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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Phillies fall in 13 innings to Glens Falls 4-3

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.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Phillies fall in 13 innings to Glens Falls 4-3

Despite a home run by Bryan Cook in the bottom of the 13th to cut the lead, 4-3, Glens Falls handed Saratoga its first loss in the post-season Friday night.

Game three moves to Glens Falls Saturday at high noon.

Big man goes boom! Phils down 4-3
6-foot 5-inch big man Bryan Cook made it interesting, sending Zac Farry's first pitch of the bottom half of the 13th over the right field wall, cutting the Glens Falls lead, 4-3.

Glens Falls up 4-2 in 13th
Jake Shaffer drilled a shot to left field and forced Jake Willis to run, run and re-locate the ball on the run. He slipped and the ball fell in for a double.
Kevin Mahoney folowed with a drive to deep right, forcing Donnie Webb to turn and chase. The ball bounced off his outstretched glove, allowing Shaffer to score and put Mahoney on second.
Mike Konstanty followed with an RBI single up the middle giving the Golden Eagles a 4-2 lead.
Saratoga's Matt Willis was lifted for Cory Kuzmik.
He allowed only a single and a sac bunt, but the Phils head into another last-chance inning down, 4-2.

Willis key to 11th. Phils up next.
Matt Willis wasn't shaken after Rick Seltzer drilled a two-out double to the left centerfield wall. He struck out Casey Larson to end the inning.

Playoff game tied 2-2 through 10
Glens Falls found life, with Jake Owens hitting a single to center and Dan DeGeorge reaching on an error putting runners on the corners. Matt Willis got out of the jam with a strikeout of Jake Shaffer.

The Phils went 1-2-3 and Matt Willis out for the 11th.

Phils....tie it in bottom of ninth.
Drama at East Side Rec in the Phillies final at bat.

Ryan Powers ropes a one-out double and pinch-hitter Aaron Fields (Wright State) reaches on a hard shot to short that is corraled with a diving stop, but not thrown.
Corey Hunt takes one for the team, hit with a pitch to load the bases for Donnie Webb.
A walk was good enough for an RBI and a run, knotting the score at two apiece.
After a pop-up to the pitcher with the bases loaded, that ended the night for reliever Scott DeNault.
Lefty Zac Farry was called in with the bases jammed and Bryan Rose at the plate.
A strikeout sends the contest to extra innings, tied 2-2.
Welcome to playoff baseball.

Big K for Vernon, now what?
Glens Falls threatened in the top of the eighth, but Saratoga left Pete Vernon escaped unscathed.

Jake Owen (Northwestern) sent a shot to right field, 306-feet deep and Donnie Webb gave chase. The Oklahoma State right fielder hauled in the ball with an over the shoulder catch catch and hit the 307-foot mark in the process, allowing the ball to fall out of his glove. Owens raced to third on the drive.

After enticing Dan DeGeorge to pop out to short, Vernon walked Jake Shaffer (Northern Kentucky) adding drama to the contest.

With a full count on Kevin Mahoney (Canisius), Vernon put it all on the line, striking out the batter to escape the eighth, down, 2-1.
The Phillies want to keep the crowd in tact for all nine innings, going down 1-2-3.

Oklahoma State right-hander Matt Willis will pitch the ninth for Saratoga versus the Golden Eagles 5,6 and 7 batters.

Vernon goes eight, giving up two runs, both earned. He allowed three hits, walked four and struck out two.

2-1 Glens Falls through seven
The Phillies have stranded seven runners through seven innings, nable to scratch out that tying run.

Jon Nicolla (Duke) and Ryan Powers (Mississippi State) were left at first and second in the second inning.
Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) roped a one-out double to left in the third and was sacrificed over by Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) but was stranded.
After Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) scored, Powers walked, stole second and stayed there.

Corey Hunt (Virginia) led off the fifth with an infield single, moved on a bad pick off attempt and went to third on a passed ball, only to be wasted.
Cook reached on an error in the sixth and was followed by a walk to Powers, but neither one made it around the horn.

Glens Falls up 2-0 in top of 1st
Saratoga starter Pete Vernon (William and Mary) didn't start his first post-season contest the way he wanted.
The lefthander took a Jake Owen (Northwestern) drive off his leg to start the contest and gave up a single to Dan DeGeorge (Princeton). When Jake Shaffer (Northern Kentucky) bunted to move the runners over, Vernon mishandled the ball on the infield grass, allowing Glens Falls to load the bases.
Kevin Mahoney (Canisius) grounded into a double play to second scoring Owens.
Vernon then gave up a double to Mike Konstanty (UAlbany), ripped down the left field line, scoring DeGeorge for the 2-0 lead.

Phils ready for sweep tonight
The Saratoga Phillies are setting up for a hopeful sweep of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles at home tonight.
Saratoga is wearing its gold tops with a blue "S" on their left breast. Glens Falls is wearing its road grays for the contest.
Left-hander Pete Vernon (William and Mary) gets the start for Saratoga. His only regular season loss was to the Golden Eagles.
Glens Falls sends up Alex Pepe (Florida Atlantic), hoping to break the Phillies post-season 9-game winning streak.

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