a double.
Aaron Crandall and Dan Gillette both went 2-for-4 with a double each.
On the mound, Tom Cahalane went the 5 innings for the win.
He allowed 1 hit, no earned runs and 3 walks, while striking out 2 for the Crusaders.