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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Phils gamer - Extra innings loss to Watertown away, 5-4

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, June 12, 2008

Phils gamer - Extra innings loss to Watertown away, 5-4

I spent my Wednesday evening glued to a Mac in the newspaper's graphics department listening to the Phillies 11th inning loss at Watertown because our PCs aren't equipped with the Java application for the internet broadcast.

I was able to multi-task, writing in a text format and then e-mailing myself to grab the game story, some quick sports announcements and put the finishing touches on the player's bios for our weekly newspaper, the Community News.

I started to panic, not only when the Phillies were struggling, but my pulse began to race after Saratoga tied the game and sent it into extra innings.

Unfortunately the Phils came up short and then had to board "Big Yellow", their mode of transportation for the season, ride back to Saratoga and get ready for Thursday's 7 p.m. contest against the same Wizards squad at East Side Rec.

I think the players arrived back in Saratoga just about the same time I sent my last page, just under the wire, at 1 a.m.

He's my re-cap of the game from the internet broadcast

An extra inning infield hit by Watertown's Jordan Kreke in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Wizards their first win of the season, 5-4, over the Saratoga Phillies Wednesday night.

Keli'l Zablan reached on an error by the shortstop to open the 11th inning and stole second. With one out, Jordan Kreke grounded deep to second, the ball was fielded on a backhanded grab and Zablan was green lighted all the way around home. The throw was on line, but not in time.

Saratoga tied the road contest at four apiece, down to its last at-bats at Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown when Nova Southeastern sophomore J.D. Martinez ripped a two out, bases loaded, 2-2 pitch down the left field line in the top of the ninth, driving in Tyler Biddix (Virginia) to extend the Phillies lives.

Biddix scored after leading off the last stand with a walk, advancing on a throwing error by the catcher. He was followed around the bases by a walk issued to Dale Alberto (Nova Southeastern) and Jordan Wormsley (Vanderbilt) who was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

With two out, Martinez drove in Biddix who scored easily, but Alberto was gunned down at the plate, leaving the game tied at four apiece.

Vanderbilt University's Kellen St. Luce received a rude awakening during his first day of work with the Saratoga Phillies on the road against Watertown.

The left-hander struggled with his control, not towards the plate, but around the diamond.

St. Luce allowed three runs, two of them earned in the first inning on only one hit. The starter was charged with an error on an errant pick off move as the Wizards went up, 3-0.

Saratoga scratched out a run in the second inning when Greg Annarummo (Elon University) led off with a double and advanced on a groundout by Chris Buss (Old Dominion University). He came around to score when Vince Farfaglia (Francis Marion University) was called out on strikes and the ball got away from the Watertown catcher, cutting into the lead, 3-1.

The Wizards would go ahead, 4-1, in the fourth on a suicide squeeze.

Saratoga threatened in the fifth, scoring two runs as Farfaglia stretched out a shot to left into a double and would come around to score on Dave Batchelder (St. Peter's College) steal of second base after a walk. With Batchelder on his way to second, Farfaglia headed to third on the throw and scored easily after the ball sailed into the outfield. Batchelder was already past second base on the poor throw, on his way to third when the ball went out of play, allowing him to touch home, cutting the lead, 4-3.

A Saratoga Catholic Central graduate, Farfaglia had a game-saving assist, gunning down the trailing runner at the plate with a laser from right field, keeping the contest close, 4-3.

Both squads will feel the effects of Wednesday's three hour, 52 minute contest as the Wizards will follow the Phillies back to Saratoga for a re-match 7 p.m. this evening at East Side Rec.

WATERTOWN 5, SARATOGA 4
Saratoga 010 020 001 00 -- 4 7 3
Watertown 300 100 000 01 -- 5 9 3

Kellen St. Luce, Dave Batchelder (5), Sean Lucas (7), Josh Simmons (10) and Larry Pempek. 2B --Vince Farfaglia, Greg Annarummo. SB -- Tom Luciano, Jordan Wormsley. CS -- Kyle Meyerm, Dale Aberto.

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