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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Gamer: Phillies fall to Glens Falls, 7-2

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.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Gamer: Phillies fall to Glens Falls, 7-2

Saratoga Phillies manager Kevin Graber joked that he hoped his local New York Collegiate Baseball League would go 40-0 this summer, but he knew it wasn’t probable.
His bold plans came apart Sunday afternoon as the Phillies suffered their first loss of the 2008 season, 7-2, on the road against East Division champion the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

“We rained out on Friday and at Little Falls (Saturday win, 10-2) we put our No. 1 versus their No. 2,” Graber said. “Today we faced a good starter and it was close for a good portion of the game.”

Glens Falls starter Jack Wagoner (Sacred Heart) kept the Phillies at bay. The right-hander went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits walking two and striking out two.

Saratoga (1-1) responded with 6-foot-5 right-hander Miles Mikolas (Nova Southeastern) who was charged with three runs over his 5 2/3 innings, but only one of them were earned.

With two out in the third, Golden Eagles Stefen Romero (Pima CC) reached on a fielding error and came home immediately after Kody Johnson (Pima CC) drilled a Mikolas offering over the left field fence for the early 2-0 lead.

“I tried to shake off the error and he (Johnson) was sitting dead red,” Mikolas said. “I shook off the error, then the home run. The last two innings went pretty quick.”
Mikolas gave up another run in the fourth before the Phillies began to scrap out runs.

In the fifth after Tom Luciano (Duke) reached on a throwing error by the catcher. He stole second and advanced to third on Dale Alberto’s (Nova Southeastern) RBI single, cutting the lead, 3-1.

In the sixth after hot hitting JD Martinez (Nova Southeastern) led off with a single, he was doubled home by Greg Annarummo (Elon University) cutting the lead to one.
“I was looking for a fastball in the zone,” Annarummo said.

Mikolas was lifted late in the sixth for Dennis O'Grady (Duke) and the Saratoga bullpen would be the victim of a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Elon sophomore worked with a limited arsenal Sunday afternoon, but was still capable of getting the job done.

“I was trying to pound the zone low and away with my fastball,” Mikolas said. “I’ve been struggling with my breaking ball. I might have thrown one breaking ball for a strike.”

Reliever Dennis O’Grady (Duke) lasted 1 1/3-innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He hit a batter and walked another while striking out three.

With the bases loaded after a hit batter, single and a walk, Jon Koscso (South Florida) blooped a single over the second baseman, scoring two, giving the Golden Eagles a 5-2 lead.

He loaded the bases again when Jarrett Lukas (Maine) reached on a single, but stopped the bleeding striking out the final two batters to get out of the inning.

Closer Josh Simmons (Wheaton) had his hands full, allowing two runs on two hits, walking two batters and striking out three.

The fire balling right-hander led off with a strike out but then gave up a walk, a flare and issued another walk before Todd Brazeal (South Florida) single to center plating two more runs.

Simmons settled down, striking his next two opponents, ending the eighth.

“I felt good when it was 3-2 but walks hurt us late and we couldn’t put one big inning together,” Graber said. “We tried to do things to get it going, stealing a base, playing the hit and run but it just didn’t happen.”

Mikolas followed NYCBL Pitcher of the Year Mike Fiers in the rotation on Sunday, proving that he belongs in the league and can be a force in the Phillies rotation.
“For my first outing I was fairly happy,” Mikolas said. “I went 5 2/3 innings, but I threw a lot of pitches. If I throw 90 pitches, I usually go seven innings.

“The first thing that’s important is the win for me and the team,” Mikolas said. “Once I can throw my breaking ball for a strike I’ll be better off.”

With just two games in, Graber has seen virtually his entire on staff in a contest with more players due to arrive over the next week.

“My goal is for all of these guys to play,” Graber said. “If these guys aren’t going to play, why have them here.

“We’ll still need to play more guys to see how things flush out,” Graber said. “The only two guys that haven’t pitched are (Eric) Potter (Maryland) and (Dave) Batchelder (Saint Peters). That’s not too bad.

The Phillies will enjoy a day off from the ball field completing a community service project in Mechanicville before playing at East Side Rec in their 2008 home opener at 7 p.m. against the Amsterdam Mohawks.

GLENS FALLS 7, SARATOGA 2
Saratoga 000 011 000 – 2 5 2
Glens Falls 002 100 22X – 7 12 4

Pitching: Saratoga – Mikolas, O’Grady (7), Simmons (8) and Moss. Glens Falls – Wagoner, Anaya (6) and Johnson.
LOB – Saratoga 8, Glens Falls 13. 2B – Annarummo, Lukas. HR – Johnson. SB – Alberto, Meyer, Luciano, Johnson.

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