In the opening game of the MacArthur-Division Baseball series Division came out on top, 16-6 in a weather dampened day. PJ Antoniato was the winning pitcher with relief help from Steve Juliano.
The Dragons opened up with four runs in the first inning on big hits by Dan Cronin, Juliano, John Ferretti and Jeffrey Tamaraz. Division frittered away its lead with shabby defense as MacArthur retaliated with four runs in the bottom of the second, with Mike Bove hitting a booming triple to lead the way.
Division went on to score 10 more runs- the Division offense was led by Cronin who scored three runs, Juliano who was three for three with four runs scored, Eric Fierro who was two for two with three walks, Kevin Schneider with three RBIs, and Tamaraz with two hits and three RBIs.
The Dragons turned two double plays and Antoniato, Schneider and Fierro all excelled defensively.
MacArthur bounced back in game two, beating Division 8-2 behind the pitching of Justin Anderson. Anderson allowed Division only four hits, while striking out one and walking four batters.
In all three innings that MacArthur scored Division made defensive mistakes to open the door for MacArthur rallies. Kevin O'Donnell had three RBIs for MacArthur while Jamie Meadows had two hits.
Phil Stumphf took the loss for Division despite striking out nine while walking only two while hitting one batter.
Antoniato was the only Division batter with two hits.
Saturday the Dragons host St. Mary's while next week Division plays a much improved Bellmore Kennedy away on Tuesday and Friday and home on Wednesday.