Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
With dark and foreboding clouds drifting through the skies, St. Aloysius took to the fields of Michael J. Tully Park, trying to secure a playoff berth in their first season in CYO. With an uncharacteristic offensive explosion, St. Al registered a season high nine hits and 12 runs, defeating St. Peter, running their record to 5 to 4, and earning a CYO playoff berth in the process. While the bats were blazing, the pitching was none-too-shabby, as staff ace Jacob Seidenberg threw another gem, this time letting up only one hit (in the first inning) while striking out five on his way to his fifth victory of the season!
The game started well for St. Al, as they put up two runs in the first frame, fueled by Jacob Neiderman’s RBI shot to centerfield. With Neiderman on third after two stolen bases, Max Chafian drew a walk, then chugged into second with his 4th stolen base of the season. But the St. Peter starting pitcher settled down, and the runners were left stranded to end the inning. After St. Peter struck back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, St. Al’s pushed five runs across the plate in the top of the second. Jordan Greiff, Jared Schwartz, and Jonny Farkas each contributed run-scoring singles in the inning, staking St. Al to an early 7 to 1 lead.
In the top of the third inning, Jay Korman battled the new St. Peter pitcher in an epic nine-pitch at-bat, which ended with Korman lashing a tremendous double down the leftfield line. But St. Peter stopped the bleeding, setting down nine of the next 10 St. Al batters (six by strikeout), quelling the powerful lineup for the remainder of the third inning, as well as the fourth and fifth innings. At the end of five innings, the score stood at 7 to 2 in favor of St. Al.
In the top of the sixth, darkness began to set in, but the lights at Tully Field turned on, as did the first eight St. Al batters, who all reached base safely in another five-run outburst to knock out the previously untouchable St. Peter pitcher. Nick Bornstein began the inning by winning an eight-pitch battle with a leadoff walk, followed by Josh Putter’s slap-single over the third baseman’s head, and Ben Newman’s perfectly executed bunt-base-hit. With the bases loaded, Greiff was hit by a pitch, and Seidenberg and Farkas both walked to push three runs across. After a pitching change, Neiderman singled and Schwartz walked to drive in the final two runs of the inning. With a 12 to 2 lead, St. Al set down St. Peter’s lineup with 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth inning for the win.