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Merillon Athletic Association: May 30, 2012

St. John’s University Rockies Vs. Costello’s Ace Hardware Phillies

Luke Notine was the Rockies starting pitcher and did a great job throwing strikes through the first two innings. On offense, Alan Birnbaum got things started with a fly ball single to right field in the bottom of the first inning, and played well in the field. Gavin Borduas did a great job behind the plate in the second and third innings and worked out a two-out walk in the 3rd with nobody on which lead to a big inning. Joe Muratore provided a spark on both sides of the ball, giving the team a very strong effort. He kept opposing pitchers off balance with his antics on the base paths, and showed great hustle throughout the game. Frankie Sannuti pitched extremely well in his first outing of the season. He battled through the third inning to limit the Phillies’ chances. Great job, Frankie. Chris Gould hustled on the base paths and played hard in the field making a nice play on a deep drive to left to get the ball in quickly and limit the other team’s chances while Paul DePaulis had some great at bats, and played well in the field. He also took the mound and shut the other team down at the plate in the 4th inning. Danny McClellan provided a big lift at the plate with two hard hit doubles. Danny also pitched a 1,2,3 final inning to close it out for the Rockies.

Newman Orthodontics Dodgers Vs. Modell’s Sporting Goods Braves

The Braves and the Dodgers battled it out in a defensive gem. The Braves had a hard time getting anything going on offense due to the tight defense of the Dodgers. Leading the offense for the Braves was Kenny Hirschfeld with three hits. Also contributing to the offense were Brian O’Conner, Anthony Levia and Michael Paladino and with two hits each. The Braves defense was great as usual. Kenny made an unassisted double play. Ryan Wasserman, Duhan Lee and Christopher Chin also made several good plays. The Braves tip their hats to the Dodgers on their great performance.

Sportography River Sharks (6) Vs. Salmon Limousine Service Ducks (0)

On a somewhat chilly night at the ballpark, the mighty River Sharks found themselves in a heated pitchers’ duel early on but then jumped out to a lead they never relinquished while capturing their second victory of the season, a 6-0 win against a tough Ducks team at the Merillon Complex this evening. In his second appearance this spring, starter Thomas Messina was once again dominant on the mound as he held the Ducks lineup hitless over four innings with an all-star pitching performance that included nine strikeouts, three walks and no runs as he earned his second win of the season. Offensively, Messina walked in the top of the third and after stealing second base, came around to score on a two-run single off the bat of slugger Bryan Wu whose eventual steal of home broke the game open. Messina and Wu combined for a total of five stolen bases in the game. Max Silverstein took the hill in impressive fashion for the River Sharks in the bottom of the fifth and held the Ducks to just one hit while allowing no runs and striking out three. John Napolitano continued to swing a hot bat going 3-for-4 with two line drive singles to right field and a hard hit ground ball up the middle in the top of the first, third and fifth, respectively. Napolitano also added to the offense with three stolen bases and two runs scored. Thomas Haug has convinced the coaching staff there’s no place he’d rather be than behind the plate as he caught his third straight complete game, one in which the Ducks were not allowed a stolen base. Haug is also looking more comfortable at the plate as his single to left field in the top of the fifth drove in the fourth run of the game for the River Sharks. Scott Schanter continues to display great range at second base as he backpedaled to catch a fly ball at the edge of the outfield grass in the bottom of the second and cleanly fielded a hard hit ground ball to his right in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Mellone also flashed his skills in the infield as he easily handled two short-hop ground balls to shortstop hit by the heart of the Ducks lineup in the bottom of the sixth. On offense, Mellone once again displayed speed around the diamond with two stolen bases. Kyle Forde once again flashed the leather in the field. A special thanks to call-ups Peter Carreca and Nick Levkulic who combined for two stolen bases and two runs scored while they patrolled the outfield with confidence.

Sportography River Sharks (10) Vs. Salmon Limousine Service Ducks (6)

Although they dug themselves into a deep hole early in the game by allowing their opponents several runs in the top of the first, the lead was short-lived as the mighty River Sharks polished off four-run rallies in consecutive innings to jump out to an insurmountable lead while capturing their fifth victory of the season, a 10-6 win against a determined Ducks team at the Merillon Complex. While starter John Napolitano may have spotted the opposition three runs on three hits before the River Sharks even came to bat, he quickly regained his composure to hold the Ducks to four runs over 2 1/3 innings with a resilient pitching performance that included seven strikeouts, five hits and only one walk as he earned his second win of the spring with a strong outing on the hill. The River Sharks stormed back in the bottom of the second after Napolitano hit a one-out infield single and after advancing to second on a walk and then stealing third, scored the team’s first run of the game on a two-run single to right field off the bat of Lou Mangia. Gregory Capelle followed with a single to centerfield plating Mangia with the team’s fourth run of the inning. Max Silverstein took the mound in relief for the River Sharks with one out in the top of the third and in spectacular fashion, held the Ducks hitless while striking out four over 1 2/3 innings including the side in order in the top of the fourth. The team’s offensive momentum carried over into the third with a leadoff single by Michael Mellone which was followed by another Napolitano base hit, this time to left field. Both runners came around to score on a triple to right field by Silverstein who eventually scored on a double to right field by Mangia. After advancing to third on another single to centerfield by Capelle, Mangia scored the eighth run of the game for the River Sharks on a steal of home. Thomas Messina led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and came around to score after the Ducks pitcher walked two batters and hit another. Earlier in the game, Messina hit a two-out triple to centerfield but was eventually caught stealing home. Mangia entered the game in relief in the top of the fifth and after striking out the first two batters he faced, gave up a walk and two-run home run before striking out the side. Bryan Wu came in to close the game for the River Sharks in the top of the sixth and struck out the side to end the game. Thomas Haug had another great performance behind the plate as he held the Ducks to just two stolen bases the entire game while Scott Schanter once again displayed defense prowess at second base. Offensively, Haug drove in a run in the bottom of the second on a hard-hit infield single while Schanter immediately followed with an infield single of his own but was later thrown out at second base on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop. Kyle Forde scored a run in the bottom of the second after being walked and once again flashed the leather in the field.