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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Amsterdam wins a strange one over the Phils, 14-8 in two days

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.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Amsterdam wins a strange one over the Phils, 14-8 in two days

Bottom 9, Saratoga
In a strange contest that took two days to complete and the Saratoga Phillies out-hitting the Amsterdam Mohawks, the contest couldn’t end any stranger.
J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern) led off with a single, adding to his league leading batting average with a 4-for-5 day now that the contest is completed. Mike Moss (Maryland) followed with a single and then things got busy for Amsterdam third baseman Spencer Korus. He took a grounder off the bat of Greg Annarummo (Elon) and tagged the lead runner, Martinez out. He then started a bizarre game-ending double play off the bat of Chris Buss (Old Dominion).
Buss grounded to third and Korus tagged out Moss and fired an errant throw to first in an attempt to get Buss out. Amsterdam first baseman Jay Morris (New Orleans) gathered up the ball at the fence and threw a strike to second where shortstop Chris Bisson (Kentucky) tagged out Buss who was attempting to advance for a game ending 5U-E5-3-6 double play.
Final line score:
Amsterdam 032 330 012 – 14 10 2
Saratoga 330 000 000 – 6 14 5

Top 9, Amsterdam
It’s no wonder why the Mohawks lead the NYCBL Eastern Division, scoring in six runs of Sunday’s resumed contest against the Phillies.
Ricky Pucione, Chris Bisson and Mark Onarati led off with singles leading to Pucione scoring for the 13th run of the contest for Amsterdam.
Saratoga’s reliever Josh Simmons (Wheaton College, MA) threw two wild pitches, the second being the most costly, allowing Bisson to score and Onarati to advance to third.
A scary moment for Phillies catcher Larry Pempek (Northern Kentucky) as he was struck in the mask on the follow through of Cody Reine’s swing. Pempek laid on his stomach at home plate, gathering his senses. He was attended to by coach Kevin Graber and Andy Cuthbertson and was able to get himself up and was ready to return to action, but the staff decided to remove him from the game.
Pempek appeared to be fine, arguing with the coaches to remain in the contest.
Amsterdam leads, 13-6.

Bottom 8, Saratoga
David Coleman (Virginia) hit a leadoff single that was again wasted as the next three batters went down without a threat.

Top 8, Amsterdam
After cruising in his first two innings of relief, Wheaton College right-hander Josh Simmons allowed an unearned run after Brendan Rowland led off with a walk and advanced two bases on a wild pitch by Simmons. He would score on another Phillies error, the second baseman for a decisive 12-6 lead.

Bottom 7, Saratoga
Not good for the home team as the Phillies go down in order, at the top of the batting order, 1-2-3.

Top 7, Amsterdam
Josh Simmons (Wheaton College, MA) throws a 1-2-3 inning in relief.

Bottom 6, Saratoga
Exactly what the Phillies didn’t want, four batters up, a single by NYCBL batting leader J.D. Martinez who was left stranded.

Top 6, Amsterdam
Wheaton College reliever Josh Simmons takes to the mound for the Phillies, facing only four batters, issuing a walk to Jay Morris, but without incident.
The book on Kellen St. Luce (Vanderbilt) is six runs on five hits. Four of his runs were earned as he committed an error and was charged with a balk. His defense also committed two errors, leading to two unearned scores.

Bottom 5, Saratoga
Saratoga can’t buy a run early in the NYCBL season.
After Chris Buss (Old Dominion) drilled a one-out double to left, Jordan Wormsley (Vanderbilt) reached on a two out walk. With the table set, David Coleman (Virginia) tattooed the ball to centerfield, high, long and over the fence….that was until Amsterdam centerfielder Brendan Rowland (UAlbany) reached up and over the eight-foot high fence at the 362-foot mark and brought it back in, putting a knife through the heart of the Phillies rally.

Top 5, Amsterdam
Things went from bad to worse for Sunday starter Kellen St. Luce (Vanderbilt). The left-hander struggled again in his second outing for the Saratoga Phillies and again was the victim of errors, by his defense and himself.
Jay Morris (New Orleans) led the fifth inning off with a walk, advanced on a groundout. He attempted to score on Chris Bisson’s grounder back to the pitcher, but was hung up between third and home, tagged out by St. Luce.
Meanwhile, Ricky Pacione (Marist) took a one-out walk, advanced to second on Bisson’s fielder’s choice and came around to score on a RBi single by Mark Onarati (Manhattan) putting Amsterdam up, 9-6. Bisson advanced on the single and scored on a throwing error by the shortstop on a grounder by Spencer Korus (Kentucky) giving the Mohawks a 10-6 lead. Brendan Rowland (UAlbany) then reached on the second consecutive error by the shortstop, this time scooting under his glove, allowing Onarati to score giving Amsterdam a commanding, 11-6 lead.

Bottom 4 Saratoga
Dennis O’Grady (Duke) led off with an infield single to short followed by a base hit by Nate Holland (Louisville). Both runners moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Meyer (Marist) but were stranded.

Top of the fourth, Sunday afternoon action
Amsterdam took the lead in the top of the fourth inning after Chris Bisson (Kentucky) bunted for a one-out single and advanced to second on a throwing error by new pitcher Kellen St. Luce (Vanderbilt) on a pick off to first. He came around on Mark Onarati’s rbi double to right centerfield, knotting the contest at six runs apiece. Onarati would score the go-ahead run, moving over on a Spencer Korus (Kentucky) single and scored on a wild pitch by St. Luce, 7-6.
Things didn’t get any better after Spencer Korus (Kentucky) singled, went to second on a walk to Brendan Rowland and advanced on the wild pitch. Cody Reine (LSU) hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Korus and put the Mohawks ahead, 8-6.

In case you forget where we were on Tuesday night when lightning and then a downpour so rudely interrupted the Saratoga Phillies home opener versus Amsterdam, here is a quick update:

Left-handed starter Eric Potter (Maryland) sent Amsterdam down in order, 1-2-3 to open the first inning at East Side Rec.

The Phillies started their home opener in style with Nate Holland (Louisville) leading off with a walk and Kyle Meyer (Marist) following with a single. J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern) loaded the bases with a single down the left field line.
Holland scored on a wild pitch, Phillies up 1-0 and the runners advance. Chris Buss (Old Dominion) hits a two-out, two RBI single, advances to second on the throw to home and is awarded third when the ball rolls out of play. Phillies up 3-0.

The Mohawks decided to join the offensive party. Brendan Rowland (UAlbany) reaches on a throwing error from third and Cody Reine (LSU) singles. Both runners advance on a wild pitch by Potter. Jay Morris (New Orleans) takes a one out walk to load the bases. Bryce Nugent is rewarded for his patience, taking an RBI walk. Saratoga still ahead, 3-1. Reine scores on Potter’s second wild pitch of the inning. Saratoga ahead, 3-2. Ricky Pacione (Marist) grounds out to second, scoring Morris. Score tied 3-3.

Saratoga’s Dennis O’Grady (Duke) leads off the bottom of the second with a single and Nate Holland (Louisville) follows with a single. O’Grady is running the entire time, reaching third on a throwing error and scoring when the ball rolled out of play, putting Holland on third. J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern) drills a line drive over the left field wall for his (unofficial) fourth home run of the year, not counted until the game is completed for a 6-3 Saratoga lead.

Amsterdam would not go away quietly, scoring two more runs in the top of the third inning when Mark Onorati (Manhattan) reached on an error at short and Potter would hit Spencer Korus (Kentucky) to put another runner on. Onorati stole second and both runners advanced on steals immediately after.

Things then went awry for Potter.

He was called for a balk by base umpire George Rogers, scoring Onorati, cutting the lead, 6-4. Then, in an unprecedented call, Rogers called Potter for his second balk of the same inning, scoring Korus, cutting the lead again, 6-5.
Saratoga skipper Kevin Graber went out to Rogers after both calls, questioned him about the infractions and spoke briefly with Potter.

After Potter gave up a single up the middle to Cody Reine (LSU) and threw a wild pitch to the next batter, his day was complete. Dave Batchelder (St. Peters) came on in relief and enticed Nick Punal (Brown) to fly out to left and the contest was halted when lightning was spotted in the distance at 8:13 p.m.

With lightning flashing around the park and the skies growing darker, the 30 minute delay was extended and extended before a downpour ensued and the game was officially halted due to rain.

The contest had two options for being resumed, today as part of a shortened doubleheader with Amsterdam visiting for a 7 p.m. tilt or waiting until the next Mohawk visit to East Side Rec, July 19.

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