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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Phils stymie Wizards 15-2 NYCBL playoff opener

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Phils stymie Wizards 15-2 NYCBL playoff opener

Phils up 3-0 through fourth

It took a little time for the Phils bats to warm up, After three scoreless innings, Saratoga put up three runs on three hits and a Watertown error. Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) led off with a single up the middle and was moved over on a Bryan Rose (Kentucky) walk. Siena's Jake Willis put down a textbook bunt down left of the mound. Watertown third baseman James Ryan attempted to barehand the grab and throw to first while airborne. The throw pulled first baseman Ryan Holley off the bag and everyone was safe. Bryan Cook (NOVA Southeastern) scored Harris on a groundout to second for a 1-0 lead. Duke's Jon Nicolla brought up the big lumber, roping a single to deep centerfield, driving in Rose and Willis for the 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, Saratoga starter Mike Fiers (University of Cumberlands) is in control. The right-hander has allowed only two hits and struck out seven in four innings of work. His only miscue was hitting Watertown's Chris Edmunson in the foot in the first inning. The home plate umpire warned Fiers and both benches. The warning caused some hurt feelings on the Wizard's bench and one of its coaches was ejected for his comments. Apparently there is some bad feelings between the two squads with rumor of a possible skirmish occuring at Watertown between the two clubs prior to their July 17 meeting.

Phils add to lead, 9-0

Saratoga was cooking with gas in the bottom of the fifth, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits and two errors, taking a commanding 9-0 lead. Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) led off with a single to left center and was advanced by a Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) walk. Both players would score when Bryan Rose (Kentucky) tattooed a double that hit the right field wall on one bounce for a 5-0 lead. Jake Willis (Siena) followed wit a double of his own, this time a blooper to right, scoring Rose. Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) sent a single to right, putting two on for Jon Nicolla (Duke). The designated hitter drilled Quigley in the foot and saw the ball dribble in the infield. Willis scored when Quigley's throw sailed past first into foul territory. Things got worse when the right fielder chucked the ball home attempting to throw out Cook. Nicolla was following the action as he rounded the bases and was awarded home on an interference call after the ball ended up behind the plate. When the dust settled, the Phillies were ahead, 9-0.

Things bad to worse for Wizards

Let's hope the Phils have something left in the tank after throttling the Wizards in the first game. With two outs in the eighth the Phils continued to pile-up the runs. Jake Willis singled, Bryan Cook doubled for an RBI and Jon Nicolla singled, driving in Cook. Ryan Powers walked and came around on singles by Tyler Scruggs and Corey Hunt. When the white flag went up, Saratoga was ahead 15-0.

Watertown scored two in the top of the ninth, but that was it.
Saratoga now owns a 7-0 record in the post-season, extending its win streak from last year's championship season.
The Wizards drop to 3-8 in the post season.
Next up...Bret Harvel takes on Watertown in the nightcap.

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