No. 1 in his teammates' hearts. No. in your program.

Sophomore Pat Sevick is so new to Conwell-Egan High's baseball varsity, his uniform features only "Eagles" on the front and, well, nothing on the back. Right about now, though, if he requested a number with three or four digits, he'd probably get it.

During an assembly period Tuesday, coach Rich Papirio approached Sevick and asked him to join the varsity.

"I was pretty nervous until I got there. Then I settled down," Sevick said.

Yesterday, Sevick concluded a three-game week to remember (7-for-12) by going 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, two-run homer and three runs batted in as visiting C-E bested North Catholic, 11-9, in a hairy-and-then-some Catholic North makeup game.

"Varsity's awesome," Sevick said. "It feels like it matters a lot more than JV."

Yes, it does, young buck.

Sevick's homer, which came in the seventh, followed Mike Thomas' RBI triple and wound up producing the decisive runs; the Falcons countered with one in the bottom half. It's unlikely he'll ever forget the circumstances.

The ball exited Piccoli Playground in dead leftfield. Sevick circled the bases and was greeted by only minimal excitement at home plate. The Falcons, especially leftfielder Ryan Etsell, contended the ball sailed through a hole in the fence. The base ump trotted out there and inspected, then twirled his right index finger, as he had done before, to signal a homer. The Eagles went crazy.

"I thought it was just a popup. A sacrifice fly," Sevick said. "Then I heard our first base coach [Dante Cefalone] yelling, 'Get out!' Then I looked up and saw the umpire [making the preliminary home run call]. It was weird just standing there, waiting. I was hoping they wouldn't take it away."

Joe McAnany added three hits, including two doubles, for one RBI, and Julian Faria smacked a two-run single. Kevin Cahill, who pitched two innings behind John McDonald, earned the win. For North, Chris Morrin homered and Chris James doubled twice for an RBI.

So, what number does Pat Sevick want: "2; I've worn it my whole life." *