PEABODY — No matter which way you slice it, senior Trey DeLoury has had a hand in every win for the Bishop Fenwick baseball team during its state tournament run to this point. Whether it’s on the mound, at the plate or in the field, DeLoury has come through in the clutchest of moments to help put the Crusaders in Tuesday’s Division 3 state semifinal.
He pitched five innings of scoreless relief in the sectional quarterfinal against Saugus, then he stepped up to the plate and won the game with a walk-off double in the seventh. He had a two-plus inning save — another scoreless outing — in the sectional semifinal against Swampscott. In the sectional final against Lynnfield, he went 1-for-3 with one RBI in an 8-2 victory.
“It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been great to do good things for my teammates,” said DeLoury, who also plays hockey. “Getting that hit against Saugus was one of the best moments of my life, it just felt so good to come through in that spot. It’s the kind of thing you dream about doing as a kid, winning the game for your team in the playoffs.”
“He just does anything you ask him to do out there,” said Fenwick coach Russ Steeves. “I’ve had him at first base, in center field, on the mound and all sorts of other places and other situations, and he just takes everything in stride. He’s a true leader, and one of the best kids I’ve ever coached.”
This is just what DeLoury has been doing all season long. As a matter of fact, Steeves recalls that this is the kind of stuff DeLoury has been doing since Steeves met him back in 2017.
“Last year was my first year here, which is always hard because you don’t know any of the kids, and Trey showed up to tryouts with a broken hand from the hockey season,” said Steeves. “I told him when he got better we’d give him a tryout, but then tryouts come around and he’s hitting in the batting cage without a cast, making great contact. He just wanted to show the new coach that he was going to be a part of this team.”
During the regular season, DeLoury stepped up in a big way. He was a force in the middle of the Crusaders’ lineup, hitting .410 with 23 RBI — both second on the team to fellow senior Keegan O’Connor. On the mound, DeLoury appeared in 12 of Fenwick’s 20 games and tossed 28 1/3 innings with a 2.47 ERA.
For a player who has been a center fielder and a first baseman at times in his Fenwick career, getting the job done on the mound all year is something that DeLoury is particularly proud of.
“It’s been the most fun part of the year so far,” DeLoury said of his journey to becoming a better pitcher. “Over the winter I talked to coach and I told him I’m good for an inning or two, but then we had a couple of our pitchers go down with injury and I said I’d step up. I like competing, and I just stepped in, did my job and competed every game I went out there.”
DeLoury’s solid play has carried into the postseason. He’s batting .333 with three RBI in four tournament games, including his walk-off double against Saugus. He’s also pitched in two games, tossing 7 1/3 shutout innings.
That level of play has helped to propel Fenwick into the Division 3 state semifinal game (4) against South champion Medway at Alumni Field in Lowell. In order to pull off two more wins and bring home a state championship, DeLoury knows the Crusaders are going to have to bring their best.
“I think we feel really good, and we’ve been adapting to the moment more and more every game,” DeLoury said. “Once the Saugus game happened and we went through that kind of a pressure situation and came out on top, we knew we could fight through anything. I think we’re all riding a lot of momentum right now.”