Cherry Hill (N.J.) East High catcher Tyler Caton etched his name in his school's baseball record book on Saturday, recording an immaculate 5-for-5 game at the plate and the first cycle in Cougars program history.
Yet, despite Caton's revelatory performance for Cherry Hill East, he still left the baseball diamond with an empty feeling in his stomach for a reason he never imagined possible after such an offensive outburst: His team lost.
"I was happy, but I was mad because we lost the game," Caton told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I never had a game like that before. Now I have to try to keep it going."
While school officials were still confirming that Caton's cycle was in fact the first in Cherry Hill East history, the feat was definitely the first in Caton's personal history, dating all the way back to his days as a tee-ball player. The senior finished the Cougars' roller coaster 19-16 loss to Bishop Eustace (N.J.) High with two doubles, a single, a triple and a home run, driving in seven runs in all.
In the process, Caton helped Cherry Hill East build a seemingly insurmountable 8-0 lead … only to see Bishop Eustace come storming back to win the season opener.
"I was seeing the ball really well," Caton told the Inquirer. "I just felt in a good mental state. I woke up real early and was ready to play."
While Bishop Eustace may have started slower, it proved up to the challenge late, leaving Caton as part of what must be a truly exclusive club of players to drive in seven runs and lose in the same game.
"He was on fire," Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano said. "He was the hard-luck loser in that game."