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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: G20 - Wizards put spell on Phillies, win 6-5

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.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

G20 - Wizards put spell on Phillies, win 6-5

So far this season the 3 ½ hour bus ride to Watertown has been a chance for the Saratoga Phillies to bond as a team and make the return trip of the team charter an enjoyable one. On Monday night, the return trip may seem like it takes forever as the Phillies squandered an early 4-1 lead to fall on the road, 6-5 and stranding double digit runners for the second game in a row.

With a 4-1 lead through six innings, Watertown (5-11) scratched out a run in the bottom of the seventh before going ahead in the eighth, scoring three runs on three hits and taking advantage of a throwing error by Phillies shortstop Dale Alberto (Nova Southeastern).

The Wizard rally started innocently enough with a lead off single by Derek Marshall (Saint Rose) who was replaced by newcomer Kyle Dimino who promptly stole second, advancing on an overthrow on his steal. He scored on a Curtis Lazar (Maryland) RBI single, cutting the lead, 4-3. Lazar came across to knot the contest at four runs apiece, moving over on a sacrifice bunt and reaching third on a passed ball. After Greg Herbst (Kansas) reached on a one-out walk, Tom Barry (Phoenix College) plated Lazar on an infield single sent deep to short.

That was enough to chase Saratoga reliever Dennis O’Grady (Duke) for Sean Lucas (Virginia) to quell the rally.

Wizard designated hitter Jordan Kreke (Eastern Illinois) drove in Herbst for the eventual game-winning run when his grounder to short was sent wide, up the first base line, giving Watertown the 6-4 lead.

The Phillies (8-12) were 90-feet away from tying the contest in the top of the ninth after David Coleman (Virginia) led of with a single, reached third on a Ty Hohman (Virginia Tech) double to center, scoring on a groundout by Larry Pempek (Northern Kentucky). Hohman raced to third on the same groundout, but would be the 11th Saratoga player left on base on the night. In Sunday’s 6-4 loss to Little Falls, the Phillies stranded 12 runners.

Saratoga had a bountiful second inning, giving left-handed starter, Kellen St. Luce (Vanderbilt), a 4-1 lead, scoring four unearned runs on four hits.

J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern) led off with a single and came around on Pempek’s RBI single to right. Pempek was followed by Kyle Meyer (Marist) reached on a fielding error by the left fielder and both were plated on a Jordan Wormsley (Vanderbilt) grounder that was booted by the second baseman. Wormsley came around on newly signed right fielder Domonique Rogers’ (NC State) RBI single to right.

St. Luce left with a sure lead, giving up two runs, both earned on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two batters and struck out seven. O’Grady would be charged with the loss.

Saratoga has little time to re-group before its three-game gauntlet against the East Division leaders over the next three days. The Phillies host division leader Glens Falls today and Thursday at 7 p.m. at East Side Rec and travel Wednesday to take on Amsterdam.

Saratoga 040 000 001 -- 5 11 3
Watertown 100 100 13X -- 6 10 2

Saratoga -- Kellen St. Luce, Dennis O’Grady (6), Sean Lucas (8) and Larry Pempek. Watertown -- Ian Schwalenberg, Cory Nelson (7), Ryan George (9) and Derek Marshall.

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