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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Phils take division opener vs GF 5-2

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.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Phils take division opener vs GF 5-2

The pride of NJIT Cory Kuzmik came on to close out the ninth for the Saratoga Phillies.
He would strike out Rick Seltzer (Siena), hit Casey Larson (Kansas) and struck out Riann Stanja-Furstenburg (Florida Atlantic).
Number nine batter, Joe Mecurio roped a single to left, putting runners at first and second. Jake Owens (Northwestern) was the final batter, getting rung up by plate umpire George Cox for the final out.
With the 5-2 win, Saratoga hosts the potential series clincher Friday 7:30 p.m.

Glens Falls hands over another run, 5-2
After Saratoga's Ryan Powers (Mississippi State) and Tyler Scruggs (West Virginia) were plunked by Justin Latta, the Glens Falls reliever paid the price. Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) singled to center as two outfielders converged on the drive. They collided and the ball fell in, allowing Powers to score for a 5-2 lead.
Phillies left-hander Cory Kuzmik comes on in relief for the ninth.

Glens Falls cuts lead 4-2
Saratoga's Mark Lamm pitched to one batter in the eighth, giving up an infield single to Jake Owens (Northwestern) before turning over the ball to Brad Grove (Virginia).
Dan Degeorge (Princeton) welcomed the reliever with a single to right, moving Owens to third. Jake Shaffer (Northern Kentucky) laced a fly ball to right that Saratoga's Donnie Webb ran down with his back to the plate, scoring Owens and cutting the Phillies lead, 4-2.
Lamm went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out 12 and walking two.

Aggressive Phils up 4-1
Leadoff batter and pinch hitter Aaron Fields (Wright State) reached on a four-pitch walk and Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) reached on an infield single that failed to force Fields at second base. Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) moved the duo into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt setting the stage for Kentucky's Brian Rose.

The Saratoga shortstop, batting .222 against Glens Falls this season, dropped a single into centerfield to easily score Fields and allow Webb to score with a head first slide onto home plate for a 3-1 lead.

That would close the book on Golden Eagles starter Tommy Meagher and bring in Justin Latta.

Latta gave up an infield single to Siena's Jake Willis. The runners would move up 90 feet on a dropped third strike to Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) that would prove advantageous.

Latta would drop a breaking ball into the dirt in front of Glens Falls catcher Joe Mercurio and the ball skidded behind him towards the backstop. Fields raced towards home and was called safe after the tag by Latta for the 4-1 lead.

Cook'in at Glens Falls
Saratoga's Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) was batting a paltry .052 versus Glens Falls in eight meetings knew when to come up big.
Siena's Jake Willis reached on a one-out walk and Cook took the count to 3-2, fouling off pitch after pitch until he found one to his liking.
The 6-5 lefty drove a Tommy Meagher pitch to left center, driving in Willis and knotting the contest at one apiece.
Willis would be stranded at third to end the top of the seventh.
Phillies starter Mark Lamm (Vanderbilt) remains strong with one run allowed with 11 strikeouts on the night.
Glens Falls starter Tommy Meagher is equally sharp with nine Ks and one run on two hits.

Golden Eagles up, 1-0 in 4th
Glens Falls took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning utilizing small ball.
Jake Shaffer (Northern Kentucky) led off with a walk and was moved over when Kevin Mahoney (Canisius) singled through the left side. A passed ball by Saratoga catcher Eric Walker (oklahoma State) allowed both runners to move up a base. Rick Seltzer (Siena) drove in Shaffer with a ground out to short.

Friend of The Saratogian, Post Star sports editor Greg Brownell just stopped in to say hello.
He's making plans for his newspaper's coverage starting Sunday of the championship series. I guess he's betting on the Golden Eagles....hmmm...

Saratoga/Glens Falls 0-0 through 3
It's setting up as a pitcher's duel tonight as the contest is scoreless through three innings.
Saratoga starter Mark Lamm (Vanderbilt) has allowed a hit and struck out six, including the Glens Falls side in the second.
Glens Falls right Tom Meagher (St. Petersburg) has also allowed just one hit and struck out five through three innings.

Phils vs. Golden Eagles underway
The Saratoga Phillies headed North to face rival Glens Falls in the first game of the NCVBL Eastern Division championship series.
Saratoga players are wearing their Navy tops with the gold 'S' on the left chest with gray pants. Glens Falls is wearing its home white tops with white pants with Golden Eagles across the chest.
Glens Falls sends out right-hander Tom Meagher (St. Petersburg) and Saratoga will answer with it own righty, Mark Lamm (Vanderbilt).

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At 9:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeahhhhhhh phillies are doiminate


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