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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Phils split twinbill at Bennington Saturday

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.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Phils split twinbill at Bennington Saturday

It took 20 innings, but the Saratoga Phillies finally put a run across the plate and earned their first extra-inning win of the New York Collegiate Baseball League season with a 5-1 win Saturday afternoon against the Bennington Bombers.

Saratoga dropped the afternoon doubleheader, 1-0, against Bennington at the Bill Epstein Athletic Field on the campus of Southern Vermont College, but ended its run-scoring drought and earned its third win of the young summer season.

Saturday’s early contest was a make-up contest as the two squads were rained out of their season opener scheduled for June 6. Saturday’s doubleheader schedule shortened the agreed game length to seven scheduled innings of play, typical of college baseball twinbills.

In the 5-1 finale, Nova Southeastern’s J.D. Martinez raced home with the bases loaded in the sixth inning after Chris Buss (Old Dominion) popped out deep to left in foul territory. Martinez crashed into Bennington catcher Andy Drexel (Hartford) who was blocking access to the plate, scoring the game-tying run for Saratoga (3-4).

In the eighth, the Phillies exploded for four runs, led off by a pinch-hit RBI double by Vanderbilt sophomore Jordan Wormsley, driving in pinch-runner David Coleman (Virginia) and Vince Farfaglia (Francis Marion). Nate Holland (Louisville) joined the hit parade, plating Greg Annarummo (Elon) and Wormsley with a two-RBI triple to left.

Oklahoma State right-handed reliever Tyler McKinney earned the win, throwing five innings of shutout baseball. He scattered three hits, walked two batters and struck out two.

Saratoga skipper Kevin Graber didn’t hesitate putting the 6-foot-6 hurler back on the mound Saturday afternoon, despite giving up two runs on two hits last night at Amsterdam in relief.

The Phillies return to East Side Rec for a full afternoon of baseball today, picking up their suspended home opener from Tuesday in the top of the third inning with Saratoga ahead, 6-5, with Amsterdam before starting their regularly scheduled contest at 7 p.m.

Bennington 1, Saratoga 0

In the opening contest Saturday afternoon, the Phillies were unable to provide enough offense for their stingy pitching staff, this time falling 1-0 to Bennington.

Saratoga left-hander Eric Potter (Maryland) allowed one earned run in the first inning, taking a hit off his backside and after gathering the ball up threw it high to first baseman, Biddix, to start his day. The Bennington runner, Dylan Stone (Bryant) advanced on a walk and a hit batter by Potter. He scored the lone run of the contest on a sacrifice fly by Rudy Jovanovski (Ouachita Baptist) to center.

Eric Potter took the loss, going five innings, giving up the run, charged to him due to his throwing error, allowing only four hits, walking a batter while striking out three.

This was his second appearance for the Phillies, starting the suspended contest against Amsterdam at East Side Rec on Tuesday. The lone run was all the offense Bomber right-hander Sean Potter would need to record his first win of the year for the Green Mountain State squad.

Sean Potter pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout, scattering five hits without walking a batter and striking out nine Saratoga batters.

Saratoga’s best chance to score came in the fourth when David Coleman (Virginia) and Greg Annarummo (Elon) each hit one-out singles, but Annarummo was caught leading off first, caught in a rundown started by the Bennington catcher, Michael Gropper (North Florida).

Game 1
BENNINGTON 1, SARATOGA 0 (7 inns)
Saratoga 000 000 0 – 0 5 1
Bennington 100 000 X – 1 5 0
Saratoga – E. Potter, Batchelder (6) and Moss. Bennington – S. Potter and Gropper.
2B – (B) Drexel, Bercume. SAC – (B) Jovanovski. SB – (S) Wormsley. CS – (S) Annarummo. (B) Jovanovski. LOB – Saratoga 4, Bennington 5.

Game 2
SARATOGA 5, BENNINGTON 1 (8 inns)
Saratoga 000 001 04 – 5 8 0
Bennington 010 000 00 – 1 5 3
Saratoga – O’Grady, MicKinney (6) and Pempek. Bennington – Quinn, Cadoret (4) and Fyffe (7) and Drexel. LOB – Saratoga 9. Bennington 8. 2B – (S) Martinez, Wormsley. (B) Hobbs. 3B – (S) Holland. SB – (S) Martinez. (B) Bergman. CS – (S) Farfaglia, Alberto. (B) Bergman, Potter.

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